New Duke String School Director Seeks to Strengthen a Tradition of Music Education

Last updated: May 12, 2017

Erica Shirts at DUSS

Erica Shirts instructs young violin students in a DUSS technique class. Photo by Geoffrey Mock

The scene has played out on the Duke campus for nearly 50 years: Dozens of young musicians hold their cellos and violins, violas and basses in place, ready to practice Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture to start a new season of the Duke University String School (DUSS).

‘Tree of Life’ for 2.3 Million Species Released

Last updated: May 12, 2017

A first draft of the “tree of life” for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes -- from platypuses to puffballs -- has been released.A collaborative effort among eleven institutions, the tree depicts the relationships among living things as they diverged from one another over time, tracing back to the beginning of life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago.Tens of thousands of smaller trees have been published over the years for select branches of the tree of life -- some containing upwards of 100,000 species -- but this is the first time those result