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Through research projects, faculty members train and mentor undergraduates, graduate students and professional students to solve today and tomorrow’s problems. Gifts to Duke research help keep the university competitive and support the future discovery of knowledge.

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Students and faculty examine subjects up close and also consider the big picture. Learn how Duke research emphasizes breadth of knowledge and prepares students to confront intellectual and cultural challenges.

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Learning Labs

Undergraduates are doing real research in Trinity College – and everyone benefits.

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Learning Labs
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
Artist Judith Snyderman Supports Geriatrics Nursing Research at Duke
Artist Judith Snyderman Supports Geriatrics Nursing Research at Duke

When artist Judith Snyderman R.N.’64, Hon.’19 was in high school in Brooklyn, New York, her grandmother had a major stroke.

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Artist Judith Snyderman Supports Geriatrics Nursing Research at Duke
A One-Dollar Bill Leads to Almost $20,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research
A One-Dollar Bill Leads to Almost $20,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research

A one-dollar bill started it all. In 2011, John and Andrea Pitera had just opened Mojo’s on the Harbor. Brooke Williams, their very first customer, paid in cash and signed their first dollar for…

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A One-Dollar Bill Leads to Almost $20,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research
The naturalist Martha Maxwell, perhaps the first female naturalist to shoot and prepare her own specimens, shown in one of her signature lifelike tableaus around 1879
A Women’s Exhibition 500 Years in the Making

In 2019, Duke Libraries’ Lisa Unger Baskin Collection went digital and mobile. Comprising more than 10,000 rare books and thousands of manuscripts, journals, items of ephemera and artifacts…

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A Women’s Exhibition 500 Years in the Making
The Duke Lemur Center is advancing lemur care and management in Madagascar.
Three New Programs Launched: Advancing Lemur Care and Management in Madagascar

The DLC’s bond with Madagascar has grown even stronger this year with the launch of three training programs that promise to improve lemur care and welfare in both the…

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Three New Programs Launched: Advancing Lemur Care and Management in Madagascar
Kevin Cheng with his band Kirins performing as part of Duke’s 2020 Lunar New Year Showcase. February 7, 2020.
The Bright Sounds of Being Together

In a life where everything has come to a halt and a pandemic goes on, it’s hard to find the silver linings. Sometimes it’s only after sifting through the recent past that we realize that even this…

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The Bright Sounds of Being Together
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DHVI receives $15 million from NC state legislature to develop preventive vaccines against SARS-CoV-2

The State of North Carolina enacted Session Law 2020-4, an Act to Provide Aid to North Carolinians in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Crisis, also known as the 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Act…

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DHVI receives $15 million from NC state legislature to develop preventive vaccines against SARS-CoV-2
Duke Parents Pitch In to Support COVID-19 Research
Duke Parents Pitch In to Support COVID-19 Research

Steve and Lisa Eisenstein, P’19, P’22, are no strangers to supporting good causes—and not just by opening their wallets. They are active in various philanthropic organizations, including one that…

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Duke Parents Pitch In to Support COVID-19 Research
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Taking a Giant Leap: Private Family Support Propels Promising New ALS Study

When facing an illness such as ALS, one in which there currently is no proven treatment to stop or reverse it, patients often look to clinical trials for options for living longer and better lives…

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Taking a Giant Leap: Private Family Support Propels Promising New ALS Study
Duke Health Fund Fuels COVID-19 Research
Duke Health Fund Fuels COVID-19 Research

When COVID-19 arrived on American shores and exploded across the country within a matter of weeks, researchers across Duke hastened into action. Duke scientists in fields from microbiology and…

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Duke Health Fund Fuels COVID-19 Research
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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Devising Ways to Optimize Clean Energy Production

A new $2.44 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will support a Duke University-led initiative to help utilities and wholesale…

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Devising Ways to Optimize Clean Energy Production
A new endowment is making a big difference in lemur research at Duke.
Announcing a New Endowment for the Duke Lemur Center: The Barbara Colyear Parkening Lemur Care Fund

Barbara Colyear Parkening is a dynamic, independent woman who is deeply passionate about advocating for animals. Meet her and you will immediately hear in her voice a zest for a…

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Announcing a New Endowment for the Duke Lemur Center: The Barbara Colyear Parkening Lemur Care Fund
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MiCO System to Track Migratory Species Wins 2020 Ocean Award for Innovation

The Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) system, an online open-access global database that maps the movements of sea turtles, whales, sea birds and other migratory species through the open…

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MiCO System to Track Migratory Species Wins 2020 Ocean Award for Innovation
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
Lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center.
Earth Day 2020 Virtual Extravaganza

On April 22, the Duke Lemur Center, closed to visitors since the beginning of the pandemic, hosted a virtual Earth Day extravaganza with hourly online talks and videos.

