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This past October, for Family Weekend, undergraduate students and their family members were invited to a dinner at the International House to share with the global community of Duke parents.

November 14, 2017

A Warm Welcome for International Students Arriving on Campus

Although they have different needs, both undergraduate and graduate students receive support to transition from their home countries to their lives as Duke students

August 22, 2007

Study Points to "Brain-Drain" of Skilled U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneurs to Home Countries

More than one million skilled immigrant workers -- including Indian and Chinese scientists and engineers -- and their families are competing for 120,000 permanent U.S. resident visas each year. This sizeable imbalance is likely to fuel a “reverse brain-drain” with skilled workers returning to their [...]

August 21, 2007

Winner of Two Early Career Awards Devises Recipes for Tomorrow’s Materials

Stefano Curtarolo, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, is developing computational tools designed to predict the recipes for tomorrow's advanced materials. He aims to identify the best new materials for just about any high-tech job, from the automotive, aerospace [...]

August 17, 2007

Duke Places Eighth Again in U.S. News Rankings

Duke University remains in the eighth position in the latest annual ranking from U.S. News & World Report magazine of national universities that offer doctoral degrees.

August 15, 2007

Molecular “Fishing”

Technologies that permit fast chemical measurement have myriad applications in medicine, the environment and food safety monitoring. However, methods that rely on heat or changes in optical properties often require long sampling times and equipment not suitable for use in the field. Additionally, [...]

August 15, 2007

Damage Control

Nearly half of all people with cancer are treated with radiation therapy, either alone or in combination with other treatments. The goal of radiation therapy is to damage as many cancer cells as possible while limiting harm to nearby healthy tissue. Although radiation damages both cancer cells and [...]

August 15, 2007

Designing for Sound

Whether the goal is to hear a pin drop in a concert hall, to reduce the drone of airplane engines, or to improve sound clarity in lecture halls, designing physical spaces with superior sound quality is a computational challenge. Duke engineers are developing new engineering tools to improve our [...]

August 15, 2007

Precise Reading

Noise and vibration can generate inaccurate readings in precision systems such as planetarium astronomy equipment, parabolic antennas and laser based guidance systems that rely on precise pointing to receive or transmit signals. The sources of this problem, commonly called jitter, can range from [...]

August 15, 2007

Tumor Therapy

Lithotripsy, the shock wave therapy currently used to pulverize kidney stones, is stimulating new thinking about how to non-invasively combat tumors. What’s more, sound waves may also lessen the likelihood that tumor cells will metastasize--spreading to other parts of the body. Did you know? High [...]

August 15, 2007

Warm Targets

Anti-cancer drugs are hazardous to cancers, but they are only slightly less so to healthy tissue. For example, the drug doxorubicin may efficiently jam the genetic machinery of rapidly dividing cancer cells, but it is also highly toxic to heart tissue. Such cardiac toxicity limits how much of the [...]

August 07, 2007

Marszalek Wins NSF Grant to Unravel DNA, Sugars

Piotr Marszalek, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, has received a grant award from the National Science Foundation for his work in characterizing the fundamental mechanics of sugars and nucleic acids--the building blocks of complex carbohydrates, DNA and RNA-- [...]

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