Research Announcements




This international team is finding ways to improve neurosurgical systems around the world.

January 18, 2023

In 2022-2023, a Bass Connections team is working to address the shortages of labor, funds and infrastructure in neurosurgical settings around the world. Using the World Health Organization’s health system building blocks - from research and technology to service delivery - team members are assessing the big-picture challenges facing these countries’ overloaded neurosurgeons.

Kaylin Tsukayama working on the Neuroplicity team.

March 15, 2023

As a junior undergraduate, Kaylin Tsukayama - like many college students - wasn’t sure what direction she wanted to take in her career. She was a neuroscience major and had already spent nearly three years studying the subject and working in labs; yet, she was starting to question whether she wanted to continue in a natural science field.

Sydney Hunt headshot.

December 12, 2022

Engineering professors, Sophia Santillan and Rebecca Simmons, have been crucial role models for Sydney Hunt as a Black and Hispanic woman in STEM. From the start of her first year, she spent time during office hours and lunches having conversations with them about diversity and retention in STEM fields.

Teams.

July 25, 2022

In 2013, the first Bass Connections research teams embarked on ambitious projects to tackle real-world challenges ranging from gender inequality in STEM education to children’s mental health to climate policy in the U.S. to rural poverty. Since then, the program has supported nearly 500 interdisciplinary teams and brought together more than 4,000 faculty, students and staff to conduct cutting-edge research spanning dozens of disciplinary fields and world regions.

Participants were invited to bring a handful of soil that held meaning for them, whether from a planter on their porch or from a place with particular significance. (Photo: Eric Barstow).

November 21, 2022

A 2022-2023 Bass Connections team is digging into the richness of dirt and fungi to inform the development of a unique art project called “Soil and Spirit.”

Team members participating in 40th anniversary march for environmental justice in Warren County, NC (Photo: Cameron Oglesby).

October 10, 2022

While stepping into a new era with the Duke Climate Commitment, Duke also looks back on a long state history of environmental justice advocacy and the injustices that necessitate it.

Annual Report.

October 5, 2022

The 2021-2022 school year marked a series of welcome returns for the 1,200 students, faculty, staff and community partners who participated in Bass Connections. Our 61 year-long project teams resumed their in-person work on campus, many teams participated in their first fieldwork since 2019 and we were once again able gather together in Penn Pavilion to celebrate the year through our annual Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase.

Members of the team in Madagascar (Photos: Courtesy of the Bicultural Sustainability in Madagascar team).

September 6, 2022

This summer, the DLC-SAVA Conservation project at the Duke Lemur Center is leading a Bass Connections project on bicultural sustainability in Madagascar.

Kelsey Graywill (front row, left) and her research team in Uganda.

August 8, 2022

After conducting research in cognitive neuroscience as a first-year student, Kelsey Graywill (Program II '18) began searching for interdisciplinary projects that would enable her to conduct research at the intersection of multiple disciplines and prepare for medical school.

EHD.

July 11, 2022

Since 2013, the Education & Human Development theme of Bass Connections (EHD) has engaged students and faculty in interdisciplinary research exploring the range of factors contributing to positive life outcomes from personal and communal health to social and familial connections to income and employment to happiness.

Virtual Showcase.

June 27, 2022

The Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase complements our in-person showcase and highlights the hard work of our project teams through student-authored team profiles, digital presentations, research posters and additional project outputs.

We invite you to check out this digital exhibit to learn more about our 2021-2022 research teams.

James McIntyre and Jada Purkett stand by their poster, which was one of two runners-up in the 2022 Bass Connections Poster Competition. (Photo: Milena Ozernova).

June 13, 2022

On April 13, students from our 2021-2022 project teams shared their research highlights at the sixth annual Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase in Penn Pavilion. 

Democracy “pop-up” projects.

June 6, 2022

Three new Bass Connections project teams starting this fall will address issues related to democracy and the challenges of sustaining strong democratic institutions in a polarized world.

Top row: Axel Berky, Ethan Borre, Kathleen Burns; bottom row: Jaime Castrellon, Travis Knoll, Crystal Peoples.

May 9, 2022

Among the 2022 Ph.D. graduates are numerous students who took advantage of the Bass Connections program to strengthen their dissertation research, coauthor publications and hone career-enhancing skills. Many students also engaged in other interdisciplinary opportunities across campus.

Check out these doctoral student pathways.

Dana Adcock, John Boom, Carlee Goldberg, Elizabeth Gu, Sophie Hurewitz, Katherine Li, James Marek, Sarabesh Natarajan, Priya Parkash and Kerry Rork.

April 25, 2022

These 10 seniors are among the nearly 600 Duke undergraduates who participate in Bass Connections each year. For some students, taking part in collaborative, interdisciplinary research confirmed and deepened their interests; for others, the experience opened up entirely new paths. Many students found ways to take their research further through honors theses and other opportunities.

Jordan Malof (far left) and Kyle Bradbury (far right) and students on their Bass Connections team.

