ARTICLES BY Catherine Clabby

  • October 20, 2016
    Walkers and runners on East Campus stopped in their tracks last summer at the sight of massive chunks of oak tree trunks on the ground. Duke had hired arborists to cut down the giant trees to make room for a new softball field, and the regulars who circle the public trail around East each morning did not approve.
  • February 24, 2015
    When Geraldine Dawson stepped into a waiting area in her laboratory to greet Joseph Zdrilich and Claire Lim, researcher and parents did not know one another. But already they were allies in a quest at Duke to discover new autism treatments. Andy, the couple’s energetic five-year-old, was diagnosed with autism the year before. Sometimes he tuned into toys more than people. Not all his words were intelligible. Children who met Andy on the playground did not always stick around to play.
  • Illustrations by Arlen Schumer
    February 13, 2013
    One morning last semester, a Duke undergrad peeled off from a busy day on campus to hustle to a basement office in the Sociology- Psychology Building, where scientists were waiting to peer into her brain. Within minutes the slim first-year student, chic in a black-and-white shorts set, was sitting before a computer screen in a narrow, beige room. For more than an hour, her fingers clicked answers to hundreds of questions about her tastes, behaviors, quirks, and feelings.
  • Eye on evolution: Churchill, with casts of fossil forebears looking on, oversees BB gun experiment. Chris Hildreth
    January 31, 2011
     In a basement laboratory with walls lined with casts of human skulls, paleontologist Steven Churchill watches his student assistant pick up a BB gun and get ready to start pumping.
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