May - Jun 2012

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I really want you, resolute reader, to read this entire story. Yes, that’s you. And it’s really important. So what will it take to make it happen?... Read more
Paul Salem
Paul SalemA Moral Imperative to Heal As the oldest member of the Class of 2012 and its only combat veteran, former U.S. Marine Paul Salem arrived on... Read more
Safe at home: Fiona Gardner struggled with the death of her older brother. [Chris Hildreth]
Crystal Collins was nine, and her dad would buy her nice clothes. Crystal’s mother had given her up at birth, and her dad had raised her. He’d... Read more
That's a wrap: Lepselter at New York's Sound One studios
In a low-lit mixing room in New York’s Sound One studios, Alisa Lepselter and two audio engineers are tinkering with the sound levels of a scene from... Read more

May - Jun 2012

Departments

The Quad

  • [Payette, Boston, MA]
With a name like Duke Environment Hall, you’d expect the future home of the Nicholas School of the Environment to be eco-friendly. And, indeed, the 70,000-square-foot building is striving to be...
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Saturday afternoon, and the lecture room is full of undergraduates, grad students, and faculty members. A large chart makes its way around the room, and the crowd of thirty dutifully marks on it...
Summer in Durham—time again for the hordes of lithe, leotard-wearing dancers who descend on the Bull City for the American Dance Festival. Now in its seventy-ninth year, the festival this year...
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It’s hardly news that technology is transforming the way that consumers engage with journalism. But how effectively have journalists embraced technology? Asking that question led Sarah Cohen,...
If Don Draper is the fantasized version of a suave 1960s pitchman, David Ogilvy was the real deal. Flamboyant and movie-star handsome, the late founder of Ogilvy & Mather helped build the...
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The catalyst: Although music professor Thomas Brothers was hired as an expert on medieval and Renaissance music, he’s longed for the opportunity to teach a course on one of the most celebrated...
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A spike in reports of hazing at Duke—coinciding with a wave of national media attention on hazing on college campuses—has brought renewed focus on an old problem. Twenty-three reports of hazing...
When an earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, the world sprang into action. Martin Connor sprang into composition. Connor, then a sophomore and a newly declared music major, began working on...
  • Haiyan Gao is the chair of Duke's physics department.   [Les Todd]
Haiyan Gao, chair of Duke’s physics department, probes inside atoms to study the structure and spin of neutrons. A native of Shanghai, Gao was inspired to pursue physics by her father’s stories...
In more than a decade of fieldwork in rural India, Manoj Mohanan has seen many hopeful efforts to improve the health of the country’s most vulnerable populations. But he also has learned that...
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In evaluating the university’s actions surrounding now-discredited research data published by former faculty member Anil Potti, Duke research officers admit the university made mistakes in handling...

Ideas

In the blockbuster movie Titanic, First Officer William Murdoch is portrayed as a ruthless villain who shoots two men as the ship goes down. Problem is that never happened. The real-life Murdoch...
When the Mega Millions jackpot went over $600 million in early April, people waited in long lines to buy a ticket, giving them a one-in-175 million chance of winning the grand prize. With...
Five things that came out of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences’ annual Brain Awareness Week, a series of public lectures held in March: 1. The brain is inherently empathetic. Human brains...
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Amid the rancor over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a Duke student has come up with a small tweak to the law that could save taxpayers billions. Noah Kalman, a dual-degree M.D./ M....
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Imagine you’re walking down the street and talking on your cell phone. You’ve been talking a while, but you’re not worried about the battery dying because the motion of your walking is creating...
  • What big eyes you have: A North Sea squid's awesome orb  [Istockphoto]
Giant and colossal squids have the largest eyes of any animal—orbs as big as basketballs—but it’s not like the sea creatures have X-ray vision. So why the big eye? Associate professor of biology...

Observer

The Patient Sheema Hallaji is beat. After a double shift in the Duke Hospital pharmacy, she can’t wait to pass out. She changes out of her work clothes, pulls her hair back into a ponytail, and sets...

Sports

Deep in the digital detritus of Becca Ward’s computer are some peculiar mementos of her days as a teenage fencing phenom. Sometime around age thirteen, when she began traveling the globe to compete...

Muse

When we think of war, our mind’s eye sees scenes of destruction and suffering. The war-related images captured by photographer Christopher Sims ’95 contain no battle scenes or wounded civilians,...
FILMGarbage Can-CanWhen choreographer Allison Orr approached a group of Austin, Texas, trash collectors about creating a dance performance, she was met with silence and skepticism. A year later, on...

Forever Duke

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What was lost when the Woman’s College merged with Trinity in 1972? Why are women’s athletic opportunities still not equal to those for men, despite the passage of Title IX? How do state battles...
Roberto Olivares III ’88 has a longrange perspective on the experiences of Hispanic/Latino students at Duke. While he enjoyed his undergraduate experiences, there weren’t many other Hispanic/Latino...

Retro

  • Regal: Princess Irene, second from right, in front of Duke Chapel with a Duke-Durham contingent that included Mary Semans, second from left. [Duke University Archives]
With an architectural style reminiscent of European castles, Duke’s West Campus looks like a place where you might find a princess. And on a Sunday in January 1967, it was.That day, Duke was visited...

Devil's Own

  • Rare record: Acetate discs from the Robinso collection  [Les Todd]
In its heyday in the late 1930s, the soapy radio serial The American Family Robinson aired on more than 300 U.S. radio stations. But as listeners followed the travails of Luke Robinson, a small-town...