Jul - Aug 2012

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In the summer of 2010, Nyuol Tong ’14 returned to his home village of Ayeit in what is now South Sudan for the first time since he was five years old... Read more
Illuminating research: Duke professors Meng Chen, Nicolas Buchler, and Debra Brandon see the power of light in different ways. [Chris Hildreth]
During the dog days of summer, millions of us migrate to the nearest watering hole or beachfront property to have our fun in the sun. We may not... Read more
View of the Edmund Pettus bridge, Selma, Alabama. [All photo: Elissa Lerner]
We were still about forty miles away from Memphis when a window blew out on the bus. Ever since we’d crossed into Mississippi, headed... Read more

Jul - Aug 2012

Departments

The Quad

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After twelve years of teaching introductory and organic chemistry at Duke, Stephen Craig ’91 knows many of the most important moments in his students’ learning don’t happen in the classroom.“They...
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 Following passage of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in North Carolina, Duke administrators were unequivocal about how the amendment will affect Duke’s benefits and employee...
  • Honored: Gene Kendall, Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, and Nathaniel "Nat" White, the three surviving members of the first five undergraduates to integrate Duke in 1963. [Credit: Les Todd]
 When Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke ’67, Gene Kendall ’67, and Nathaniel White ’67 arrived at Page Auditorium on Reunions Weekend in April, they assumed they would be watching the usual presentation of...
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 On the first day of her “Women in the Public Sphere” course this past spring, Rachel Seidman told her students they would be responsible for a single class project, one they would be inspired to...
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Like most start-up ventures, Duke’s two-year-old Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative has grand ambitions, which fall nothing short of remaking the university’s entrepreneurial culture. In May...
 Carla Antonaccio may not seem like a bullwhip-brandishing, Indiana Jones-type adventurer, but the classical studies professor nonetheless wound up in the middle of an international detective story....
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 The catalyst: Law and political science professor Donald Horowitz is an expert on constitutional design for severely divided countries. He recently worked on the transitional constitution of South...
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Growing up in Canton, Georgia, Ken Hoehn wasn’t exactly encouraged to study the science of evolution. “The community I grew up in was very Christian-conservative, so evolutionary theory was one of...

Ideas

  • Change of heart: Successful regeneration of damaged aortal tissue may have broader therapeutic applications. [Copyright: Dr. Fred Hossler/Visuals Unlimited/Corbis]
How do you mend a broken heart? Duke medical researchers think they have a new way, using the very scar tissue that forms after a heart attack.Scientists at Duke University Medical Center used ...
Labels may not be helping us watch our diets much. A study led by the Fuqua School of Business found that in the two decades since foods were required to carry “Nutrition Facts” labels, the actual ...
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Failure is a successful theme for Henry Petroski. As Duke’s resident expert on design and structure, he has spent almost three decades teaching and writing about everything from bridges to...
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Remember those not-too-distant days when people got excited about a camera with a couple of measly megapixels of resolution? Make way for the gigaage. Duke engineers have now developed a camera...
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 Perhaps one of the only things we remember from eighth-grade biology is that DNA doesn’t change. The 3 billion letters that make up your personal genome are with you for life, a master blueprint ...

Observer

  • Student Summan Mirza pets the tail of a flounder on an earlier night hike at Beaufort. [Katie Vo]
Dan Rittschof sweeps his scuba light across a sliver of the Neuse River. It’s 11:30 p.m., and he and his students are taking one last look across the water to see if any interesting creatures appear...

Sports

  • Well wishers: Surrounded by teammates and villagers, sophomore offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson pumps the first buckets of clean water from the newly dug well. [Credit: Merrie Harding]
 At first, the work didn’t sound too difficult, particularly not for someone like Takoby Cofield. Here’s a young mountain of a man—six feet, four inches tall and 310 pounds of brute force—who plays...

Forever Duke

  • Armaleo: Introducing students to the beauty and complexity of life’s diversity [Megan Morr]
Daniele Armaleo Ph.D. ’84 has been teaching molecular biology at Duke since 1975. Students now are not just exploring the microscopic components of life, but engaging with advancements in genetic...
  • Presidential purpose: Howard’s priorities include developing more robust online networks and enhancing lifelong learning opportunities for alumni. [Megan Morr]
When Jeff Howard ’76 first stepped onto Duke’s campus as a teenager from Minnesota, the beauty of the campus “took my breath away,” he says. “It was my vision of what a university was supposed to...

Muse

As the son of contemporary art collectors, Jason Rubell spent a fair amount of his childhood at gallery openings and museum exhibitions. By the time he was a teenager, Rubell started buying artwork...
  • Ephemeral Fairy Tales: For her senior capstone project, Katherine Noel ’12 created “Stories and Sculptures,” a series of childhood fables reimagined in intricate paper cutouts. Noel was one of twenty-seven students who completed senior capstone projects through the art, art history and visual studies department. [Katherine Noel]
FILMDerrick Heggans '92: Beyond the Game As a former NFL executive and current managing director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Sports Business Initiative, Derrick Heggans knows the...

Retro

  • Renaissance man: Craven’s wide array of interests included psychology, metaphysics, and astronomy.
Proof of prognostication: Detail from 1870 Koskoo Almanac!Although he never attended college himself, Braxton Craven—the longest-serving president in Duke’s institutional history—was a man of broad...

Devil's Own

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[Les Todd]The 1974 debut of Dungeons & Dragons opened a whole new world for gamers and set off a cultural craze that persists today. But unlike the mostly online roleplaying games of today, D...