Sep - Oct 2012

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The technological marvel of a Mars landing has renewed a fascination with things astronomical. So it’s fitting that Duke’s president, Richard H.... Read more
When Mac Jordan stepped onto Duke’s campus in 1979, he was one of the few freshmen to come with red dirt flowing through his veins. Growing up in... Read more
By ten minutes to seven, Fuqua’s Geneen Auditorium buzzes with preparation. Organizers shoo away early comers while the tech crew repeatedly tests... Read more
The skeptics are cordoned off by white drapes at the north end of Milk Studios in Manhattan, while the targets of their awe and ire, Sean Parker and... Read more

Sep - Oct 2012

Departments

The Quad

  • Digital evolution: Biology professor Mohamed Noor will offer his evolution course online. Noor photo by Chris Hildreth
Duke will join a dozen other universities in sharing course content on the Internet through Coursera, an online educational platform. The experiment, which begins with a handful of courses this fall...
  • Duke engaged: Brodhead visits a Freedom School in Bennettsville, South Carolina, site of a DukeEngage project. [Credit: Chris Hildreth]
In the summer months, as students depart and the school grows quiet, it’s my custom to visit Duke sites away from campus. Duke is anchored in Durham, but Duke isn’t only what happens in Durham. Last...
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China’s Ministry of Education has granted preliminary approval for the creation of Duke Kunshan University, a key step in the progress of Duke’s first international campus.DKU, formed in partnership...
  • Christine Schindler with former President Bill Clinton. [Credit: Clinton Global Initiative]
When Christine Schindler was five years old, she decided she wanted to be an artist. Then, sometime later, she realized it was Broadway that was right for her. And then writing became her future...
  • Lifting voices: A music major in college, Powery often fills his teachings with song.
Before he arrived on campus to begin his job as dean of the Duke Chapel, the Rev. Luke Powery already had broken new ground at Duke.An ordained Baptist minister, Powery became the first African-...
  • Life’s work: Photographs and other items, including a 1935 Nazi-issued work permit, from the Abraham Joshua Heschel archive. [Credit: David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library]
On the surface, Duke’s recent acquisition of the collected documents of civil rights leader and theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel is an academic and archival coup. The collection, which has...
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Gospel quartet The Mighty Clouds of Joy will light up the Hayti Heritage Center for two shows in November, one of the highlights of Duke Performances’ 2012-13 season. Beyond featuring an always-...
  • Seeking opportunity: Visa issues can complicate postgraduate life for the nearly one in six Duke students who come from foreign countries. [Credit: Les Todd]
Like most students entering their final year of school, Pan Wu is looking for a job. But for Wu, who will earn his Ph.D. in chemistry in May of next year, the stakes of that search are especially...
As North Carolina shapes up to be a key swing state in November’s presidential election, two Duke students—Daniel Strunk ’14 and Elena Botella ’13—are playing leadership roles in helping their...
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With the nation’s health-care system facing a potentially critical shortage of nurses, Duke Medicine has announced it will double the number of advanced-practice nurses it trains, adding more than...
As one of the faculty leaders of the university’s DukeEngage program in Cape Town, William Chafe has seen the profound effect being in South Africa can have on undergrads. But he often felt the...
  • Scrawls of time: Graffiti uncovered during the library’s renovations [Credit: Eric Ferreri]
In the dim, hushed depths of the library, the hidden voices of generations of Duke students are speaking again.They have been awakened through graffiti— decades-old thoughts, pictures, quips, and...
The catalyst: Computer science professor Richard Lucic and lecturer Robert Duvall decided to co-teach the course after realizing the department did not offer a class that exposed students to the...

Ideas

The Higgs boson exists—probably. Scientists said they found a particle “consistent” with the Higgs, but they stopped short of calling it a definite Higgs find. Duke physicist Al Goshaw, who worked...
  • Attention deficit: Players at an international gaming convention may not be as good at handling multiple tasks as they think. [Credit: Imaginechina/Corbis]
So you’re a “Call of Duty” vet. You’ve spent hours simultaneously scanning maps, obliterating bad guys, and chatting with fellow gamers. Nothing gets by you. Surely you can navigate the perils of...
When Duke neurobiologist Erich Jarvis started trying to decode the genes believed to control a parrot’s ability to imitate its owner, he quickly ran into a problem. Typically, scientists assemble...
  • How safe is safety? Heather Stapleton’s lab has found flame-retardant chemicals in a wide array of baby products. [Credit: Les Todd]
On the long list of things parents worry about harming their kids, a little dust in the nursery seems pretty innocuous. But for Heather Stapleton, it’s a clue to a subtler threat—one that, thanks in...
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It’s a cliché of modern politics that a candidate for president won’t do anything—even choose a necktie—without first consulting poll data. True, both the Obama and Romney campaigns employ in-house...

