Mar - Apr 2004

Early defiance: Local 22 members picket while factory superintendent watches, 1947 Photo: courtesy of Winston-Salem Journal
Robert Korstad had many places to dig as he researched a historic labor struggle in Winston-Salem, North Carolina--one that pitted a fledgling union... Read more
Herbie Hancock uses his hands and feet when he talks. When he says the word guitar, his hands strum an imaginary Fender. When he says record, his... Read more
It's been an unusually warm autumn on the Duke campus. In the last week of October, some spring bulbs are confused and begin to send up shoots.... Read more
View from a crane: Perkins addition construction, behind Old Chem. Photo: Les Todd
December brought the end to the Campaign for Duke--and it was quite an ending. The university announced that it had received the largest gift in its... Read more
Fire, before and after, Lyon County, 1992. Photo: Larry Schwarm
Every spring for as long as some folks in east-central Kansas can recall, ranchers--like Native Americans before them--set fire to vast areas of tall... Read more

Mar - Apr 2004

Departments

Gazette

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 What better way to learn about design than to live in what you create? After a year of planning, Duke engineering students hope to see their ideas come to life in a "smart house" expected to house...
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General Motors and Duke have reached an agreement on a multi-year, interdisciplinary teaching and research project aimed at furthering worldwide efforts to develop hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles by...
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Researchers at Duke Medical Center have developed a new breast scanner designed to detect subtle changes in breast cells before a lump can be felt by hand or seen with X-ray mammography.Such early...
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McLendon: seeking good chemistry with faculty. Photo: Jim Wallace     George L. McLendon, Russell Wellman Moore Professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry department at Princeton University,...
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 Campus canvas: renovations will put free expression on hold. photo: Les Todd Generations of Duke students have painted graffiti on the bridge between East and West Campuses. The brightly colored...
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Duke's board of trustees has approved the design of a new $115-million science facility to be named in honor of Duke trustee Melinda French Gates '86, M.B.A. '87 and her family. The French Sciences...
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Joseph Nevins Ph.D. '76, James B. Duke professor of genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is the new director of the Center for Genome Technology (CGT), part of the Duke...
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After a five-week audition for the job, Ted Roof was tapped by athletics director Joe Alleva and a football search committee as Duke's new head football coach. He beat out three other candidates--...
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Academics are the best part of the Duke experience, but students want more interactions with faculty members outside the classroom. Social life is suffering, with students frustrated by a lack of on...
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Pooja Kumar '01, a second-year student at Harvard Medical School, was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, and Ethan Eade was named a Marshall Scholar. Each award finances two years of study in the United...
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Imagine a place where you could mingle with colleagues and friends, grab coffee, and listen to music. A place to kick back. That's what Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta envisions will...
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognized retiring Duke President Nannerl O. Keohane by naming a new visiting professorship in her honor, and she was honored with one of the first-...
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Duke's next chancellor for health affairs should be a physician with clinical experience, proven scholarly accomplishments, and national recognition in a medical sciences discipline. He or she...
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 Hart House: home to future leaders. Photo: Jim Wallace  Duke trustees have decided to renovate the house of former university president Deryl Hart '64 at the corner of Cameron Boulevard and Duke...

Forum

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This essay can only begin with an apology to the admissions office. Folks, I defrauded you. I didn't mean to, mind you. I am a journalist, but when I applied to Duke eight years ago, I had every...

Gallery

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Recognized as one of the greatest undertakings in both the art world and ornithology, Audubon's Birds of America (1827-1838) is a testimony to nature. Even today, more than 150 years after its...
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 Black-figure Neck AmphoraAthens, 2nd quarter, 6th century BCEFrom the Duke Classical Collection Mythological images of warfare were often used on ancient Greek pottery to explore issues of life and...
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 Football's FutureMr. Young [in "Blue Devil Football: First and Long," July-August 2003] fails to address the real issue facing Duke's football program. Duke's inability to compete in football is...
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 Reading List We asked medical school professors to recommend good books in their specialties suitable for general readers.Jo Rae Wright, professor of cell biology and the med school's vice dean of...
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   Winter's Gothic wonderland: snow frosts hedges along the West Union's arcadephoto:Les Todd 

Campus Observer

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 Accounting for accuracy: Skender hands out reward incentive. Photo: Les Todd Shortly before five in the morning on a Tuesday in mid-September, C.J. Skender M.B.A. '81, who teaches accounting,...

Syllabus

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In a field where change typically occurs at a glacial pace (erosion, sedimentation, continental drift), geology professor Alan Boudreau's EOS (Earth and Ocean Sciences) 104S, "Volcanology," is...

Retrospective

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 Photo : courtesy of Kimberly Reed '86 In March 1986, shortly before the Duke-UNC game, tents started popping up outside Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time. Kimberly Reed '86 and several of...

Updates

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This spring will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square military crackdown in Beijing. At the time, Scott Savitt '85 was a twenty-six-year-old journalist, the newly hired Beijing...

Alumni Register

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I'm a lawyer who's never "taken" to the legal profession. Can I look forward to other career options?A quick survey of the lawyers who returned for Duke's first Career Week last year demonstrates...
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Orientation for new members led off the fall meeting of the Duke Alumni Association's board of directors, with the leaders of each alumni program updating and clarifying their programming missions....
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  Conducting in the Mozartsall of the Vienna Konzeithaus in 1975. Photo: Daniel C. Bradley  An autumn weekend was the perfect setting for a reunion of former students who spent a semester in Vienna...
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 Flath: "We all discover something". Photo: Jim Wallace  Everybody in the classroom knew that the figure in the photo, an emaciated man lying on a table, was Christ after crucifixion. What they didn...

Between the Lines

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Numbers can be boring, but they also can be telling. The total raised for the Campaign for Duke, more than $2.3 billion, signals a lot about Duke's reach.Back when the campaign was announced in the...

Mini-profiles

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A man, living alone in a forest, stumbles across a baby eagle, taking him home, and raising him with the chickens. Some years later, a hunter comes along and frees the now-grown eagle. The eagle...
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Cornelia B. Grumman calls herself "an accidental editorial writer." But the Pulitzer Prize she received in 2003 for her work at the Chicago Tribune has a lot more to do with passion than with chance...
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Maureen QuilliganR. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and chair of the department, specialist in Renaissance literature, author of four books, wife, mother, would-be gardener Describe yourself...
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  Lakota powwow: Jingle Dance, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, 1999. Photo: Jo Harriet Haley  The firelight reveals a whirl of brightly colored, masked Yei "spirits," dancing on the soft earth, their...

Sports

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  Sega segue: club hockey coach Selman and team's favorite videogame. Photo: Les Todd NHL All-Star Hockey '97 on Sega Genesis is the favorite hockey videogame of Duke's club hockey team. Before Duke...

Books

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 A Serious Way of Wondering: The Ethics of Jesus Imagined By Reynolds Price '55. Scribner, 2003. 147 pages. $23.Leaders of this magazine need no introduction to the author, so long and so...

Q&A

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 Carded: education's entrepreneur. Photo: Chris Hildreth  You could say Joe Pietrantoni has done it all, and you wouldn't be exaggerating. For thirty-three years he served Duke in a variety of roles...

Student Snapshot

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 Photo: Jon Gardiner In the spring of 1992, as most seven-year-olds in America were just finishing the first grade, Boris Nikolic was packing up his belongings in Banja Luka, Bosnia. Two months...