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“What a good time I’ve had. You’ve never met someone who has enjoyed life as much as I have.”

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The Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy will undergo an extensive, two-phase assessment, institute officials announced yesterday in a memo to IGSP faculty and students. The evaluation, initiated by IGSP Director Huntington Willard, will be conducted in preparation for the institute’s 10th-year review in 2012-2013 and to help guide the future of the IGSP—what Willard calls “IGSP 2.0.” According to guidelines laid out by the Office of the Provost, each of Duke’s seven institutes must be reviewed every five years. Along with the evaluation process, three of the six IGSP centers will be phased out immediately, Willard said in an interview with The Chronicle, including the center run by Joseph Nevins in which Dr. Anil Potti, former Duke cancer researcher, was based. Willard noted in an e-mail that although the lessons learned from the recent questions surrounding Potti and his research will help to inform the review process and planning for the future, the evaluations are not directly related to the Potti affair. In order to plan for what the IGSP will look like in the next 10 years, the evaluation will “assess whether [the institute’s] current organizational structure and intellectual balance is optimal for the future of the genome science and policy,” Willard

— Reynolds Price on the eve of his 75th birthday

by Matthew Chase THE CHRONICLE

To readers worldwide, Reynolds Price was an esteemed Southern author. But for the Duke community, he was an “institution.” The James B. Duke Professor of English passed away Thursday afternoon at age 77, after suffering a major heart attack Jan. 16. Price, who graduated from Trinity College in 1955, taught at Duke for more than 50 years. 2011 marks the 60th year since Price began his undergraduate career at Duke. “He will be remembered as a great American novelist and he will be remembered by the lives of the students that he worked with,” said Ian Baucom, former chair of the English department. “I was struck by how... consistently he had remained a part of hundreds and thousands of students.” A novelist, a poet and an author of short stories, Price inspired now-famous writers such as Anne Tyler, Trinity ’61, and Josephine Humphreys, Trinity ’67, at Duke. A native of Macon, N.C., Price’s work was often influenced by his Southern

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by Nicole Kyle THE CHRONICLE

Student government at Duke could undergo significant change and consolidation this Spring. The student body will likely consider a referendum to merge Campus Council with Duke Student Government during the Young Trustee election Feb. 15. Campus Council voted at its meeting yesterday to recommend the proposal, which the DSG Senate will vote on Feb. 8. The council supported the proposal in a 13-9 two-tiered vote with one abstention. If passed, the referendum will go into

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effect Fall 2011, said Campus Council President Stephen Temple, a senior. “It’s becoming increasingly evident that we’ve reached a threshold of overlap,” DSG President Mike Lefevre said in his presentation, noting that this decision will parallel with the recent appointment of Rick Johnson as assistant vice president of housing and dining. “There are two things that are prompting us

to act now: the transition to the house model and reform within Duke’s administration.” Lefevre, a senior, also noted the importance of collaboration, calling the restructuring “the best of both worlds.” He said the council’s long-standing ad hoc policy, which allows students to work on specific projects of interest at their discretion, and its approachable image will

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benefit DSG. Likewise, Lefevre noted that DSG’s trustee access and student-body wide election will facilitate more transparency and effective residential policy. The proposed policy will create a Residence Life and Dining Committee led by a vice president for residence life and dining, Lefevre See cc on page 5

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Fuqua proposes international MMS program by Lauren Carroll THE CHRONICLE

The Fuqua School of Business hopes to make the Master of Management Studies pilot program a permanent degree and create an international program to supplement current offerings. Fuqua Dean Blair Sheppard proposed the creation of a global MMS degree at the Academic Council meeting yesterday that

would address a “desperate need” for such programs in countries like China, India, Brazil and the United Arab Emerites. “Our goal in being global is to learn as a school and as a faculty. We need to learn to better prepare our students for the world we’re about to enter,” Sheppard said. The world is rapidly developing, and students who learn how to conduct business solely in the United States are unprepared

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Fuqua’s proposed global MMS program, detailed during Thursday’s meeting, would offer the same curriculum as its Durham counterpart but stress international students’ critical thinking and teamwork.

for the global market, he explained. The local MMS, which began its pilot in Fall 2009, is a one-year degree targeted toward students coming directly out of undergraduate programs. It is intended to provide students who have strong liberal arts backgrounds with essential business skills, said Fuqua Deputy Dean Bill Boulding, who was also at the Council meeting. “Students with an undergraduate [degree] and an MMS would be ahead of the game, as opposed to someone who went through a business program in undergraduate,” Boulding noted. The global MMS program’s curriculum would be identical to the program offered in Durham but address a separate need, Sheppard said. The local program aims to give students with a strong interest in liberal arts competitiveness in the job market, whereas the global program would seek to satisfy teamwork and critical thinking challenges faced by international students. “These kids just don’t know how to work in a business at all effectively,” Sheppard noted. He added that global faculty will have to do an “even better job” preparing students— who often have science-oriented backgrounds—to do presentations, write reports and work in a group setting. In addition to the global MMS pitch, Fuqua’s council presentation included a proposal to convert the local MMS pilot program into a permanent degree. The Council will vote on that proposal next month. Boulding shared his thoughts on the program’s budding successes, challenges and goals for the future. He said the stu-

