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Education
2:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Want To Hang Out With Lemurs? Duke Lemur Center Invites Visitors

The Coquerel's Sifaka lemur is the flagship species of the Duke Lemur Center. The center owns all captive animals of this species.
Laura Candler

A Walking with Lemurs tour at the Duke Lemur Center might just seem like an ordinary walk through the woods at first. But at the rustle of a food bucket, tiny, energetic animals begin to descend from the treetops, and you know you’re not walking in any normal forest. Lemurs zip past you at will, some of them with tiny infants clinging to their backs, and there are no barriers between you and the furry primates.

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Health
7:29 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Duke Identifies Shortcomings In HIV Vaccine

HIV microscope image
Credit Duke University

Researchers at Duke University are using a flaw in an HIV vaccine in order to develop new formulas to fight off the virus. 

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: The Hartman Center Tackles Episode 6

The Hartman Center at Duke's Rubenstein Library releases another Mad Men Mondays post.
John W. Hartman Center, Duke University Rubenstein Library

Starting today, WUNC will begin publishing the latest "Mad Men Monday" column written by the Hartman Center. A part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library, the Hartman Center studies advertising history, and each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode. Here is this week's column, written by Jacqueline Wachholz and the Hartman Center (originally posted here):

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Duke's Hartman Center Uses 'Mad Men' To Explore Ad History

An ad for Sheraton Hotels in Hawaii
courtesy of Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

AMC’s new Mad Men season debuted in April and has a lot of people talking. Locally, it’s creating a buzz at the Hartman Center, part of Duke's Rubenstein Library which specializes in advertising and marketing history. The center is an international resource for all things ad-related, and their archives are full of the sort of ads seen on Mad Men.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

How Does Money Affect An Election?

Host Frank Stasio and guests on the State of Things follow the trail of money.
Credit RambergMediaImages / Flickr/Creative Commons

The effects of money on elections and science

The previous State Elections Board's term expired just as they were beginning to investigate $235,000 of allegedly illegal political donations.  The donations implicate Gov. Pat McCrory and legislators from both parties.  Governor McCrory made the unusual decision of replacing all of the board members. 

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Education
12:04 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Duke Puts Brakes On Online Courses

Duke is ending its contract with Semester Online.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Duke University has dropped out of a consortium of schools that will offer for-credit online courses. Duke faculty made the decision last week in a close vote.

In ending Duke’s participation in the Semester Online program, faculty on the Arts and Sciences Council said the decision to offer for-credit online courses had not been fully vetted by them. Some faculty members also expressed concern over the partner universities not being as highly-ranked as Duke.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Photographer Spends Forty Years Capturing Rural County

The cover of One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia. Edited and with an introduction by Tom Rankin, coedited by Iris Tillman Hill.
Credit http://documentarystudies.duke.edu

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Many photographers in this day and age seek to capture as many worlds as they can in their lifetime. Paul Kwilecki did all of this while staying in Decatur County, Georgia for over four decades.

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Education
2:49 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Duke Acquires Extremist Literature Collection From Southern Poverty Law Center

The extremist literature collection is being prepared for scholarly use by the Rubenstein Library staff.
Credit Duke University

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project has donated its collection of extremist literature – pamphlets and flyers issued by the KKK, neo-nazis, racist skinheads, border vigilantes, and neo-Confederates – to Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The nearly 90-box collection will be housed there to allow scholarly research on the histories of extremist groups in the U.S.

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Science & Technology
9:26 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Connecting Hog Farms To Pipelines Could Streamline Methane Gas Energy

A new study looks at generating energy from hog waste.
Credit Jeff Vanuga, USDA NRCS

Researchers at Duke University say they have shed more light on the prospects of using hog waste to produce energy. 

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Health
9:04 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Duke To Cover Sexual Reassignment Surgery On Student Insurance

Credit Dave DeWitt

The student health insurance plan at Duke University will soon cover procedures for sexual reassignment surgery. 

The university will be the first in North Carolina to cover the service, starting this fall. Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek says the student health advisory committee recommended the change to complement existing benefits.

"A couple of years ago, we made certain that we had appropriate counseling support and hormonal therapy covered in the insurance policy for students," says Wasiolek.

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