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Duke grad in Tunisia discusses latest unrest

(09/21/12 12:03pm)

The U.S. embassy staff in Tunis, Tunisia evacuated Sept. 14 amidst deadly riots sweeping that nation and the Middle East, but recent graduate Dania Toth stayed in Sousse, Tunisia. Toth, Trinity ’12, moved there days after graduation to serve as coordinator at the American Corner Sousse, an educational and cultural center in Tunisia hosted by AMIDEAST, one of the Middle East’s biggest American nonprofits, and funded by the State Department. The Chronicle’s Jack Mercola and Danielle Muoio asked her about her experience with recent turmoil and rioting in the region.

Q&A with Shana Starobin

(08/31/12 9:32am)

Shana Starobin, a doctoral candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment, attended a forum at the White House earlier this month on fighting hunger with AmpleHarvest—a nonprofit organization that coordinates donations of excess produce to families in need. During her time at Duke, Starobin has researched how to address food insecurity in the U.S. and abroad with sustainable farming. The Chronicle’s Danielle Muoio sat down with Starobin to discuss her research, the White House forum and her role with AmpleHarvest.

Q&A with Ann Patchett

(08/27/12 9:48am)

Ann Patchett is a renowned novelist—a recipient of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel “Bel Canto.” This summer, the Class of 2016 read her book “State of Wonder” as their summer reading assignment. State of Wonder follows the life of Marina, a 42-year-old pharmacologist whose profession leads her to the Brazilian jungle. Outside of civilization, Marina tries to overcome mistakes in her past and forms a close bond with her mentor, Dr. Swenson.

Q&A with Alvin Crumbliss

(08/24/12 8:15am)

Chemistry professor Alvin Crumbliss will receive the Charles H. Herty Medal, an annual award given by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society. The Herty Medal publicly recognizes the work and services of chemists who have contributed significantly to their chosen field. All chemists who have resided in the southeastern United States in the past ten years are eligible for the award. Crumbliss was given the award for his research on the biochemistry of iron and how different iron carriers mobilize and deposit iron at specific sites in a biological system, as well as for his leadership positions within the University and national and international organizations. The Chronicle’s Danielle Muoio spoke with Crumbliss about receiving the award and his research.