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Duke University trustee Ralph Eads and his wife are giving $5.5 million dollars to the school, most of it going to support Duke's Energy Initiative. Part of it will go toward the creation of the new Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy Finance.

Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The season finale delivered many memorable moments that will keep us guessing until next year. Stan tells Don that he wants to be the one that goes to Los Angeles to open a satellite office that will service the Sunkist account. After a bad phone conversation with Sally, Don gets drunk at a bar when he is supposed to be at work. Later he wakes up in jail. Pete is horrified to find out that his mother is lost at sea. She married Manolo on a cruise and it is presumed that he threw her overboard in order to inherit her money.

A magnified microscopic image from Duke researchers in the epilepsy study.
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Researchers at Duke University say they're another step closer to creating preventative treatment for epilepsy.  A study released Thursday says scientists controlled a particular receptor in the brains of mice linked to epileptic seizures.  They were able to stop the development of permanent epilepsy, even after the mice experienced a series of seizures.  Jim McNamara is a Duke neuroscience professor and lead author of the study.  He says the receptor could be a target for future drugs to prevent epilepsy in humans.

"Ideally, what you would like is to be able to intervene for a brief period of time and have that intervention be effective for prevention, because you can minimize unwanted effects of the drug," McNamara said. "You don't have to be on the drug for the rest of your life."

Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Don stays home from work feigning illness and drinking too much, as he mourns what happened with Sally. Ken goes hunting with two Chevy executives and accidently gets shot in the face. Betty tells Don that Sally doesn’t want to visit him anymore and that she wants to go to boarding school. Ted and Peggy’s fondness for each other becomes apparent to others in the office. Harry calls Don to tell him that Sunkist has approved a large media budget.

A new study finds that video gamers' vision may be better than that non-gamers.
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Researchers at Duke University say people who play video games regularly tend to see more around them.  A recent study used a fast-paced visual memory test on gamers who often play action games like first-person shooters, and compared the results to non-gamers.  It found the gamers consistently scored better, meaning they were able to gather more information in a short amount of time. 

Paul Taylor Dance Company
American Dance Festival

The American Dance Festival is entering its 80th year as performances begin in Durham. 

The national festival opens Thursday at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  This year's celebration includes dance companies from as far away as Argentina, Ireland and Taiwan. 

Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The title of last night’s show,"Favors," accurately sums up a major theme seen in the episode.  Many characters need or give favors, though not without consequences.  The SC&P staff realizes that they are competing for two similar clients, Sunkist and Ocean Spray, so one will have to be resigned. While talking to Peggy, Pete’s mother claims she is in love with her nurse Manolo, and implies that their relationship is sexual. Sylvia and Arnold are afraid because their son Mitchell is reclassified 1A by the draft after dropping out of school and sending back his draft card in protest.

Will Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke University.
http://www.spdlc.org/faith-life-continues-with-william-willimon-february-4

Will Willimon has served at Duke University in a variety of roles for decades, but he always left to continue his calling as a Methodist minister.

He knew from an early age that he had a special connection to God.

"I think I always had an extraordinary sense of the divine," he said.

Though, he said that his fundamentalist upbringing in rural South Carolina scared him off from faith for a while.  

"I sort of decided that Christianity was for people who weren't very good at thinking things through," he said.

When he went off to Wofford College, he was exposed to a religous studies professor who helped him see a different view of Christianity.  

Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The riots and politics of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago continually weave in and out of Episode 10, through media and discussions. The partners begin discussing changing the agency's name.  Don, Roger and Harry travel to Los Angeles for client presentations, including Carnation. Harry drives Don and Roger to a party in the Hollywood Hills.  Starlets and stoned hippies roam poolside. Don is invited to share a hit from a hookah. His hallucination ends with him seeing himself face down in the swimming pool. He comes to on the deck, wet and coughing, with a soaked and out-of-breath Roger telling everyone he's fine.

A drone
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / http://commons.wikimedia.org

Last week, President Obama laid out his strategy for a new phase in the war on terror.  He repeated his belief that Guantanamo Bay should be closed and cited the political reasons for his failure to do so until now. 

Obama also outlined a new policy that scales back the use of drones to kill suspected national security threats.  What are the laws and policies that President Obama faces? 

Mad Men Tuesday: Episode 9 With Duke's Hartman Center

May 28, 2013
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. 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 (originally posted on their blog) written by Jacqueline Reid Wachholz and the Hartman Center.

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What happens when a writer, a musician and a photographer get together for a one-time performance at the Casbah in Durham? You'll have to show up to Professor Diablo's True Revue tonight at 8 p.m. to find out.

It's the brainchild of Durham writer Eric Martin. He got together with a friend at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, and they realized that they didn't see many cross-disciplinary performances in the area. They started bringing together area artists for these unique performance.

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Editor's Note: The Duke Immersive Virtual Environment is incorrectly named in the audio.

Researchers at Duke University are using a virtual reality center to test experiments that aren’t feasible in the real world.

It’s called the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment, or the DIVE, for short. In reality, it’s a cube. Six sides. You get inside. Images are projected on each wall. With the help of special goggles, the images become an immersive 3-D world. A special wand allows you to interact with the world.

Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. 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 (originally posted on their blog) written by Lynn Eaton and the Hartman Center.

Repository: Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. 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 (originally posted on their blog) written by Jacqueline Wachholz and the Hartman Center.

graduation
Duke University

If you live anywhere near a college campus and don’t have a compelling reason to attend the half-dozen or so graduations going on in the Triangle and Triad, this might be a good weekend to get out of town. Tens of thousands of family and friends are set to descend on Durham, Raleigh, and Greensboro for commencement events throughout the weekend.

A Coquerel's Sifaka lemur at the Duke Lemur Center.
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.

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

Mad Men Mondays: The Hartman Center Tackles Episode 6

May 6, 2013
Mad Men Mondays
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):

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.

Host Frank Stasio and guests on the State of Things follow the trail of money.
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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. 

Duke Chapel, Duke University, Durham
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.

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.
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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.

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

A hog farm in Lyons, Georgia.
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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