Sep - Oct 2011

Each summer, Duke’s Talent Identification Program brings some of the nation’s smartest teenagers to campus for a jump start on college-level coursework. But the most important thing they learn may be that they’re not alone.
 [caption]Lacey Chylack [/caption]Four boys and ten girls pile out of vans at Duke’s Lemur Center and rally quickly in a mobile trailer, leaving... Read more
 [caption]Everywhere you look: Inset, re-creation of medieval church from course that combines humanities research with visual technologies;... Read more
 [caption] © ImageZoo/Corbis [/caption]It was a nondescript setting to convey the drama of life and death—a Food and Drug Administration... Read more

Sep - Oct 2011

Departments

Mini-profiles

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   Bill PhillipsIn 1971, Rees Shearer was serving as a Vista volunteer in Georgia when he got a New Year’s greeting from his draft board stating he had sixty days to find an alternative service job...
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  Karen DuncanWhen an eighth-grader in Louisiana tried to locate an official state flag to bring to a hunter-safety training session, he quickly realized that there were multiple versions flying on...
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  Joan MenschenfreundAs Betsy Werley approached her fiftieth birthday, she had every right to celebrate her accomplishments, which included nearly two decades at J.P. Morgan Chase & Company as a...

Biblio-file

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 Building morale: United War Work Campaign scrapbook.Special Collections Library, Duke University On September 9, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson wrote to Raymond Fosdick, coordinator of the War...

Forum

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 Still Laughing • Nixon Lives On • Football's Failings • Labor Lessons • Drilling for Answers • KudosStill Laughing The history of Duke’s humor magazines [July-August 2011] evoked powerful memories...

Campus Observer

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 Pricked, dazed, scanned, zapped: Research-study participant Ilgunas prepares to slide inside an MRI machine.Les ToddOver the course of my graduate education at Duke, I was zapped by electrodes,...

Syllabus

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 Cameron Indoor Stadium is famously cramped, hot, and humid. Yet Louise Meintjes says the Cameron experience would be completely different without its one-of-a-kind sound.“Architecture contributes...

Retrospective

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Out and about: Members of the Explorers Club on their February 27, 1932, jaunt.University Archives  At your service: “Peggys” doled outpost-hike coffee.University ArchivesDuring the early days of...

Alumni Register

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 Forever Duke Award Winners:(front row, left to right) Luis Ken Ohara T'02, Nicholas J. Superina T'03, Michael Joseph Rosen T'84, Catherine Richardson McCarthy T'86, Randy J. Garcia T'01, Edward...
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  On November 4-5, the second DEMAN (Duke Entertainment, Media, and the Arts Network) Weekend will bring together distinguished alumni in the entertainment, media, and arts industries with Duke...
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 The Duke Alumni Association (DAA) and the Annual Fund have bestowed Charles A. Dukes Awards on five alumni for outstanding volunteer service to the university. The awards, named for the late Dukes...
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 Duke trustee emerita Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke ’67, one of the first five African-American undergraduate students to matriculate at Duke and a professor at the University of the District of Columbia’...
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 Cristante: Second-generation Dukie.Deirdre Christante ’88This past spring, Caitlin Cristante traveled to Ireland with the Charlotte Catholic High School marching band, for which she played oboe....

Between the Lines

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 Sometimes the magazine finds itself covering familiar campus themes with a fresh perspective. That’s true with this issue’s cover story, by associate editor Bridget Booher, which looks at the state...

Good Question

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 It’s easy to make organ markets look nasty. The prospect of the poor literally selling their bodies to the rich makes us recoil in disgust. But while the act of donating an organ is accepted as...

Sports

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  Kickin’ it: Smith edges past Japan’s Kozue Ando during the FIFA Women’s World Cup match last summer in Germany; her New Zealand team lost the game 2-1.Laurence Griffiths - FIFA/FIFA via Getty...

Gazette

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Identifying factors: Making Up (Priscilla Mtimkulu)Jürgen SchadebergWhen Kenneth Montague was growing up in the Canadian border town of Windsor in the 1960s, he didn’t exactly fit in. The son of...
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 Think again: Anole lizards are more cognitively advanced than previously believed.Tropical lizards may be slow, but they aren’t dumb. They can do some problem-solving tasks as well as birds and...
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 Blazing Internet speeds can mean more than just smooth downloading. Network improvements can drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs such as...
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 Infection detection: Transmission electron micrograph image of chlamydia bacteria (red) inside a human cell.PhotoresearchersResearchers at Duke Medical Center have discovered a way to block the...
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Seventy-six percent of U.S. firms will rely on cloud computing for IT activities in the next three to five years, according to a recent Duke/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey.The shift to...
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Many photo applications can guess the subjects of your digital images using facialrecognition software. But a new application, developed by students from Duke and the University of South Carolina...
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A new study shows that certain drugs may have gained some of their addictive power by hijacking the same nerve cells and connections in the brain that serve a powerful, ancient instinct: the...
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Duke engineer Yaroslav Urzhumov is building a boat. At this point, it’s a theoretical boat—a postulated design, really—but it might end up revolutionizing the shipping industry. That’s because...
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Randall Kramer, professor of environmental economics and global health, has been appointed deputy director of the Duke Global Health Institute.Richard G. Newell, Gendell Associate Professor of...
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New chapter: Architectural rendering of entrance plaza for the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.Duke University LibrariesAs a student at Duke, David M. Rubenstein ’70 had a...
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 Deepening understanding: Hindu chaplain Rajagopalan.Vibrant Memories PhotographyDuke has hired its first Hindu chaplain. Usha Rajagopalan, who began her part-time role at Duke in August, will...
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 Blair Sheppard, dean of the Fuqua School of Business since 2007, has accepted a new role in fundraising and business development for Duke Kunshan University, a partner campus in China set to open...
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 A naggingly sluggish economy apparently isn’t deterring alumni from supporting their alma mater. Duke officials reported a record number of donors gave to the university during the past fiscal year...
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Fallen history: A willow oak dating to the early days of Duke succumbed to Hurricane Irene winds, toppling in front of West Duke Building on East Campus.Chelsea Pieroni, Duke ChronicleOrientation...
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Storytelling: Resin-filled blocks created by faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students on display before being assembled into an installation.Christina ChiaIn Duke’s Smith Warehouse...
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Cultural touchstone: A 1987 billboard for Sprite featured actor Jim Varney as Ernest P. Worrell, the country rube character popularized in commercials, television shows, and movies. John W....
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Two days after the Class of 2015 arrived on campus, author Jonathan Safran Foer offered timely advice: “You are on the verge of the most transformative period of your life.… Be as present for...

Books

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 Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson. Viking, 2011. 352 pages. $27.95.As I was writing this review, Tom Friedman...

Q&A

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 Chris HildrethThis summer, President Richard H. Brodhead spent three weeks traveling in Asia and Africa to take the measure of Duke’s growing presence on those continents. The trip— the first time...

Student Snapshot

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A passion for activism: De with civil rights activist Bernard LaFayette, one of the original Freedom Riders.Marshall HoustonThis past spring, Rajlakshmi De came across a Duke e-mail message...

Gallery

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 Love Mom, 2011, Beverly McIver, American. Oil on canvas. 36 x 36 inches. Museum purchase.Harriet BellowsAddressing questions of identity, Beverly McIver’s autobiographical portraits explore not...
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A fine example of late medieval sculpture from the Brummer Collection of Medieval Art, this figure was once part of a large altar piece that was likely in a liturgical space. The sculptor has...