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Earth Day 2020 Virtual Extravaganza
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Segregation and Local Funding Gaps Drive Disparities in Drinking Water

As droughts become more frequent and intense, the fragmentation of water service in the U.S. among tens of thousands of community systems, most of which are small and rely on local funding, leaves…

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Segregation and Local Funding Gaps Drive Disparities in Drinking Water
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Bedroom Air Filters Help Asthmatic Children Breathe Easier

Using a bedroom air filter that traps fine particles of pollution with diameters smaller than 2.5 micrometers can significantly improve breathing in asthmatic children, a new study by American and…

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Bedroom Air Filters Help Asthmatic Children Breathe Easier
Faculty Support
"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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Many Faces, One Duke: Oliver – School of Nursing

Because of your support of the School of Nursing Annual Fund, amazing students like Oliver Fajardo are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Oliver – School of Nursing
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Many Faces, One Duke: Francisco – Sanford School of Public Policy

Because of your support of the Sanford School of Public Policy Annual Fund, amazing students like Francisco Jeria are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Francisco – Sanford School of Public Policy
Quentin Cui, a Nicholas student
Many Faces, One Duke: Quentin – Nicholas School of the Environment

Because of your support of the Nicholas School of the Environment Annual Fund, amazing students like Quentin Cui are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Quentin – Nicholas School of the Environment
Sinja Küppers, a student in The Graduate School
Many Faces, One Duke: Sinja – The Graduate School

Because of your support of the Graduate School Annual Fund, amazing students like Sinja Küppers are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Sinja – The Graduate School
Cassie Shriver, an undergraduate at Pratt
Many Faces, One Duke: Cassie – Pratt School of Engineering

Because of your support of the Pratt Annual Fund, amazing students like Cassie Shriver are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Cassie – Pratt School of Engineering
Alexis Zachem an undergraduate at Duke.
Many Faces, One Duke: Alexis – Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Because of your support of the Trinity College Annual Fund, amazing students like Alexis Zachem are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Alexis – Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Mahsa Taskindoust, a School of Medicine student
Many Faces, One Duke: Mahsa – School of Medicine

Because of your support of the School of Medicine Annual Fund, amazing students like Mahsa Taskindoust ’15 are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Mahsa – School of Medicine
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Consumer Reports Archives Come to Duke

Collection chronicles social, cultural and historical impact over 80 years.

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Consumer Reports Archives Come to Duke
Building experiences that matter
Building Experiences That Matter

Experiences matter. They inform who we are and how we view the world. And they tell a story of how we interact with and relate to one another.

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Building Experiences That Matter
Doubling the Impact of Nursing Research
Doubling the Impact of Nursing Research

Throughout her more than 30-year career in academic nursing, Diane L. Holditch-Davis, Ph.D., B.S.N.’73, FAAN, saw over and over how Ph.D. students struggle financially. Although tuition is covered…

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Doubling the Impact of Nursing Research
Professor Brandon Garrett meets with research associates in the Duke Center for Science and Justice.
Data Driven

With the launch of the Duke Center for Science and Justice, Duke Law School is betting that empirical, interdisciplinary research can produce evidence-based reforms in the criminal justice system…

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Data Driven
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Historic $261 Million Distribution to Benefit Education, Research, Financial Aid at Duke

A four decade-long relationship with a foundation has led to a historic distribution of $261 million to Duke University that will support science and technology education and…

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Historic $261 Million Distribution to Benefit Education, Research, Financial Aid at Duke
DIBS faculty member Cagla Eroglu won an Incubator Award in 2017 that resulted in a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
DIBS Incubator Awards Fuel Strong Return on Investment

Research Incubator Awards from the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) supported six interdisciplinary teams in 2019-20. The $100,000 awards promote high-risk/high-return neuroscience…

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DIBS Incubator Awards Fuel Strong Return on Investment
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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Ph.D. Students and Dolphins Benefit from Summer Research Funding

Austin Allen wants to find out exactly how hard dolphins have to work to avoid boats. By temporarily placing miniature sound and movement recording tags on the animals, Allen and colleagues track…

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Ph.D. Students and Dolphins Benefit from Summer Research Funding
Over 10 years, Wired! Lab faculty have taught 46 new courses at Duke.
Duke Wired! Lab Celebrates 10 Years

Researchers combine art history and technologies to explore the past.

