Computer Science

Where Critical Thinking Meets Adolescent Angst


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. In the weeks leading up to this day, Burk has painted her classroom; put up her Duke Class of 2013 banner and posters for the bands Green Day, Muse, and Paramore; fine-tuned lesson plans for the three classes she’s teaching; met with her English department colleagues; and purchased additional school supplies.

Nine Homes


Produced for the Motion Design course taught by Raquel Salvatella de Prada, assistant professor of the practice of art, art history & visual studies, and arts of the moving image.

Classic Paintings Get Laser Treatment


A Duke researcher has developed a 3D imaging technique for peering into the layering of a painting. Warren Warren, a chemist and biomedical engineer at Duke, develops laser systems to image human tissues. But he thought his work might be useful for art historians as well.

One of Warren’s methods is pump-probe microscopy, which sends pulses of laser light into molecules to reveal their chemical makeup. While the pump-probe technique usually is used on biological pigments like melanin in skin, Warren applied it to analyze colors in paint as well.

A Weekend of Data Crunching


In late March, newly renovated Gross Hall played host to the 2014 DataFest, a forty-eight-hour team competition in big data analytics. The event attracted close to 130 undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines, including statistics, computer science, and engineering. Duke was the best represented school, but participants also made the trip from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and even Dartmouth College.

Matt Koidin

How Are You Forever Duke: Q&A with Matt Koidin


Sterly Wilder ’83, associate vice president for alumni affairs, talks with Matt Koidin M.B.A. ’05, co-chair of DukeGEN and chief technology officer of Pocket.

SW: How has Duke become more interested in entrepreneurship?

MK: I think Duke has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but the launch of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative has placed the efforts front and center. The core idea is that all students can benefit from this type of training—it’s not exclusive to starting a company.

New app aims to transform social media


Phil Haus ’08 wants to pheed the world. More specifically, with Pheed—the new all-in-one text, photo, video, and audio social network—he wants to change the social-media landscape. The app, which debuted in November 2012, was dubbed “the social-media company of the year” by Business Insider. Yet the most impressive aspect of Pheed isn’t the convenience of combining aspects of Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud, Vine, and Facebook in one app, or that it breaks the 140-character threshold.

To Infinitude and Beyond


Bright ideas: In his first two weeks at Carnegie Mellon, von Ahn was awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant and named one of Popular Science's Brilliant Young Scientists of 2006.Justin Merriman
by Sally Ann Flecker