April 11, 2022

Kyle Bradbury and Jordan Malof, co-leaders of the Creating Artificial Worlds with AI to Improve Energy Access Data team, are the joint winners of the 2022 Bass Connections Leadership Award.

Aislinn McLaughlin.

April 11, 2022

Aislinn McLaughlin (Master of Environmental Management) is the winner of the 2022 Bass Connections Award for Outstanding Mentorship. This annual award recognizes the crucial leadership and mentorship roles that graduate students and postdocs play on Bass Connections teams.

Danielle Mayorga-Young (French Studies and Neuroscience ’19); Elizabeth Ginalis (Neuroscience ’16); Joshua Grubbs (Chemistry and Global Health ’18); Katie Kanter (Neuroscience ’18); and Shweta Lodha (Chemistry and Neuroscience ’19).

April 4, 2022

For these five alumni, Bass Connections was a vital part of their journey to careers in health and medicine.

Sam Pickerill (Environmental Science & Policy '18), Sarah Kwartler (Biology '21) and Chelsea Tuohy (Master of Environmental Management '22).

March 7, 2022

These three students joined Bass Connections teams that took on challenges facing our planet, from climate change to plastic pollution to habitat loss.

Veronica Sotelo Muñoz, Jackie Xu, Sahil Sandhu and Associate Professor Janet Bettger posed in front the students’ award-winning poster in 2018, created with Lillian Blanchard (not pictured). Photo: Amey Chaware.

February 21, 2022

Launched in 2018 with support from a Bass Connections Student Research Award, the Help Desk program trains Duke student volunteers to connect patients with social services in the Durham area.

August 1, 2022

We are seeking applicants for a full time research assistant in the laboratory of Raj Morey, M.D. Dr. Morey’s lab https://sites.duke.edu/moreylab/  is affiliated with the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University and also the Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center at the Durham VA Medical Center.

June 1, 2022

The LaBar lab at Duke University seeks a talented associate in research to execute human subjects research on the cognitive neuroscience of emotion.

The position is supported by NIH-funded grants on emotion regulation and computational approaches to emotion representation in the brain. State-of-the-art facilities include multimodal psychophysiological recording and fMRI scanning on research-dedicated 3T MRI scanners.

purple and blue invite flyer

March 30, 2022

After what seems like forever, we are hosting our annual Graduation with Distinction/End of Year poster celebration, and you're invited! Join us April 19th from 4:30-6pm in DIBS for swag and sweet treats while perusing the varying projects our senior neuroscience majors have done. This would be a great opportunity for those of you who live close by to drop in and network.

We'd love to see you there!

 

Duke Research Week

January 19, 2022

Join us virtually for this week-long celebration of research including an exciting array of faculty lectures and panel discussions; graduate student, trainee, and postdoctoral fellow flash talks; and special guest speakers presenting the Robert J.

Shweta Lodha.

December 7, 2021

While at Duke, Shweta Lodha (Chemistry and Neuroscience ’19) was a member of a the 2017-2018 Patients Journey to Medication Adherence project team.

2019-2020 Year in Review banner depicting Duke archway, Chapel, students networking and in the classroom

June 24, 2020

View a recap of DFE's activities in the 2019-2020 academic year.

July 10, 2020

On Thursday, July 2, Duke Black Alumni (DBA) partnered with the Department of African & African American Studies (AAAS) and Duke’s world-class faculty to offer the first lecture of a virtual series on race and inequity in America.

December 23, 2019

 

In 2018, AGS partnered with a team of scholar-practitioners from Johns Hopkins University, and University of Texas-Austin to launch a consortium to better prepare the next generation to confront geopolitical challenges and better understand American national interests abroad. 

Next Year Duke AGS will host our first Post-Doc Fellow as part of the America in the World Consortium. 

Former ARPA-E Director Eric Rohlfing joins Duke University as an Executive in Residence. Learn more: bit.ly/erohlfing Duke University Energy Initiative

April 25, 2019

The Duke University Energy Initiative has appointed Dr. Eric Rohlfing as an executive in residence.

Rohlfing--spouse of Dr. Celeste Rohlfing (T'79) and parent of Meg (T'09) and Anne (T'12 & M'16)--will join Duke this fall after a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where his roles included directing the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

January 3, 2019

Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking a research associate for U.S. foreign policy to work at the Council's New York office. The job description is below. Interested candidates should apply at this link.
Eneka Lamb.

December 5, 2018

Eneka Lamb participated in DukeEngage-Kenya-WISER in 2011 as a way to experience what she learned in the classroom at work in an actual community. Her passion for global health has taken her around the world, from conducting medical education research at Duke-NUS in Singapore to working at remote hospital in Guyana with the Peace Corps. Eneka is now in Washington, DC, where she is pursing a graduate certificate in advanced biomedical sciences.

August 9, 2018

AAAS has an exciting full-time opportunity for a Manager of Scientific Outreach within their SciLine Department in the Washington, DC office.

Responsibilities will include: