May - Jun 2006

Mary Eubanks. Les Todd
 The same merciless sun that blasted a drought-stricken North Carolina in the summer of 2002 shone like a spotlight of triumph on Mary Eubanks.... Read more
Late one afternoon at the end of March, just in front of the Allen Building, a Duke University Transit bus caught fire. In the midst of the smoky... Read more
Rally round the flag: demonstrators in New York on April 10 protest House immigration bill. © Andrew Gombert /epa/Corbis
 The protesters were well organized and well prepared. They had long anticipated the rancorous debate on immigration reform in Congress this... Read more
Poker prodigy: Jason Strasser plays the odds from his dorm room. Jon Gardiner
 Jason Strasser knows what you're thinking. Here's a kid who has made a name for himself in the world of online poker, betting and winning and... Read more

May - Jun 2006

Departments

Gazette

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A new breast scanner developed by scientists at Duke Medical Center will dramatically improve the ability to visualize small tumors, reduce radiation exposure to one-tenth that of normal mammograms...
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Good work in India: children in the Shankarbwan center play musical chairs. Sarah GomezAfter graduating from Duke, Sara Gomez '00 traveled to India as a fellow in the Sanford Institute's Hart...
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Carrie Largent, a second-year medical student, died in an apparent early-morning suicide March 11. She was twenty-five. A Pennsylvania native and 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina at...
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Taking center stage: ring-tailed lemurs. Duke University PhotographyDuke's forty-year-old home for primates is getting a makeover and a new name, the Duke Lemur Center, to reflect "a refocusing of...
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Rob Jackson's biological and environmental research explores global warming and biodiversity. But his new book of poems, Animal Mischief (Boyds Mills Press), reveals the Duke biology professor's...
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Twenty-first-century chemists may spend as much time pecking away at computer terminals as twiddling test tubes at the lab bench. They use computers to analyze data and simulate molecules, speeding...
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Duke researchers have proposed a system that would give pharmaceutical companies enhanced economic incentives for developing drugs for neglected diseases such as leishmaniasis and dengue fever that...
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Four Duke students have been selected to receive Goldwater Scholarships for the 2006-07 academic year. They were among 323 sophomores and juniors chosen on the basis of academic merit from a field...
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Global circulation: map of air and wind currents. Copyright © Michael Halbert 2000Constructal" theory is proving to be the Swiss army knife of fundamental theories. The thermodynamic theory, which...
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At its February meeting, the board of trustees approved a 4.5 percent increase in tuition, fees, and room and board for undergraduate students in the coming academic year. Duke's planning also calls...
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When we count, we may mumble "one, two, three ..." to ourselves, but is language really essential to number perception? It's an intriguing question, because it pertains to how deeply ingrained...
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Out on the hustings: Margaret Rose Sanford and Terry Sanford. Still from Terry Sanford and the New South courtesy The News & ObserverBy February of 1960, Terry Sanford had been working to win...
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The heart is a difficult organ to study in detail because it is such a dynamic, constantly moving organ. Now, Duke engineers have induced rat heart cells in culture to mimic some of the key...
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Give them an inch, they'll go a mile: teachers at Forest View Elementary in Durham work closely with their students. Charlotte ClaypoolePresident Richard H. Brodhead and Durham Public Schools...
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Groundbreaking for Fuqua School of Business: President Terry Sanford, left, J.B. Fuqua, and Thomas Keller '53, business-school deanDuke University ArchivesJ.B. Fuqua, the retired entrepreneur for...
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The department of art and art history will be renamed the department of art, art history, and visual studies. "In the past, painting, architecture, and sculpture were considered the 'elevated arts'...
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Copyright illustrated: detail of comic book cover. Bound by Law © 2006 Keith Aoki, James Boyle, Jennifer JenkinsTaking an unorthodox approach to teaching law, three law professors have collaborated...
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Students in Tyvek: Emily Znamierowski '07, right, and Nicole Marin, UNC-CH junior, take a break from cleaning houses damages by Katrina. © Rob Amberg 2006On an "alternative spring break," a Duke...
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Kleptakov regales townspeople with tales of his imaginary adventures as Inspector General in Washington, left to right, Matt Hooks, Edward Wardle, Ross Buckley, Martin Zimmerman, Jacqueline Langheim...
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A $2-million gift from Mitchell Rubenstein and his wife, Laurie Silvers, will support Jewish student life at Duke by funding Hillel programs on campus. The university's Hillel, a branch of the...

