Nov - Dec 2011

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 IN DECEMBER 1944, amid the snow-crusted mountains of southern Belgium, Wallace Wade happened upon a young infantryman making coffee. Wade, a... Read more
In their own words: Samples of notes from a student-led initiative, which invited members of the campus community to share anonymously their fears and dreams in an effort to encourage emotional honesty.
 It’s a scene that would be ideal for an admissions recruiting brochure. On a flawless Carolina morning, with the hybrid tea roses near the... Read more
Signs of the times: Bus-shelter ads in Orange County, California, take on a religiously skeptical attitude. Ken Steinhardt/ZUMA Press/Corbis
 [caption]Classic cover: an old question, still relevant.[/caption]In the spring of 1966, as America was entering a prolonged period of... Read more
More alike than not: Evolutionary biologist Wray explores why we’re so different from animals such as the chimpanzee despite having mostly similar genes. [photos: Chris Hildreth]
 The first genomes to be sequenced revealed something surprising: On a genetic level, we’re not that different from other species—even some very... Read more

Nov - Dec 2011

Departments

Biblio-file

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  Medieval medicine:: Theorica Pantegni, the leading medical textbook of its day.Duke University Archives Before the printing press, the persistence of the written word depended on the meticulous...

Forum

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  I am a Duke grad and the cofounder and CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City. I helped start Chesapeake in 1989 with an investment of $50,000, and today the company's value exceeds...
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   Athletic AchievementI do wonder on what studies Ms. Hogshead-Makar based her odd pronouncement that "we've known for a long time that athletes, particularly in high school, do much better in...

Campus Observer

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 Collegiate Quidditch: Duke players vie to regain possession of the quaffle during a match against N.C. State.Megan MorrIt's a beautiful Sunday afternoon in October, 75 degrees and not a cloud in...

Syllabus

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 When Duke Medical Center pediatrician John Moses '78 wanted to understand better the lives of the young parents he saw in his clinic, he turned to a tool he hadn't learned to use in medical school...

Retrospective

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 Shy virtuoso: Program and ticket stubs from Paderewski’s sold-out—and barely visible— Page Auditorium performance.Duke University Archives In October 1930, fire swept through Raleigh’s City...

Alumni Register

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 Call for Nominations for Board of TrusteesThe Duke Alumni Association seeks your help in identifying alumni for nomination to the Board of Trustees of Duke University. This ongoing process relies...
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 Centenarian: Crowell celebrating her 101st birthday in October.Molly WattersDuke Chapel has a special place in Alice Huckabee Crowell’s life. After all, she watched it being built from the ground...
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 Forty years ago, two pivotal events took place at Duke that continue to shape campus life. The Woman’s College merged with Trinity, and Duke Women’s Athletics was formed. This February, the...
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 Nearly 3,000 alumni and friends gathered on campus in late September for Homecoming Weekend 2011. Highlights included the President’s Dance at Wilson Recreation Center, which featured performances...

Between the Lines

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 Every November, the Duke Magazine staff meets with our Editorial Advisory Board, a group of accomplished journalists (most of them alumni) from such high-profile media organizations as The New York...

Sports

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 In their house: Vernerey led the Blue Devils to a 62-60 win over UNC in the Dean Dome in February.Jon GardinerAllison Vernerey is not having a typical junior year. Then again, Allison Vernerey is...

Mini-profiles

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 S. Timacheff/fencingphotos.comIbtihaj Muhammad played a wide range of sports during her youth, including tennis, softball, volleyball, and track. But because of her Muslim faith, she frequently...
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 Greg Singer/Singer PhotographyWhen Becky Lewis was in her early forties, she noticed that she didn't have as much energy as she used to for her recreational pastimes of running, biking, and...
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  Courtesy 3i/John HalpernAs a 2011-12 White House Fellow, Reggie Chambers is spending a year working alongside high-ranking members of the Obama administration. It's the latest in a long line of...

Gazette

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Visual magic: The Paper Hat Game's programmed video images create an illusion of cityscapes rushing by train car windows.Raquel Salvatella De PradaFor some, terms like "toy theater" and "puppet...
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 Virtual guidance: Monkeys learn to use signals from their brains to navigate an avatar hand to select a specifc target.Solaiman ShokurNot long ago, the idea that humans could control objects using...
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  Camping for a cause: About thirty Duke students take turns occupying four tents in the shadow of Duke Chapel.Jared LazarusThe national wave of protests against economic disparity arrived at Duke...
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   In the realm of public-opinion research, the "what-if" question—one that asks a survey respondent to express an opinion about a hypothetical scenario—is an oft-used device. But what if those...
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For a while now, researchers have known that chronic stress really does make your hair turn gray—not to mention increase your risk of life-threatening diseases. What they didn't understand was why....
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 Mind the gap: Churchill holds a cast model of a prehistoric skull found in South Africa.Chris HildrethThree years ago, during excavations in the region of South Africa known as the "Cradle of...
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 More than a pretty shell: Female crabsrely on a chemical cues when choosing a mate.When Alicia Keys sang "Love Is Blind," she probably wasn't thinking about female blue crabs. Turns out she might...
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 A sampling of recent visitors to DukeJanet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She discussed U.S. immigration and counterterrorism policies and...
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  Translational: Creole training has forged connections for Duke programs working in Haiti.Interviewing Haitian women about breastfeeding habits this past summer, Duke senior Lauren Zalla at first...
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 A night out at Durham's Watts Grocery restaurant usually promises great food, but on one night in October, it delivered something else, as well: a vocabulary lesson.The evening showcased...
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  Construction delays, partly caused by poor weather, have pushed the opening of Duke Kunshan University to spring 2013, President Richard H. Brodhead announced at a meeting of the Academic Council...
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  It won't hang from the rafters in Cameron Indoor, but in October, Duke added the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award to its list of achievements. One of six institutions nationwide to win the...
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  Institutional honor: Von der Heyden pays tribute to James B. Duke as chemistry professor James Bonk, center, and dean of undergraduate education Stephen Nowicki look on.Jon Gardiner In late...
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  Transistions at the top: Kuniholm and WrightMegan MorrThis fall, two deans announced plans to step down. Bruce Kuniholm A.M. '72, Ph.D. '76, M.P.P. '77, the founding dean of the Sanford School of...

Books

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 Haiti After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer '82. PublicAffairs, 2011. 456 pages.As a scholar, doctor, and cofounder of Partners In Health, Paul Farmer has long inhabited a particularly complex...

Q&A

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 Jared LazarusIn September, the Authors Guild filed a lawsuit against the HathiTrust digital library, an international partnership of more than fifty major research libraries, including Duke. The...

Student Snapshot

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Separate paths, united purpose:: Hadley, left, made the decision to come to Duke after Church had already applied to the School of Nursing. Megan MorrAs late-risers amble into the divinity school's...

Gallery

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  Gabriel Angel, c. 1990s. Fred Webster, American. Pigment on wood. 10 x 7 x 5 inches. Gift of Bruce Lineker '86, 2008.Peter Paul GeoffrionAfter he retired from a career in secondary education, Fred...