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For Whom the Muezzin Calls

By On January 16, 2015

From USP alumnus David Graham, Class of 2009, a nuanced and thoughtful article in The Atlantic, “For Whom the Meuzzin Calls,” about the controversy surrounding Duke’s decision to hold the Muslim Call… Read More

Fundamentals 2015: Dissemination

By On December 1, 2014

Once we have discovered, defined, and discussed fundamentals, how do we go about disseminating them? For instance, how do we disseminate fundamentals from the lab to the classroom, from the academy to… Read More

Fundamentals 2015: Discovery

By On November 18, 2014

Discovery determines where we begin. This sub-theme of the Fundamentals symposium asks: What are the basic building blocks of our universe, our knowledge, and how do we identify them? What are the… Read More

Fundamentals of the “Definition” group

By On November 18, 2014

What is a definition? Why is there a need for definitions? What is the role of definitions in our disciplines? How have these definitions changed historically?  Who defines? How do we define ourselves? These… Read More

Fundamentals 2015: Definition, Dialogue, Discovery, Dissemination planning recap

By On November 18, 2014

Fundamentals Recap of symposium planning discussion at retreat Aug. 29-30: Discussed multiple facets of the topic, “Fundamentals”. Interacted with texts on research, poetry/writing, language and the structure of it, literary portrayal of… Read More

Fundamentals 2015 – Join group “Dialogue”!

By On November 13, 2014

Hello everyone! This is Alex Oprea and I am coordinating the theme “Dialogue” in the upcoming “Fundamentals” Symposium. Very excited about that! Send me a quick email at ao29 at duke(dot)edu if… Read More

Cheating birds, faithful friends and a passion for research

By On October 22, 2014

Irene Liu’s talk on “Sperm competition, infidelity and the hunt for reproductive proteins in birds” was as engaging as a really good mystery novel and as informative as your Introduction to Biology… Read More