Sep - Oct 2009

 In 1959, a young meteorologist named Edward Lorenz set out to build himself a world. Naturally, the project entailed a few compromises:His... Read more
New York Stock Exchange, November 6, 2008. [Spencer Platt/Getty Images]
Early on the morning of Thursday, March 13, 2008, Robert K. Steel, Undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance, had breakfast with H. Rodgin... Read more
The shoe fits: Posner, like many popular hip-hop artists, trades on his image to help sell clothing. Here, on photo shoot for LRG, a small, California-based company. Quang Le
Search for "Mike Posner LDOC" on YouTube. Find it, and you'll see an out-of-focus video clip that opens with a crowd of students crammed onto Duke's... Read more
Indomitable scholar: Kennington, shown here in front of the historic Alamance County Courthouse in Graham, North Carolina, embarked on her job search with dogged determination. Bill Bamberger
December 2008. For the past seven years, Kelly Kennington Ph.D. '09 has kept her mind planted firmly in the 1800s. As a doctoral candidate in... Read more

Sep - Oct 2009

Departments

Gazette

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Advances in precision: Rogers with aotonomous robots. Jon GardinerBioengineers at Duke have developed a laboratory robot that can locate tiny pieces of metal within flesh and guide a needle to its...
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No home: Thousands gather at makeshift camp in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, following a massive 2005 earthquake that killed 80,000 people and displaced 3.5 million people. Teru...
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Adaptable flora: Hymenophyllum jamesonii, an epiphytic fern found in neotropical rain forests.Courtesy Eric Schuettpelz Ph.D. '07As flowering plants like giant trees quickly rose to dominate plant...
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Visual, literal: Picasso's Segment of Pear, Wine­glass, and Ace of Clubs. Photos courtesy Nasher Museum of ArtPablo Picasso's lifelong relationship with writers and the ways language affected his...
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New trustees: Eads, Farmer, Kahn, and Monserrate, from top. Courtesy University SecretaryRalph Eads III '81, Paul Farmer '82, Peter J. Kahn J.D. '76, and Martha Monserrate B.S.C.E. '81, M.S.E. '82...
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A newly identified gene may be able to predict not only the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease but also the approximate age at which the disease will begin to manifest itself.This new gene,...
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Children born without thymus glands have given Duke researchers a rare opportunity to study how a new immune system develops its population of infection-fighting T cells.Interdisciplinary research...
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What's in a name: Sanford, with Rubenstein Hall in foreground, becomes school. Rewarding service: New GI Bill is modeled after 1944 legislation, which paid tuition for returning World War II vets...
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Family photo: Barack Obama, right, with his mother, Ann Dunham, center, his Indonesian step-father, Lolo Soetoro, and his infant sister, Maya Soetoro, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Reuters / Ho NewDuke...
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Ian Baucom, professor and chair of the English department, has been named director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. Baucom will succeed Srinivas Aravamudan, the new dean of the...
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Illustration Christopher Zacharow / photo Duke PhotographyFaced with the repercussions of a down economy, senior university administrators decided this summer to reduce the size of Duke's work force...
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Gordon E. Stanley By most measures, America has the best system of higher education in the world. According to the Academic Rankings of World Universities, eight of the top ten and thirty-six of the...

Biblio-file

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 "Die Provintz Nord und Sud Carolina," frontispiece, Americanischer Wegweiser, by Johann Rudolff Ochs, German. Published in Bern, Switzerland, 1711. Duke University Special Collections LibraryIn...

Forum

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Duke University ArchivesDuke University ArchivesSay UncleThank you for printing former President Terry Sanford's January 1984 "avuncular letter" [Under the Gargoyle, May-June 2009], which urged...

Campus Observer

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Nurturing nature: Horticulturist Kilbane tends to hardy and perennial lily competitors. Michael ZirkleGuttural croaking emanates from beneath an ethereal yellow-and-white lotus blossom in the Sarah...

Syllabus

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 The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans has more money than 90 percent of the U.S. population combined. Lisa Keister '90 and her students are exploring why wealth distribution is this lopsided.While...

Retrospective

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Go, team: Trinity's 1891 football team. Duke University ArchivesOn Thanksgiving Day 1888, Trinity College's football team began on a high note with a 16-0 victory over North Carolina. The team was...

Updates

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R. Larry Todd, Arts & Sciences Professor of music, has had a whirlwind year. As one of the world's leading scholars on the life and music of Felix Mendelssohn, he has shuttled around the country...

Between the Lines

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In an e-mail exchange this August, financial writer Bill Cohan muses about where he would place the blame for the financial meltdown. Was it debt-indifferent consumers or careless regulators or not-...

Alumni Register

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Thielman: DAA undergraduate scholar. Cary NortonJonathan Thielman has wanted to come to Duke for as long as he can remember, but he admits that Duke was not at the top of his list when he applied to...
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Selections from the new DukeReads seriesNow in its third year, DukeReads, an interactive online book club sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association (DAA), has implemented a number of electronic...
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Woodruff: distinguished journalist, analyst, alumna. Getty Images for Meet the PressFor more than three decades, broadcast journalist Judy C. Woodruff '68, Hon. '98 has provided informed news...

Sports

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Catch her if you can: Multisport athlete Soo settled on cross country in high school, setting state records and securing berth on Duke women's varsity team. Jon GardinerAdrianne Soo began running...

Books

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Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black PortraitureBy Richard J. Powell. University of Chicago Press, 2009. 276 pages. 116 illus-trations in color and black and white. $55 In his provocative new...

Mini-profiles

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Thomas Concordia/WireimageIt's not much of a stretch to characterize Duke's Greek scene as a tangle of lifestyle brands, complete with logos, ads, events, and status symbols. So you might say that...
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Courtesy John StanburyIn 1950, John Stanbury was a young physician at Massachusetts General Hospital when he had a "chance encounter" with a visiting surgeon from Argentina. The surgeon had brought...
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Photos courtesy Jennifer Goodman LinnJennifer Goodman Linn's paid job in Nickelodeon's marketing department is to make others want to adopt the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants as their...

In Focus

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What happened to a Neanderthal man named Shanidar 3 more than 500 centuries ago? Steven Churchill, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology, has an idea. Discovered in Iraq in the 1950s with...

Q&A

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Kadivar: envisioning a more democratic Iran. Jon GardinerMohsen Kadivar, visiting associate professor of religion, is an outspoken scholar who advocates for democratic reform in his native Iran....

Gallery

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Wheel of Steel, 2006, by Robin Rhode, South African, born 1976. Nine digital pigment prints mounted on four-ply museum board. 15 1⁄2 x 22 inches each. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Fund...