From the beginning, graduate students of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Lab have been a resourceful lot. TUNL students have a tradition of developing new measurement techniques, designing and building equipment , and troubleshooting problems under research conditions. They’ve needed to hone their data analysis skills to find the important signals in a large background of data. After four or five years of this, graduates are prepared to work not only in universities, but in a wide variety of sectors, including government, government labs, industry, and medicine.
The identity of this region of North Carolina as a “Research Triangle” was still more of a concept than a reality in 1965 when the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission gave the three universities $2.5 million to build a cutting-edge laboratory to explore the Nuclear Age.
Borrowing some of its identity from the newly minted Research Triangle Park just a few miles away on Highway 54, the launch of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory was front page news throughout the region.
Scott Winton organizes his life around birds.
He vacations where there are birds to see. He likes biking better than driving because it’s easier to hear and see birds. And if he does drive, he gets out of the car with his head up, listening and looking.
The dominant matriarchs of meerkat society carry a heavy burden.
Not only are these females stressed from having to constantly scold and cajole the rowdy members of the tribe to maintain their perch as the primary breeders and enforcers of the clan, they apparently host more parasites as well.
In a two-year study at the Kuruman River Reserve in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, Duke graduate student Kendra Smyth sampled the parasite diversity of 83 sexually mature meerkats living in 18 social groups.
Most of the time in the global health research field, a long time has to pass before we see any tangible outcomes in people’s daily lives and health. Years can easily go by between the start of a research project, the fieldwork, the sampling, processing of samples, analyzing the data, writing and publishing until you see the real public health payoff.
Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received a three-year grant for up to $5.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a consortium to study the extraction, development and commoditization of various products from algae.
The Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium – or MAGIC, for short – will include both university and corporate partners.
A $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) educate a new generation of leaders and experts, and build research capacity from Durham to Delhi to address critical global health challenges.
The achievement gap between white children and those of color in our nation’s schools has profound repercussions for families and communities. But consider as well what it means to us collectively:
By Ken Kingery
A startup company based on technology invented at Duke University is working to make blood glucose measurement as easy as exhalation—and end the need to draw blood.
The idea is the brainchild of Ryan McCormick, a recent PhD graduate from Duke’s Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering (ECE), who spent the past five years working on the underlying technology as his thesis.
In the mid-2000s, Pinar Yoldas spent three years at UCLA pursuing an M.F.A. in design and media arts. While there, her typical trek to campus was an hour-long bike ride from East Hollywood to Westwood along Santa Monica Boulevard.
“Every time I did this, I was literally inhaling the smog,” says Yoldas, a Ph.D. candidate in art, art history, and visual studies at Duke. “I kept thinking about this and ways to protect myself, and being angry at car drivers.”