May - Jun 2008

Boosting a best-seller: Ariely at Manhattan's flagship Barnes & Noble store. Yunghi Kim
 Dan Ariely is interested in your Social Security number. Purely for research purposes.Imagine yourself in a class of students. There's Ariely... Read more
Meeting the people: Paul at Salem, New Hampshire, town hall meeting. Jocelyn Augustino/Redux
 In the early 1960s, as most students at Duke Medical School learned about anatomy, and some of them free love, Ron Paul delved into Ayn Rand... Read more
Sarah Schroth. Credit: Bill Bamberger
 When visitors stroll through the Nasher Museum of Art's first blockbuster exhibition,"El Greco to Velázquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III... Read more
Dale Purves is not musical by nature. He's been trying to play the guitar for forty years-with limited success. He has no formal training and, if... Read more

May - Jun 2008

Departments

Gazette

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Transformation: Women greeting Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. George Hallet/Documentary of Archive Arts in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections LibraryDuke is hosting an exhibition...
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 In February, the board of trustees approved a resolution prohibiting Duke from making direct investment in companies engaged in business with the government of Sudan.The action followed the...
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R. Alison Adcock, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science; Vincent Conitzer, assistant professor of computer science and economics; Katherine Franz, assistant professor of chemistry...
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The board of trustees has approved tuition increases for next year. Tuition for undergraduate students enrolled in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Pratt School of Engineering for...
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 Roine Magnusson / Getty ImagesWith much of the Southeastern U.S. beset by drought, a team of Duke biologists has been studying one particularly drought-resistant plant: the juniper.The team, led by...
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Dorling Kindersley / Getty ImagesPolygamous baboon fathers get more grandchildren if they spend a little time with their children during their juvenile years, according to research conducted by...
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Coast to coast: Katsouleas comes East. Courtesy University of Southern CaliforniaThomas Katsouleas, professor of electrical engineering and electrophysics at the University of Southern California...
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Shades of blue: Duke fans wore ribbons to honor UNC's slain student body president. Kevin C. Cox / Getty ImagesThis spring the Duke and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill communities came...
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In the spring of 2006, Duke researcher Laura Smart Richman and graduate student Charles Jonassaint were working on a pilot study measuring people's physiological reaction to stress.One day,...
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Dear Father: Exhibition materials include excerpts of correspondence between fathers and family members. Wilson, top, writes, "Dear Children, Júlia, you are so precious. Oh Vito, come here! Do you...
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Sir Edward Burne-Jones / The Bridgeman Art LibraryPoor sleep may be more harmful to women than to men, according to a new study by Duke Medical Center researchers. Poor sleepers may have trouble...
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Officials at Duke and other top universities are warning that several years of essentially flat budgets for the National Institutes of Health are stifling the research careers-and the potential...
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The Pratt School of Engineering and the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences have joined forces to establish the Gendell Center for Engineering, Energy, and the Environment. The...
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High expectations: Alvin Ailey Dance Company returns to ADF. Eduardo PatinoThis summer, the American Dance Festival celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary. The festival will take place on Duke's...
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Schoenfeld: new communications strategist. Neil BrakeMichael J. Schoenfeld '84, vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt University, has been named Duke's new vice president for public...
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In the fall of 2006, theater-studies majors Sarah Ellis and Julia Robertson participated in the Duke in New York program. They attended concerts and shows regularly and worked as interns for the New...
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Future view: Development along Campus Drive corridor provides practical, environmental, and aesthetic advantages. Pelli Clarke Pelli ArchitectsWhen administrators first began thinking about...

Forum

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Christina Askounis Lies depress me, especially when, until they're exposed, they're rewarded with hefty advances and an enthusiastic review from Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times. Not even the...
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 Chris HildrethGetting ReligionBridget Booher's article on religious life at Duke ["Religious Life at a Crossroads," January-February 2008] is interesting and informative, but the piece would have...

Biblio-file

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  Hall of Exeter College, top, and High Street, Looking West, bottom. Hand-colored aquatint engravings drawn by Auguste Charles Pugin and published in A History of the University of Oxford. R....

Campus Observer

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 Coming through: Smart Home residents are accustomed to the frequent tours and drop-in guests.Megan MorrTim Gu and Lee Pearson, both residents of Duke's new Home Depot Smart Home, have just finished...

Syllabus

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Stu RossnerSeated at a piano in the front of Goodson Chapel, Peter Gomes takes requests. Students call out the names of hymns, and Gomes plays them, one by one. As he plays, he entreats the audience...

Retrospective

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Survey says: Students learning to use a surveyor's transit in the 1940s. Duke University ArchivesWomen engineers Reel, top, and Williams, bottom. Duke University ArchivesMuriel Theodorsen Williams...

Updates

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Doctor's orders: Computer simulation helps train medical residents. © 3DiTeamsLast fall, Duke Magazine talked with researchers who study the world of video games as a cultural phenomenon, exploring...

Alumni Register

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I have two job offers. One would be a lateral move to a company with great name recognition. The other would be a big promotion in a start-up with high growth potential. If I go to the smaller...
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The Duke student body contains future CEOs, consultants, doctors, and lawyers-and perhaps the next famous stuntman or gourmet baker. The Fannie Mitchell Career Conference, held in late January,...
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Holley: acknowledging his eponymous honor. Jon GardinerOver the past six decades, I.B. Holley has touched the lives, and the academic careers, of hundreds, if not thousands, of students. Duke...
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Jay Malin PhotosIn February, President Richard H. Brodhead traveled to Washington to dedicate an elementary-school reading room that was renovated with the help of Duke alumni volunteers.The...

Between the Lines

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Thanks to electronic communications, the world, potentially, has become an extended classroom.At Duke, one boundary-pusher is Dan Ariely Ph.D. '98, a behavioral economist profiled in this issue....

Mini-profiles

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Photos archiv KPRreditSitting in a carved antique chair in his vast, elegant office in one of Prague's historic neighborhoods, Richard Graber admits that he never sought to be a U.S. ambassador-a...
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Jenn KennedyThere are few among us who can claim to have sculpted an A-list celebrity's famous posterior or helped America's favorite action hero get into fighting form. But personal trainer Gunnar...
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 Jerry AgeeWith Americans more concerned than ever about environmental issues and dwindling resources, "less is more" is becoming an increasingly popular mantra. But for architect Judy O'Brien, it's...

Sports

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Outstanding in their fields: athlete-scholars Beasley and Imbesi, from left, with mentor Henry Friedman.Les ToddThe first time Johanna Bischof '05, M.D. '10 examined a brain-tumor patient, she was...

Books

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 The Natural World of Lewis and Clark By David A. Dalton '73. University of Missouri Press, 2008. 264 pages. $29.95.The Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806 has rightfully captured the...

Q&A

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Ancient lessons for modern times: Davis, left, uses biblical text to consider today's agricultural economies. Les ToddEllen Davis, professor of Bible and practical theology at Duke Divinity School,...

Student Snapshot

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Megan MorrAs experts in highly specialized fields of study, scholars can run the risk of fading into obscurity-they become experts in Esperanto drama or operator algebras, and their work goes...

Gallery

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Speak, Memory of … (Five-Needle Pine) series, 2005, by Hong Lei, China. From set of six chromogenic prints, 37 1/8 x 47 1/8 inches.Chinese painting has a strong tradition of still lifes that depict...