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Duke faculty are among the most respected in their fields. Gifts to endow professorships help spread faculty influence beyond Duke through their research, scholarship and teaching, and, ultimately, through the difference that their students make.

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Excellence is driven by a diverse work force, and complex problems require multiple and inclusive perspectives to reach complex solutions. See how donors enable Duke to ensure the university consistently attracts superb candidates to campus. 

Nathaniel Mackey is the Reynolds Price Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing.
Duke Creative Writing Is on the Rise

For undergraduates interested in creative writing, the halls of the English department in the Allen Building come with a few history lessons. Award-winning writers such as…

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Duke Creative Writing Is on the Rise
International Logistics Firm Ships Masks to Duke, Others
International Logistics Firm Ships Masks to Duke, Others

As a global logistics provider of equipment for major concerts, sporting events, television, and the film industry, Stephen O’Connell knows how to move things fast.

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International Logistics Firm Ships Masks to Duke, Others
Connel Fullenkamp, professor of the practice of economics, teaches a classroom of undergraduates at Duke.
Duke Financial Economics Center Empowers Students to Find Their Way

Ten years ago something special happened in the world of financial education.

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Duke Financial Economics Center Empowers Students to Find Their Way
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A Commitment to Decision Sciences

Mike Pausic M.B.A.’89 describes his undergraduate major in systems engineering as the genesis of his interest in decision sciences — a mindset that he has carried to business school, throughout…

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A Commitment to Decision Sciences
Stepping Up to Help Fight COVID-19
Stepping Up to Help Fight COVID-19

When Melissa F. Neumann, MD, and her husband, James Crichton, made a $150,000 pledge earlier this year to the Laszlo Ormandy Professorship Fund in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke…

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Stepping Up to Help Fight COVID-19
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The right way to alter students’ perspectives

Duke students spoke, and the university’s largest donor listened.


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The right way to alter students’ perspectives
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$20 Million Gift to Duke Will Drive Solutions for Pressing Environmental Challenges

Duke University has received a $20 million gift to strengthen research and education at the Nicholas School of the Environment, aiming to solve the most pressing environmental challenges…

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$20 Million Gift to Duke Will Drive Solutions for Pressing Environmental Challenges
David Beratan is the R.J. Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.
Chemistry Faculty: Beratan, Derbyshire, Hargrove

When a professional journal in your field dedicates an entire issue to reviewing your life’s work, you have a unique opportunity to look back on your career.

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Chemistry Faculty: Beratan, Derbyshire, Hargrove
The Pratt School of Engineering is transforming campus to respond to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Engineering Response Team Assembles From Every Corner of Duke

Through strong networks connecting students, faculty and staff across Duke University and Duke Health, a dedicated team has mobilized to engineer solutions to problems created by…

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COVID-19 Engineering Response Team Assembles From Every Corner of Duke
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What’s in the Box?: Cynthia Rudin’s Quest to Solve AI’s Black Box Problem

Gathering COVID-19 data that are suitable for machine learning will take some time. But proprietary models, models whose structure or functionality are not made publicly available, are everywhere…

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What’s in the Box?: Cynthia Rudin’s Quest to Solve AI’s Black Box Problem
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Amy Herring Wants to See your Data

Duke’s statistical science rock star has made her reputation — and had a ton of fun — by creating innovative analyses of diverse datasets. Now, her dual missions are to recruit talented…

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Amy Herring Wants to See your Data
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"Cervical Cancer Revolution” Proposal Among Top 100 for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

Duke biomedical engineer Nimmi Ramanujam's plan aims to close the cervical cancer inequity gap and catalyze a new model of women-centered health care.

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"Cervical Cancer Revolution” Proposal Among Top 100 for MacArthur $100 Million Grant
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Child Poverty Scholar Joins Sanford Faculty

Lisa Gennetian has joined the Sanford School of Public Policy faculty as the Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy,…

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Child Poverty Scholar Joins Sanford Faculty
Hart Leadership Program Director Gunther Peck moderates a panel conversation for “Student Voting Rights: Why They Matter, How They Are Lost” with Parkland student Sari Kauffman, Symone Singleton ’17 and Anita Earls, an associate justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina.
$3 Million Gift to Duke Designed to Develop Leaders in Public Life

A $3 million gift to Duke University will support two Hart Leadership Professors of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program, announced Sanford School Dean…

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$3 Million Gift to Duke Designed to Develop Leaders in Public Life
An artistic rendering of a new type of hyperspectral imaging detector. Depending on their size and spacing, nanocubes sitting on top of a thin layer of gold trap specific frequencies of light, which heats up the materials beneath to create an electronic signal.
Moore Inventor Fellowship Will Help Mikkelsen Pursue Hyperspectral Cameras

Maiken Mikkelsen, the James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, wants to change the world. She aims to develop a small, inexpensive…

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Moore Inventor Fellowship Will Help Mikkelsen Pursue Hyperspectral Cameras
Large telescopes help cosmologists create a map of the so-called “cosmic microwave background,” or the remnant radiation from the Big Bang. From those images, astronomers plug what they (think they) know about dark energy, dark matter, regular matter and gravity into a model. Out pops a present state of the universe, and a prediction of the Hubble constant.
Packard Fellowship Supports Duke Cosmologist in Studying What Makes Up The Universe

A five-year, $875,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation will help assistant…

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Packard Fellowship Supports Duke Cosmologist in Studying What Makes Up The Universe
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Shining a Light on Who Voted and Who Should Run

Nick Carnes thinks working-class Americans need seats in government, and that all of us deserve more than polarized, angry politics.

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Shining a Light on Who Voted and Who Should Run
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Honoring Sanford’s founding father

Twenty-eight families and individuals – many of them former students of Joel Fleishman, founding director of the Sanford School – collectively donated $4 million to…

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Honoring Sanford’s founding father
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Keeping Duke at the forefront of economics 

Duke University consistently ranks in the top five best colleges for undergraduates studying economics.

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Keeping Duke at the forefront of economics 
A big boost for scientists addressing global challenges
A big boost for scientists addressing global challenges

Duke is at the forefront of addressing the world’s most difficult challenges: epidemic disease, climate change, energy sustainability and more.

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A big boost for scientists addressing global challenges
Running the corporate race at a world-class pace
Running the corporate race at a world-class pace

Mark Burgess M.B.A.’85 doesn’t really ever slow down.

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Running the corporate race at a world-class pace
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McCutchens raise the bar on reconciliation

In 2014, Bill B.S.C.E.’62 and Renie McCutchen ’62, P’86 endowed the directorship of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. In 2019, they added to the directorship, elevating it to…

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McCutchens raise the bar on reconciliation

Something that’s really nice about Duke is that there is this real appreciation for research and for quality teaching, and the boundaries between those areas are really fluid – or even nonexistent at times.

– Amy Herring, Sara and Charles Ayres Professor of Statistical Science & Global Health