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In Plain English: Nina Tang Sherwood

August 11, 2015

Fruit flies live long enough to have degenerative diseases?  Yes, and Nina Sherwood studies one that impairs the ability to walk.  A...

In Plain English: Terry Corliss

August 11, 2015

Terry Corliss started collecting insects at age 5 and progressed to fish, reptiles and eventually microbes.  Now she leads a hard-working...

In Plain English: Meng Chen

August 11, 2015

Meng Chen got his job by accident; that is, he accidentally discovered a mutant while he was a post-doc, and now his lab is defining a new...

In Plain English: Michael Barnes

August 11, 2015

Down behind the French building, far from the mailroom and offices, the labs on upper floors and the subterranean teaching space, there is...

In Plain English: Rytas Vilgalys

June 23, 2015

“It’s a good time to be a mycologist,” says Rytas Vilgalys. Rytas began by learning the edible and inedible mushrooms at his Muka’s (...

In Plain English: Fred Nijhout

August 11, 2015

Animals come in all sizes, but how does an animal know when it’s grown to the right size?  That’s been puzzling Fred Nijhout for a long...

In Plain English: Katia Koelle

August 07, 2015

Like many people today, Katia Koelle is fascinated by ancestry. But she's not tracing her family tree; instead, she uses sophisticated...

In Plain English: Eric Spana

June 29, 2015

Eric Spana just finished running “Nerd Camp”—that is, pSearch, a pre-orientation program introducing freshmen to research. All day for 2...

Traveling Across America on a Tandem Bike

August 12, 2014

Nearly three months of pedaling took Duke biology professor Kathleen Smith and her husband over the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia,...

Cassidy Pomeroy-Carter: Studying Creatures Great and Small

September 05, 2014

From whales to lemurs, senior Cassidy Pomeroy-Carter is using animal research experiences at Duke to prepare her for a future in...

Willard to Lead New Research Program for Undergrads

September 10, 2014

The Trinity Science & Research Scholars Program is launching this fall to provide opportunities for Trinity College freshmen and...

Being Born in Lean Times Is Bad News for Baboons

April 02, 2015

The saying ”what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” may not hold up to scientific scrutiny. Baboons born in times of famine are more...

Longing for Nepal

September 15, 2014

Name: Jill Chaskes FosterPosition: Staff assistant, Department of BiologyYears at Duke:...

Fulbright Scholarship Winners From Duke University Announced

August 19, 2014

Eighteen recent graduates and graduate students from Duke University received Fulbright Scholarships and will spend the 2014-15 academic...

Why Sharks Matter

August 18, 2014

When David Shiffman ‘07 applied to Duke University in 2002, he wrote his application essay about the first time he swam with sharks. The...

Distant Species Produce Love Child After 60-Millon-Year Breakup

February 13, 2015

A delicate woodland fern discovered in the mountains of France is the love child of two distantly-related groups of plants that haven’t...

Society Bloomed With Gentler Personalities and More Feminine Faces

August 01, 2014

Modern humans appear in the fossil record about 200,000 years ago, but it was only about 50,000 years ago that making art and advanced...

Supportive Moms and Sisters Boost Female Baboon’s Rank

July 30, 2014

A study of dominance in female baboons suggests that the route to a higher rank is to maintain close ties with mom, and to have lots of...

Committee Selected to Lead Search for New Arts & Sciences Dean

January 08, 2015

Sociology Professor Angela O'Rand will lead a committee tasked with conducting a national search for a new dean of Trinity...

Crowdfunding for Azolla Fern Research Hits Target

July 02, 2014

A Chinese biotech firm has pushed biology professor Kathleen Pryer and her team over the top in their quest to fund the sequencing of the...

Julian Kimura: Evolutionary Paths of the Sea Urchin and the Sand Dollar

June 30, 2014

Junior Julian Kimura came to Duke with an interest in developmental biology and he found a home on his first day at the university in the...

Mitchell Lee: Student Studies New Processes for Gene Expression

June 27, 2014

Before biologists can understand the role of specific genes, they have to be able to determine whether those genes are "on or off." Howard...

Going Public With Research Funding

June 19, 2014

Oh, the people you will meet when raising money for science. Biology professor Kathleen Pryer knows this now, after first writing an op-ed...

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