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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 at Duke — and after they leave.

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Simply put, a world-class university without diversity cannot claim to be world-class. At Duke, we’re committed to being a place where everyone can be seen, including our faculty members. Beginning in 2020, Duke pledged to become an anti-racist university — by creating an environment in which everyone in the Duke community wants to stay. Because seeing and supporting one another is what makes us world-class.

A junior and senior lab member work together in Barton Haynes' Medical Sciences Research Building II building lab. The Haynes lab is studying host innate and adaptive immune responses to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis (TB), and influenza in order to find the enabling technology to make preventive vaccines against these three major infectious diseases.
Duke Science and Technology initiative leaps forward with $23.75 million gift

Duke Trustee Ned Gilhuly ’82 and wife, Karen, make gift to support Duke’s signature effort to elevate excellence in the sciences.

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Duke Science and Technology initiative leaps forward with $23.75 million gift
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MMS Graduates Establish New Scholarship

In a gesture of significant impact, Lilian Yang and Cosmin Panait have established the Cosmin Panait and Lilian Yang MMS Scholarship. Aiming to support international students in particular, the…

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MMS Graduates Establish New Scholarship
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Diversifying Computer Science, One Cohort at a Time

When Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows first opened its application, the program’s leadership was hoping to bring 20 computer…

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Diversifying Computer Science, One Cohort at a Time
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The Complicated Classical World

A cluster of new classics professors are expanding our view of the past.

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The Complicated Classical World
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Duke Divinity Announces Three New Faculty Will Join the School

Duke Divinity School has announced the hiring of three new faculty members, each of whom adds to the strengths and gifts of one of the world’s most outstanding divinity faculties. 

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Duke Divinity Announces Three New Faculty Will Join the School
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Civil Justice Clinic receives cy pres award to benefit Eviction Diversion Program

Duke Law’s Civil Justice Clinic has received a cy

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Civil Justice Clinic receives cy pres award to benefit Eviction Diversion Program
Lawrence David, Assistant Professor in Duke University ’s Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Center for Genomics & Computational Biology, and Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Program, works with lab research analyst Heather Durand in his lab in the CIEMAS building. David's lab seeks to understand, predict, and manipulate how human microbiota behave over time.
$100 Million to Advance Duke Science and Technology Research

The Duke Endowment of Charlotte, N.C., is supporting Duke University’s efforts to expand its faculty in computation, materials science and the resilience of the body and brain by completing the…

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$100 Million to Advance Duke Science and Technology Research
Duke Physician Assistant students learn how to do urinalysis with microscopes in a lab at the PA School.
Ensuring diverse faculty are hired at Duke is at heart of new $2 million gift

The gift by Shari Eberts ’90 and husband, Ken, will establish a named Natural Sciences professorship in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences as part of the Duke Science and Technology initiative…

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Ensuring diverse faculty are hired at Duke is at heart of new $2 million gift
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Donna Bernstein’s Generosity Touches Lives Across Continents

As far back as Donna Bernstein can remember, the ethos of giving back has been as much a part of her as her name or the color of her eyes. She comes from strong Jewish roots, and her parents…

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Donna Bernstein’s Generosity Touches Lives Across Continents
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Making science and technology an "evergreen philanthropic priority" at Duke

New Duke Discovery Fund, bolstered by an anonymous $1.6 million gift, will provide rare flexible funding for sciences

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Making science and technology an "evergreen philanthropic priority" at Duke
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Capturing All of Light’s Data in One Snapshot

Duke engineers to lead $7.5 million Department of Defense project to create a “super camera” that can capture and process a wide range of…

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Capturing All of Light’s Data in One Snapshot
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Spearheading Sustainability in Duke Alumni Travel

A first-of-its-kind collaboration will assess Duke Travels' operators on their commitment to the planet.

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Spearheading Sustainability in Duke Alumni Travel
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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
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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
Yvonne Mowery looking through a microscope.
New Gift to Duke Continues Support for Early-Career Physician-Scientists

Yvonne Mowery, M.D., Ph.D., Butler Harris Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology, is one of many physician-scientists at Duke who credits the …

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New Gift to Duke Continues Support for Early-Career Physician-Scientists
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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
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
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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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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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 
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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

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