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February 2018

USP Undergraduate Enrichment Seminar 2, Monday, Feb. 19, 7-9 pm, Franklin Center

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall RM 240, 2204 Erwin Road
Durham, 27708

Martin Cala Pratt 2020 works on a windmill project in Peru Undergraduate University Scholars are eligible to apply for grant funding to support a research project, unpaid internship, summer study abroad, or service project that will advance them towards their academic and/or career goals.  These "enrichment" projects are unique opportunities to explore or expand upon interests in a way that students would not ordinarily be able to investigate through coursework at Duke during the academic year. Abena Ansah-Yeboah (Trinity '18) is majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology with minors in Chemistry and Visual Media Studies. Participated in the Duke in Venice Summer Program studying the intersection of art, media, and politics in application to the modern world through the exploration of historical and cultural landmarks in Italy. Martin Cala (Pratt '20) is majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Martin used his USP enrichment funding to pursue a Duke Engage Independent Project in Trujillo, Peru. There, he volunteered for the NGO WindAid. WindAid dedicates itself to building homemade wind turbines from recycled materials to empower rural communities through electrification. Volunteers come from all around the world to work with Peruvian engineers, which created quite a diverse environment. Martin's project involved designing a new remote monitor so that…

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October 2017

USP Undergraduate Enrichment Seminar I, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7-9 pm, Franklin Center

October 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall RM 240, 2204 Erwin Road
Durham, 27708
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Undergraduate University Scholars are eligible to apply for grant funding to support a research project, unpaid internship, summer study abroad, or service project that will advance them towards their academic and/or career goals.  These "enrichment" projects are unique opportunities to explore or expand upon interests in a way that students would not ordinarily be able to investigate through coursework at Duke during the academic year. Shivam Dave, Trinity '18, is double majoring in Biology and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Hindi.  He has been conducting research on the beta-2 adrenergic receptor (β2AR), a specific type of G Protein Coupled Receptor in Dr. Robert Lefkowitz's lab at Duke.  Shivam has been searching for nanobodies (single-chain antibodies) which selectively bind to β2AR and help stabilize certain conformations of the receptors, thus biasing downstream signaling towards either G-protein-mediated signaling or β-Arrestin-mediated signaling. This work will build towards his senior thesis in biology while contributing to the lab’s overall goal of understanding the dynamics of GPCR signaling.   Daniel Kwon, Trinity '19, is double majoring in Neuroscience and Global Health. Daniel participated in NYU’s Project Healthcare, a 10-week long innovative and immersive volunteer program in the Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Department.  The first week of…

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March 2018

University Scholars Program Finalists’ Campus Visit 2018

March 28 - March 31

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (bolded items are required events or specific to University Scholars Program) Wednesday, March 28 All Day: Arrivals (Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows, Smith Warehouse, Bay 8, 2nd Floor) Meet & Greet, find your dorm room, hang out, explore campus with current University Scholars 5:oo pm:  University Scholars Program Welcome Finalists meet current scholars and learn about the University Scholars Program. (240 John Hope Franklin Center) 6:00 - 8:00 pm - USP Seminar with Dr. Deondra Rose, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Experience a USP Seminar with our focus on interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge. Dr. Rose's work exemplifies interdisciplinarity, bringing together research and teaching in public/social policy, higher education policy, American political development, political behavior, identity politics, and inequality. (240 John Hope Franklin Center) 8:30 pm:  Deja Blue, Pitchforks A Capella Show, Duke University Improv (White Lecture Hall, East Campus) 10:00pm:  Locopops for all scholars (White Lecture Hall, East Campus) Thursday, March 29 ALL DAY: Attend Classes with Current Scholars - (various locations) ALL DAY: Individual Meetings with USP Director, Victoria Lodewick (see individual schedules) (106 John Hope Franklin Center) 8:30 - 10:00 am - Chapel Climb 9:30 - 10:30 am - USP Breakfast (all are welcome)…

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January 2018

USP Seminar with Sheila Patek, “The Interplay of Physics and Evolution”