Observer

  • Opening the door to joy: During his sermon, Villegas urges parishioners to worship “with our whole body and with all of our might.” [Credit: Megan Morr]
Aulander, North Carolina, is a one-traffic-light town in rural Bertie County, located in the state’s northeast corner. Most of the storefronts along its main street are empty. There are no movie...

Muse

  • Detective work: Author Zorn with the issue of True magazine containing an article about the Lindbergh case; Zorn's father came across the magazine in a barbershop and started piecing together decades-old memories of a neighbor he suspected was involved. [Credit:Caitlin Orban]
In 1932, toddler Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. was kidnapped and held for ransom in a case that made international headlines as “the Crime of the Century.” Lindbergh, the first-born son of aviation hero...
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What does it mean to be a person of faith in today’s world? Two new books—Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion, by Mark Pinsky ’70, and The Messy Quest for Meaning: Five...
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When composer George Lam A.M. ’08, Ph.D. ’11 wanted to produce an original opera as part of his dissertation, he started the Duke New Music Ensemble to ensure the work would be presented to a wider...
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For playwright Martín Zimmerman ’07, all the world’s a stage—or at least all of the U.S. Based in Chicago for the past two years, Zimmerman was recently named a Jerome Fellow, the longest-running...

Sports

  • Showing medal: Nick McCrory and Abby Johnston, with coach Drew Johansen, returning from London [Credit: Jon Gardiner]
In the year leading up to the London Olympics, two pictures hung in the corner of the Taishoff Aquatics Center, home of the Duke swimming and diving program. Positioned between the ladder divers use...
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OLYMPICS: Nick McCrory and Abby Johnston weren’t the only Duke athletes at the Olympics. Here’s a rundown of Duke’s ties to the games:The U.S. men’s basketball team, coached by Mike Krzyzewski, went...

Forever Duke

  • On stage: In Houston, Brodhead and Shane Battier traded insights on basketball and Duke's future. [Credit: Chris Hildreth]
The set was meant to be like a traveling version of President Richard H. Brodhead’s office in the Allen Building: a few high-backed leather chairs placed around a Gothic windowpane that looked over...
  • Sealed with a kiss: Kelley and Schmidt mere moments after the proposal. [Courtesy: David Kelley]
David Kelley B.S.E. ’07 and Emily Schmidt B.S.E. ’07, M.E.M. ’12 were classmates in the Pratt School of Engineering, but knew each other only in passing. Back on campus for Homecoming 2007, they...
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Jack Bovender ’67, M.H.A. ’69 grew up in King, North Carolina, a small rural town near Winston-Salem “where everybody was like everybody else.” When he arrived at Duke in the fall of 1963, Bovender...
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[Credit: Natalie Sterneckert]ALUMNI ENDOWED UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARWHO: Sarah Watson ’16WHAT: Duke Alumni Association’s newest Alumni Endowed Undergraduate ScholarHOMETOWN: Boerne, TexasDUKE...
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Last October, Michael Kates ’80 called William Cohan ’81 with a tempting offer. Kates had found a great deal with a tour-company expedition to Mount Everest’s south base camp in Nepal. Was Cohan in?...
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Paula Ehrlich ’84 may be the only foundation leader whose expertise includes environmental planning, equine surgery, bone physiology, corporate and academic research, and preclinical translational...

Retro

  • Sheriff of the dining halls: Like his father, George-Frank Wall worked at Duke for more than sixty years. [Courtesy University Archives]
Duke has a long and proud history of support from individuals, whose gifts have helped make the university what it is today. The largest of those gifts, such as the establishment of The Duke...
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1876: The original Trinity College Bell is cast. When Trinity College moved to Durham in 1892, the original bell was placed in storage and later relocated to a museum of university history in the...

Devil's Own

  • Storing a secret: Rare sewing kit hides a collection of German literary classics. [Credit: Les Todd]
"It would give me great joy if, through the labor of my hands, I could prove to you my sincere interest in this momentous day.” These words, written in 1821 by a German man named F.N.W. Kutscher,...