Mar - Apr 2009

Behind-the-scenes jokester: Chodikoff, on The Daily Show set, has been called the show's "unsung hero." Frank Fournier
A rabbi runs for Congress. It sounds like the perfect setup for a joke, and, as far as Adam Chodikoff is concerned, it is. Or it will be soon, when... Read more
Biology professor Mohamed Noor. Credit: Chris Hildreth
It's hopeless. Try as he might, the eager young suitor with the brick-red eyes simply cannot inspire the beautiful female's affections.He stands... Read more
Illustrations by Michael Morgenstern.
 He could be the emblematic Duke freshman: self-assured, well-spoken, goal-oriented. Early in the spring semester, Andrew shows up at one of the... Read more
By God's grace: Competitors at the 2005 Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo pause to pray before saddling up. Jim Wilson.
 Working for The New York Times since 1980, Wilson has photographed people left homeless by natural disasters (California wildfires, Hurricane... Read more

Mar - Apr 2009

Departments

Gazette

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 Under the sea: The Census of Marine Life layer on Ocean in Google Earth lets users "dive" underwater to explore exotic aquatic life anywhere in the world, including the Caribbean. Google has...
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You say you want a revolution: Actor playing guerilla fighter Harry "Pombo" Villegas takes aim at the opposition.Photos by Alex HarrisAt a dinner party in Los Angeles, photography professor of the...
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Their honors: Griffiths in eponymous board room. Shena SanchezAfter a forty-year career at Duke, William Griffith '50 remains a fixture of campus life. The retired vice president for student affairs...
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Alberto Ruggierl A quarterly survey of chief financial officers spanning the global economy, conducted by the Fuqua School of Business in cooperation with CFO Magazine, found that CFOs are more...
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Everything is illuminated: Netherlandish border, top, late fifteenth century, from a Flemish book of hours. 12 x 10 3⁄4 inches; above, Last Judgment, ca. 1440, from a book of hours. 15 1⁄2 x 13...
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A protein that was first identified for playing a key role in regulating normal heart rhythms also appears to be significant in helping muscle cells survive the forces of muscle contraction....
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Results from the first genome-wide study assessing common genetic variations in schizophrenia show that the disease is caused, at least in part, by large, rare structural changes in DNA called "copy...
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Despite, or perhaps because of, tough economic times, Duke has received another record-breaking number of applications for admission to the Class of 2013. In a 17 percent increase from last year's...
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Take control: Banish bad behavior. Matt CardyFaced with a dizzying array of daily decisions, many people don't take a step back to look at the long-term implications. Research conducted by Ralph...
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Brilliant prospects: Liu, top, and Roberts. Photos by Les ToddTwo Duke seniors involved in laboratory research have been awarded Marshall Scholarships to continue their studies after graduation....
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You must remember this: Positive images resonate longer in older adults than negative ones. IAPs (Lang et al., 1997)Neuroscientists from Duke Medical Center have discovered that older people use...
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Welcome to the jungle: Shen Wei, in red shirt with back to camera shares Angkor Wat photos with dancersPhotos by Michael ZirkleAligned in a neat, single row, the dancers face a mostly empty Reynolds...
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CorbisChurchgoers might have noticed some changes in their congregations recently. According to Mark Chaves, professor of sociology, religion, and divinity at Duke, it's likely that they're not...
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Their honors: Booker addressing Sanford crowd. Jared LazarusIn the first months of the Obama administration, an endless stream of pundits seemed eager to discuss the future of political leadership....
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Something old, something new: Prius Zipcar in chapel's shadow. Bryan Rothow.Duke community members have a new way to drive green. In January, Zipcar, a national car-sharing program, arrived on...
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Srinivas Aravamudan, professor of English and director of the Franklin Institute, has been appointed dean of humanities in Arts & Sciences, replacing N. Gregson Davis, Andrew W. Mellon...
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A new Duke study suggests that evolution can behave as differently as dogs and cats. While dogs depend on an energy-efficient style of four-footed running over long distances to catch their prey,...
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Last spring the university launched a project to renovate Few Quadrangle on West Campus. Just seven months later, the dormitory opened on time for students to move in for the spring semester....
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Screen time: preparing for night images at Le Fresnoy. William NolandTwo Duke faculty members celebrated the visual arts in late December with French President Nicholas Sarkozy.An exhibition at the...
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Say "Amen": Lowery's rousing oratory brought chapel crowd, which included President Richard H. Brodhead, to its feet. Jared LazarusOn a cold Sunday afternoon during Duke's annual Martin Luther King...

