Jul - Aug 2008

Going in: Sampson performs a craniotomy on a patient who's awake, to avoid damaging nerve and speech centers.   Chris Hildreth
On the third floor of Duke North in Operating Room 4, neurosurgeon John Sampson is using what looks like a blunt, two-pronged fork to probe sections... Read more
Highs and lows: Children haul water up TV Hill, so named for the proliferation of antennas on its crest. Jeffrey E. Stern '07
 Kabul, AfghanistanAfghans have strange ways of memorializing their wars. They weave rugs with crudely rendered illustrations of tanks and the... Read more
Illustration by Kazu Nitta
Two decades ago, Charles Clotfelter, a Duke public policy professor, came out with a book called Buying the Best. The book's subtitle promised a look... Read more
Dedicated dynamo: Driven by the imperative of providing high-quality health care,  eighty-two-year-old Schmidt shows no signs of slowing down.   Michael Zirkle
The parking lot at Durham's Lincoln Community Health Center fills quickly on a weekday morning, as cars, taxis, and shuttle buses jockey for space.... Read more

Jul - Aug 2008

Departments

Mini-profiles

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Jenn KennedyHas your book group bogged down in the complexities of A Thousand Splendid Suns? Are you missing the references in The Jane Austen Book Club? Is the plot of Orhan Pamuk's Snow eluding...
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Flying high: Conner in championship form, above, and posing in Duke Hall of Fame room. Photos courtesy of John Conner       John Conner started diving in 1939, when he was a nine-year-old attending...
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Jerry AgeeAs founder and senior analyst at Seattle's FaithTrust Institute, The Reverend Marie M. Fortune '72 oversees an international, multifaith organization dedicated to ending sexual and...

Gazette

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Styron: Author's unparalleled repository expands. Bernard Gotfryd / Hulton Archive / Getty ImagesWilliam Styron's notes and drafts of an unfinished novel, as well as letters sent to him by Norman...
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White: from Fighting Irish to Blue Devils. Jon GardinerKevin White, director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame since 2001, has been named Duke's new vice president and athletics director...
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Whether you are a Mac person or a PC person, even the briefest exposure to the Apple logo may make you behave more creatively, according to recent research from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and...
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Many hands: A black-and-white drawing of the Virgin of Guadalupe becomes a vibrant mural. Peter Paul GeoffrionOn several occasions over the past year, staff members and students from the Center for...
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A review of three-and-a-half decades of clinical cardiology trials shows that while an increasing number of women are being included in clinical trials, their numbers are still so low in some areas...
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Benelux PressThe health-care implications of being born premature are much broader and reach further into adulthood than previously thought, according to a long-term study of more than one million...
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In mid-May, an employee in the Facilities Management Department (FMD) died in an accident that occurred when a steam line ruptured in the basement of the Levine Science Research Center. Rayford...
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Johnny Dawkins '86, associate head coach of the men's basketball team, has been named head men's basketball coach at Stanford University. A star player during his undergraduate years at Duke, he has...
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Sporting potential: Women's soccer team, shown at last fall's Carolina Classic at UNC-CH, will see improved facilities and additional scholarships. Jon GardinerThis spring the board of trustees...
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Conservative Protestants tend to save less and accumulate fewer assets than other Americans, and their religious beliefs contribute to their relatively lower wealth, according to a new study by a...
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Art + Music + Politics: Anderson takes the stage. Photo courtesy of Laurie AndersonDuke Performances will present several concerts this fall based on the themes of political disaffection and the...
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More than a third of people over age seventy have some form of memory loss, according to a new study by a team of researchers from Duke and four other institutions.While an estimated 3.4 million...
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Dave Eggers' What is the What The Class of 2012 already has its first homework assignment: to read Dave Eggers' What is the What, a novel about a group of Sudanese refugees who struggled to survive...
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The Duke Endowment has pledged $50 million to Duke Medical Center to help construct a medical-education building and to develop a state-of-the-art inpatient facility for pediatric patients. The gift...
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No fair: Parental punishment varies by birth order. LiquoriceIf you think your parents let your younger siblings get away with everything, you're probably right. A study from researchers at Duke,...
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Three Duke students have been selected for Goldwater Scholarships in science, mathematics, and engineering for the 2008-09 academic year.They were among 321 sophomores and juniors chosen on the...
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Mexican reflections: detail from Black Mirror #4: Hypnotism & Necromancy, part of the Lasch installation. Courtesy Nasher Museum of ArtThe Nasher Museum of Art's pre-Columbian collection...
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Shelter from the storm: A father hands his graduating daughter an umbrella Megan MorrOn a rainy Sunday morning on which umbrellas were more obvious than mortarboards, writer Barbara Kingsolver urged...

