Nov - Dec 2010

Thick slick: Clockwise from top lift, oil on surface of water, St. Mary's Point; Chameides dips glove in oil-soaked waters off St.Mary’s Point, in Bayou Wilkinson, north Barataria Bay, one of the areas hardest hit by the gulf oil spill; shrimp boats off Grand Isle outfitted with booms instead of nets. Credit: Chris Hildreth
Everyone loves a big dramatic story, and the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico gave the media the opportunity to tell a... Read more
Getting personal: Church, left, believes widespread sharing of genetic information will expedite scientific and medical advancements. Credit: Fred Field
Even in the Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr era, most people don’t put highly personal details like this—especially biological ones, such as medical records... Read more
Illustration by Michael Morgenstern
Today’s college students have no interest in dating, seek physical intimacy through random sexual encounters, and consider drunken promiscuity the... Read more
Survey says: Genetic testing yielded unexpected results for both Yeoman and his dog, Scooter. Credit: Jared Lazarus
When we adopted Scooter in 2008, my partner and I were curious about the ancestry of our sleek five-month-old puppy. Clearly she was a Labrador... Read more

Nov - Dec 2010

Departments

Mini-profiles

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  Davindra LokhandeCarmel Berkson had been a practicing sculptor for more than twenty years when she took her first trip to India in 1970. What began as an international jaunt turned into a lifelong...
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Credit: Kacy JohnsonDuke Magazine asked Gary Kueber, creator of Endangered Durham, to name a few of his favorite posts.The front of Union Station, 1968. Courtesy Duke ArchivesUnion StationThe first...
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It's been a whirlwind year for Delta Rae, the four-piece band fronted by brothers Eric and Ian Hölljes. Since its debut at Duke in October 2009, the band has attracted a multigenerational following...
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In Durham, the train tracks are still there, but the station, sixty-five-foot Italianate tower and all, is gone. In its place is a multilevel parking deck. Cars go by on the four-lane section of...

Forum

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Earle an Exemplar I really enjoyed the article on Sylvia Earle ["The Life Aquatic," July-August 2010] and her dedication to our oceans. I participated in an Aspen Institute Dialogue on fresh water...

Campus Observer

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Surprise in the skies: Plesser directs viewers to celestial wonders. Credit: Chris HildrethIt’s growing dark, and Ronen Plesser can’t find his keys. Eight students wait patiently by a shed next to...

Syllabus

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An improvisational theater performance is like a job interview. Success at both requires what Greg Hohn, instructor in theater studies, calls good “soft skills”—competencies like adaptability,...

Retrospective

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On November 9, 1910, William Preston Few accepted the presidency of Trinity College, vowing “to keep the future worthy of the past.” This turned out to be no hollow promise: Few deserves much of the...

Alumni Register

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Credit: Jared LazarusThousands of students, faculty and staff members, and alumni swarmed Chapel Drive in late August for the annual Forever Duke Block Party. Sponsored by the Duke Alumni...
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The Duke Alumni Association (DAA) and the Annual Fund have awarded Charles A. Dukes Awards to six alumni for outstanding volunteer service to the university. The awards, named for the late Dukes ’29...
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The Duke Alumni Association has named the winners of the Forever Duke Award, created in 2009 to recognize excellence in alumni volunteer service to the university, the alumni association, and their...
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Back in the day, football used to be the main focus of Homecoming celebrations on college campuses. But thanks to ambitious programming by the Duke Alumni Association, a gridiron showdown was only...

Between the Lines

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The Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP) was founded in 2003 as a response to, in the words of its director, Huntington Willard, “the dizzying array of developments that have...

Good Question

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If a brain tumor leads a father to molest his stepdaughter (an actual case), can he be held morally or legally responsible for his actions?A forty-year-old Virginia father and teacher led a fairly...

Books

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When we meet Vanessa Woods, she is a naïve, love-struck twenty-something preparing to follow her fiancé, Brian Hare (now her husband and an assistant professor of anthropology at Duke), to Africa,...
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Planet Cancer by Heidi Schultz Adams and Christopher Schultz '95. Lyons Press, 2010. 272 pages. $19.95.Each year, more than 70,000 young adults between the ages of fifteen and forty are diagnosed...

Q&A

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It’s been twenty-five years since medical researchers came to an agreement about what Alzheimer’s disease looked like, leading to a major effort to try to understand its causes and, ultimately, to...

Student Snapshot

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It used to be that when senior Drolma Gadou wanted to return to her hometown of Choni in Tibet, it took her two days. By horse cart. These days, she says, it takes her two hours by rental car over...

Gazette

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Enduring tradition: Steel delivers keynote in ceremony honoring Duke legacy. Credit: Leslie ToddIn September, Duke celebrated its 109th Founders’ Day, honoring Robert K. Steel ’73, trustee emeritus...
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• Richard Dawkins, Charles Simonyi Professor Emeritus of the public understanding of science at the University of Oxford and a noted atheist, at Page Auditorium. He summarized and read from his...
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Commanding presence: Gates addresses ROTC students from Duke and other universities during campus visit. Les ToddDuring his tenure as Secretary of Defense under two administrations, Robert Gates has...
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Since opening in January, the renovated East Campus steam plant has been making a name for itself as one of the most innovative buildings in the state.This fall, Facilities Management received the...
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While the recession has been declared officially over, and financial markets have picked up in recent months, the university is still working to cut $40 million from its budget.Administrators say...
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  • Raw text: excerpt of the first page of Allison's 1978 "Not Poem, Polemic." Credit: Dorothy Allison Papers, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
The papers of poet and fiction writer Dorothy Allison have joined those of such celebrated Southern writers as William Styron ’47, Hon. ’68; Anne Tyler ’61; and Richard Bausch in the Sallie Bingham...
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Jazz combo: Fight the Big Bull. Earlier this fall, Duke Performances brought two unusual folk acts to Durham, each focused on bringing music from America’s past back to the fore.First came a three-...
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For the average moviegoer, the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will continue to be a four-day event where some of the latest and best nonfiction cinema from around the world will be...
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On the move: theater studies production of Pericles. Credit: Les Todd. This semester, students and faculty members affiliated with Duke’s Department of Theater Studies have a lot less running around...
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In Morocco, a majority Islamic nation, premarital virginity is considered sacred. Writer Sarah Dohrmann spent fifteen months there beginning in 2007, conducting interviews with female prostitutes...
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From one to two: late stage of HeLa human cell division. Credit: Dr. Richard Kessel & Dr. Gene Shih/Visuals Unlimited/CorbisWhile scientists have spent the past forty years describing the...
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Recent years have seen a proliferation in smartphones, Internet-enabled devices that operate as hybrids of cell phones and computers. Users customize their phones with apps, software programs...
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Growing numbers of critically ill patients spend prolonged periods of time on ventilators, but little is known about what happens to them after they leave the intensive-care unit. A new study by...
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Waste not: Experimental project will transform hog byproduct into a fuel source. Credit: Karl BatesDuke and regional utility company Duke Energy are working together to turn hog waste into power,...
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Rice is the world’s most popular source of food, but rising temperatures associated with global climate change may diminish the amount of rice available for harvest. An international team that...
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Rising obesity rates have precipitated a public-health crisis in recent years, and many researchers have studied how much the epidemic costs workers and businesses. For the most part, the...