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Polarization has gotten worse. Everything is going according to plan.

(10/29/19 4:25am)

If the Chronicle opinion section is any proxy for discussion within the Duke community, it is fair to say that polarization is at the heart of the student body’s political concerns. Political polarization is a popular cause to lament today, and in many respects, it is worth lamenting. Polarization leads to such democratic unpleasantries as incivility, legislative gridlock and a lack of trust in institutions. These unfortunate phenomena have consequences of their own—they test the strength of the democratic experiment. Democracy relies on civility, compromise and trust in institutions, and polarization is eroding those principles.

Q&A: Health data science director, former FDA Commissioner on Duke and transition to Alphabet

(10/29/19 4:17am)

Starting in November, Duke Forge Director Robert Califf will become the head of medical policy and strategy at Alphabet, Google’s parent company. The Forge is Duke’s center for health data science. Califf, vice chancellor for health data science and Donald F. Fortin, M.D. professor of cardiology, will step back from his leadership roles at Duke, but will continue to serve as an adjunct professor in the School of Medicine. 

Vaping: A Trojan horse

(10/29/19 4:00am)

Dear Unlicensed Ethicist:  Vaping is disgusting and juvenile, and I’m happy to hear that Duke is considering banning it. But a guy down the hall, a self-proclaimed “JUUL fiend,” says it’s his right to do as he pleases and that the “nanny state” should keep its hands off his JUUL pods. Is he right? Or should Duke go ahead and prohibit e-cigarettes?

‘1600 Vine: The Musical’ wants you to pick up your phone and pay attention

(10/28/19 11:22pm)

Jackson Prince, Trinity ‘19, knows he’s an insider to the entertainment industry. He thanks his parents for that: his father, Jonathan, is a Hollywood multi-hyphenate, primarily a writer-director; his mother, Julie Warner, is an accomplished actress. Prince grew up in Los Angeles, a city known to most as an ever-shifting pop culture mill with a notoriously narrow pipeline to stardom. But at some point in the last few years, he looked around and realized that his Hollywood no longer resembled the industry’s old vanguard of creative professionals like his parents. Instead, it looked like social media.