New medical sociology minor exposes students to patient perspectives

The sociology department will offer pre-health students a more holistic understanding of medicine in the new minor.

Created in 1968, Program II continues to offer a personalized academic experience for students each year.

Students design personalized majors through Program II

Although most students choose traditional single-subject majors, Program II is a lesser-known option for those who desire a more personalized area of study.

BME professor named VP for research at University of New Mexico

Gabriel Lopez, a leading materials science researcher, will leave Duke this year for his new position at UNM.

A recent statistical study showed that the reason for the income gap between male and female Duke professors is a lower number of women in high-paying departments.

Female faculty underrepresented in high-paying departments at Duke

Engineering, business and natural science departments have lower percentages of female faculty than less high-paying departments.

Valerie Ashby named next Trinity Dean

The chair of the Chemistry department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will replace Laurie Patton.

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Academic Council tackles faculty diversity in final 2014-15 meeting

In the Council's final meeting of the year, a report revealed that Duke has room to improve when it comes to diversity.

Council Chair Thomas Robisheaux at a previous Arts and Sciences Council meeting. Robisheaux's term as Council Chair is set to conclude, with a faculty-wide election occurring to fill the position later this year.

Civic Engagement and Social Change certificate approved by Arts and Sciences Council

The new certificate will include four courses and two co-curricular community partnerships requiring 450 total hours of service work.

A closer look at course evaluations

Students can view ratings for almost 17,000 courses taught since 2004 through the Student Accessible Course Evaluation System, but they might be missing some of the most valuable information.

Al Buehler taught one of his last classes in his office in Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday afternoon. Buehler has been at Duke for 60 years.

Al Buehler to retire after 60 years

Buehler will teach his last class, a freshman seminar entitled History and Issues of American Sport, Wednesday from his office in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Beginning in Fall 2015, there will be a total of 42 MOOCs offered by Duke faculty through Coursera.

Despite popularity, experts remain divided on MOOCs

Duke's popularity in Massive Open Online Courses is booming, but the University remains divided on whether or not to offer course credit.

Richard Hays, pictured above, served Duke as a professor and scholar on the New Testament since 1991 before becoming Dean of the Divinity School.

Dean Hays to step down at end of next year

After serving as dean for five years, Dean of the Divinity School Richard Hays will step down at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.

Academic Council finds no disparities in faculty salaries

In their penultimate meeting of the academic year, the Academic Council discussed the current state of salary equity at the University.

Brodhead, faculty and students gather for new poetry tradition

President Richard Brodhead joined English faculty and students to read poetry over cake and coffee Monday afternoon.

Winter break extended in 2015-16 academic calendar

University Registrar Bruce Cunningham emphasized that the structure of the academic calendar itself has not changed, but that the shift was made to help students attending Winter Forum avoid...

Council Chair Thomas Robisheaux at a previous Arts and Sciences Council meeting.

Arts and Sciences Council considers new certificate program, plagiarism report

A new certificate program focusing on civic engagement is working its way toward approval.

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Duke joins initiative facilitating community college transfers

As part of the American Honors program, Duke will encourage transfer candidates who have successfully completed the program’s honors curriculum to apply to Duke.

DataFest draws hundreds to solve stats challenges

More than 200 students scrutinized, analyzed and visualized data during this weekend’s DataFest.

Graduate School Dean Paula McClain spoke to Academic Council Thursday about the role of the Duke master's degree.

As Duke master's programs expand, Academic Council debates role of degree

As the number of master's programs offered by the University has increased, so have questions about the purpose and value of a Duke master's degree.

Genomics studies continue to thrive after IGSP dismantling

The study of genomics is at an all time high for the University.

For some, humanities find answers in interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinary collaborations in the humanities have emerged as a way to sustain a field increasingly besieged by criticism.

The Academic Council spent most of its meeting privately discussing Duke Kunshan University, pictured above.

DKU discussed in private Academic Council session

"It was decided it would be better if the comments were not reported out in a way that could be misunderstood."

Traditionally, most Duke students who choose to study abroad use the Fall or their junior year to study in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Australia for the Fall of their junior year.

Nontraditional study abroad increasingly draws student interest

Although Europe remains Duke's most popular study-away destination, an increasing number of students are choosing less traditional options.

Arts and Sciences Council continues Curriculum 2000 revamp

An Arts and Sciences Council committee is centering on the question of what a Duke education promises students and how the curriculum could better fill that promise.

The computer science department launched an academic dishonesty investigation last Fall for students previously enrolled in CompSci 201.

CompSci moves forward after investigation

The computer science department is developing new strategies to combat issues of cheating following the academic dishonesty investigation that began in November.

PoliSci dept. uses new strategies to compete in majors market

Although the political science department has suffered a decline in student enrollment in recent years, faculty emphasize its continuing relevance as both an academic discipline and a path to the...