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Duke psychology professor Terrie Moffitt receives Order of the British Empire from King Charles

(02/29/24 1:29am)

Terrie Moffitt, Nannerl O. Keohane University professor of psychology and neuroscience, was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) on Feb. 8. The award was presented to her by King Charles III at a Windsor Castle ceremony.

5 observations from No. 10 Duke men's basketball's first half against Louisville

(02/29/24 12:55am)

Back in Durham after a lengthy road trip, No. 10 Duke used a strong first-half defensive effort Wednesday evening to grab the lead over visiting Louisville at the break. Twenty minutes remain inside Cameron Indoor Stadium as the Blue Devils look to preserve a 36-23 lead:

Faculty allege decision to close Duke Herbarium motivated by departmental competition, ‘limited resources’

(02/28/24 2:54am)

Duke Herbarium leaders allege that the recent decision to close the facility was motivated by resource insufficiency within the biology department, as department leaders and administration decided to divert funds away from what they considered an inefficient program to initiatives with more growth potential.

Why people hate professors

(02/28/24 5:00am)

Some people I love have spent their lives doing heavy labor: carpentry, warehouse work, truck driving. In my younger years, I spent a lot of time doing what they used to call “waitressing” — a profession that entails its share of heavy lifting and running back and forth, unpredictable hours, no benefits, and a miserable, insulting salary. A lot of what I do these days can be done lying on the sofa, but it is demanding in its own right. The insides of my brain ache at the end of a long day spent following complicated plot lines; remembering scores of names; deciphering impenetrable literary theories; explaining to students why perfect work can only earn them a 95; breaking into maddening, heavily barricaded websites; and grappling with — but never answering — the great accursed questions. 

Slow and steady wins the race

(02/27/24 5:00am)

A few weeks ago, Punxsutawney Phil declared that spring would arrive early this year. What good news! Sunshine is on the way! Well, Groundhog Day this year has got me thinking; it’s a strange concept for many reasons. However, I’ve recently tried to move beyond my confusion over our country’s reverence for this rodent to reflect on the broader significance of this holiday. 

‘Dodge those questions’: Student tour guides reveal what you won’t hear on a Duke tour

(02/27/24 3:13am)

Editor’s Note: The Chronicle elected to grant anonymity to the tour guides interviewed in this piece, who requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation and losing their jobs. The assigned names in this article are not the individuals’ actual names, nor do they necessarily conform to their gender identities. 

Colleagues, students and peers remember Hans Joris Van Miegroet

(02/27/24 5:00am)

Editor’s Note: These tributes to Hans J. Van Miegroet, professor of art and art history at Duke who passed away on Feb. 9, were originally submitted to the department of art, art history and visual studies. The Chronicle has compiled quotes from these tributes with permission from their authors. Please visit the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies “Tributes to Hans Van Miegroet” page to read the tributes in full and see their accompanying pictures.