Nov - Dec 2007

In tune: Charles Tolliver Orchestra recreates Monk's Town Hall concert at Page Auditorium Michael Zirkle
Monk abides. That's Monk, as in Thelonious Sphere Monk. If the name rings with a slightly off-kilter resonance, at once elegant and a touch uncanny,... Read more
Black magic woman: A blood elf, left, prepares to cast a spell on mana surge, center, a type of air elemental, in World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade. Blizzard Entertainment
 "Ready!" And, go. He rushes left, gobbling tiny white dots along the way. He makes a left and a quick right, maneuvering through the black... Read more
We marvel at modern medicine's ability to heal life-threatening injuries, prolong lives, and cure diseases. And yet, as any physician will tell you,... Read more

Nov - Dec 2007

Departments

Gazette

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Combine, sublime: Rothko's No. 46 [Black Ochre, Red Over Red]. Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CASix works by masters of the Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art movements of the...
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In early September, Erwin Chemerinsky, Alston & Bird Professor of law and a renowned constitutional scholar, believed he'd be heading to the University of California at Irvine as founding dean...
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Gospel legends: Blind Boys of Alabama. Courtesy of Duke PerformancesSince its founding at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, the gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama has...
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A cross-section of the human headOver the last decade, scientists have persuasively shown that brain cells replicate, a notion that was, at first, controversial. They are now exploring how the cells...
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William M. LeFevre has been appointed the first full-time executive director of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, effective October 1. He replaces former director Richard A. White, University Distinguished...
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Andrews: a first for Duke. Courtesy of DukeMed NewsNancy C. Andrews, an internationally renowned researcher and dean of Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies at Harvard Medical School, became the dean...
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During a legal conference held at Duke in late September, President Richard H. Brodhead responded to critics who have continued to question his handling of the Duke lacrosse incident.The case...
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Working out on a treadmillResearchers have found that a moderate exercise program can do wonders for the heart, keeping a key blood marker linked to heart disease and diabetes low even after weeks...
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 Guy Le DeleyAttention all car shoppers and home buyers: The give-and-take of negotiating generally leads both parties to believe they strike harder bargains than they actually do. That's because...
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Courtesy of Center for In Vivo MicroscopyA multi-institutional consortium that includes Duke has created startlingly crisp 3-D microscopic views of tiny mouse brains—unveiled layer by layer—by...
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Staging the street: scene from Ain't Supposed to Die A Natural Death. Mike MesserCalling the Classical Theatre of Harlem a "giant-killer of a company," a reviewer for The New York Times praised the...
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Big wheel: Provost Peter Lange takes Duke Bike for a spinLeanora MinaiThis semester Duke's bike lanes are a bit more crowded.August 21 marked the kick-off of Duke Bikes, a pilot bike-loan program...
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What smells awful to one person may actually strike another as pleasant, according to a new report by Duke Medical Center researchers. The difference, they say, doesn't come down to personal...
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Reacting, in part, to problems in the North Carolina legal system raised by the Duke lacrosse case, Duke Law School will establish a center devoted to promoting justice in the criminal justice...
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Good measure: Ella Lightbody has her blood pressure taken as part of the Framingham study, the longitudinal model for M.U.R.D.O.C.K. Mark Peterson / CORBISDuke will receive $35 million from...
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Enduring legacy: Founders' Day ceremonies included convocation. Photos by Butch UsuryDuke recognized the contributions of students, faculty members, administrators, and alumni at its 106th annual...

Forum

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 Kalman P. Bland. Les ToddTwenty years ago, Allan Bloom published a turgid polemic called The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of...
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Aurora / Ty MilfordHeeding the WarningsClimate change, our role in its process, and our ability to moderate its effects, is simultaneously the scariest and most exciting phenomenon that we face...

Biblio-file

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Les Ruines des Plus Beaux Monuments de la Grèce. Part aesthetic treatise, part travelogue, and part history lesson, Julien David Le Roy's Les Ruines des Plus Beaux Monuments de la Grèce (The Ruins...

Mini-profiles

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Les Todd"I have had a sort of peripatetic life," says Zephyr Rain Teachout. This turns out to be no mild understatement.In the span of her career, Teachout has held jobs as a waitress, campaign...
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Mark Mainz / Getty ImagesDaniel Karslake has long known about Bible passages that appear to condemn homosexuality. Soon after Karslake graduated from Duke and came out to his parents, his father...
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Sue MatthewBefore her death from cancer in 1990, Alice Parson Letzler gave her daughter, Susan Letzler Cole, a gift. Cole was wrapping up Directors in Rehearsal: A Hidden World, a behind-the-scenes...

Campus Observer

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The Class of 2011 on East Campus. Chris HildrethAt 10:00 on a Wednesday morning, Megan Morr and Butch Usery are standing atop an eight-ton scissor lift not far from the East Campus bus stop. It was...

Syllabus

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Most new technologies go through a fairly long period of development during which the new invention is pricier and limited to wealthier consumers. Radio, however, has a different story. In its...

Retrospective

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Motto mistake: Baldwin's permanent typo Duke University ArchivesVisitors who view the Gothic splendor of West Campus or the stately Georgian buildings on East Campus often marvel at the precision...

Updates

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Calling home: Katrina survivor Alison Aucoin, now a North Carolina resident Megan MorrHurricane Katrina swept across the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, overwhelming levees, flooding homes and...

Between the Lines

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 For well over twenty years, Duke Magazine has taken on tough issues—lately, the lacrosse incident. In its Forum pages, the magazine has represented a range of opinions, including opinions that are...

Alumni Register

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Since graduation, all my jobs have come through promotions or connections. Now, I'm in the position of having to create my first professional résumé. How should it be different from the one I wrote...
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Top, Woogle factor: Players Anthony Pilnik, Michael Ranson, and Kevin Palka, from left, try to steer clear of the looming magnolia tree, which can have an unpredictable influence on the game's...
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The Duke Alumni Association and the Annual Fund will present Charles A. Dukes Awards to four alumni for outstanding volunteer service to the university. The awards are named for the late Dukes '29,...

Sports

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The big three: the newest Devil hoopsters—King, Singler, and Smith, from left—followed similar paths to get to Coach K Court Jon GardinerDuke's three newest basketball players spent their summer...

Books

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 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life By Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver '09. HarperCollins, 2007. 384 pages. $26.95. Little did the standing-room-only...

Q&A

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Hensen: White House efforts to maintain and restrict presidential records will have damaging and far-reaching consequences Megan MorrIn 2001, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13233,...

Student Snapshot

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Megan MorrAs one of eight siblings, senior Rob Baird knows how to make his (baritone) voice heard. A native of Marion, Ohio, Baird carved out a niche for himself as a singer and actor in high-school...

Gallery

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Catalan Cowl1987-1988, by Sir Anthony Caro, welded steel41 3⁄4 x 38 x 17 inches. Promised gift of E. Blake Byrne '57, in honor of Raymond D. Nasher '43Sir Anthony Caro is widely regarded as one of...