May - Jun 2010

Renaissance man: The grandson of a coal miner, Cook has interests that range from German opera to the history of philosophy to cultural notions of beauty. Credit: Chris Hildreth
 On a typical Thursday afternoon in March, nearly every seat in the waiting room of the Duke Mohs Surgery Unit is full. Patients, most of them... Read more
Shelter from the storm: Volunteer nurse monitors a three-year-old girl with two broken legs in mobile operating room in Leogane. Photos courtesy of Patrick Adams.
 I left for Haiti five days after the earthquake. I flew into Santo Domingo, hitched a ride to a small port town six hours south, and managed to... Read more
 Eye on history: Gaffield examines reproduction of declaration. Credit: Brownie Harris.Where to find national solace in the midst of national... Read more
Hit maker: DioGuardi with fellow Idol judges. Credit: Getty Images for Fox.
Kara DioGuardi clearly remembers her initial reaction when the producers of American Idol asked her to appear on last season’s final episode wearing... Read more

May - Jun 2010

Departments

Gazette

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 The film version of Duke professor Timothy Tyson's best-selling history and memoir, Blood Done Sign My Name, opened nationwide in February, marking the culmination of a long process of adapting the...
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The ride between East and West campuses on a Duke bus takes about seven minutes, plenty of time for a quick chat, a last-minute study session, and now, a poem. Thanks to the efforts of Deborah Pope...
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Twelve large ceramic pots adorn the lawn in front of the Nasher Museum of Art, the work of renowned local artist Mark Hewitt. Sarah Schroth, Nancy Hanks curator at the Nasher, who arranged the...
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Duke researchers have devised a method to dry and preserve proteins in glassy microbeads that seem to retain the molecules' properties while potentially making them easier to use in medication.David...
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In April, the audience at Duke's Page Auditorium was treated to the sounds of the internationally acclaimed Kronos Quartet, which performed the world première of "String Quartet No. 1." The piece,...
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Work in progress: architectural rendering of residential addition. Courtesy William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. A new residence hall on West Campus will experiment with a fresh housing model...
Many elementary-school children with clinically elevated attention problems in one grade no longer demonstrate these problems the following year in their new classroom, according to a study led by...
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For more than two decades, Joanne Kurtzberg HS '83, the director of Duke's pediatric blood- and marrow-transplant program, has been studying stem cells in umbilical-cord blood and their possible use...
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Seth Gardner '89, J.D. '94, M.B.A. '94 has been appointed executive director of the new Center for Financial Excellence at the Fuqua School of Business. The courses and programs offered through the...
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Balancing act: Pilobolus blends elegance, wit, and athleticism. Credit: John KaneThe seventy-seventh annual season of the American Dance Festival, which has been a Duke and Durham summertime staple...
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Duke faculty members voted unanimously in March to create an open-access digital archive of their scholarly articles, a move intended to make research readily available to the public and to...
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Reviving ruins: Technology helps students recreate ancient sites. Credit: Laura Fravel / Akara Lee.The study of Roman baths and Franciscan churches may not seem to lend itself to computer technology...
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Gore: advocate for alternatives to fossil-fuel-based economy. Chris HildrethAl Gore, former Vice President and climate-change activist, at Page Auditorium. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner came to...
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A key reason heart attacks are so dangerous is that they kill heart muscle cells. In humans, these cells have a limited ability to regenerate, so scar tissue builds up, making it more difficult for...
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           As the global economy begins to recover from the shocks of the 2008 financial crisis, Duke administrators have begun to reassess the university's budgetary situation.In September 2008,...

Biblio-file

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Day in the life: Waters found beauty in the mundane—a girl with a Coke bottle. Credit: H. Lee Waters.Born in 1902, Herbert Lee Waters spent the majority of his life in Lexington, North Carolina,...

Forum

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  Bones to PickAs the proud "mom" of an eleven-year-old Portuguese water dog, I thoroughly enjoyed your article "Why Dogs Love Us" [January-February 2010]. The side article, "Good Dog!" by Sarah...

Syllabus

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In 2006, children sitting at dinner tables across America rejoiced. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had announced a multistate outbreak of E. coli in several brands of spinach and...

Retrospective

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Proof positive: Recently discovered documents link Trinity College to charitable food distribution to freed slaves. Credit. Duke University Archives         David Ferriero, Archivist of the United...

Mini-profiles

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Credit: Kathleen Murphy JonesJames T.R. Jones has achieved an enviable level of professional success. At Duke Law School, he was ranked second in his class, was selected for the Order of the Coif,...
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Credit: Les ToddNearly all of the initiatives that Ruby L. Wilson R.N., F.A.A.N. helped launch during her nearly sixty years in the nursing profession are now standard operating procedure: Nurses...
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Credit: Jeff Trull Rhett Iseman Trull has been crafting stories, poems, and plays since she was a girl. Writing provides an outlet for articulating emotion and experiences, from the confusion and...

Between the Lines

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“We’re in the business of knowing a good story,” says David Jarmul, Duke’s associate vice president for news and communications. Jarmul and his colleague Camille Jackson, who had been covering the...

Alumni Register

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Early in February, on a weekend when a massive snowstorm held much of the commerce and travel in the Northeast at a standstill, Duke students and alumni gathered on campus for the annual Fannie...
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Women from all walks of life: participants in effective-communication session. Credit: Les ToddWhen Lisa Belkin began writing a column for  The New York Times on how women manage their lives, she...

Sports

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Chaos in Cameron: As the shot clock expires, the reality of a national title takes hold. Credit: Megan MorrCoach Mike Krzyzewski's thirtieth season with the Blue Devils. The preseason NIT...

Books

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The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith From 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965. By Sam Stephenson. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. 288 pages. $40.Last year produced a wealth of books on...

In Focus

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During the daytime in the subtidal zone, when light filters through the water just below the ocean's surface, sea urchins scramble for a place to hide. They're looking for a crevice where they can...

Q&A

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European domination: Finals of 2006 World Cup pitted France against Italy. Stephane Reix/For Picture/CorbisLaurent Dubois: Professor of Romance studies and history. Megan MorrLaurent Dubois spends...

Student Snapshot

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Modern-day Thoreau: Ilgunas at center of his radical living experiment. Jon GardinerBy the time the U.S. Congress took action to reform student loans this spring, Duke graduate student Ken Ilgunas...

Gallery

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Cassone panel with Neptune presiding over a wedding, ca. 1560, anonymous Florentine (Italian) artist. Carved walnut with gilding. 21 ¾ x 67 ¾ inches. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art.Courtesy...