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New Pratt Dean Bellamkonda explains leadership philosophy, goals

(03/21/16 4:07am)

Ravi Bellamkonda, Wallace H. Coulter professor and chair of the Wallace H. Coulter department of biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, was named the new dean of the Pratt School of Engineering in January. He will replace former Pratt dean Tom Katsouleas Aug. 1. Bellamkonda spoke with The Chronicle’s Rob Palmisano about his goals and the future of Pratt.



Duke senior reflects on building ‘Harry Potter’ Weasley clock replica

(02/25/16 7:36am)

Although many people enjoyed reading the “Harry Potter” series, Trey Bagley III took his passion for the books a step further. The senior—who is majoring in computer science with a visual and media studies minor—has recently made national headlines by creating a replica of the Weasley clock, a timepiece owned by the Weasley family throughout the series that identifies the location of each family member. The Chronicle’s Rob Palmisano spoke with Bagley III about the inspiration behind his project and his future plans for the clock.


Sanford Distinguished Fellow Ross reflects on new position, collaboration with UNC

(02/04/16 7:44am)

Tom Ross, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina system, began his fellowship as Duke’s first Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow Monday. In his new role, Ross will collaborate with faculty and students in the Sanford School of Public Policy and will focus on improving the process of drawing political district lines in the U.S. The Chronicle’s Rob Palmisano spoke with Ross about his transition to Duke, what he hopes to achieve and his thoughts on the Duke-UNC collaboration—and rivalry.