This was one commencement address not bound to be bobbing in the sea of the forgettable. It would not be especially “fun or breezy or grandly... Read more
Credit: Jessica Haye & Clark Hsiao
Maurice Conway does not recall being particularly polite when the phone rang that first evening, and he had every right not to be. He was fifty-seven... Read more
In 1997, a woman named Misha Defonseca wrote a book about the four years she spent as a child searching war-torn Europe for her Jewish parents, who’d... Read more
On a Friday in December, Philip J. Cook received an email message alerting him to a mass shooting at a small school in Newtown, Connecticut. The... Read more
If Phil Cook backed his way into the study of gun violence in the U.S.—arriving at the topic via a broader study of criminal justice—Kristin A. ... Read more
Hello, I'm Danio. I know it’s crowded, but come in. I started showing up in places like this in the 1980s, and now I come here by the tens of... Read more

Summer 2013

Departments

The Quad

  • Cowan: a call to level the educational playing field. Credit: Jared Lazarus.
During a rousing keynote speech at April’s Reunions Weekend, U.S. Senator William “Mo” Cowan ’91 deftly combined the personal and political as part of the university’s “Celebrating the Past,...
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Sports medicine at Duke—a division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery—will get a boost through a $20 million gift from Steven and Rebecca Jensen Scott. The gift will expand clinical and...
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“Why College May Not Be Worth It”—CNBC, August 10, 2012“Saying No to College”—The New York Times, November 30, 2012“Is College Worth It?”—Forbes, December 4, 2012Headlines like these have grown...
  • Looking homeward: Masaai tribe member Mepukori aspires to bring improved health-care services to her native Kenyans. Credit: Megan Morr.
Duke students traverse all sorts of distances before setting foot on campus, but few have covered as much cultural and geographic ground as Nash Mepukori.A member of the seminomadic Maasai, Mepukori...
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Future Blue Devils may soon greet each other with “Kusu dewo?” thanks to a new exchange program with the University of Virginia aimed at broadening the availability of low-visibility languages....
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The catalyst: Assistant professor of chemistry and physics Patrick Charbonneau and visiting chef Justine de Valicourt not only share a history (Charbonneau and de Valicourt first met in their native...
  • A new tack: Docking in a different port. Credit: Scott Taylor.
After nearly thirty-two years of service, the Cape Hatteras has spent its last day at sea, at least under Duke’s command. The research vessel, which Duke received from the National Science...
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Global health has grown from a certificate program in 2006 to a full major, albeit one offered only as part of a double-major program of study. The major offers students a multifaceted approach to...
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Eight U.S. universities, including Duke, have established the Vest Scholarship program, a “reverse Rhodes Scholarship,” to spur international collaborations among graduate students whose studies are...
  • Don't blink: Ben Ramsey '15 has a staring contest with three girls in Kuwdé, a small village in northern Togo. Credit: Maria Romano '14.
 Though this summer marks the inaugural DukeEngage program in Togo, its faculty director is quite established in the West African country. Since the mid-1980s, cultural anthropology professor...
  • Peer portal: Duke and UNC students now can keep an eye on each other. Credit: Duke Photography.
The eight miles to UNC-Chapel Hill just got shorter. In a corner of the Bryan Center’s upper level is a four-by-four-by-eight feet white box fitted with Bose speakers, a webcam, and a 60-inch LED TV...
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Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, former national-security assistant under President Gerald Ford and President George H.W. Bush, as well as former military assistant to President Richard Nixon LL.B. ’37, at...
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Renovations to the Bryan Center began during the 2012 winter break and are expected to be completed by fall 2013. The changes are designed to create more appealing and flexible spaces for students...

Ideas

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Summer: The perfect time to break out the boat and get out on the open water. But barnacles and other ocean scum have been busy in the off-season, clumping up and corroding the hull. Fortunately,...
Let’s face it: Warnings regarding teenage smoking are as earth-shattering as those about alcohol’s deleterious effects behind the wheel. But new research from a team of U.S., U.K., and New Zealand...
1. It really is a popularity contest: Rhesus macaques that have large, strong social networks tend to belong to families of similarly amiable macaques. Not only that, but playing nice with others...
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The former head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration and current director of the Duke University Energy Initiative, Richard Newell researches and analyzes the economics of energy policy. In...
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True or false: Women are more in touch with their emotions. Immigrants work harder than the native population. Answer: It doesn’t matter, because positive stereotypes like these are more underhanded...
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We all know bullying is painful to endure, but new research shows that bullied children are at a greater risk of developing anxiety disorders, depression, and suicidal thoughts as adults.“We were...

Observer

  • Photos by Donn Young
Andrew Fontanella could be forgiven for wanting to be somewhere else. At six foot three, with a tousle of curly dark-brown hair that adds another inch or two, he looms above everyone else in this...

Muse

  • Engaging artists: Milazzo, right, in conversation with actor Willem Dafoe as part of the Film: Masters series. Credit: Oriel Pe'er/The Modern School of Film.
Robert Milazzo is a patient, persistent man. Back in the late ’90s, as he was figuring out how to break into the film business, he made it his mission to somehow connect with Pulitzer Prize-winning...
  • Addisu: Traded briefcase for beats. Credit: Vinny Picone and Phillip Annand of the Madbury Club.
When the recession hit, plenty of Wall Street traders were forced to take stock of their position in the financial industry. For Anteneh Addisu ’07, it was the perfect opportunity to get out and...
  • Photos by Alex Maness.
How do Americans come together - and fall apart? That question fuels the works produced by Hoi Polloi, an Obie-winning New York-based theater collaborative. Foudner and artistic director Alec Duffy...
Betsy Prioleau Ph.D. ’80 explores what women really want from men in Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them. Photographer and Center for Documentary Studies faculty member Alex Harris...

Sports

  • Future champs: Ogelsby rallies a passel of All West Lacrosse players. Photo courtesy of Matt Ogelsby.
As East Coast-West Coast rivalries go, the quest to produce the nation’s top varsity lacrosse players is decidedly lopsided. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the country, exploding at every...
BASKETBALL:Senior forward Mason Plumlee, left, and women’s basketball junior forward Haley Peters, right, were named to the Capital One Academic All-District III team. The award recognizes the...

Forever Duke

  • Road Scholars: Hare, Moffitt, Strandberg, and Wallace share their expertise with alumni audiences. (Credits: Christer Berg, Razorfilms, Victor Strandberg, Alana Damron)
Although still in its pilot year, the Duke Alumni Association’s Faculty Fellows program already has been well-received. With enthusiastic buy-in from the initial class of fellows to growing demand...
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As part of the university’s 50th anniversary of black students at Duke, a number of regional events are setting the stage for alumni to explore the past and future of Duke’s commitment to issues of...
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Sterly Wilder ’83, associate vice president for alumni affairs, talks with NBA star (and former Duke basketball standout) Grant Hill ’94, who now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.SW: I was your...
  • Peng Shi '10 (Credit: Gretchen Ert/The New York Times/Redux)
Can a Chinese-born, Canadian-schooled, MIT grad student with no children help the Boston public school system fix one of its most vexing problems? Peng Shi '10 might not have a personal investment...

Retro

  • (Credit: Duke University Archives)
The Bryan University Center is full of campus activity, and it will be even more so once the West Campus Union closes for renovation this summer. With performance spaces, meeting rooms, student...

Devil's Own

  • (Courtesy: Nasher Museum of Art)
Marriage of Jupiter and Juno (c. 1720-30), by Nicola Maria Rossi, is in the Nasher Museum’s permanent collection. Floating in the clouds at the center of a swirling entourage of winged attendants,...