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Michael Merson, director of the Duke Global Health Institute, will step down June 2017.

Outgoing Global Health Institute director Michael Merson reflects on his post, institute's growth

Michael Merson, Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, is the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute. Authoring over 175 articles, Merson primarily researched disease prevention, most recently focusing on HIV policy and prevention. Merson will step down from that post on June 30, but will stay involved in Duke's Office of Global Affairs. The Chronicle communicated by email with Merson about his original vision for the Institute and what his new role will look like. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

Senior Elena Elliott, a daughter of immigrants, will deliver her speech on her path to college at this year's commencement ceremony.

Updated: Senior chosen to give student address at commencement ceremony

Senior Elena Elliott will serve as this year’s student commencement speaker. Elliott’s speech was chosen out of 49 speeches submitted to a committee of administrators, faculty members and students. She will present it May 14 at Duke’s 2017 commencement ceremony in Wallace Wade Stadium. According to a Duke Today release, Elliott will touch on the journey that brought her to Duke.

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