Forum

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N. Katherine Hayles. Credit: Les ToddSay "literature" and the image springing to mind will likely be a print book. In this computationally intensive era, however, literature (like everything else)...
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View the names of those pictured here.Campus CrimeYour recent article on crime at Duke ["Crime Happens," November-December 2008] documents well the changes to security occurring on campus since the...

Biblio-file

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   When Eliza Haywood's novel The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless was published in 1751, Haywood had won success as an author but was still something of a curiosity.  Known as part of the "Fair...

Campus Observer

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Forward thinking: Alex Li demonstrates the uses of CamAID, his team's project, at end-of-the-semester class presentations. Jared LazarusParents in tow, a ten-year-old boy eagerly guides his...

Syllabus

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Keval Khalsa. Credit: Les ToddKeval Khalsa rests her bare toes on the base of her office chair. "Yoga means union," she says, "union of the finite self and the infinite self."Khalsa, associate...

Retrospective

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Charles Rutherford Bagley '14, A.M. '15 University Archives recently received a scrapbook created by Duke's first Rhodes Scholarship winner, Charles Rutherford Bagley '14, A.M. '15. Bagley attended...

Updates

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  Fifty years ago, when he had been all but banned from the New York club scene, jazz great Thelonious Monk booked a concert at the city's venerable Town Hall auditorium. Playing with a big band for...

Mini-profiles

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Courtesy James GirandJames Girand has the strong, sinewy body of an award-winning triathlete. He's earned dozens of medals for his sporting accomplishments at the international level. A wrestler at...
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Dale Volberg Reed '63, right, and John Shelton Reed. Credit: Paul DagyBack in the early 1960s, Dale Volberg and her beau, John Shelton Reed, frequented Turnage's Barbecue, a family-owned joint on...
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Courtesy Kendall Rileigh This is how Kendall Rileigh summons a character: She begins with the music, something vocative—Debussy's Syrinx for solo flute.Then, she overlays the image: the languid...

Between the Lines

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On a recent afternoon, it was standing-room only in a lecture hall. The occasion was what members of the biology department had labeled "Noorfest," a celebration of their colleague Mohamed Noor.Noor...

Alumni Register

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True blue: Schwartz and Rose share deep personal and professional ties to Duke. Jared LazarusIn a serendipitous convergence of institutional need and alumni loyalty, the Duke Alumni Association (DAA...
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Reunited: Maria Laura Valdes, left, and Sydney Paige Thomas, with multilingual T-shirts. Les ToddReunions in January? For the Class of 2010, a lively "Back Together Again" party at the start of...
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Idea illuminators: clockwise from top left: Sheppard, Williams, Dzau, Woodruff, Levi, Jones, Merson, and Harwood. L to R: Duke University Photography, Duke University Photography, Duke University...

Books

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A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World By John Dear '81. Loyola Press, 2008. 437 pages. $22.95. During my final semester at Duke, I took a fascinating course on Roman...

In Focus

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Let's face it. Reading may engage the mind in ways that television doesn't, but it's still a sedentary activity. It can't help you lose weight. Or can it? Maybe that depends on what you read. In a...

Q&A

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Hamilton: considering the future of journalism. Megan MorrThe field of journalism isn't looking so hot right now. With revenues in sharp decline, papers large and small are scrambling to cut costs,...

Student Snapshot

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  As Amanda Blumenherst ’09 stood over her putt on the 17th hole at Eugene Country Club in Oregon this past August, she couldn’t help feeling nervous. At times like these, she says, she likes to...

Gallery

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The Harrowing of Hell, Netherlandish, c. 1600. Oil on panel. 78.25 x 52.25 inches.This panel painting, with its arched format, would have been used as an altarpiece at the turn of the seventeenth...