Nov - Dec 2005

Makeshift work: Cemetery inhabitants step in for gravediggers. Peter Lemieux
Jima, Ethiopia: Sister Tsigue Petros pulled the jeep to a stop behind Maryam Church at the entry to the cemetery, referred to derisively by the... Read more
Cystisoma: its large, pale retina minimizes its shadow when viewed from below. Widder, HBOI
Floating in the warm depths of the Gulf of Mexico, Sönke Johnsen is surrounded by "ghosts," swirls of ethereal entities whose glimmerings tell him he... Read more
Scholar/detainee: Turkyilmaz Photo: Chris Hildreth
Yektan Turkyilmaz was reveling in scholarly satisfaction.Having spent two months poring over archival collections--an interlude critical to wrapping... Read more
Common ground: Women's Center director Lisker, right, with sophomore scholars, from left, Aislinn Affinito, Andrea Dinamarco, and Meng Zhou. Les Todd
 During the summer of 1923, Duke President William Preston Few interviewed Alice M. Baldwin for the position of dean of women. In her memoir,... Read more

Nov - Dec 2005

Departments

Gazette

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 Obese people are less likely to receive preventive services such as mammograms, Pap smears, and flu shots from health-care providers, according to an analysis of health-care data by Duke Medical...
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  Info-readied: new dorm on East. James Yang.Among a host of other features, the new Bell Tower residence hall on East Campus boasts wireless Internet connections, making it the first dorm at Duke...
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Water works: seniors Tyler Brown, left, and Jim Garnevicus restore shrimp hatcheries in Sumatra. Matt EdmundsonFive engineering students from Duke's Pratt School of Engineering spent part of their...
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  Pine signs: Duke Forest experiment measures carbon dioxide's effects. Les ToddMost scientists agree that growing carbon-dioxide levels are trapping enough heat to induce global warming, but some...
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 Public Radio International (PRI) and Duke have formed a partnership to provide public radio reports as digital audio files for use in Duke courses. For the university, the partnership is part of...
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 Prize pair: Ferrario's diptych Untitled; excerpt from Cappello's "Red Cycle." Used with permission. © Paola FerrarioPhotographs and writing from ten past prize-winning projects are featured in "...
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  Your mother was always trying to convince you that what tasted worst was actually best for you. According to new research from scientists at Duke Medical Center, University College London, and the...
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 A three-day environmental summit in September marked the launch of Duke's new Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, dedicated to forecasting important environmental problems and...
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 The title of the students' scientific paper, "The Booth Tolls for Thee," was humorous, but the purpose was to help solve a serious, frustrating problem for all those who regularly find themselves...
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Stuffing the truck: students gather supplies for hurricane evacuees in Louisiana. Chris Hildreth.Perhaps the most widespread story of Duke told in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was that of the three...
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Everybody talks about the weather, and now, maybe, something can be done about it. Duke has been chosen to administer a new U.S. Department of Energy program that will distribute approximately $10...
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Chandra Y. Guinn has been named director of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture. A Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Guinn taught previously...
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 In an effort to promote environmental stewardship, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences has purchased $19,718 of renewable energy certificates from a wind farm in Kansas to...
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While heart patients have long appreciated the pain relief brought by nitroglycerin tablets, researchers have just as long puzzled over how the drug works. Now professor of medicine Jonathan Stamler...
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Tyler Brown, a Duke engineering student, was killed in San Francisco October 9 when the taxicab in which he was riding was hit by a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup has been charged with two...
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Duke honored outstanding students, faculty members, employees, and alumni at its annual Founders' Day Convocation in Duke Chapel. Honorees included physician and human-rights activist Paul E. Farmer...
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  Here's the latest from the Department of Stuff That's Neat to Know: An infinitesimal corn fungus has been found to be nature's most powerful known cannoneer. It blasts its spores out at 870,000...
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  Cut above: paper stencil used for etching on glass in Divinity's new additionDivinity School faculty and staff members organized a preaching series this fall with two aims in mind: to celebrate...
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  A new student plaza and an organ for the Divinity School are among university priorities that will benefit from a recent $6-million gift from Aubrey McClendon '81 and Katie Byrns McClendon '80, of...
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  Elemental works: Dougherty's installation, Side-Steppin', used Duke Forest saplings to link art and nature. Les ToddAfter months of sneak-preview tours, final preparations, and a rush to get...
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  The Duke Endowment of Charlotte is giving $75 million to the university for student financial aid--the largest single gift made by the Endowment in its eighty-one-year history, and the largest...

