Spring 2014

View the print issue

Duke Coffeehouse
On stage, a woman taps at synthesizers and drum boxes, creating alien noises with her fingertips. Across the room, behind the soundboard, senior Jack... Read more
Katherine Zhang didn’t know many other Asians when she was growing up in a white suburban neighborhood outside of Charlotte. As she got older and... Read more
Vocal fry
By the time you finish reading this story you will have learned the following things: Men can hear fertility status in a woman’s voice—and they like... Read more
Statistics
Box scores in the National Basketball Association look far different than they did thirty years ago—or even ten, for that matter. these days, they’re... Read more

Spring 2014

Departments

The Quad

Wall flowers: David Lang (left) and Tony Fierro lean against the East Side Gallery, a memorialized section of the Berlin Wall. Photo by Maryana Nikolin.For an engineering student facing strict...
Science guy: Wilson created a foundation that brings opportunities to grad students. Photo by Jerry Bauer.He’s twice won the nonfiction Pulitzer Prize and is the leading authority on the study of...
Duke magazine placeholder image
What is a research university, and what value can it offer to society? Recently, this question has sparked discussion around the world, and Duke is in the midst of the conversation.Last fall, the...
Duke magazine placeholder image
THE CATALYST: Blake Goodner ’96 believes he’s gained much from his Duke experience. As a cofounder of the investment company Bridger Capital, he also has gained financial expertise, including hedge-...
Growing up, Steven Blaser gleaned from his parents the value of saving a hard-earned dollar. But he noticed a shortage of understanding about basic financial concepts among many of his peers. in...
Duke magazine placeholder image
The challenge was to come up with new ideas for improving science and math education in the U.S. and India in forty-eight hours. While all earned praise, three of those initiatives earned cash...
Duke magazine placeholder image
The years-long, hotly contested debate about whether Duke should add a softball team is over. Softball will become Duke’s twenty-seventh varsity team with its anticipated debut in spring 2018.In...
In the 1930s, Sarah P. Duke expressed her hopes that a public garden would not only “be a great attraction but of distinct educational value.” Over the years, Duke Gardens have provided the setting...

Ideas

Duke magazine placeholder image
Nearly 5,900 natural-gas leaks have been found under the streets of Washington by a research team from Duke, Boston University, and Gas Safety Inc. Some of the leaks could have posed explosion risks...
Less than two-thirds of doctors and teenage patients talk about sex, sexuality, or dating during yearly checkups, according to a Duke Medicine study published in JAMA Pediatrics last December. The...
Duke magazine placeholder image
Athletes who suffer from torn-cartilage injuries may soon be in luck. Mimicking the strength and suppleness of natural cartilage is tricky, but Duke researchers have developed a synthetic version...
An Alumni Faculty Fellow, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chancey Stillman Professor of practical ethics in the philosophy department and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. His current work explores moral...

Muse

For thirty minutes each Thursday, just after the bells chime five, Duke Chapel falls under an enchanting spell. Between the looming limestone pillars and the oaken pews, a chorus begins to sing...
Duke magazine placeholder image
Bruce Rosenbaum’s imagination is a fantastic hybrid of turn-of-the-century aesthetics, punk rebellion, and futuristic design. Rosenbaum M.B.A. ’88 is cofounder of ModVic, a company specializing in...

Sports

Photo by Jon GardinerIn mid-January, Duke women’s basketball senior point guard Chelsea Gray played sixteen minutes against Boston College, tallying 11 points, two assists, two rebounds, and four...

Forever Duke

Duke magazine placeholder image
Shortly after Kareem Cook ’94 signed on to help organize his class’ 20th reunion, he uploaded to Facebook a series of digitally scanned pages from his old “pic book,” the class directory he received...
Duke magazine placeholder image
Nearly thirty years ago, D.C. Cathro was walking along a road in Frederick, Maryland, when he spotted a ring. It was a Duke Class of 1970 ring, and Cathro could make out the engraved name—J.R....
Duke magazine placeholder image
ALUMNI GO BOWLINGAs Duke prepared to face Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, we caught up with alumni in Atlanta. Check Duke Today to see how Phil Ebinger ’84, chief financial officer of the NBA...
Photo by Cody ClarkeSterly Wilder ’83, associate vice president for alumni affairs, talks with Ana Homayoun ’01, founder of Green Ivy Education Consulting and author of two books about helping young...
Duke magazine placeholder image
Adam Chodikoff ’93, a senior producer and a fact-checker at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, spoke to students at Duke Entertainment, Media and the Arts Network (DEMAN) Weekend in early November....
Change agent: Let Girls Lead's founder and executive director Denise Dunning, first row, second from right, leads teambuilding exercises for advocates in Guatemala. Courtesy of Denise Denning.The...

Retro

Crowd pleaser: A mix of Duke community members and townspeople learned from student engineers, here in 1938. Courtesy of Duke University Archives.The first Engineers Show was held in the only...

Devil's Own

Photos by Karen Webbink (top) and Robert Ayers.The Kathleen Smith Moss Garden in Duke Gardens’ Culberson Asiatic Arboretum exists for the cultivation of moss and as a quiet space where you can...