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall RM 240, 2204 Erwin Road
Durham, 27708
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Please join us for a USP Seminar with Sheila Patek, Associate Professor of Biology at Duke University.  Prof. Patek received her A.B. with honors in Biology from Harvard University followed by a Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University. She was then awarded a Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley. She has received several honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the George A. Bartholomew Award for distinguished contributions to comparative physiology, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a NSF CAREER award, and the Brilliant 10 award from Popular Science magazine. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Hellman Family Foundation, Armstrong Fund for Science, Department of Defense, and others. Patek currently leads a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) funded by the Army Research Office. She serves as Monitoring Editor for the Journal of Experimental Biology and Associate Editor for the journal Evolution. She is Director of the Physical Biology of Organisms consortium as well as for the program Matching Undergraduates to Science and Engineering Research (MUSER). Patek is Chair of the Biomechanics Division at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. In addition to training graduate and postdoctoral scientists, Patek teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in animal physiology, biomechanics,…

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March 2018

USP Seminar with Prof. Deondra Rose, “At the Intersection of Identity, Politics, and Higher Education”

March 28 @ 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall RM 240, 2204 Erwin Road
Durham, 27708
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Please join us for a USP Seminar with Prof. Deondra Rose on "At the Intersection of Identity, Politics, and Higher Education." Deondra Rose is an Assistant Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy with a secondary appointment in the Department of Political Science.  Her research focuses on the feedback effects of landmark social policies on the American political landscape.  In addition to U.S. public/social policy, Rose's research and teaching interests include higher education policy, American political development (APD), political behavior, identity politics (e.g., gender, race, and socioeconomic status), and inequality. Her first book, Citizens by Degree (Oxford University Press, 2018), examines the development of landmark U.S. higher education policies--including the National Defense Education Act of 1958, the Higher Education Act of 1965, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments--and their impact on the gender dynamics of American citizenship. Rose's research has appeared in Studies in American Political Development, the Journal of Policy History, the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and PS: Political Science & Politics. For more details, please see Prof. Rose's bio at https://sanford.duke.edu/people/faculty/rose-deondra EDUCATION Ph.D., Cornell University (2012) M.A., Cornell University (2010) A.B., University of Georgia at Athens (2005)

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January 2018

USP Seminar with Jory Weintraub, “Effective Public Speaking”

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall RM 240, 2204 Erwin Road
Durham, 27708
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Please join us for a USP Seminar with Jory Weintraub on "Effective Public Speaking." Jory Weintraub is the Science Communication Program Director and a Senior Lecturing Fellow with the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. In this position, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in science communication and runs science communication workshops for Duke faculty and postdocs.  He is also the Director of the Duke Broader Impacts Resource Center, which he established to support the Duke University research community in its efforts to develop, implement, assess and disseminate broader impacts activities and initiatives. Prior to this, he served for over 10 years as the Assistant Director of Education and Outreach at NESCent (The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center), where he developed and ran programs in evolution education/outreach for K-12 students and teachers, undergraduates, and the general public. He also served on NESCent’s management team. Before coming to NESCent, Jory taught undergraduate biology courses at UNC Chapel Hill and ran science outreach programs for underrepresented minority students. Jory received his BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from The University of California at San Diego, and his PhD in Immunology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing his graduate studies, he…

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April 2018

USP Graduate Research Seminar Thursday, April 12, 7-9 pm, Franklin Center

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall RM 240, 2204 Erwin Road
Durham, 27708
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Curious about what graduate and professional school Unis are working on?  Then please join us for the final USP seminar of the spring 2018 semester, Thursday, April 12, 7-9 pm, in 240 Franklin Center.  This evening's presenters include: Evan Donahue, doctoral student in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures Android Linguistics  -  Evan studies the history and contemporary practice of Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on Natural Language Processing. His dissertation traces how ideas about language and computation gave rise to the current set of metaphors through which we conceptualize languaging machines, and considers alternative arrangements that may provide useful perspectives for future work in AI.     Kristen Hagan, doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering Adaptive Optics Optical Coherence Tomography  -  Optical coherence tomography (OCT) can provide high-resolution volumetric images of the human retina in a non-invasive manner, leading to its ubiquitous presence in ophthalmology clinics. Adaptive optics OCT (AO-OCT) systems can increase the lateral resolution of retinal images and help correct for patient-specific aberrations caused by the manipulation of the light's wavefront when traveling through the eye.     Jeffrey Letourneau, doctoral student in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Host-Pathogen Interactions in Animal Models  -  Jeffrey works in the field of host-pathogen interactions and…

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