ARTICLES BY Bridget Booher

  • At the culmination of Duke’s Take Back the Night march in 2005, nearly 150 people gathered on the steps of Duke Chapel to share stories about sexual assault. Such community-wide, public events were important, one participant noted, “because sexual assault is a silent crime.”
  • October 2, 2014
    As any preschool teacher can attest, children’s temperaments at a very young age affect their interactions with peers, their willingness to follow directions, and how they handle discipline or setbacks. Terrie Moffitt and her Duke and Dunedin colleagues have discovered that personality traits identified as early as age three not only persist into adulthood, but they also consistently predict life trajectories. The study concluded that people generally fall into one of five categories.
  • September 25, 2014
    At the opening of the new Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity last year, President richard H. Brodhead acknowledged that the deeply entrenched homophobic prejudice in the U.S. also played out at Duke. “This university regrets every phase of that history,” he said.
  • September 25, 2014
    Despite a broken air-conditioner in her classroom and spending ten hours (and counting) on her feet, Laurel Burk ’13, M.A.T. ’14 is feeling pretty good about the first day of school at Durham’s Northern High School.
  • September 25, 2014
    During the hot, humid summers spent on her grandmother’s farm in Randolph County, North Carolina, Terrie Moffitt witnessed the endless universal loop of creation and destruction. She and her fourteen cousins delighted in bottle-feeding calves and finding nests of baby rabbits, learned to spot snakes camouflaged in garden rows, suffered the painful curse of poison ivy. Nature, in all its majesty and violence, gave rise to discoveries both wondrous and frightening.
  • July 22, 2014
    From the outside, W. Steven Burke’s elegantly understated Greek Revival home and adjoining buildings—all designed by him—in the heart of the historic district in Hillsborough, North Carolina, offer no hint at the worlds and wonders inside. But cross the threshold and suddenly you’re surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of small buildings that occupy nearly every surface.
  • Spotlight
    November 19, 2013
    Shirley Fulton J.D. ’80 and Robert Bridges Ph.D. ’79 are among the twelve individuals selected for North Carolina’s 2014 Heritage Calendar, which honors contributions to the African-American experience in the state. In conjunction with the calendar’s release, the N.C.
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    November 19, 2013
    As a high-school athlete, Parker Poliakoff ’14 played football, lacrosse, and golf, rowed crew, and was a nationally ranked wrestler who hoped for a walk-on position with the Blue Devils. But when back and knee injuries put a damper on his varsity aspirations, Poliakoff was forced to regroup.
  • Photo by Megan Morr
    November 14, 2013
    On a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon in late September, the Duke women's varsity soccer team trails Virginia Tech 0-1. Seven minutes into the second half, forward Kelly Cobb '15 falls to the field clutching her right leg. Cobb is considered one of the best goal-scorers in the country; she played on the 2012 U.S. World Cup team that won the gold in Japan. But she’s also been plagued by injuries that have warranted surgery, physical therapy, and rehab.
  • Illustrations by David Vogin.
    September 12, 2013
    Toward the end of a 2012 college tour that took them to nearly a dozen schools, including Auburn, Emory, Duke, Northwestern, William and Mary, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, David Williamson ’87 turned to his oldest son, Cameron, and asked which schools were the top contenders. “I don’t even know why that is relevant,” Cameron said, “until we know what kind of scholarships I might get.”
  • Walking meditation: Stone labyrinth at Duke Integrative Medicine (Credit: Jon Gardiner)
    February 13, 2013
    On Good Friday in 2009, Mary Ann Harrison made a phone call that changed her life.
  • February 13, 2013
    Fifty years ago this fall, a black third-grader sat in the balcony of a Charlotte movie theater, segregated from the white children seeing the same movie, accepting as normal that his skin color meant he and his friends drank from separate water fountains, used separate bathrooms, rode at the back of the bus.
  • May 31, 2012
  • January 31, 2012
     Hostile ground: Ohio State fans berate the Blue Devils during Duke’s loss to the Buckeyes earlier this season.
  • January 1, 2012
    Something was missing in Mike Krzyzewski’s yard. A gap between the William Penn barberry and an English holly created a discordant note in the otherwise harmonious landscape he’d composed. So on a Wednesday morning in mid-December, while members of his Blue Devil basketball team were busy with final exams, Krzyzewski drove to a Durham gardening store in pursuit of a burgundy-colored, deer-resistant Pieris japonica to fill the void and complement the color palette he’d orchestrated.
  • November 30, 2011
     At Duke and other elite institutions, where a be-the-best environment exacerbates cultural pressures to be thin and beautiful, one of the most common problems students run into is maintaining a healthy attitude about their bodies.
  • In their own words: Samples of notes from a student-led initiative, which invited members of the campus community to share anonymously their fears and dreams in an effort to encourage emotional honesty.
    November 30, 2011
  • October 1, 2011
     Tools of the trade: Josh Gibson, assistant director of the Film/Video/Digital Program, introduces M.F.A.
  • October 1, 2011
     Everywhere you look: Inset, re-creati
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  • The secret of his success: Hood and her boss—and foundation namesake—Michael J. Fox. Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times/Redux
    June 1, 2011
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  • January 31, 2011
     Duke University archivists are discovering materials in the Doris Duke collection that provide new insights into her life. The five items here illustrate her devotion to her father, her concerns about personal safety, her sly sense of humor, and her passion for design, art, and restoration.
  • October 1, 2010
    Parents can’t help themselves. They want their children to succeed. But sometimes the best of intentions can thwart a student attempting to find his own way. In her new book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, Ana Homayoun ’01 helps parents understand the importance of making students responsible for their own mistakes.
  • Blossoming: Amid spring poppies, Goodwin surveys Montrose's natural wonders. Photo by Les Todd
    August 1, 2010
    Nancy Sanders Goodwin: FloraTwo years ago, Nancy Sanders Goodwin '58 erected a deer-proof fence around Montrose, the historic, sixty-one acre property in Hillsborough, North Carolina, she has transformed into a series of gardens that attracts horticulturists and gardeners from around the world.
  • If x: excerpt of problem B2 from 2007 competition.
    January 31, 2010
  • November 30, 2007
    Sue Matthew
  • March 31, 2003
    Career shifting: Fenn plies two trades


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