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Duke renovates steam plant to reduce carbon footprint

(07/01/11 8:00am)

Walking down Coal Pile Drive, students were once greeted by a heap of coal that rivaled the height of the nearby Bryan Research Center. Now, the scene is largely dominated by the hustle and bustle of construction: an assortment of loaders, excavators and other machinery looms over workers sporting hard hats and reflective safety vests. Yet, nothing—not even the busyness of construction—can mask the eminent personality missing from this dusty picture.

Q&A with David Sparks

(04/06/11 9:08am)

A group of Duke researchers found that some Twitter users are indirectly revealing their political affiliations without necessarily tweeting about politics. The three researchers, graduate students in political science, analyzed the accounts politicians, celebrities and institutions follow on Twitter as well as the users that follow those accounts. This process allowed the researchers to place users on a spectrum ranging from the far left to the far right. The Chronicle’s Julia Ni spoke to David Sparks, one of the researchers and a doctoral candidate, about the findings of this study and its implications.

Q&A with Carolyn Titus

(12/02/10 11:27am)

Carolyn Titus, deputy manager of Durham County, has worked in Durham County for almost three decades, watching as Durham developed. She has served 11 years in her current position in which she has directed economic development efforts and supervised health, human services and public safety agencies within the county government. Set to retire in March, The Chronicle’s Julia Ni spoke with Titus about changes in Durham since first arrived.