Nov - Dec 2008

For a brief time in January of 2007, after saving a fellow passenger from an oncoming subway train, Wesley Autrey, a New York City construction... Read more
Garden art: Nancy and Craufurd Goodwin at their Hillsborough estate, with art by Duncan Grant from their personal collection, including Madonna and Child, Design for a Firescreen, and Psyche with Water from the River Styx. Steve Exum
It's class time on a characteristically hot afternoon in early September, and Craufurd Goodwin, now in his forty-sixth year on the Duke faculty, is... Read more
"Is Duke safe?"The caller was an alumnus who graduated in the early 1980s. His oldest child and only daughter had just been accepted to Duke. He had... Read more

Nov - Dec 2008

Departments

Gazette

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Barkley L. Hendricks. Credit: Les ToddArtist Barkley L. Hendricks, best known for his life-size portraits of people of color from the urban Northeast, is spending eight weeks at Duke this fall as a...
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Oprah Winfrey. Kimberly White/Reuters/CorbisMedia maven and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has been selected to deliver Duke's 2009 commencement address. She will also receive an honorary doctor of...
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"Christening by digital fire." That's how Elisabeth Benfey, a lecturing fellow in the theater studies department, describes her undergraduate filmmaking class. Recently, Benfey worked with writer...
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Chainlink: electron micrograph of cobalt nanoparticles. G. Cheng, A.R. Hight Walker / NISTNanoparticles are as much as a million times smaller than the head of a pin and have unusual properties...
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Over the summer, President Richard H. Brodhead found himself in the middle of a minor controversy when he, along with more than 100 other college and university presidents and chancellors, signed on...
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In early October, as world financial markets rose and fell with each new piece of news about a potential bailout bill working its way through the U.S. Congress, President Richard H. Brodhead...
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Li-Chen Chin is the new director of Duke's International House, which helps new international students acclimate to life in the U.S. and at Duke, provides support to existing students, and promotes...
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Courtesy of Charles SparkmanSenior Charles Sparkman spent this past summer designing a magnificent Gothic cathedral featuring stained-glass windows inspired by those at Canterbury Cathedral and...
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War and peace: Penny Jensen, Caryl Thomason Price, Michael Hirata, and Lewis Moore, from left, sang songs from the Civil War era in the tranquil environs of the Rare Book Room. Jared LazarusA bugle...
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Friedman: Markets must drive environmental change. Megan MorrWhen Thomas Friedman titled his 2005 best seller The World is Flat, he was referring to the rise of a global middle class that would...
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Knowing about financial relationships between medical researchers and the companies that sponsor their studies has little effect on most patients considering enrolling in a clinical trial, according...
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At a September ceremony that featured Cossack dancers, Chinese acrobats, and a Beatles tribute band, leaders in the Fuqua School of Business announced plans to develop a network of five new partner...
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A Nice Treat by Wong Luisang, 1996. Artkey / CorbisA pregnant mouse's diet can induce epigenetic changes that increase the risk her offspring will develop allergic asthma, according to researchers...
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 Honoring institutional beginnings: Founders' Day traditional procession with the university mace, carried by University Marshal Emeritus Richard White. Megan MorrDuke's 107th annual Founders' Day...

Forum

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Reynolds Price. Credit: Les ToddI discovered the work of John Milton as a boy at Duke in the mid 1950s in three courses taught by three very different teachers. Then I studied him at Oxford for...
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Kazu NittaShow Them the MoneyI read with interest "The Best, the Brightest, and the Neediest?" Robert J. Bliwise's article about recent increases in financial-aid programs at the nation's top...

Biblio-file

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 Cover of Kew Gardens (3rd ed., 1927). As part of a campus-wide celebration of the Bloomsbury group this academic year (see story, page 38), the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections...

Campus Observer

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 Hitting the streets: Frosh scramble to figure out clues and beat opposing teams to next Durham landmark. Jon GardinerA new "ethical leadership" program combines the thrill of the (scavenger) hunt...

Syllabus

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Peter Haff. Credit: Les ToddFall break, with its potentially chilly temperatures, isn't the best time to head to the beach. But how about the desert?In October, Peter Haff, professor of geology, led...

Retrospective

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Trinity Park School students relax in their dorm room. Duke University ArchivesThese days, Duke's undergraduate admissions officers find themselves sifting through piles of applications that...

Updates

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Among the groups profiled in the Duke Magazine survey of religious life on campus were Muslim students. Their official adviser at the time was a local imam who received only a small stipend for his...

Alumni Register

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When Caitlin McLaughlin signed up for Ed Tower's economics course on international trade and development this past spring, she got more than she bargained for—in the best possible sense. Thanks to a...
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The Duke Alumni Association and the Annual Fund will present Charles A. Dukes Awards to six alumni and friends for outstanding volunteer service to the university. The awards, named for the late...
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 Jared LazarusWarm welcome: The Duke Alumni Association threw a Forever Duke party to introduce the Class of 2012 to the larger community. Held on the first day of classes, the festivities included...
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Here comes the neighborhood: residents and friends of Big Funk, an off-campus gathering spot, in 1970.Duke University Archives 

Between the Lines

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Over the years, the magazine has showcased writers with impressive credentials in the profession—the profession of writing, that is. But publishing a neuroscientist-writer like John Pearson, a...

Mini-profiles

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Megan MorrEarl Echard's patients congregate outside a pair of nondescript brick buildings on the edge of Durham's downtown. Some suffer from serious untreated health problems; others simply haven't...
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Susan SeubertJoan Smith says she's proof that "a good liberal-arts education can take you anywhere." A one-time high-school French teacher who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in the...
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George White III '84. Credit: Jim CallawayYou're standing in a store, considering which of the hundreds of greeting cards lined up in front of you is just right for your mother's birthday, or your...

Books

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 Touching History: The Untold Story of the Drama that Unfolded in the Skies over America on 9/11 By Lynn Spencer '88. Simon & Schuster, 2008. 309 pages. $26."U.S. airspace is closed." Hundreds...

In Focus

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Most animals develop their vocal communication signals, whether grunts or squeals or calls, through trial and error: If it gets the message across, use it again. But some species of birds, like...

Q&A

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White: striving for "a harmonious relationship between the pursuit of athletic success and the pursuit of academic excellence." Jon GardinerA hundred days into his job as Duke's vice president and...

Student Snapshot

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 Megan MorrWhen freshman Arthur Leopold cast his vote for Barack Obama, he celebrated not only his first chance to participate in a presidential election but also the end of a nearly two-year...

Gallery

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The Annunciation, ca. 1640, by Francisco Rizi de Guevara Spanish (1614-1685), oil on canvas. 50 1/4 inches x 56 inches. Gift in honor of James H. Semans and Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans '39, Hon...