Forum

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The Reverend Canon Dr. Sam Wells Duke Chapel is broadly three things. (1) It is a grand building, suitable for hosting major events in the life of the university and its members. (2) It is...
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In Praise of HolleyI enjoyed your short "Update" on Dr. I.B. Holley in your recent issue [January-February 2006].When I entered Duke as a freshman in 1948, his class was the first I attended on the...

Biblio-file

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Joseph Conrad. © Bettmann / CORBISFord Madox Ford. © E.O. Hoppè / CORBISPoets sharing rhymes, novelists drafting fiction together--projects like these actually predate the digital age and our modern...

Campus Observer

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Blank canvas: children survey the undeveloped site of the future discovery garden. Brian CabezaOn a late winter day, seventeen children, ranging in age from toddler to almost-teen, trek along a path...

Syllabus

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Michael GustafsonA required introductory course in the Pratt School of Engineering, EGR53 is aimed at equipping first-year students with the problem-solving tools they'll need for subsequent courses...

Retrospective

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Commencement buzz: banner rivalry at 1979 graduationDuke University ArchivesBasketball season may be over, but our rivalry with that school with a lighter shade of blue never seems to stop. Trash...

Updates

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Last summer, Ben Sands '01 regaled Duke Magazine readers with a first-person account of his participation in ABC's The Bachelorette reality-television series. He described the drama that takes place...

Mini-profiles

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The perfect waltz for Joe and Mary Bates happens on autopilot, as they surrender to every rise and fall and sway while gliding across the floor in each other's arms. Ballroom dancing is the couple's...
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Keir Beadling lies in bed at night thinking of a forty-foot wave that pummels offshore reefs and rips at jagged boulders the size of houses. The water is a numbing fifty degrees, and there happen to...
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In a society where diet books perpetually top best-seller lists, television ads promote half-pound hamburgers or all-you-can-eat dinner buffets, and plus-size clothes are now fashionable instead of...

Between the Lines

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Among the concerns reverberating from the now notorious lacrosse incident is the subculture of college athletics. A faculty report pointed out that the lacrosse team is "small enough to have a...

Alumni Register

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I'm a recent Duke grad who is actively seeking work. Over the past month, I've applied for more than fifty jobs through online job posting sites. To date, I haven't received any interviews, let...
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Cosy chat and confetti flurry at Big Dance. Chris HildrethMore than 3,800 alumni and family members gathered on campus for Reunions Weekend in April.Here's a roundup of attendance: Class of 1956,...

Sports

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Team spirit: Coach Gail Goestenkors gives pep talk during NCAA championship game. Jon GardinerOn April 4 the Duke women's basketball team ended its season in dramatic fashion, losing to Maryland 78-...

Books

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Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin By John Hope Franklin Hon. '98. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. 416 pages. $25.00.For African Americans, John Hope Franklin, as our...

Q&A

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Curran: prescription for career success. Megan MorrSheila Curran, the Fannie Mitchell Executive Director of the Career Center, is the co-author of a new career-advice book, Smart Moves for Liberal...

Student Snapshot

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John Finan. Jon GardinerBy his own account, John Finan was destined to become an engineer. During his freshman year at University College Dublin in his native Ireland, he entered an essay contest...

Gallery

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Europa and the Bull, ca. 520-510 B.C.E., Attic, Black-figure neck-amphora. 17 inches tall x 9 inches in diameter. Anonymous gift, collection of the Nasher Museum of Art Europa was the daughter of...