Forum

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Douglas Sonders PhotographyIt's hard to imagine the scene in Braveheart in which William Wallace, covered with blue war paint, rallies his hard-worn troops having the same impact without the...
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Jianghai HoOn the MoneyBuried in the [January-February 2008] issue was the news that DUMAC had a return of 25.6 percent last year, raising Duke's endowment to $5.9 billion. That's quite impressive....

Biblio-file

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Wan Xian Bridge, Wan Xian, Sichuan Sheng, above; 13,500 Cash to Shu Fu Tsang, left. Black-and-white prints scanned from original nitrate negatives, by Sidney D. Gamble, 1917-1932. Archive of...

Campus Observer

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Becoming buoyant: Gonzalez teaches Jhanea Wilcher the tricky skill of staying afloat, while Quaniesha Mack relies on a kickboard. Megan MorrA little boy clad in Finding Nemo swim trunks scampers...

Syllabus

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Megan MorrAmerica's favorite pastime is no longer relegated to steamy July evenings spent lounging in front of the television or cheering in the grandstand section of Fenway or Camden Yards or Busch...

Retrospective

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Duke University ArchivesReprinted with permission of The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.The debate last year over locating the George W. Bush Library at Southern Methodist University brought...

Updates

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  Ten years ago, on the thirtieth anniversary of Duke's momentous 1968 Silent Vigil, Duke Magazine invited alumni and former administrators who had played important roles in the event to reflect on...

Alumni Register

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In about a year, I will have learned all I can from this job and plan to leave for a higher-level position. My boss is very well regarded in the community. How can I leave while still maintaining...
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Making memories: husbands from the Class of 1958 focus on their wives (off-camera) Chris HildrethMore than 3,700 alumni, family members, and guests gathered on campus for Reunions Weekend in April....
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Pelham: New DAA president encourages personal connections. Megan MorrWith a full-time job as the publisher of Legal Times, an award-winning weekly newspaper and website that reports on law and...
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Gavin: lauded for his wit and enthusiasm. Les ToddFour years ago, Henri Gavin invited his oldest son, then five, to sit in on one of his engineering lectures. The boy was, of course, too young to...
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True blue: Returning alumni and their families converged in Cameron for an all-ages lunch during spring reunions. Megan Morr
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Labaton covered McCain controversy York Wilson PhotographyThe proliferation of online news sources has "smashed assumptions about the news cycle" and intensified pressure on journalists to work...

Between the Lines

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In my many dealings with students and former students, I haven't received many e-mail updates like this: "Still in Delhi, supposed to arrive tomorrow although a bomb went off at the Kabul airport...

Sports

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The first time Johanna Bischof '05, M.D. '10 examined a brain-tumor patient, she was shaking with nervousness-she was also still an undergraduate. "You don't know what you're supposed to say. You're...

Books

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Oxygen By Carol Cassella '78. Simon & Schuster, 2008. 288 pages. $25.We put such faith in the tools of modern medicine. Clinical breakthroughs and sophisticated technology seduce us into...

In Focus

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This spring, eleven undergraduates, four graduate students, and Duke Marine Lab director Cindy Van Dover set sail in the Florida Keys aboard the brigantine research vessel Corwith Cramer. Over three...

Q&A

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Schwarcz: elucidating the hazards of herd behavior. Jim WallaceThis past spring, with securities firm Bear Stearns floundering, the federal government orchestrated a deal to allow investment bank...

Student Snapshot

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Megan MorrCome fall, some local students may learn that sometimes you win by losing—losing bad habits, that is. Jamie Bell, a Durham native and rising senior, spent the better part of her free time...

Gallery

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Up Close: Untitled (surfboard)Untitled (surfboard), Darío Escobar, Guatemala, 2001. Silver embossed on plastic. 19 x 75 1⁄4 inches.Darío Escobar transforms everyday leisure objects such as...