Duke University

Politics & Government
1:46 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Duke Mathematicians Investigate 2012 Election Results

Researchers at Duke have developed a mathematical model that shows how changes in North Carolina’s congressional voting districts could affect election outcomes.
Credit Duke University

Back in 2012, more North Carolinians voted for Democrats than Republicans in North Carolina’s Congressional elections. But Republicans ended up winning nine out of the state’s 13 seats that year. Those numbers piqued the interest of researchers at Duke, who decided to seek a mathematical explanation for the discrepancy. They recently published a study with their results.

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1:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Duke Performances: Setting Rare Civil War Photos To Music

Ruins in Charleston, S.C., from the album Photographic Views of Sherman’s Campaign
Credit George N. Barnard / David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Duke University recently acquired two stunning sets of photographs of the Civil War. Now, Duke Performances has commissioned a leading guitarist to set the images to music. The result is an intimate perspective on the cost of war.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Mon November 3, 2014

From Navy Fighter Pilot to Drone Advocate, Meet Missy Cummings

Missy Cummings was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She now directs the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University.
Credit Missy Cummings


Although the word drone may at first evoke an image of a stealth killing machine, the work of Mary 'Missy' Cummings proves drones are much more than that initial thought. 

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Business & Economy
8:44 am
Thu October 2, 2014

'Innovation District' Could Bring 1 Million Square Feet Of New Office Space To Durham

Adam Sichol and Jamison Peschel are Managing Partners with Longfellow Real Estate Partners, developers of 'Durham ID.'
Credit Leoneda Inge

Downtown Durham has undergone a major transformation over the past decade.  And economic development projects are not slowing down with new hotels, office space and housing under construction.

Yesterday, community stakeholders came together to announce the latest big project.  It’s called the Durham Innovation District or "Durham ID," for short.

The Durham Innovation District or Durham ID will stretch from North Duke Street all the way to the Durham Farmer’s Market when it’s all finished. 

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8:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Duke University Hospital Testing Apple Health Technology

A look at some of the Apple Health apps that are part of the HealthKit bundle.
Credit Apple.com

Duke University Hospital is testing a new Apple product called HealthKit. The feature was announced as part of Apple's new operating system last week.

It allows users to share personal health data, like blood pressure or workout times, between apps. The trial with Duke University is an attempt to connect that personal health data with the hospital's records system.

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12:21 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Duke University Study Blames Faulty Wells, Not Fracking, For Water Contamination

A drilling site in northeastern Louisiana.
Credit Daniel Foster via Flickr

A Duke University study exonerates hydraulic fracturing from contaminating drinking water at sites in Pennsylvania and Texas. Instead, researchers blame faulty shale gas wells for leaking methane into the water, sometimes making it flammable.

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5:57 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Duke University Application Adds Question About Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity

Credit OZinOH / Flickr

Duke University has added a question to its undergraduate application regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

The question is an optional essay on the Duke-specific section of the Common App: a generic application used by more than 500 schools. The question allows respondents to discuss personal experiences based on their upbringing, sexual orientation, gender identity, or cultural background.

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Goats and Soda
3:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

A woman walks with children at an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Policymakers have long called for orphans to be taken out of institutions and placed with foster families, but one study from Duke University is challenging that notion.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 4:22 pm

"Please, sir, I want some more," Oliver Twist famously asked in the food line at an orphanage.

Instead he got a blow to the head with a ladle.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Power of Stories In Events Like Ferguson

A book exploring the intersection of stories and politics.


Stories shape how we think about ourselves and the world around us, and insights from science, history, and biology confirm that humans are storytelling animals. 

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Business & Economy
7:29 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Mass Job Loss Connected To Suicidal Behavior

Duke study says girls and African American teens experience spike in suicide-related behavior when there is major job loss in their communities.
Credit www.teensuicideprevention.org

A new study out of Duke University shows there is a direct correlation between mass job layoffs and a spike in suicide-related behavior among girls and African American teenagers.

Anna Gassman-Pines found when 1 percent of a state’s working population lost their jobs, suicide-related behaviors increased by 2 to 3 percentage points among girls and black adolescents in the following year. 

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