Forum

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 William H. SchlesingerPhoto:Jon GardinerAt any moment, science gives us its best explanation of reality. It proceeds by rigorous tests of hypotheses through observation and experimentation. For...
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Thanks for the MemoriesJust this afternoon, I found time to begin reading the September-October issue of Duke Magazine. On page 25, my heart stopped, for there in Campus Observer, with the article "...

Biblio-file

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  Selections from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library The Gospels in ArabicWoodcuts: The Gospels in Arabic, first edition, 16th centuryIn the late sixteenth century, the...

Mini-profiles

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On January 1, with the rest of the country nursing its collective hangover and preparing for a day of college football, Herb Kirsh '49 will lock himself in a room. He will not leave this room for...
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Beyond Wedding March: John, left, and Odom. Chris HildrethAntony John is not one for bridal registries. Rather than supply a bride and groom with a gravy boat or place setting, he prefers to put...
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Nurturer: Lewis, above, center, with mentorees. © Molly RobertsWhen Shireen Lewis entered grade school in Trinidad and Tobago, her country was in its early years of independence from Great Britain....

Campus Observer

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Entrance exam: Do answers need to be in the form of questions? Jon Gardiner.He wants them to yell, and yell loud. He wants them to show some excitement. He starts by bellowing, "How are ya, Duke?!"...

Syllabus

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Les Todd.Be proud to be a rebel 'cause the South's gonna do it again.... --The Charlie Daniels BandThe notion that the South will rise again has been hammered into the heads of Southerners and the...

Retrospective

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Moving museum: Trinity College Historical Society Museum, circa 1910; Duke Museum of Art, 1969, top Duke University ArchivesThe roots for Duke's Nasher Museum of Art go back to the founding of the...

Updates

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 In August 2002, fresh from the release of his fourth novel, Lucchesi and The Whale, and a Duke Magazine feature chronicling his transition from literary critic to fiction writer, English professor...

Alumni Register

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 After many short-term jobs since graduation, I've finally figured out what I really want to do: arts administration. Trouble is, my only relevant experience is from college. How do I get my foot in...
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Lost in Translation, the late William Vaughan '30, the photographer's father.© 2005 Safe Harbor Books. Used with permission. safeharborbooks@aol.comIn the context of digital media, manipulated...
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Six alumni and two Duke parents were named recipients of Charles A. Dukes Awards for outstanding volunteer service to Duke. The awards, sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association, are named for the...
  • Designated duo: Scholars Porter, left, and Tuson. Jon Gardiner
 Rebecca Lee Porter and Laura Hewitt Tuson are the new Alumni Endowed Undergraduate Scholars for the Class of 2009. The scholarship program was established by the Duke Alumni Association in 1979 to...

Between the Lines

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 Pulchritude" is the one word I highlighted with a big, curious question mark in my freshman-year anthropology text, Patterns of Culture. Author Ruth Benedict discusses the value of probing...

Books

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  The Good Priest's Son By Reynolds Price '59. Scribner, 2005. 278 pages. $26.Reynolds Price's fourteenth novel, like so many of his previous ones, plumbs the ties that bind and fray and redeem a...
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  The War Complex: World War II in Our Time By Marianna Torgovnick. The University of Chicago Press, 2005. 209 pages. $25.In his book Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War,...

Q&A

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 Lawrence: Muslims not monolithic, Photo: Les Todd. Religion professor Bruce Lawrence, who has studied and written extensively on the Muslim world, is editor of Messages to the World, a collection...

Student Snapshot

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Les ToddBetween 1960 and 1996, 200,000 Guatemalans were killed during one of the twentieth-century's longest civil wars. Government soldiers and paramilitaries were responsible for the vast majority...

Gallery

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Mask, 1997, by Ron Mueckpolyester resin and mixed media62.2 x 60.2 x 48.8 in.On loan from the collection of J. Tomilson and Janine Wolf HillSelf-trained, London-based artist Ron Mueck, born in 1958...