Nov - Dec 2006

Before she showed up at Duke's Morreene Road Pain Clinic last year, Christy Anderson had suffered through intense migraines for more than three... Read more
Learning to teach: only months after defending his dissertation, Mike Garcia is becoming comfortable in the classroom thanks to a strong mentor, well-planned lectures, and carefully crafted lesson plans. Megan Morr
 During the spring semester of 2002, Simon Partner, an associate professor of history, was teaching a seminar on modern Japanese history. Rather... Read more
New age: Diffey embraces fresh approaches to retirement communities. Sharon Gunther
 David Hewitt has been going to class, studying French and classical music. In an apartment in the next quad, Charlotte Bartlett studies her day... Read more
Midway through our six-course meal, one of the members of our dining party paused mid-bite. Fork poised over her strip loin of beef (medium rare,... Read more

Nov - Dec 2006

Departments

Gazette

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Lens on life: grouped around such themes as dreams, Durham children used photography to share personal experiences. India Hayes 1999Photographer Wendy Ewald first came to Duke in 1989 to lead a two-...
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As she walked across campus last fall, Claire Lauterbach began to notice a disturbing pattern in the posters that adorned kiosks and bulletin boards advertising weekend parties.One pitched a "pimps...
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Smart ape: chimpanzee. David TroodThe great apes are the smartest of all nonhuman primates, with orangutans and chimpanzees consistently besting monkeys and lemurs on a variety of intelligence tests...
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Hour one: three of the first eleven slaves arrive in Dutch New Amsterdam, 1626. Jeremy Lock Thirteen/WNET New York"Seeds of Destruction," the third episode in the PBS series Slavery and the Making...
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Researchers at Duke Medical Center have demonstrated that they can grow human stem cells in the laboratory by blocking an enzyme that normally triggers stem cells to mature and differentiate into...
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The most aggressively malignant cancer cells have a "toggle switch" that enables them to morph into highly mobile forms that invade other tissues and then nest comfortably in their new surroundings...
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Steel: fiscal responsibilities. Megan MorrIn October, Robert Steel '73, chair of Duke's board of trustees, was sworn in as the country's Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance.The...
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Michelle Connolly, an associate professor of economics, has been named chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission. She replaces Leslie Marx '89, an associate professor of economics in...
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The board of trustees has approved a strategic plan for the university that will invest $1.3 billion above normal budgets over the next five to eight years in students, faculty members, programming...
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With chief financial officers' optimism about the U.S. economy at a five-year low, many are planning for reductions in capital spending and hiring. Their sour outlook stems from concerns about...
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 Photos by Jon GardinerThe idea of exploring genomics through modern dance is unusual, but dancer Liz Lerman thinks art has a role to play in understanding science. In September, the Liz Lerman...
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When the Duke Marine Laboratory dedicated its new Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center in November, it was a doubly significant occasion: The Repass Center is the first new academic...
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The Duke Endowment has contributed $527,500 to support programs of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership. The money will help underwrite several of the partnership's priorities, including...
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Duke undergraduate students report that they are cheating less in the classroom than five years ago, according to the 2005-06 survey on academic integrity at Duke. But there is still cause for...
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Hundreds of drugs that have been prescribed for children may not be safe or effective for pediatric use or may require different doses than currently suggested, but some of this information may not...
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Megan MorrSmashing success: members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority raised more than $5,000 for breast cancer research and education by selling tickets to "Smash for the Cure." Passersby relieved...
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Jon GardinerThe Nasher Museum of Art has received its first tattoo. In September, New York-based artist Steed Taylor created Indigenous, a painting on pavement that Taylor calls a "road tattoo," on...
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Convocation formation: faculty members prepare to enter Duke Chapel to commemorate Founders' Day, which included the presentation of the University Medal to Wallace and Wilson, below. Les ToddAt...

Forum

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Elliot Wolf. Megan MorrGetting Duke students to dress in their Sunday best and attend a party in droves is a relatively easy thing to do. It requires a university art museum, a popular student jazz...
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GuantanámoYour July-August issue shows what happens to members of Al Qaeda who are captured by American forces ["Practicing Justice"]. I learned that members of the Duke Law School are researching...

Biblio-file

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Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851, Dickinson Brothers, London, 1854. The Great Exhibition of 1851, featuring the Crystal Palace, was the first of the international...

Campus Observer

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Creature comforts: reveling in the joys of animal ownership, Nicole Roy keeps an eye on St. Bernard companion, Sydney. Butch UserySt. Francis of Assisi, born Giovanni di Bernardone in 1182, is known...

Syllabus

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Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections LibraryThe postcard has long been associated with travel, a way to share one's experiences, reflections, and adventures in foreign lands. Perhaps...

Mini-profiles

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Global Fund for ChildrenGrowing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants in eastern North Carolina, Maya Ajmera always felt like a citizen of two different worlds. As the founder and president of the...
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 Phil TopaWith plenty of good schools in New England, a bright New Hampshire girl could easily have found a fine college close to home. But as a high-school sophomore, Jane Kirk visited Duke on a...
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Liz O'KellyIf you're driving along an interstate and spot a couple of fly fishermen standing hip-deep in a runoff ditch, don't be surprised. They're probably readers of Christopher Arelt and...

Retrospective

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First Trinity alumnae: Persis, Mary Giles, and Theresa from left. Duke University ArchivesTrinity College first admitted women as students in 1864 to bolster enrollment during the Civil War, but did...

Updates

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Last spring, Jason Strasser '07 deftly navigated four online poker games, placing hundred-dollar bets while simultaneously explaining the collegiate poker craze to Duke Magazine.Strasser spent six...

Alumni Register

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I've spent the past five years trying to get my business off the ground, but I've decided I need another job to pay the bills. Everyone tells me to network, but I'm not sure how to get started....
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Deep thinkers: von Ahn, left, and Rich, right, pursue innovations in cryptology and medicine, respectively. Photos courtesy MacArthur FoundationTwo Duke alumni have been named MacArthur Fellows by...
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The Duke Alumni Association and the Annual Fund have presented Charles A. Dukes Awards to four alumni and two parents for outstanding volunteer service to the university.The awards are named for the...
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Back to school: alumni of all ages returned to Duke to reconnect. Above, posing for posterity at the Homecoming Dance. Les ToddHomecoming is back in earnest. Last year, alumni director Sterly L....

Between the Lines

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Not long ago I met with the perpetually over-scheduled Peter Burian, chair of classical studies. I came to know Burian two decades ago, when I accompanied him and art historian Annabel Wharton on a...

Sports

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Performance potential: high-school runner, left, undergoes an oxygen uptake assessment while Mike Huff, center, and Greg McElveen, right, monitor his progress. Megan MorrGreg McElveen likes to run...

Books

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Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America By William Chafe. Harvard University Press, 2005. 432 pages. $29.95.A month into the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Martin...

Q&A

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Cooper: easy on the homework. Megan MorrHarris Cooper, professor of psychology and director of Duke's program in education, is the co-author of a new report, "Does Homework Improve Academic...

Student Snapshot

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 Gary YbarraInitially, Vicki Weston intended to spend a sophomore-year independent study tutoring local schoolchildren—a fulfilling activity, no doubt, and not too time consuming.But as she talked...

Gallery

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Woman of Algiers, 2001 by Marlene Dumas. Oil on Canvas, 78 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches. Partial and promised gift of E. Blake Byrne '57Woman of Algiers is based on a black-and-white photograph taken in 1960...