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A student film project at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) was turned this week into a 12-minute opinion video for the New York Times. In the film, James Robinson, who graduated in 2020, shows what it feels like to live with several disabling eye conditions that have defied an array of treatments and caused him countless humiliations. Using playful graphics and enlisting his family as subjects in a series of optical tests, he invites others to view the world through his… read more » about How Life Looks Through 'My Whale Eyes'

Millions of people returning to the workplace means millions of pups left home alone – some of them never having experienced their people being gone all day. “This is something that's a big deal for a dog, if you have been around home most of the time and now you're going to go back and be gone 40-50 hours a week,” said Brian Hare, a professor of evolutionary anthropology and the co-director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center. Hare studies how dogs think and solve problems. He discussed the effect on dogs of their people… read more » about Preparation Can Help Dogs Cope with Their People Returning to Work

Iman Marvian, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at Duke University, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award supports outstanding young faculty members in their efforts to build a successful research enterprise For the next five years, the $510,000 award will support Marvian’s efforts in Quantum Information Science to use insights gained from developing models for quantum computing algorithms and quantum… read more » about Marvian Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award

DURHAM, N.C. -- You know your dog gets your gist when you point and say “go find the ball” and he scampers right to it. This knack for understanding human gestures may seem unremarkable, but it’s a complex cognitive ability that is rare in the animal kingdom. Our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, can’t do it. And the dogs’ closest relative, the wolf, can’t either, according to a new Duke University-led study published July 12 in the journal Current Biology. More than 14,000 years of hanging out with us has done a… read more » about You Can Snuggle Wolf Pups All You Want, They Still Won’t ‘Get’ You Quite Like Your Dog

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, in white shirt, and Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, in baseball cap, visited Jérémie, promising houses for people left homeless by a hurricane on March 31, 2017. read more » about Deborah Jenson: In Haiti, a President’s Assassination Brings More Uncertainty to a Nation in Turmoil

In 2003, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva published what would prove his seminal work of academic scholarship: Racism Without Racists. In it, the sociologist – then at Texas A&M University – challenged the notion that the United States existed as a color-blind society. The book made a splash within academia and beyond, setting the table for countless conversations about race, systemic racism and many of the divisions that continue to plague society in the US and elsewhere. Bonilla-Silva came to Duke in 2005 and since has… read more » about After a Career of Challenging Racial Myths, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Isn't Slowing Down

DURHAM, N.C. -- You dash into a convenience store for a quick snack, spot an apple and reach for a candy bar instead. Poor self-control may not be the only factor behind your choice, new research suggests. That’s because our brains process taste information first, before factoring in health information, according to new research from Duke University. “We spend billions of dollars every year on diet products, yet most people fail when they attempt to diet,” said study co-author Scott Huettel, a professor of psychology and… read more » about When Taste and Healthfulness Compete, Taste Has a Hidden Advantage

After Israeli police entered Jerusalem’s Aqsa Mosque in early May, following rising tensions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, news consumers around the globe watched in real time as conflict erupted in the region once again, and social media followed. Across Twitter, Tik Tok and other platforms, viewers shared videos of Israeli police firing rubber bullets and Palestinian protestors throwing rocks, as well as images of Palestinian rockets and Israeli airstrikes. The conflict unfolding on the ground was… read more » about Rebecca Stein on War in the Smartphone Age

Record high temperatures, water shortages, prolonged droughts, soil salinification. Things aren’t exactly looking up for fruit and produce growers. Dr. Lucia Strader, an associate professor in Biology, has just been awarded a $3.36 million grant from the National Sciences Foundation (NSF) to try to help. Along with Drs. Ross Sozzani, from North Carolina State University, and Max Staller, from the University of California, Berkeley, Strader is proposing a new method that would allow scientists to improve plants’ resistance… read more » about Biology Professor Lucia Strader Awarded $3.4 Million to Revolutionize Transgenic Plants

Like most of us, the COVID-19 pandemic derailed the Duke Global Education Office for Undergraduates’ (GEO) plans. GEO supports about 1,200 students on experiential global education programs across the academic year and over the summer terms in an average year. After global borders tightened in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, GEO had been unable to support experiential programs since the spring of 2020—that is until Duke in Provence Virtual this summer. As the first virtual study away program offered at Duke, the… read more » about Duke in Provence Goes Online

At an ongoing outdoor exhibit in Dallas, Texas, Duke alumnae Jessica Taaffe stands among more than 120 3D-printed statues of women who were determined to be “STEM innovators” by an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies. Taaffe’s interests lie at the intersection of science and policy. Her resume includes time at the World Bank and various science outreach and communications initiatives. In interviews for the IF/THEN Exhibit, she describes being motivated by the application of science, not just the discovery process, and… read more » about Duke Alum Featured in 3D-printed Outdoor Exhibit