Jul - Aug 2010

Close to home: Earle at Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California. ©Macduff Everton/Corbis
Watch Earle's TED talk, her appearance on The Colbert Report, and more at National GeographicOne evening in early April, Sylvia Earle sat back in her... Read more
On duty: Paul Salem in uniform. Photo by Brownie Harris
Bill and Angela Lynch wonder whether their son, Matthew, was aware of the university’s veterans’ memorial, which, when Matt was in school here, was... Read more
Blossoming: Amid spring poppies, Goodwin surveys Montrose's natural wonders. Photo by Les Todd
Nancy Sanders Goodwin: FloraTwo years ago, Nancy Sanders Goodwin '58 erected a deer-proof fence around Montrose, the historic, sixty-one acre... Read more

Jul - Aug 2010

Departments

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Bad News: Earle talks oil.On April 20, Deepwater Horizon, an offshore-drilling platform located forty miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded. Initial estimates suggested a subsequent leak was...
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In the May-June issue, we asked you to tell us whether you wear sunscreen every time you're out in the sun. Only 33 percent said yes. The conversation continues on our Facebook page. Add your vote...

Gazette

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Executive aesthetics: CVS head Thomas Ryan, left, earned higher marks for attractiveness and competence than Nike's Phil Knight, right. Ryan:Bloomberg via Getty Images; Knight: nikebiz.comAppearance...
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Bright star: Alma Thomas' The Eclipse. Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art MuseumA summertime Nasher Museum of Art exhibition of abstract painting and drawing called "Color Balance" juxtaposes...
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Wallace: Duke's newest Truman. Courtesy Lindsey WallaceLindsey M. Wallace '11, whose extracurricular activities include working with recovering addicts in Durham and for animal-welfare causes, has...
  • All smiles: Iyanna Atwell looks to the future—through 2010 lenses—during graduation ceremonies. Les Todd
While the 2010 commencement exercises took place under cloudy skies, the message of this year's speaker was nevertheless illuminating. Muhammad Yunus, considered the father of microfinance, called...
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George McLendon, dean of Trinity College and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Duke, will become provost of Rice University on July 1. McLendon, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was...
  • Triumphant: Coach John Danowski and the four team captains—seniors Sam Payton, Ned Crotty, Parker McKee, and Max Quinzani, from left— receive NCAA Championship trophy following Blue Devils' overtime win. Lance King
It was all over in five seconds. C.J. Costabile '12, a defensive midfielder, won the faceoff in the overtime period, knocked the ball forward, scooped it, and ran toward the goal. No one moved to...
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Religious references: Shahn's Ecclesiastes or, The Preacher.For centuries, art historians claimed that the relative dearth of Jewish artwork from before the twentieth century was caused by the...
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Philip Benfey, Paul Kramer Professor of biology, and Vann Bennett, James B. Duke Professor of cell biology, biochemistry, and neurobiology at Duke Medical Center, have joined exclusive company. This...
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Recent Duke studies have analyzed two factors behind rising health-care costs in the U.S.: medical imaging and physician pay.The first study, conducted by the Duke Clinical Research Institute, found...
  • Acting the part: Wiley in a scene from Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till. Courtesy Stephen Barefoot
Mike Wiley has played many roles in his acting career—all actors do. It's just that Wiley plays them all at once.Since the spring , he has had a new role as the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair...
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Expensive image: PET scans drive up health-care costs.Biomedical engineers at Duke have developed an inexpensive and easy-to-use system that allows HIV-positive mothers to give their newborns a...
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Duke Performances has put together an eclectic lineup for its third annual summer concert series, mixing young indie-rock bands with a little bit of chamber music. From May to August, there will be...

Biblio-file

  • J. Pascal Sebah, Panorama de Constantinople Pris de la Tour du Galata. Albumen photographs. 10 x 126 inches. Ottoman Empire, late nineteenth century.
The library recently acquired a rare photographic panorama of Istanbul, titled Panorama de Constantinople Pris de la Tour du Galata. The panorama was made in the 1870s or 1880s by J. Pascal Sebah, a...

Forum

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Atrocities AvoidedThe article "Encounters With an Ever-Present Past" [March-April 2010] gave me the impression that a rare opportunity for students to visit the Holy Land was misused to promote a...

Gallery

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Orange Trailer, Arizona, 2006, Burk Uzzle, U.S. C-print, 40 x 50 inches. Gift of Charles Weinraub and Emily Kass. Burk UzzleKnown for his original views of Americana, Burk Uzzle was the youngest...

Syllabus

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The first sentence in Carol Apollonio's course synopsis describes her class as "Dostoevsky with the gloves off." It's up to students to handle the brooding Russian master without fear of getting...

Books

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What's Next: Follow Your Passions and Find your Dream Jobby Kerry Hannon '82Chronicle Books, 2010. 288 pages. $22.95.Conventional wisdom says that when the economy is in recession and unemployment...

Retrospective

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Treasure trove: Trinity College Historical Society holdings, first stored in a fireproof vault, evolved into today's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. Duke University...

Alumni Register

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Indelible influence: Tifft remembered as a beloved professor, mentor, and friend. Chris HildrethSusan Tifft '73, who died on April 1, had a remarkable record with Duke University, where she taught...
  • Wish you were here: Thousands converged on campus for picture-perfect Reunions Weekend. Photo by Duke Photography
Nearly 4,000 alumni, family members, and friends came back to Duke in mid-April to celebrate Reunions Weekend, and mingling with classmates was only one of their many options. With picture-perfect...
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Ferraro: ADUTA winner praised for sparking students' intellectual curiosity. Les ToddOn the first Friday in April, English professor Thomas Ferraro was in a grumpy mood. He'd just come from teaching...

Between the Lines

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The opening chapter of Sylvia Earle’s book The World Is Blue is “The Vision: Limitless Ocean Bounty, Infinite Resiliency.” The second chapter is a more troubling plunge: “The Reality: The Ocean Is...

Campus Observer

  • Visting a patent's home. Megan Morr
Robin Ali parks her Acura MDX in the Oldham Towers parking lot on an overcast morning in May. Built in 1969, the downtown Durham public-housing high-rise has seen better days. Ali is here for her...

Student Snapshot

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Gerard Nsabimana Les ToddBurundi, a largely agricultural country in eastern Africa, has suffered from ethnic violence between its two major tribes—the Hutus and Tutsis—since it won its independence...

Q&A

  • Courting success: By senior year, Zoubek had overcome injuries to become a key team player. Photo by Jon Gardiner
I've got to know—why did you grow the beard?I got pretty lazy last summer, and I started letting it grow out a little bit. I was playing well in pickup games, and then, before the season, we had our...

Sports

  • Watch out, fish: Lifelong anglers Santosh Shanmuga, left, and Drew Haerer hook underwater dwellers on almost every outing. Jon Gardiner
When Haerer arrived at Duke in 2008, he was recruited by Chris Carson '10 to help organize a bass-fishing club. This past fall, their efforts gained momentum with the arrival of several like-minded...

Mini-profiles

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Going clothes shopping with a preadolescent girl can be a lesson in frustration. Children's sizes are too small or, even worse (in the eyes of a middle-schooler), too "babyish," while junior styles...
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Julie SkarrattIn 1953, the year after Sylvia Plath won the Mademoiselle Fiction Contest, Elinor Divine Benedict heeded the advice of Duke English professor William Blackburn and submitted to the...
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Rejane CytackiWhen Damien Hoffman was a boy, his grandfather started teaching him about the stock market and about legendary investors like Peter Lynch and Warren Buffett. "Stocks, along with sports...