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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...” 

The longitudinal limits of leadership

(09/17/19 4:00am)

We are now a few weeks into the new academic year, which means many of us are inevitably transitioning into our latest campus leadership roles. I remember being surprised when I got to Duke that so many of these positions were held by sophomores or juniors. In high school, at least in my experience, seniors essentially had a monopoly on most of those positions. But in college, when the tenure of a position formally ends, the student holding it oftentimes won’t yet be graduating. On the contrary, they may have one or two years left at Duke, which poses a question: should those students continue to serve in their positions or pass them on to others?

'Effortless perfection' and neoliberalism at Duke

(09/16/19 4:00am)

Almost immediately upon stepping foot on campus, most Duke students pick up on a pervasive culture of “effortless perfection.” Many students have already commented on this expectation to work hard and play hard, get perfect grades, have multiple leadership positions, conduct research, secure prestigious internships and still have a thriving social life. It’s a culture that has a truly pernicious effect on our mental and physical health, imbuing a deep sense of alienation, inadequacy, stress, depression, anxiety, and so on.