Mar - Apr 2008

Artists in conversation: pianist Fleisher. Michael Zirkle
 The themes of creativity, adversity, and capturing life stories ran through this academic year's Duke Magazine Forum, held in November.... Read more
Rainbow coalition: the Duke float in last fall's North Carolina Pride Parade. Jianghai Ho
 On a pleasant October day, a multicolored archway of balloons rises like a miniature rainbow over one end of the West Campus Plaza. To one side... Read more
Coach soak: After defeating higher-ranked UNC in overtime to win the 2005 ACC tournament, players gave Rennie a celebratory shower. Jon Gardiner
 In a preseason meeting just before the start of classes, head coach John Rennie unexpectedly introduced his team to the newest senior on its... Read more
The sky's the limit: Author Dellwo, left, and fellow birders Anne Sanford and Ted Gilliland search for avian visitors to Duke Gardens. Les Todd
 The bird walk has started inauspiciously. As guide Cynthia Fox leads a group of binocular-toting birders through the back trails of the Sarah P... Read more

Mar - Apr 2008

Departments

Mini-profiles

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Brownie HarrisJean Beasley remembers clearly the night she fell in ove. The moon shone over the Atlantic, and the hypnotic rhythm of the waves created a sense of reassuring calm. From the back deck...
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Sandra GrooverA thick-skinned, half-blind, dimwitted but quick-tempered animal serves as their symbol. They thumb their nose at political correctness and media objectivity. They run their business...
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 Roy Neil Graves A.M. '61. Trevor Ruszkowski/ UT-Martin University RelationsIf anyone knows what it's like to match wits with William Shakespeare, it's Roy Neil Graves. An English professor at the...

Gazette

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Lindsey Harding '07 had her number 10 jersey retired during halftime of a women's basketball game against N.C. State in January. Harding, now a rookie guard for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA, is...
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Duke Divinity School has received a $14 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. for an initiative that will help Christian leaders combine theological insight with wise business practices to...
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Packing their bags: Pearson, left, and McCartney are headed to Edinburgh and Dublin, respectively. Megan MorrTwo Duke seniors, Ryan McCartney and Lee Pearson, have been chosen for prestigious...
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Monkey muse: Robot responds to primate brain signals. Masafumi Yamamoto, The New York Times / ReduxIn a first-of-its-kind experiment, the brain activity of a monkey has been used to control the real...
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Town-gown symbiosis: intertwined economies. Chris HildrethDuke has a $3.4 billion annual economic impact on the city and county of Durham, according to a recent study. The study, conducted...
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 We often chalk up unhealthy habits—our own, as well as those of others—to a simple lack of willpower. But Duke psychologist Wendy Wood suggests that those seeking, for example, to eat healthier...
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Donna DayUsing acupuncture before and during surgery significantly reduces the level of pain and the amount of potent painkillers needed by patients after the surgery is over, according to a group...
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Brodhead: favorable reviews. Butch UseryPresident Richard H. Brodhead received positive marks from a presidential review committee responsible for assessing his first three years as president. Duke...
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Vive la différence: When it comes to determining sex, humans and fungi may share common originsAdam and Eve, from the Sagars altarpiece. Spanish School, (12th century). The Bridgeman Art...
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Les ToddBruce Karsh '77, a Duke trustee, and Martha Karsh, his wife, have pledged $20 million in endowment funding to support financial aid for undergraduate students from foreign countries—the...
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Read my lips: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthyBettman / CORBISThe prevailing wisdom among brain scientists has been that each of the five senses—sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste—is governed...
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 Duke treasure: Price with Rose. Les ToddYou might think that Reynolds Price would be accustomed by now to the critical acclaim and widespread recognition of his achievements. After all, he's been a...
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Doctors may be missing prostate cancers in obese men because the telltale blood marker used to detect the disease can be falsely interpreted as low in this population, according to a new study led...
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In late January, Abhijit Mahato, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering, was found shot to death in his apartment south of campus. Police, who have charged a nineteen-year-old man with first-degree...
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Clean break: Players are eager to win again. Jon GardinerDavid Cutcliffe, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee, has been named Duke's twenty-first head...
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Smoking and soaking: Trumbo in the tub. Mitzi TrumboRenowned screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947 to testify on the influence of the...
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No apologies: Rove denied U.S. sanctions. Kevin Hwang / The ChronicleProminent speakers representing a variety of opinions from across the political spectrum came to campus last semester to share...
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St. James (Santiago el Mayor), El Greco, circa 1610–14. Oil on canvas, Museo del Greco, ToledoCourtesy Museum of Fine Arts, BostonIn April, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will present a new...
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Joining the ranks: Additional faculty members will soon call Duke home. Megan MorrThe Duke Endowment of Charlotte is giving $40 million to the university to create more than thirty new faculty...

Forum

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Miguel A. Medina Jr. Megan Morr This is a time of exceptional, and possibly historic, drought conditions in North Carolina and the rest of the Southeast. In the fall, North Carolina's governor asked...
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Center for Creative Photography, University of ArizonaMistakes IdentifiedDuring my student days at Duke, in the turbulent World War II days and the Navy V-12 program, I was told of the two "mistakes...

Biblio-file

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Covers of Two-Fisted Tales No. 25; Weird Fantasy No. 13; Flash Comics No. 73; Zap Comics No. 8; Girl Genius No. 1 Comic books are everywhere: adapted for the movies, discussed in literature classes...

Campus Observer

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Strike up the band: Band director Au, far right on trumpet, is joined by students and alumni for the men's basketball game against Albany. Jon GardinerFans are beginning to file into the seats in...

Syllabus

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Snakes, lizards, and frogs on a plane! With the recent addition of herpetology to the biology department, students now know why Samuel L. Jackson was yelling.Through his course, designed for non-...

Retrospective

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Decades of Devils: mascot manifestations from the '60s. Duke University ArchivesDecades of Devils: mascot manifestations from the '30s. Duke University ArchivesDuke's famous Blue Devil mascot made...

Updates

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 Duke MagazineIn the spring of 2006, Josh Sommer was busy making a college career out of mold. After he and his mother were sickened by mold in their home while he was in high school, he'd come to...

Between the Lines

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One of this issue's stories explores gay life on campus. There's a story behind that story: a national campaign that began at Duke.It's a campaign originating, five years ago, in a dinner...

Alumni Register

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Pec power: members of the 1970 Chronicle editorial staff pose sans shirts in the Allen Building trustee boardroom. Duke Univerrsity ArchivesInterested in getting access to the archival photographs...
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 After six years in corporate law, I have decided to go into business. I'm having a hard time getting my foot in the door. What do you advise?The old adage that law is good preparation for any...
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Bill BambergerFifty-one years ago this spring, Robert Posthumus was hanging out with friends when talk turned to a stunt a bunch of Princeton boys had pulled off. They'd kicked a soccer ball from...

Books

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 Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains: A Guidebook By Georgann Eubanks '76. University of North Carolina Press, 2007. 440 pages. $35.Location pertains to feeling," Eudora Welty writes in...

Q&A

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Gut check: Parker, shown holding a "tissue culture cassette" used in his study of digestive-tract bacteria, provides a glimpse into the importance of the appendix. Megan MorrScientists have long...

Student Snapshot

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James ToddAs preparation for the final meeting of the African-American literature course he taught last summer, Duke graduate student Patrick Alexander asked his students to write and perform a...

Gallery

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Book of Hours, c. 1490, workshop of Jean Bourdichon, Tours, France. Ink, gilt, and tempera on vellum, 6 1⁄2 x 3 3⁄4 inches. Collection of the Nasher Museum of ArtThe Book of Hours was used in...