Sep - Oct 2004

The bagel section at Elisabetta Politi's neighborhood supermarket says it all. Six months ago, shelf space devoted to the onetime low-fat staple of... Read more
First in a series: Condensed Knowledge, a less-than-trivial pursuit Photo: Beau Gustafson
Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur know your dirty little secret: You know that you don't know as much as you think other people think you should... Read more
Les Todd.
At six foot three, Philip Benfey towers incongruously over the bedraggled-looking collection of shriveled plants that he displays with considerable... Read more
Kramer: fx sorcerer. Noah Berger.
Edward A. Kramer came face to face with the monster, and experienced not fear, but clarity.The year was 1999. The monster was a mummy with 300-year-... Read more

Sep - Oct 2004

Departments

Gazette

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 Four Duke faculty members, as well as Duke President Richard H. Brodhead,were among the 202 men and women recently elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The new members...
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 If the emotional memory of a traumatic car accident or the thrill of first love are remembered with a special resonance, it is because they engage different brain structures than do normal memories...
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 Aramaic, an ancient language thrust into the public ear this year by Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ, was what one scholar calls "the English of the ancient world." But researchers now...
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 Why do certain people become ill from exposure to certain environmental agents, while others remain healthy? Researchers at Duke's new Center for Comparative Biology of Vulnerable Populations will...
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 Fluid dynamics:bump-ridged flippers produce more liftWind-tunnel tests of scale-model humpback whale flippers have revealed that the scalloped, bumpy flipper is a more efficient wing design than is...
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 World War II has been exhaustively studied, but Duke professor Clare Tufts is investigating one aspect of the war that has received little attention: the French comics front.Le Journal de Mickey;...
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 Primate practicum:Brannon and studentPhoto:Jim WallaceUntil now, primatologists believed lemurs to be primitive, ancient offshoots of the primate family tree, with far less intelligence than their...
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 In the coming year, Duke's medical school will institute significant curriculum changes to better prepare its graduates to cope with the rapid advances in medical science and to address such major...
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 Each year, large numbers of whales, sea birds, sea turtles, and other marine species are accidentally maimed or killed after becoming ensnared in commercial fishing gear. A new international...
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 Duke will distribute Apple iPods to incoming first-year students, as part of an initiative to encourage creative uses of technology in education and campus life. The pocket-sized digital devices,...
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 There's a "master switch" that cancer cells use to dispatch protective messages to nearby blood vessels, fortifying the vessels against deadly onslaughts of radiation. The messages enable blood...
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 Football Player KilledPhoto: Jon GardinerMicah Harris, a rising senior on the Duke football team, died in an automobile accident June 12. He was twenty-one years old.A native of Poland, Ohio, and...
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 Despite controversy surrounding the plans, Duke has agreed to host the fourth National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement (PSM) on October 15-17, citing principles of free...
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 Nearly a year and a half after seventeen-year-old Jésica Santillán died from a botched heart-lung transplant at Duke Hospital, the result of mismatched blood types, Duke University Health System (...
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 Richard H. Brodhead will officially become Duke's ninth president on Saturday, September 18. The inauguration will be the culmination of a weeklong celebration, with activities ranging from...
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 Photo:Duke University Medical CenterMedical center researchers have found that a device developed to scan computer circuit boards for defects can detect the earliest signs of hand osteoarthritis....
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 A new Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research, an expansion and consolidation of the Duke Nicotine Research Program, will seek to develop, evaluate, and disseminate improved methods for...
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 Fifty years after the release of Gojira in Japan, Rialto Pictures is re-releasing the original version of the movie Godzilla. While Americans may remember it as a cheesy monster movie that spawned...
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 The Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church elected Duke's William H. Willimon as a new bishop during the group's annual conference. Willimon, who joined the faculty of the Duke...

Forum

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 Les Todd.Pictures of Iraqi detainees being physically abused and humiliated by U.S. soldiers in the cellblocks of Abu Ghraib prison shocked and angered us all when first shown last April. They also...
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 Same-sex Scholars The creation of the Baldwin Scholars program is just the latest bit of evidence that Duke has lost its way in attempting to create a consistent social policy ["Gazette," May-June...
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 Reading ListWe asked members of the English department:Name your favorite collections of poems by a contemporary and a classic poet:-The Collected Poems by Reynolds Price. Leaves of Grass by Walt...

Gallery

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 Redan, September 8, 1855 By Sir Henry Charles Eden Malet Watercolor from the Malet Family Papers.At the height of the Crimean War (1854-56), Sir Henry Charles Eden Malet, a young British officer,...
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 Cylinder VaseMaya Lowlands, Guatemala 600-900 A.D.Ceramic with red, orange, green, and black on white slip7x 5 inchesGift of William S. Judy, 1986In this vase we have a picture of the political,...

Campus Observer

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 On the ball:court time builds confidence for health-threatened kids.Photo: Jon GardinerOne Saturday morning in late June, Gregory Parrish, an eleven-year-old attendee of the Hoop Dreams Basketball...

Syllabus

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 By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we're all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs," observed Donna Haraway, the eminent...

Retrospective

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 On October 22, 1949, Duke held its first presidential inauguration ceremonies--even though the president inducted, A. Hollis Edens (above), was the university's third president and the institution'...

Alumni Register

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 Questions and AnswersCareer CornerI just graduated from Duke and I don't have a job. Help!You're not alone. There's an unspoken assumption that, by May of senior year, every student will know...
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 When Michele Miller Sales '78, J.D. '81 stepped down as president of the Duke Alumni Association at the board's May meeting, she left her successor, William P. Miller '77, not only the gavel of...
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 Duke's three newest trustees are David Gergen Hon. '01 of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Kathryn A. Laidlaw '04 of Katy, Texas; and William P. Miller '77 of Greensboro, North Carolina. They began their...
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 Reporting on the Initiative: a San Francisco audience heard Laney Funderburk '60, director of alumni affairs, above, present WICS panel; Funderburk, below, with guests at reception.Photos: Jon...

Between the Lines

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 Shortly before writing this, I was in a staring contest with a roll. It was at the end of a salad bar, imploring me, at least implicitly, to initiate the act of consumption. I wrestled with that...

Mini-profiles

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 As a physician in Greensboro, North Carolina, Elizabeth Vaughan enjoys bucking convention. She works outside the health-insurance system, providing primary-care services to patients for a flat fee...
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 Last spring, on a New Hampshire farm, Dora Fang cruised through a thin stand of pine trees in her souped-up, white Jeep Wrangler. Driving in a caravan of ten off-road vehicles, she followed a blue...
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 Even though it's his field, Tom Townsend understands the public's feelings about the unrelenting ubiquitousness of advertising. "They never want to read your ad or see your commercial," he...

Books

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 Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love By Betsy Prioleau Ph.D.'80. Viking Press, 2003. 384 pages. $24.95. Women who are not conventionally attractive--that is to say,...

Q&A

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 Locke: saying yes to the worthy projects.Photo: Nancy PierceThe Duke Endowment contributed more than $300 million to the Campaign for Duke, far exceeding its obligations to the university year in...

Student Snapshot

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  Like all chess players, Anna Levina plays with a quiet intensity, head bowed over the board in the deepest thought. But somehow, Levina--a widely known and respected Woman FIDE (FÈdÈration...