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Duke at the FIBA World Cup: Jayson Tatum and Mason Plumlee fall short of expectations

(09/17/19 10:40pm)

Team USA’s FIBA World Cup run came to an abrupt end with back-to-back upset losses, leading the squad to an embarrassing seventh-place finish. The United States fielded two former Duke stars: Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and Mason Plumlee of the Denver Nuggets. Other former Blue Devils, including all-time Duke scoring leader J.J. Redick, were invited to join the team but declined for various reasons.  

Letter: Come together around international students' issues

(09/18/19 4:00am)

A vital part of the college experience is learning to understand and appreciate different perspectives. In a recent column, Felicia Chen drew on her involvement with the International Association to describe challenges that international students face, drawing comparisons to her own upbringing in North Carolina. In a guest column response, Junette Yu took issue with Felicia’s characterizations and argued that the international student experience is more than a set of obstacles. As president of the International Association, I agree that it is valuable to broaden the scope of our discussion about the experiences of international students. That’s why I’m disappointed to find that Junette’s response contains unnecessary personal attacks that detract from the goal of bringing nuanced understanding to the conversation at hand.

The case for Biden

(09/18/19 4:00am)

Our campus is abuzz with political discussions that will only become more important  as the Democratic primary continues and the general presidential election of 2020 nears. President Trump’s defects and malign activities, while not the focus of this piece and too numerous in quantity to list here, have made him a weak incumbent, vulnerable to defeat. However, the president’s electoral odds are being strengthened by the Democratic party’s hard-left turn and embrace of candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Confined to the Duke bubble or progressive Twitter, one could not be faulted for perceiving that there is widespread support for hard-left policies and that a campaign centered on these policies can capture strong voting majorities.

Jason Locasale: Fighting cancer with chemical complexity and collaboration

(09/17/19 3:38pm)

The Chronicle sat down with Jason Locasale, associate professor of pharmacology and cancer biology, to explore the evolution of the path that made him one of the most sought-out cancer researchers in the world. He discussed what brought him to Duke and his research here with the Locasale Lab on metabolism in cancer. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

Duke physicist explains his discovery of the most massive fundamental particle

(09/17/19 6:20am)

Mark Kruse, Fuchsberg-Levine family professor of physics, has been researching high-energy particle physics and potential updates to the current model of the universe since graduate school. Kruse worked with Al Goshaw, James B. Duke professor emeritus of physics, to discover the top quark, the “heaviest elementary particle,” and together they were awarded the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize. Kruse sat down with The Chronicle to discuss his work with the top quark and the formation of the universe. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Centrists, but not by choice

(09/18/19 4:00am)

In his inaugural column, my friend, David Min, thrust a dagger into a largely nonexistent foe: sincere centrists. Lambasting the mild and moderate wherever they cower, Min argued that centrists “adopt their political affiliation as a result of privilege and general political apathy.” Delving into the psyche of these “Centrist Chads,” Min supposes that they ignore the obligation to seek “absolute truth” and instead “begin with the assumption that moderation is an objective good...”