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Education
5:04 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Duke Trustee Donates $5.5 Million For Energy Initiative

Duke University
Credit Duke University

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.

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Mad Men Monday: Season Finale Breakdown With Duke's Hartman Center

An ad for Chanel No. 5 from 1968.
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.

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Health
9:46 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Duke Researchers One Step Closer To Epilepsy Treatment

A magnified microscopic image from Duke researchers.
Credit Duke University

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."

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Duke's Hartman Center Locates Archival Ads From Episode 12

A Nixon-Agnew billboard from 1968, like ones the Mad Men characters would have seen.
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.

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Science & Technology
6:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Duke Study: Video Gamers Have Sharper Eyesight

A new study finds that gamers' vision may be better than that non-gamers.
Credit Rebecca Pollard via flickr, Creative Commons

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. 

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Arts & Culture
6:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

American Dance Festival Begins In Durham, Celebrates 80 Years

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Credit 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. 

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Arts & Culture
1:22 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Episode 11 Recap With Duke's Hartman Center

A Purina cat food ad from 1968.
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.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Minister Reflects On Decades As Elder In Methodist Church

Photo of Will Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke University.
Credit 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.  

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: A Look At Episode 10 With Duke's Hartman Center

A 1968 ad for Carnation instant breakfast, from Duke's Hartman Center archives.
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.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

How Easily Can Obama Close Guantanamo?

A Drone (MQ-9 Reaper)
Credit 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? 

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