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October 2017

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

October 18 @ 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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November 2017

USP Seminar with Prof. Jessi Streib on “Social Class Origins and the Transition from College to Work,” Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7-9 pm, Franklin Center

November 15 @ 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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Jessi Streib is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke University. Her research uncovers mechanisms and builds theories about how social class inequality is experienced, reproduced, and alleviated. Her book, The Power of the Past: Understanding Cross-Class Marriages, builds a theory of how love crosses class lines, uncovers a new way that culture systematically varies by class, and demonstrates that the class does not come out of the person after the person comes out of the class. Her articles illuminate how childrearing strategies vary by parents' class background, how four-year-old children engage in class reproduction, how movies portray social class inequality, and how culture facilitates social mobility. Professor Streib's work has been recognized by awards from the American Sociological Association, the Midwest Sociological Society, and the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and has been supported by the Spencer Foundation. Her research has been featured in The Washington Post, New York Magazine, NPR, The Atlantic, and The Boston Globe. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2013.

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Mediterranean Migrant Crisis Talk with Photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi at Perkins Link 072

November 7 @ 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Perkins LINK 072 (Classroom 6)

                    The USP has arranged a follow-up visit with photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi Tuesday, November 7, at 1:45 pm at the Link, where his photography is on display.  This way, we can view his work and discuss it with him.  Several of you had more questions or comments that you wished to discuss after seeing his photos and the film, which we had not had a chance to view before we talked with him over dinner.  This gathering will be a great opportunity to do so.

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‘Fire at Sea’: Migration, Transit and Outcomes in the Mediterranean, Thurs. Nov. 2, Smith Warehouse Bay 4

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FHI Garage, Smith Warehouse – Bay 4, 114 South Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, 27708

University Scholars are invited to join award-winning photojournalist and humanitarian Darrin Zammit Lupi for dinner and discussion of his exhibit, followed by the documentary film screening of 'Fire at Sea' by filmmaker Gianfranco Rose.  Dinner will be provided for University Scholars at at 6:00 pm in Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C107  - FHI Conference Room. Afterwards, the University Scholars will join the Rubenstein Library's Human Rights Archive and the Duke Human Rights Center @FHI for a special film screening, photo exhibition, and post-film discussion, Thursday, November 2, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Franklin Humanities Institute in Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105 - Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall. The first documentary to ever win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women, and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rose masterfully places these realities side by side, and in…

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USP Breakfast Thurs. November 2

November 2 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join the University Scholars for a our second USP Breakfast of the fall semester Thursday, November 2!  Start the day off right at the Edge Kitchen (aka Lounge) in Bostock Library to grab some fruit, a bagel, and say hello or hang out with fellow Unis for longer to talk about anything ranging from the (seemingly) mundane to the esoteric.

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October 2017

USP Breakfast Thurs. October 5

October 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join the University Scholars for a our first USP Breakfast of the fall semester Thursday, October 5!  Start the day off right at the Edge Kitchen (aka Lounge) in Bostock Library to grab some fruit, a bagel, and say hello or hang out with fellow Unis for longer to talk about anything ranging from the (seemingly) mundane to the esoteric.

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“So You Want to Go to Grad School?” USP Roundtable Discussion with Grad/Prof Unis

October 3 @ 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 discussion about going to graduate school, whether for a Ph.D. program or a professional school program such as law school, environment, nursing, etc.  A group of doctoral and professional school University Scholars will share their experiences and address your questions. Joining us will be: PROF SCHOOL RESPONDENTS: Asma Agad – Nursing Zachary Ferguson - Law School Daniel Ramírez – NSOE Kelley Robbins-Thompson – NSOE Bennett Wright - Law School SOCIAL SCIENCES RESPONDENTS: Hannah Ridge – Political Science (but humanities MA before) Maria Zhu – Economics HUMANITIES RESPONDENTS: Bryce Gessell - Philosophy Ana Ugarte Spanish/Romance Studies STEM RESPONDENTS: Lydia Greene – Ecology Jeffrey Letourneau – Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Kelly Moran – Stats Dane Sequeira – Mechanical Engineering Han Setiawan – Medical Physics POSSIBLE QUESTIONS INCLUDE: Why go to grad school? What kind of program should I consider? Do I need a certain GPA?  GRE score?  LSAT score?  MCAT score? GMAT score? (etc.!) When should I apply? From whom should I get letters of recommendation? How should I approach the personal essays? If I need to submit a writing sample, what should that be? I’m not doing a senior thesis – does that hurt my chances?…

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