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Duke Wired! Lab Celebrates 10 Years
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Duke Divinity School Launches Black Pastoral Leadership Collaboration

Duke Divinity School will launch a five-year multidisciplinary collaboration that will bring scholars and pastoral leaders together to identify and develop models for strengthening leadership in…

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Duke Divinity School Launches Black Pastoral Leadership Collaboration
A boost for innovation to improve student wellness
A boost for innovation to improve student wellness

Sumeeta and Sumit Nanda M.D.’87, P’18, P’19 were impressed with Duke’s efforts to advance precision health and wellness, concepts which were developed by students working with Dr. Geoffrey…

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A boost for innovation to improve student wellness
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Exploring health risks beyond the human genome

Exposomics aims to measure people’s cumulative exposures to environmental contaminants over the course of their life and identify how these combined exposures influence the risk of developing…

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Exploring health risks beyond the human genome
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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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Pratt School of Engineering gets a new home 

Duke Engineering’s new 150,000-square-foot academic building is set to open in 2020, providing a home for the school’s education, research and…

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Pratt School of Engineering gets a new home 
Transforming Eye Care for Children
Transforming eye care for children

Diagnosing and treating ophthalmic disorders in pediatric patients can require multiple appointments with various specialists.

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Transforming eye care for children
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
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Best of Both Worlds: The Physician-Scientist

Translating research discoveries into patient treatments is challenging work.

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Best of Both Worlds: The Physician-Scientist
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Emerging tech at Duke is leading global sanitation research

It’s estimated that today 2.4 billion people use unsafe sanitation – and 525,000 children under the age of five die each year from diarrheal illnesses linked to it. 

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Emerging tech at Duke is leading global sanitation research
Cook Center's social equity research advances bold solutions
Cook Center’s social equity research advances bold solutions

Interdisciplinary research in the social sciences at Duke is helping to shape policy in Washington.

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Cook Center’s social equity research advances bold solutions
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Faculty and students collaborate on societal challenges

Dani Moore ’85, president of the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, wanted to support partnerships between faculty and students to address pressing challenges.

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Faculty and students collaborate on societal challenges
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Building the next generation of nurses who promote health equity

At Duke University School of Nursing, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda Ph.D., the Dorothy L. Powell Term Chair of Nursing, is making sure the next generation of nursing students at Duke understand that public…

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Building the next generation of nurses who promote health equity
A twist in the human genome
A twist in the human genome

Basic scientific research in the lab of Hashim Al-Hashimi has the potential to improve our fundamental understanding of genome architecture.

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A twist in the human genome
Illuminating the intersections of art and science
Illuminating the intersections of art and science

Kay Young ’84, M.D.’90 used her experience as both a professional painter and medical doctor to explore intersections of art and science and how these intersections can impact human experiences.…

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Illuminating the intersections of art and science
Seed grant helps big brain ideas grow bigger
Seed grant helps big brain ideas grow bigger

The DIBS External Advisory Board pooled $100,000 to fund an additional Research Incubator Award, for a total of six awards granted this year. 

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Seed grant helps big brain ideas grow bigger
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Gift showcases student research

More than 50% of Duke students engage in undergraduate research. It is a cornerstone of a Duke education that helps students develop critical thinking skills and analytical reasoning. 

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Gift showcases student research
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Flexible support helps DIBS advance brain research

Michele Cascardi ’88, P’20, P’22, a new member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences External Advisory Board, understands that unrestricted support is especially important because it allows the…

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Flexible support helps DIBS advance brain research

Faculty mentors in the sciences, social sciences and humanities provide guidance to students participating in research projects, no matter the size or scope.