Sep - Oct 2008

Nature's way: Koehl's research combines biology and engineering to better understand the natural world; opposite, Caribbean spiny lobster, panulirus argus. Photos of Mimi Koehl by Jim Wilson '74 / Illustrations by Ippy Patterson
 The week was not going well for rasta lobsta or for its creator, Mimi A.R. Koehl.The robotic crustacean—built from the molted, epoxy-filled... Read more
Members of Duke's Class of 2012 reflect the university's increasing international presence and its broad appeal to young achievers. It is the most... Read more
Illustration by Dave Wheeler
 At a symposium hosted last year by Columbia University's library system, Steven Bell, a librarian from Temple University, took a controversial... Read more
The Census Bureau believes nearly 82,000 Americans are 100 years of age or older. But only one of them played major-league baseball. And he's not... Read more

Sep - Oct 2008

Departments

Gazette

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Bloomsbury coterie: Lady Ottoline Morrell, Maria Huxley, Lytton Strachey, Duncan Grant, and Vanessa Bell, from left.As incoming freshmen arrive on campus eager to begin their college careers this...
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Duke's Career Center and financial-aid office are both undergoing changes in leadership.Administrators recently announced the hiring of Alison Rabil as assistant vice provost and director of...
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Robert L. Clark, a longtime member of the Pratt School of Engineering faculty, has been named dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester. Clark, a...
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Evolving dance: Garba can be traditional and religious or modern and secular.Najlah FeannyIn 2006, Purnima Shah went to Gujarat, in western India, to research a book on garaba or garba dancing, a...
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In the U.S. automotive industry, fuel efficiency is almost always reported in terms of miles per gallon. But in a report published in Science magazine, a pair of researchers from the Fuqua School of...
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Julie Nicholis / CorbisSmokers seeking to kick the habit may soon be able to save time, money, and boxes of unused patches. For the first time, researchers have identified patterns of genes that...
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Three new members joined Duke's board of trustees in July, one as a full member and two as young trustees. Xi-Qing Gao J.D. '86, president and chief executive officer of China Investment Corporation...
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George L. McLendon, who became dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences in July 2004, has been appointed to a second five-year term. At the same time, he has also been named dean of Trinity...
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Christopher ZacharowDespite decades of progress for minorities in corporate settings, Americans still expect business leaders to be white, and they judge white leaders more effective than their...
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Visuals Unlimited / CorbisMost times, the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) lies dormant in the trigeminal nerve of the face. But when triggered by excessive sunlight, fever, or other stresses, it...
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Microscopic robots crafted to maneuver separately without any obvious guidance are now assembling into self-organized structures after years of continuing research led by a Duke computer scientist."...
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Oscar Hijuelos. Credit: Megan MorrFor two decades, Oscar Hijuelos has been, in his own words, "gainfully unemployed" as a fiction writer. But then Hijuelos, author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning The...
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Since its inception in 2005, YouTube, a website that allows users to easily upload and share original videos, has grown rapidly in popularity. Recent news reports suggest that in any given month,...
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Freshening up: Salt water begins desalination process in plant south of Tel Aviv, Israel. Jim Hollander /epa /CorbisAs population growth, food production, and the regional effects of climate change...
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 Science can sometimes be intimidating. William Chameides, dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, hopes to change that.Earlier this year, he launched a blog, hosted by the Nicholas School's...
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Two new studies about HIV have come out of Duke recently, both hinting at the importance of more comprehensive education and testing programs.The first concerns the potential spread of the virus in...
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Thrust and parry: Ward fights a losing battle against teammate Mariel Zagunis in the semifinals. Jeb Jacobshon / Getty ImagesIncoming first-year student Rebecca Ward was the first Blue Devil to take...

Forum

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Jon Gardiner Many of the students who entered Duke in the late 1960s were expecting the kind of college experience their parents and older siblings had talked about, or that they had seen in movies...
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Megan MorrKeep Off the GrassThe Full Frame photograph in the July-August issue of students playing Frisbee on the South Lawn at Duke Gardens is a terrific shot—thank you!  But at the time it was...

Biblio-file

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First sura (section), Arabic MS 23, Qur'an, Harar, Ethiopia, 18th century. The art of creating elegant handwritten copies of the Qur'an has long been cherished in the Islamic world, a reflection of...

Campus Observer

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Young dancers gather at the Ark on East Campus. Michael ZirkleA young man in sweats and a white T-shirt stands perfectly still, staring intently at the piece of paper he holds in his hand. He takes...

Syllabus

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 Some lucky writers stumble upon a soldier's diary from the Civil War or an intriguing love letter in their grandparents' attic, and their stories just seem to unfold from there. But in Simon...

Mini-profiles

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Accentuate the positive: Casper with Emote "Super," for super confident. Courtesy Matt CasperParents who think cyberspace is devoid of useful content for kids probably haven't met Abash, Imp, Bubba...
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Diane DanielWhen Stephen Peters bought a 1907 fixer-upper in Durham, he had no experience working on houses."I'm just one of those people who thinks they can do anything," Peters says. "Anyway, old...
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Raoul Manuel SchnellA recurrent theme in Inuit art is the relationship between humans and the wilderness of North America's Arctic edge. From colorful tapestries depicting fantastic scenes of...

Retrospective

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Run, Terry, Run: supporters in Miami. Duke University ArchivesAs this fall's presidential campaign gets into high gear, alumni of the early 1970s will recall the 1972 and 1976 Democratic primaries,...

Updates

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 In 2006, when Duke Magazine checked in with the law school's Guantánamo Defense Clinic, students were busily researching and filing briefs and generally providing assistance to the Defense...

Alumni Register

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Stepping into Rachel Davies' office, one is immediately struck by the number of books lining her walls. It seems only fitting that the architect behind the DukeReads program, an online book club for...
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Felker's milieu: The renowned editor, shown at Village Voice offices. The New York Times / Paul HosefrosClay Felker, who died in New York on July 1, was a major force in magazine journalism—...
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Miller: Alumni scholar follows in father's footsteps. Megan MorrArriving home from a short vacation with her mother, Catherine Miller walked into her house, dropped her bags, and checked messages on...
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Highest honor: Bostock—accomplished undergraduate, successful businessman, university trustee—is inextricably linked to his alma mater.It's hard to imagine current-day Duke without the influence of...

Between the Lines

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How could you not be awestruck by Clay Felker? I was when I first met him, twenty-five years ago, in his Upper East Side apartment. Visitors would descend into a sunken living room that was lined...

Sports

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Courtyard convergence: Students break into groups at Hoa An Secondary School. Peter LemieuxIt is another typically steamy July morning in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Water levels are low. Temperatures...

Books

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 Kids Rule!: Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship By Sarah Banet-Weiser. Duke University Press, 2007. 296 pages. $22.95, paper. If we spent the first eight decades of the twentieth century...

In Focus

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In the 1970s, British feminist scholars contended that almost all films were dominated by the "male gaze," with camera angles calculated to "fetishize the female body." Negar Mottahedeh, an...

Q&A

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Left-hand man: Love keeps boss Barack Obama on task. Doug Mills / The New York Times / ReduxAfter graduating from Duke, varsity basketball and football player Reggie Love spent the summer trying to...

Gallery

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Untitled (Perseus and Andromeda), 1964, Bob Thompson, United States. Gouache on rag paper. 10 3⁄8 x 10 7⁄8 inches. Gift of Paula Cooper in memory of Raymond D. Nasher '43. This gouache is one of at...