Jul - Aug 2009

Secrets revealed: Robisheaux provides insights into seventeenth-century society through a fantastic tale of witchcraft. Bill Bamberger
Something was rotten in the German village of Langenburg. Or was it someone? The year was 1672. On Shrove Tuesday, Eva Kustner, the miller's... Read more
School's in: Rachel Weeks, far right in black shirt, during catalogue shoot in Gothic Reading Room. Michael Zirkle
As Washington Duke and his sons, James and Benjamin,gazed down from portraits hanging in the Gothic Reading Room, a leggy brunette in black platform... Read more
Here we grow: from left, Simon Rich '67 with his wife, Nancy, Elizabeth Haarar '96, Tim McAller M.S. '81, Fred Bahnson M.T.S. '00. Photos by Roger Manley
Every summer weekend, in communities large and small, a familiar scene plays out. Farmers, awake since before dawn, unload their trucks, set up... Read more

Jul - Aug 2009

Departments

Gazette

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A scant forty-eight hours after graduating, Lawrence Chen '09 found himself on the red carpet at the Festival de Cannes, arguably the world's most prestigious film festival. His film, A Journey to...
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Blue: new trustee chair Office of News and CommunicationsThe board of trustees has a new chair: Daniel T. Blue Jr. J.D. '73, a Duke Law School graduate and veteran North Carolina legislator,...
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Yesteryear: detail, map of Trinity College campus, 1902. Digital Durham ProjectA collaborative effort between members of the Duke and Durham communities merges Google Earth technology with historic...
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Ripple effect: James Stewart witnesses bank run in It's a Wonderful Life Getty ImagesBank runs work in the same way as infectious diseases, according to new research out of the Fuqua School of...
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Jon GardinerRobert Pascal '56 received a lot of advice back home not to do it. Friends told him that with the current economic situation it was not the right time to make a donation of that...
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Virtual reality might be too real, at least when it comes to our fears. Researchers in the department of psychology and neuroscience are looking into the kinds of phobic memories formed in two...
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In tune: Season's musical repertoire includes Sweet Honey in the Rock. Courtesy Duke PerformancesDuke Performances is gearing up for a fall that will feature works that highlight pressing cultural,...
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Lorena Beese, James B. Duke Professor of biochemistry, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Beese studies molecular mechanisms underlying DNA replication and repair and their role...
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History in focus: from top, "General Grant on Lookout Mountain,"by Matthew Brady, 1863; "Willie Cornett on hood of car passing a cigarette," by William Gedney, 1972; "McKinley Massey and neighbors...
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What's in a name: Sanford, with Rubenstein Hall in foreground, becomes school. Michael ZirkleThe Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy is now Duke's tenth, and newest, school. University...
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Stem cells are often seen as panacean in cardiovascular circles, known for repairing and renewing heart muscle after a heart attack. But how and why they work is still up for debate.New research out...
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Idyllic campus life was not spared the brunt of the H1N1, or swine flu, scare when it spread across the globe this spring. Administrators made special preparations for commencement weekend and...
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A fifty-year-old model of the way Atlantic ocean currents flow, which shows a discrete "conveyor belt" of deep, cold water flowing southward from the Labrador Sea and forming a continuous loop with...
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Glad to be a grad: Smiles, hugs, and snapshots were constants during commencement—plus words of advice from keynote speaker, Oprah Winfrey. Megan MorrCameras flashed across Wallace Wade Stadium as...
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Germany was considered the heartland of witch trials in early-modern Europe: It was home to roughly half of the 100,000 trials held between 1450 and 1750. But witch hunts took place elsewhere in...

Forum

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Early in the coverage of the outbreak of H1N1, news sources reported on an alleged "Patient Zero of the Swine Flu Outbreak," a smiling and playful boy from Mexico (four or five years old, depending...
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Frank FournierChodikoff and Carolina Blue As an alum of both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B. '72) and Duke, I was intrigued by the photo spread on pages 44-45 of the most...

Biblio-file

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Deena Stryker initially traveled to Cuba as a journalist for Agence France Press. While there, she wrote to Fidel Castro, asking permission to return to write a story about the revolution. Castro...

Mini-profiles

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Courtesy Elizabeth McMahanRaised on a farm not far from Winston-Salem, Elizabeth "Betty" McMahan remembers climbing a sycamore tree at age fourteen and using her Boy Scout pocket knife to carve the...
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Courtesy Marty PadgettAutomakers in the United States are in deep trouble, and Marty Padgett knows it.As executive editor of the website TheCarConnection.com, a freelance journalist for magazines...
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Courtesy Metropolitan United Methodist ChurchWilliam K. Quick stumbled upon the Methodist religion accidentally. Or perhaps divinely, depending on your beliefs.Courtesy Duke Divinity School"My eye...

Campus Observer

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Sweet music: Eric Pritchard, top, plays for a packed house at Doris Duke Center. Jared LazarusOutside the Doris Duke Center in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, on a perfect spring night toward the end of...

Retrospective

  • Namesake: James Southgate, right, with Trinity College President John Kilgo, top; aerial view of Southgate Hall, bottom. Duke University Archives
Popular myth—at least among generations of Duke freshmen—has it that Southgate Hall, on East Campus, was originally built as a mental hospital.Historical records tell us otherwise. The building was...

Updates

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At first, mental_floss magazine's business strategy seemed counterintuitive. Its founders, Will Pearson '01 and Mangesh Hattikudur '01, threw aside the traditional tools of the trade, eschewing...

Alumni Register

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Duke MagazineDuke Magazine, published by the alumni affairs office, has been named one of the nation's top university magazines for 2008, garnering bronze and silver medals in a national competition...
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Committed teacher: ADUTA winner Lo. Megan MorrMbaye Lo, a lecturer in Arabic, has been chosen as the winner of this year's Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (ADUTA). A native of...
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Jared LazarusIn another record-breaking Reunions Weekend, nearly 3,900 alumni, family members, and special guests came to campus in April. Despite economic woes, this year's attendance topped last...

Between the Lines

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Historian Tom Robisheaux '74 likes intellectual puzzles and the stories that wrestle with those puzzles. As an undergraduate, he was drawn to questions about what it was like to live in a period...

Sports

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Standing together, standing apart: Doubles teammates Amanda Granson '10 and Melissa Mang '09. Jon GardinerAs the summer months drift by, one constant for many tennis players and fans is tuning in to...

Books

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Love or Something Like It by Deirdre Shaw '95. Random House, 2009. 239 pages. $25.In Deirdre Shaw's debut novel, Love or Something Like It, Los Angeles is not Joan Didion's depraved, Santa Ana-...

In Focus

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Tanya Chartrand is curious why we love it when others present us with reflections of ourselves. Chartrand, a professor of marketing and psychology at the Fuqua School of Business, studies non-...

Student Snapshot

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Last year, Alethea Duncan brought a change of clothes to her lab nearly every day. When she's working, she has to wear something she's not afraid to ruin—a giveaway T-shirt, an old pair of jeans—in...

Gallery

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El Khasne, 1842-44, by David Roberts, Scotland. Color lithograph. 23½ x 17 inches.The Middle East is often described as the Holy Land, being the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It...