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Freshman engineering student Grant Jirka represents young adults’ voices in politics as director of media on the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, an initiative to establish a group to represent the opinions of young adults in national political discussions. The effort is currently garnering support from Congress and youth throughout the country to make the council a reality. The Chronicle spoke with Jirka about his role on the campaign and how he sees the initiative progressing in the coming years.
Overall patient volume and revenue at Duke University Health System have fallen in the past fiscal year, reflecting the current economic climate and national changes to health care.
A chemistry professor took the concept of applied science to make chocolate lava cakes, parmesan noodles and ice cream.
After 73 years scattered throughout the Duke Medicine campus, medical students finally have a home.
The Duke Lemur Center recently acquired office space in Sambava, Madagascar, to house their latest conservation project.
North Carolina physicians are contesting what they believe is a medically unfounded abortion law in legal proceedings this month.
What singer-songwriter Razia Said remembers about her native land in Antalaha, Madagascar, before leaving at age 11 is the thriving rainforests. But when she returned nearly 35 years later in 2005, Said saw her former home transformed by deforestation, caused by illegal logging and slash-and-burn agriculture. The experience inspired Said to change her music’s sound in order to raise awareness about Malagasy people and the environmental destruction of Madagascar. Monday, the Duke Lemur Center and the Kenan Institute for Ethics hosted a symposium to discuss conservation in Madagascar, where Said spoke about Madagascar and its influence on her music. After her discussion, The Chronicle sat down with Said to discuss deforestation in Madagascar and her music.
The Duke Lemur Center will host a symposium on conservation in Madagascar and the effect deforestation has on lemurs.
It’s 1987 and in an abandoned shoe store in desolate downtown Durham, two men endeavor to set up a theater that would showcase performances that push past the conventional boundaries of typical shows.
The fourth killing of a critically endangered red wolf since September in Hyde County, N.C., raises alarm for those part of the revitalization effort.
A documentary set to air across the U.S. in December exposes the impact illegal rosewood logging has on critically endangered silky sifaka lemurs.
Researchers have broken ground on how living near fracking sites influences property value.
When it comes to sexual health, Duke is not on top.
On Election Day, Duke students gathered across campus to watch the outcome of the presidential election. From the Sanford School of Public Policy to The Loop, students held a variety of reactions to the course of the election night. The Chronicle spoke with students about the race and what President Barack Obama’s victory meant to them.
Cathy Davidson, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute professor of interdisciplinary studies and Ruth F. Devarney professor of English, was recently awarded Educator of the Year by the World Technology Network. The award recognizes her contributions in education as a co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), a peer-produced virtual network that has its central administrative offices at Duke, and co-director of the annual Digital Media and Learning Competition, run by the MacArthur Foundation, which awards money to projects that explore how digital media affect the lives of young people. Davidson is also the co-founder of the Information Science and Information Studies certificate at Duke. The Chronicle sat down with Davidson to discuss receiving the award, her work with HASTAC and her views on the intersection between science and the humanities.
Tianna Spears, a junior at North Carolina State University, started the Beautiful Pain Movement—a support group for women who have had abortions, as well as for their friends and family—in September. After running the support group for five weeks, Spears is angling to make the program into a club in order to continue open dialogue about abortions on campus. The Chronicle sat down with Spears to discuss the Beautiful Pain Movement, what influenced her to create the support group and how it was received on campus.
The Duke University School of Nursing officially announced its 45,000 sq.-ft. addition to the Christine Siegler Pearson Building in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday.
Biology professor Kathleen Pryer’s ferns were born with a little Lady Gaga in them.
The Duke University Health System is changing the way it conducts business since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in June.
Four decades of scientific pursuit led Dr. Robert Lefkowitz down the East Coast to a Nobel Prize in chemistry.