ARTICLES BY Aaron Kirschenfeld

  • August 1, 2011
      There is a small, single-panel cartoon tucked deep inside the first issue of Jabberwocky, a student hu
  • Philosophical contemplation: Aristotle with a Bust of Homer by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1653. Geoffrey Clements/CORBIS
    April 1, 2011
     Aristotle is widely considered the most important thinker in the Western philosophical tradition, and his ideas about ways to make sense of the world around us laid the groundwork for many of today’s forms of academic inquiry.
  • November 30, 2010
    It’s been twenty-five years since medical researchers came to an agreement about what Alzheimer’s disease looked like, leading to a major effort to try to understand its causes and, ultimately, to find a cure.
  • November 30, 2010
    In Durham, the train tracks are still there, but the station, sixty-five-foot Italianate tower and all, is gone. In its place is a multilevel parking deck. Cars go by on the four-lane section of road beside it—part of the loop built around the city’s center. Looking at the site today, it is hard to imagine that the massive structure once vibrant with passengers boarding and disembarking was ever there in the first place.
  • November 30, 2010
    Surprise in the skies: Plesser directs viewers to celestial wonders.
  • October 1, 2010
    People are angry about BP’s role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the subsequent massive oil spill. Gavan Fitzsimons, R. David Thomas Professor of marketing and psychology at the Fuqua School of Business, who studies how individuals respond to marketing and brands and how they behave as consumers, examines why people have vented their anger at the company, and what, if anything BP can do to address the problem.
  • National champion McCrory launches himself off the diving platform. Jon Gardiner
    October 1, 2010
    Nick McCrory is standing, arms at his sides, back facing the water, exactly ten meters from the pool. In a moment, he will launch himself backward and grab his lower legs, forcing his body into a jackknife position. He will then do threeand- a-half somersaults before entering the water headfirst, almost soundlessly. This is a dive called a back three-and-a-half somersault pike: back to the water, three-and-a-half somersaults, legs straight in the pike position.
  • Multimedia man: George troubleshoots tech problems on the go. Jon Gardiner
    October 1, 2010
    Stacks of broken projectors, four boxes of expired projector bulbs, a desktop, a laptop, VCRs, and hooks draped with VGA, RCA, Ethernet, and USB cables and extension cords are crowded into a ten-foot-by-ten-foot office in the basement of the Biological Sciences, or Bio Sci, building. Keikarion George sits in the center of this organized chaos and tries to stay calm.
  • June 1, 2010
    Modern-day Thoreau: Ilgunas
  • June 1, 2010
    During the daytime in the subtidal zone, when light filters through the water just below the ocean's surface, sea urchins scramble for a place to hide. They're looking for a crevice where they can lie low until evening, when predators are few and food is plenty. As it turns out, they find their hiding places without the benefit of a specialized sense organ like the eye.
  • June 1, 2010
    Early in February, on a weekend when a massive snowstorm held much of the commerce and travel in the Northeast at a standstill, Duke students and alumni gathered on campus for the annual Fannie Mitchell Career C
  • June 1, 2010
    On Feburary 7, 2009, the Duke men's basketball team pulled off an astounding comeback against the University of Miami Hurricanes, rallying from sixteen points down in the second half. The Blue Devils went on to win by three in an overtime nail biter. 
  • April 1, 2010
    Taking on the state: Edwards, center, looks on as her lawy
  • April 1, 2010
    Not so fast: Leaders from five countries, including Bolivia's Evo Morales, above left
  • April 1, 2010
    When the television is on, it generates heat; similarly, when someone sits on a sofa, her body heat is transferred into the cushions. Tiny amounts of flame-retardants incorporated in these common household furnishings to nullify the flammable petrochemical polymers they're made of (substances like plastic and polyurethane) begin to leach out.
  • April 1, 2010
     Rachel Weeks '07 launched her ethical fashion company School House in April 2009 during Reunions Weekend at Duke.
  • April 1, 2010
    Patient patient: A mannequin endure
  • April 1, 2010
    (2) Duke 95(4) UNC 81
  • January 31, 2010
    Credit: Jon Gardiner
  • January 31, 2010
    In late October, the Duke herbarium threw open the doors of its new digs for members of the university community to see. There, visitors mingled among 400,000 pressed angiosperms, or flowering plants, that now fit neatly into tall storage cabinets loaded into movable, library-like carriages.
  • January 31, 2010
    Remains of the page: book conservators, front to back, Rachel Ingold, Mary Yordy, an
  • November 30, 2009
     The long line of cars, once allowed to enter the quad, inches slowly along the side of East Campus.
  • November 30, 2009
     
  • November 30, 2009
    Human beings have harnessed energy from nature for all of recorded history, but one potential source remains largely misunderstood and therefore unused: ocean waves.
  • November 30, 2009
     
  • November 30, 2009
    Turf pros: Jamie Fuqua paints lines on the field. Credit: Megan Morr
  • November 30, 2009
      This January, Duke will hold its inaugural Winter Forum, an annual three-day program aimed at increasing awareness of global issues among undergraduates.
  • October 1, 2009
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  • The shoe fits: Posner, like many popular hip-hop artists, trades on his image to help sell clothing. Here, on photo shoot for LRG, a small, California-based company. Quang Le
    October 1, 2009
    Search for "Mike Posner LDOC" on YouTube. Find it, and you'll see an out-of-focus video clip that opens with a crowd of students crammed onto Duke's main West Campus quad. Then, the camera, held by someone on stage, turns to the right and rests on Mike Posner and his collaborator, rapper Big Sean. They start into a song, and the crowd is feeling it, singing along with "Smoke and Drive," a hit from Posner's recently released CD.
  • October 1, 2009
    Kadivar: envisioning a more democratic Iran.
  • October 1, 2009
    What happened to a Neanderthal man named Shanidar 3 more than 500 centuries ago? Steven Churchill, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology, has an idea. Discovered in Iraq in the 1950s with a pierced ninth rib, Shanidar 3 has perplexed investigators ever since.
  • Alethea Duncan - Megan Morr
    August 1, 2009
    Last year, Alethea Duncan brought a change of clothes to her lab nearly every day. When she's working, she has to wear something she's not afraid to ruin—a giveaway T-shirt, an old pair of jeans—in case of chemical splashes or other mishaps. After work, she would head down the hallway to the bathroom, where she would don a suit, and voilà, where a chemist had entered, the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) would emerge.
  • August 1, 2009
    Standing together, standing apart: Doubles teammates Amanda Granson '10 and Melissa Mang '09. Jon Gardiner
  • August 1, 2009
    Courtesy Marty PadgettAutomakers in the United States are in deep trouble, and Marty Padgett knows it.
  • August 1, 2009
    Sweet music: Eric Pritchard, top, plays for a packed house at Doris Duke Center. Jared Lazarus
  • June 1, 2009
    William Chafe. Les Todd
  • April 1, 2009
     
  • November 30, 2008

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