Mar - Apr 2011

Class act: Originally hired as an instructor for a three-year stint, Price went on to teach for more than fifty years at his beloved alma mater. Les Todd
 A commanding presence in the life of the university, Reynolds Price ’55 died on January 20. Beginning with his first novel, the widely... Read more
Philosophical contemplation: Aristotle with a Bust of Homer by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1653. Geoffrey Clements/CORBIS
 Aristotle is widely considered the most important thinker in the Western philosophical tradition, and his ideas about ways to make sense of the... Read more
Poverty persists: On Ivy Street in East Durham, immigrant families live in poorly maintained duplexes, some of which are only partly habitable. Bill Bamberger
 Scott Cooper remembers walking into the West Baltimore home, seeing mattresses, four of them, stacked against the living-room wall, and asking... Read more
All in the family: France Kennedy with her son, Ben, after one of his victories at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. Courtesy ISC
 [caption]Lesa France Kennedy '83  [/caption]   MoreDocumenting Duke: Student race car driver Paul Harraka talks about balancing... Read more

Mar - Apr 2011

Departments

Biblio-file

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 Scholarly research isn’t all fun and games: Sometimes it’s just games. Several years ago, brothers Edwin Murray ’72 and Terry Murray donated a sizeable collection of comic books to Duke’s Rare Book...

Forum

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   Generation Gap • Memories of Doris • Missing Piece • CorrectionsGeneration Gap [Reflecting on “Sex, Love, and Celibacy,” November- December 2010:] When I arrived at Duke in 1936, I was baffled...

Campus Observer

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  On a large screen in a darkened lecture hall at the Fuqua School of Business, a television newscaster reports on the spread of a contagious disease. “What began in Shanghai is now global, and it’s...

Mini-profiles

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  From South Africa to Iraq to Tunisia, the birth of a new government is fraught with false starts, fresh bursts of violence, and seemingly insurmountable structural challenges. Sudan has endured...
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  In the decade since Eva Sayre graduated from Duke, she’s climbed the corporate ladder as a strategic analyst at The Parthenon Group, an international consulting firm; was recruited by a headhunter...
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   Courtesy of Melissa & Doug Melissa Bernstein trusts her instincts, even when they compel her to take counterintuitive risks. Like the time she walked out of the LSAT without answering a...

Syllabus

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 This year, the first of the baby boomers—those born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964—turn sixty-five. As this population ages, the prevalence of end-of-life illnesses will increase. Some of these...

Retrospective

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 Secrets revealed: The Tombs was a secret honorary society organized in 1903; the significance of the bells adorning members’ ankles in this 1907 photo remains a mystery.University Archives On the...

Between the Lines

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 He was a literary luminary whose debut work drew comparisons with William Faulkner. But Reynolds Price ’55, who died in January, was animated not just by his writing but also by his more than fifty...

Good Question

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 When we move from the real world to a virtual space such as that of Second Life or World of Warcraft, we cross clear thresholds as we log in and “become” our avatars. We know our roles in virtual...

Alumni Register

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 Digging in: Duke Alums Engage participants clean up trash and beautify the grounds in one of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership communities in 2009.Jared Lazarus When the idea for the Duke...
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 Launched in late 2008, the Duke Idea brings President Richard H. Brodhead and other university leaders to cities around the world to inform alumni about Duke’s vision for the twenty-first century...
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 Casts of thousands: For seventy-five years, Hoof ’n’ Horn has attracted students to participate in such productions as Belles and Ballots, presented during Joe College weekend in 1951.University...

Sports

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 Pacesetter: Even in retirement, Buehler continues to be a vital part of the university, leading members of an employee fitness group around the track where he made history.Chris HildrethOn the...

Gazette

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  Dance master: Cunningham directs Victoria Finlayson in “Fabrications” in 1987.©Owen Franken/CORBISIn the early 1950s, dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham formed the Merce Cunningham Dance...
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 Ten student-led scholarly projects designed to enhance collaboration between Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded $5,000 each as part of the inaugural Kenan-...
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 Keohane: What a leader looks like.Megan MorrNannerl O. Keohane, president emerita of Duke, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She spoke about her new book, Thinking About Leadership, and...
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  Outside the frame: Hoffman installed his artwork around corners and down hallways.Mark ZupanGerman-born Dutch artist Stefan Hoffmann was on campus in early February as a visiting artist sponsored...
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  Universal language: Dinnerstein, left, and Merritt collaborated on the world premiere of new works and reinterpretations of older ones.LisaMarie Mazzucco (left)/Jason Frank Rothenberg(right)Tift...
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  What goes on: W. Eugene Smith at his legendary Sixth Avenue loft in 1957. Collection of the W. Eugene Smith Archive, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona and The Heirs of W....
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 Most American companies shipping jobs overseas say a shortage of skilled domestic employees—not cost cutting—is their primary motivation, according to new research from the Fuqua School of Business...
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  Engineering researchers are looking into the different ways that cells respond to viruses to better understand the mechanisms of cell growth, division, and death. Genetically identical cells...
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Duke researchers have uncovered clues to memory and learning by exploring the function of a single gene, WRP, that governs how neurons form new connections. Their findings may also provide insights...
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 A recent study has found that children as young as three who have little self-control are more likely to have health problems, a chemical dependency, financial troubles, or a criminal record by the...
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  An effort in King County, Washington, to add nutrition facts to fast-food menus had no effect on customers’ ordering habits in its first year, according to researchers at the Duke-National...
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  Innovator: Jenkins and a student at the Pratt School of Engineering.Chris HildrethFormer Duke trustee Kimberly Jenkins is leading a new campus initiative to promote entrepreneurship. In November,...
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  The Blue Devil volleyball team had a record year, advancing to the regional finals, or “elite eight,” of the NCAA Tournament this winter for the first time in Duke’s history. The team also won the...
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  Robinson: Human rights activist. Courtesy Randall RobinsonWriter and social-justice advocate Randall Robinson, who led a nationwide campaign to end apartheid in South Africa and has pushed for...
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 Patton: Dooley to Devil.Office of News and CommunicationsLaurie L. Patton, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of religion at Emory University and director of Emory’s Center for Faculty...

Books

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  Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results by Thomas Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman. PublicAffairs/Perseus Books Group, 2011. 272 pages. $23.99. With the increase in the number of donors such as...

Q&A

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 Larry MonetaVice President for Student AffairsLes ToddJared Lee Loughner, the alleged would-be assassin of Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords, has a now well-publicized history of run-ins...

Student Snapshot

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Music in the air: Yang conducts the Duke Chamber Players during a rehearsal at Bone Hall in the Mary Duke Biddle Music Building.Megan MorrIn the future, if all goes according to plan, senior Clara...

Gallery

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 The Great Speed, 1975, Alexander Calder, American. Painted steel. 18 x 24 x 11 inches. Bequest of Nancy Hanks.Megan MorrAfter earning a degree in mechanical engineering, Alexander Calder studied...