Sep - Oct 2007

Amateur professionals: members of the DUSS Youth Symphony Orchestra, overleaf; Kitchen, conducting center, demands that her students approach music as a dedicated pursuit, not a recreational activity
Four little boys with violins crowd onto stage left, forming a tight defensive phalanx, and the three young women who rise to play alongside them... Read more
An EA-6B Prowler jet swoops low into a valley, banking and weaving in perfect concert with contours of the terrain. It is a crystal clear day, the... Read more
If it's true that everyone loves a winner (just ask Mike Krzyzewski), and delights in knocking a loser (just ask a pre-2004 Red Sox fan), you might... Read more
Branching out: Engineering professor and theory conceiver Adrian Bejan. Chris Hildreth
 Manhattan is all about movement. This summer the Museum of Modern Art mounted a retrospective of the work of Richard Serra, who crafts enormous... Read more

Sep - Oct 2007

Departments

Gazette

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Stay tuned: instrument maker Talton with a restored bass violin. Brenda NeeceMamadou Diabate was born into a distinguished family of griots—musician-storytellers—in Kita, a Malian city that is a...
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In late May, Great Britain's University and College Union, a professional association for academics, sparked controversy by voting to move forward with a proposed boycott of Israeli academic...
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Follow the leader: A healthy spouse is a good role model. Jim NaughtenStudies showing that people can effectively "catch" obesity from their close friends—through changing interpretations of...
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Former speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and trustee Daniel T. Blue Jr. is leading a committee to assess Richard H. Brodhead's first three years as president of Duke University...
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Researchers at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will lead a two-year study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at finding out how Muslims in the U.S. address...
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An international team of researchers has identified three gene variants that appear to have helped some HIV patients fight off the virus and delay the onset of full-blown AIDS.The researchers expect...
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Riddell: taking center stage in the president's office. Les ToddRichard Riddell, special assistant to President Richard H. Brodhead, has been named vice president and university secretary. As...
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Joe Alleva, a key campus figure in the lacrosse incident, has been reappointed director of athletics. The reappointment followed a regular review process that is undergone by deans and senior...
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In July, Duke's board of trustees welcomed seven new members. They include Benjamin S. Abram B.S.C.E. '07 of Chapel Hill; Jack O. Bovender Jr. '67, M.H.A. '69 of Nashville; Ben Kennedy '00, M.B.A. '...
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Breakdown: cross section of human nerve highlighting myelin sheath, which is attacked during MS A newly identified gene may help guide future research into therapies for multiple sclerosis....
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Popular culture: Thousands turned out on the mall in Washington to watch opera broacasts, coming to Duke this fall. Courtesy of Washington National OperaFor the past three years, the Washington...
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Beata SzpuraIn families affected by Parkinson's disease, the people who smoked cigarettes and drank a lot of coffee were less likely to develop the disease, according to a Duke Medical Center study....
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Another Duke school is facing a change in senior leadership. Kristina M. Johnson, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering since 1999, has taken a post as provost and senior vice president of...
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Nowicki: helping to integrate the academic and social dimensions of the student experience. Sara GuerreroStephen Nowicki, Duke's former dean of natural sciences, is well known around campus for his...
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Chart adapted from Lyerly & Faden, SCIENCE 317:46-47 (2007). Information reprinted with permission from AAAS. Photo by Professor Miodrag Stojkovic / Photo Researchers, Inc President George W....
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Chameides: creating a new environment at the Nicholas School. Courtesy of Georgia Institute of TechnologyThe environmental issues facing society are myriad and daunting, but they are tractable,"...
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Cultural impressions: the Perjovschis' body of work includes an installation at the Museum of Modern ArtCourtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Robin HollandCommunism fell in Romania in...
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First in a series: Cesar Pelli's architectural imprint at Duke began with the sports quadrangle that includes the Wilson Recreation Center. Les ToddPelli Clarke Pelli Architects, an award-winning...

Forum

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 Welcome words: Brodhead exhorted first-year students to contribute to their communities, strive for educational excellence, and seek opportunities for engagement. Megan MorrThis is an edited...
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Jon GardinerA High Price to PayThe news that Duke charges $25,000 to scatter one's ashes in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens [Quad Quotes, May-June 2007] would be laughable if it were not an obscene...

Biblio-file

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Shakespeare, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakespeare. London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., Shakespeare Printing-Office. Nine volumes. Detail of Romeo, Juliet & Nurse, painted by John Francis...

Campus Observer

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An inconvenient puff: Smokers must walk off campus to indulge their habit. Megan MorrOut on the sidewalk, Cheryl Pritchard lights up and takes a quick drag on her cigarette. She exhales a small...

Syllabus

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Megan MorrIn the gamut of human experiences, love surely is one of the most desirable—and most complicated. After all, myriad novels, poems, and pop songs have been written about wanting it,...

Retrospective

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Standing for what's right: members of Kappa Chi and an excerpt from their petition. Duke University ArchivesLast May Max Wicker '49, B.D. '52, an unsung hero of the early efforts to desegregate Duke...

Updates

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Responding to popular demand for creative responses to global warming, FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, instituted a "carbon-neutral" policy for its 2006 World Cup in Berlin. All carbon...

Mini-profiles

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 Should you visit University College at Arizona State University in Scottsdale, you might overhear English professor emerita Bettie Anne Doebler's gentle North Carolina voice reciting John Donne or...
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Stacey BarretteLong before teenagers made instant friends through MySpace and Facebook, and everyone from corporate veeps to soccer moms developed their own online avatars, people like Amy Vickers...
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Step right up: Covington, second from right, is the Big Apple Circus' jack-of-all-trades. Courtesy of Donald CovingtonOf the different colors and patterns that constitute the fabric of Donald...

Alumni Register

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I'm a liberal-arts grad who graduated from Duke several years ago. Although I've developed many skills that my bosses have found useful and I've received good evaluations, I'm already on my second...
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Campus connections: At the Triangle send-off party, held in the Fuqua School's Fox Student Center, new students meet classmates and local alumniPhotos by Michael ZirkleBeth Kay B.S.N. '81, who grew...
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Twice as nice: The Nicholases are honored members of the Duke community. Duke University PhotographyPete and Ginny Nicholas have been familiar to generations of those with strong Duke ties. And they...
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On their way: new arrivals to the Woman's College on East Campus, mid-1960sPhotos courtesy Duke Club of Washington

Between the Lines

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Students in my magazine-journalism seminar sometimes struggle to figure out the elements of a good story. Typically, I tell them, it hinges on something counterintuitive, surprising, or ironic. One...

Books

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BookMarks: Reading in Black and White, A Memoir By Karla F.C. Holloway. Rutgers University Press, 2006. 223 pages. $24.95.Flying home from London this summer, I looked around to see what the...

Q&A

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None for the road: Cook advocates using economic principles to curb the high costs of alcohol abuse. Megan MorrPhilip Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of public-policy studies and professor of economics...

Student Snapshot

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Megan MorrIkee Gardner graduated ninth in her class of four-hundred-fifty students at Whitney M. Young High School, a rigorous Chicago magnet school. The only child of an electrician father and a...

Gallery

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Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (annotated), 2005, by Kara Walker. Offset lithography and silkscreen, portfolio of 15 prints, ed. 35/35, each 39 x 53 inches. Purchased with funds...