Special 2013

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Building futures: Gates and participants at a Sure Start Project initiative to promote maternal and newborn health in India’s Kathghara Village. © Bill & Melinda gates Foundation/Barbara Kinney.
One of the hallmarks of getting old, I'm told, is thinking that everything is getting steadily worse. I must still be young, then, because I am... Read more
On a fall afternoon my freshman year in 2009, I stumbled onto a campus bus with a sweet-potato-stuffed backpack and an armful of other vegetables. I... Read more
Photos courtesy James Cannon Boyce.
Floating along Inle Lake in Central Burma, I lean over and run my hand through the warm water. As I do, my eyes never stop searching that one hill I... Read more
On a particularly slow day during my summer research in rural Kenya, I went for a directionless walk down to the shores of a gleaming Lake Victoria.... Read more

Special 2013

Departments

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MEDICINEThe major event in medical mycology has been the growing immune-compromised patient populations—human petri dishes—over the last several decades. These patients develop invasive fungal...
  • Credit: Les Todd.
Every meeting I have with Duke alumni quickly moves to the same question: “Are you giving away for free what Duke students spend tens of thousands of dollars to experience?" They ask this question...
  • "12:00 -12:30 a.m. (Kaleidoscope Picture)." Photos courtesy Lisa McCarty, images she created with handmade cameras.
In 2011, I made two decisions that would change my life and the trajectory of my work forever. That April, I decided to accept an offer of admission to a new graduate program at Duke, becoming one...
In Letter to a Man in the Fire, the late writer and longtime Duke professor Reynolds Price ’55 makes an eloquent case for the existence of a caring God. He pauses at one point in this extended essay...
  • Credit: Megan Morr.
I have always been a planner. As a student accepted into Duke University, I was accustomed to the comforts that come from planning. In high school I laid meticulous plans for my future and looked...
  • Credit: Jon Gardiner.
My field is the history of medieval architecture and cities. The research I do takes me climbing all over old buildings, measuring and recording details from the vaults of Notre Dame in Paris to the...
  • Credit: Yunghi Kim.
Before college I had written only two poems—both while I was in the fifth grade the week after September 11. My parents like to remind me that on parents' night that fall, my fifth-grade teacher...
  • Photos by Les Todd.
Translation is a form of intercultural exchange and dialogue. I think of it as part of a larger constellation of writing and reading practices. It is furthermore a metaphor for what I do in my...
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One of my first patients as a medical intern was an avowed racist. Chester (a pseudonym) was a lifelong smoker and fan of Southern cuisine whose bad habits finally caught up with him. His body...
 Research by Matti Darden, Duke University Archives staff, and Sam Hull. View the timeline in PDF form.

Forum

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Growing up in New York in the 1970s, Michael Marsicano ’78, M.Ed. ’78, Ph.D. ’82 loved the English horn and the oboe. But with his sights set on medical school, he couldn’t see himself going to a...
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Straightening Out ShootingI read with interest “Straight Shooting” [Summer 2013]. Sadly one of Duke’s own was an early victim of gun violence in a school. Horace P. (“Buck”) Morgan ’70 dedicated his...

The Quad

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More than 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students were awarded their degrees during Duke’s 161st commencement in May.The commencement address was delivered by Melinda Gates ’86, M.B...
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Sarah Schroth, the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art, is the museum’s new director. Schroth has been serving as its interim director since November. She succeeds Kimerly...
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It may be quiet on campus, but the $3.25 billion Duke Forward campaign has kept activity humming during the summer.First, trustee emeritus Morris Williams ’62, M.A.T. ’63 and his wife, Ruth, pledged...
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In response to North Carolina’s newly conservative legislature, several Duke professors have been participating— and getting arrested—in weekly rallies in Raleigh. Known as Moral Mondays, the...

Ideas

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On the HGTV show House Hunters, prospective buyers choose from several home options. The final decision comes down not just to cost, but also to the emotional investment potential homeowners have in...
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It’s every kid’s dream come true: science supporting the idea that playing video games improves brain functions. Researchers from Duke’s Visual Cognition Lab found that hours spent with video-gaming...
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In a first-of-its-kind operation in the U.S., a team of Duke doctors helped create a bioengineered blood vessel and transplanted it into the arm of a patient with end-stage kidney disease.The...

Sports

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 AndresenMatt Andresen ’92 is the first fencer inducted into the Hall of Fame and Duke’s first All-American fencer. The Chapel Hill native placed fifth (1993) and eighth (1990 and 1992) in NCAA...

Forever Duke

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The new class of Duke Alumni Faculty Fellows includes a pioneer in the field of black popular culture, a law school faculty member who has worked on Supreme Court confirmation hearings, a scholar of...
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Sterly Wilder ’83, associate vice president for alumni affairs, talks with Blake Byrne ’57, the Alumni Distinguished Award winner for 2013. Byrne recently stepped down as chair of the advisory board...
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Laine Wagenseller ’90 felt helpless when he first met Adolf Baguma during a service trip to rural Uganda. Orphaned as a young child, Baguma had suffered debilitating burns when a teenage aunt threw...

Muse

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Invisible Hieroglyphics is a new digital art project that explores the nexus of art and technology. It is also the latest in a series of collaborations between Duke classmates Andrew Woolery ’03 and...