May - Jun 2003

Vitarelli, left, and Segall: environmental visionaries Photo: Les Todd
Justin Segall and Anthony Vitarelli are explaining what not to say if you are out to win support for a grassroots environmental movement--especially... Read more
Points guard: Coach G never confines herself to the bench Photo: Jon Gardiner
Someone unfamiliar with women's basketball might never have heard the name Goestenkors. This would be forgivable: Goestenkors is an unusual name,... Read more
Continental shift: Reale adjusts satellite equipment on rooftop photo: Frederic Savariau
La Paz, BoliviaBrian Reale has just pulled his dirty, 1986 Toyota Land Cruiser to a stop on the edge of the single-lane road that the Inter-American... Read more
"We spend a lot of time thinking about the economics of what we do, and trying to balance that with our reason for existence, which is to publish scholarship.  We give people tenure." -KEN WISSOKER, Editor-in-Chief. Photo: Chris Hildreth
You might imagine that running a university press would be like playing the stock market, angling for the big win: You patiently invest in scholars,... Read more
Figures in repose: living with art Photo: Chris Hildreth
To get to know Ray Nasher, it helps to don a hardhat and do a construction-site circuit. That is, two construction-site circuits: Nasher is the prime... Read more

May - Jun 2003

Departments

Gazette

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William H. Chafe, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences and vice provost for undergraduate education, will leave his administrative posts on June 30, 2004. Chafe, who came to Duke as a...
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The director of Duke's Wetland Center, Curtis Richardson, wants to visit Iraq this summer as part of an effort to restore some of the Mesopotamian marshlands, a crucial wildlife sanctuary and home...
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Four Duke students who intend to pursue careers in science, mathematics, or engineering have been awarded prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, which recognize academic achievements and...
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New M.B.A. recipients from some of the nation's top business schools, including Duke's, will turn their backs on dot-coms and Internet companies after graduation in favor of "career advancement" and...
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Duke's new presidential search committee "hasn't discussed a single name yet," according to its leader, but has received more than a hundred letters or messages with names, advice, and comments from...
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Two Duke scholars have collected the writings of "lost" author Zitkala-Sa, a Lakota woman who wrote about Indian life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, for publication in a...
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Duke Magazine, published by the Alumni Affairs office, has been named one of the nation's top ten university magazines for 2002, garnering gold and bronze medals in a national competition and two...
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Amid concerns over Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Duke officials have decided to cancel their summer study-abroad program in Beijing and are developing an alternate program for students....
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-Fredric Jameson, who is stepping down as chair of Duke's Literature Program, was honored with a four-day conference in April on Utopia, one of the recurring themes in his work. Over the past thirty...
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Check, please: Duke's dining room closes. Photo: Duke University Archives  Faced with declining revenues, the Oak Room, a West Campus dining landmark since 1946, has closed its doors. The space it...
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 President's House: honoring its first residents The President's House has been renamed the Douglas M. and Grace Knight House to honor the achievements of Duke's fifth president. Douglas Knight was...
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Laryngitis kept U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan from addressing Duke graduates, but it didn't prevent the students from hearing Annan's message. President Nannerl O. Keohane read portions of Annan...

Forum

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I'm an editor at ISLANDS, a little sleeper of a travel magazine drooled over for its photography but quietly prized for its lyrical narrative writing. Any kind of island is fair game for its glossy...
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 Court CausesEditors:As a former member of DUMB, I enjoyed Patrick Adams' piece ["Boumpani, the Wise DUMB Director," January-February 2003]. However, the article contains an erroneous date that any...

Gallery

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 At the South Head, Grand MananAlfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837-1908)OIl on 38 x 28 1/2 inches A seascape by Alfred Thompson Bricher, a painter best known for his luminous, hyper-realistic...
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Just five months before his death, in July 1517, Cardinal Francisco Ximénez de Cisneros, Archbishop of Toledo, celebrated the completion of his six-volume Complutensian Polyglot Bible. Of the 600...

Mini-profiles

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At a time when most of her contemporaries have long since given up office hours in favor of tee times, ninety-year-old Margaret Burns continues to see psychiatric patients in her native Asheville on...
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 Fresh out of college, you sit down for your first business lunch amid a whirl of colleagues, clients, plates, silverware, glasses, and napkins. Quick! "Seize the moment," advises Jesse Vickey. Grab...
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On a rainy Mother's Day in 1972, Clarence Newsome became the first black student to give Duke's commencement address, sharing the stage with keynote speaker Walter Cronkite. More than three decades...
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 Nikki JusuRising junior, Chronicle columnist on race relations, screenwriter, poet Describe yourself in three words:Eccentric, sarcastic, capriciousDescribe Duke in three words: Monotonous,...

Campus Observer

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 On the morning of April 10, a Thursday, David Fowler, owner of the Duke Barbershop, went to work in the basement of the West Union building as he has for the last forty-four years. By noon he had...

Syllabus

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 The hhe biology of dinosaurs began as a small class in a small classroom, but every year it has doubled in size and has had to roam the campus in search of lecture halls to fill. The mammoth...

Updates

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Kevin Sack '81 now has some symmetry for his office bookcase: another Pulitzer Prize, to go with the 2001 Pulitzer awarded to him and other New York Times reporters for the fifteen-part series "How...
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 Pop Quiz We asked several students: What are your plans for the summer? Mary Grimley, a rising senior, is working with babies. "I'm here at Duke doing research in the Infant Perception Lab." The...
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   Pre-commencement: Dean Sue Wasiolek wades through a sea of seats in Wallace Wade Stadium before graduation ceremoniesphoto:Chris Hildreth 

Between the Lines

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When I was growing up, art wasn't a cool-kids' passion. But over time, one develops good sense and more refined sensibilities (at least about some things). Now, my vacation destinations hinge on...

Books

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 Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife By Peggy Vincent B.S.N. '64. Touchstone Books, 2003. $13, paper; $9.99, e-book.Giving Birth: A Journey into the World of Mothers and Midwives By...

Alumni Register

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Attendance by the classes of 1973, 1978, and 1983 broke all records for thirtieth, twenty-fifth, and twentieth reunions, respectively, as thirteen separate classes--3,233 strong--came back to campus...

Q&A

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Rankin: man of a thousand words. photo: Les Todd  Daily we are surrounded by images--on television, in the newspaper, in art. In order to stand out, to draw attention, does a photograph need to...

Student Snapshot

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 Melanie Wood, a published mathematician, sees the world in shapes. She is fascinated by them. Abstract notions such as the concept of "topological space," the idea that shapes are deformable, that...