dents are “fulfilling the promise of getting a really great start on their careers.” Because the MMS degree is a relatively new concept in the United States, Fuqua found that convincing businesses to recruit from this program was an obstacle. After recruiters were convinced of the concept, however, the program enjoyed great employment success, Boulding said. He added that applications for admissions doubled from the first year to the next, and Fuqua expects them to double again in the program’s third year. He hopes that this will further increase the quality of the student body. “[The MMS program] is providing a positive contribution to the business school,” Boulding said. “We had to spend more money on the career-support side of things, but even with that, it is still providing that positive contribution.” In other business: The two nominees for the next chair of the Academic Council were presented to the body Thursday by Dona Chikaraishi, professor of neurobiology and chair of the Academic Council Chair Nominating Committee. The candidates are Susan Lozier, a professor of ocean sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Thomas Metzloff, a professor at the Law School. “I’ve worked with both Susan and Tom, and I will tell you both of them would make outstanding chairs,” said current Academic Council Chair Craig Henriquez. The council will vote on the new chair at their February meeting.

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Fuqua to partner with Synovate Hindu and Buddhist by Melissa Dalis THE CHRONICLE

Global market research firm Synovate and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business will partner to create the Duke/Synovate Shopper Insights Center for Leadership and Innovation. According to a Jan. 3 Synovate news release, the center will focus on advancing research in shopper decision making, creating demand generation through the shopping experience and providing an integrated view of consumer and shopper marketing. “We really love to bring major corporations into our world and have them connect to our top-flight faculty so that faculty can help them solve business problems and see first-hand these problems in the real world,” said Wendy Kuran, associate dean for centers at Fuqua.

The key leaders in this new partnership are Gavan Fitzsimons, R. David Thomas Professor of Marketing and Psychology at Fuqua, and Mark Berry, executive vice president of consumer and business insights at Synovate. The center will conduct research for six to 10 clients—including L’Oreal, Nestle, Anheuser-Busch and Kellogg’s, among others—who will be the investors and pay $75,000 each to fund the research, Berry said. These companies will remain on the board and participate until the research money has been spent. “The idea is that we are partnering with Synovate, a world-class marketing group, and the business school at Duke has a world-class reputation for research on more of the theoretical perspective,” Fitzsimons said. “The See synovate on page 5

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Students and faculty will celebrate the official opening of Duke’s new Hindu and Buddhist prayer and meditation room tomorrow. A dedication ceremony for the prayer space, which is located in the Bryan Center and has been in use since August, is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Gothic Reading Room in Perkins Library. Anju Bhargava, founder of Hindu American Seva Charities, will speak at the event. “[Bhargava] is very active in charities, very eloquent and very knowledgeable about not only Hinduism but also other religions,” said Kishor Trivedi, Hudson Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who helped establish the Hindu Students Association 10 years ago and currently serves as its faculty advisor. Zoila Airall, assistant vice president of student affairs for campus life, said using a common worship space allows for interaction between Hindu and Buddhist students that would otherwise be unavailable. “Having students form different faith traditions coming together is education,” Airall said. “Sometimes in doing that it helps you understand more about your own particular faith and practice.” Prior to the prayer room’s establishment, Hindu and Buddhist students did not have a designated place of worship on campus. The Hindu Students Association and Buddhist Community lobbied independently for accommodation until the location became available in the lower level of the Bryan Center in the summer of 2010. The two groups agreed to share the office and sanctuary space, located in the Religious Life offices, and began occupying it soon after. “The space was given with the intention to... support the communities that already exist at Duke,” said Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for religious life. The Hindu Students Association’s initiative for a permanent location began over a year and a half ago. Before the opening of the new space, the group met weekly at different locations within the Bryan Center. “A lot of us have grown up going to temple regularly and would like to continue with these traditions in college as well,” senior Yamini Misra, president of the Hindu Students Association wrote in an e-mail. “Although there are temples in the area, they are inaccessible without a car.” Misra said she thinks it is important that the group have its own sanctuary on campus where it can practice its faith regularly, noting that many other major faiths already have their own places of worship. Airall noted that the discussions regarding the religious space, which involved students and their advisors in Religious Life as well as Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta, produced a “win-win” outcome. “Space at the campus is at a premium right now; [the groups are] very happy,” she said. Administrators are confident the room will provide a wide array of experiences, she noted, adding that the establishment of the prayer room was a step forward for the organizations involved. “It brought us all together—students, Religious Life and administrators—to solve this problem about the religious groups not having space,” Airall said.

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cc from page 1 said. The Facilities and Services Committee, a current Campus Council committee, will become an affiliate committee to DSG yet maintain its autonomy in selecting members and spending on various residential facilities. All campus programming will also most likely become the exclusive responsibility of Duke University Union, a transition to be discussed in the coming weeks, he added. DSG and the council recommend merging before the house model’s inception in Fall 2012 to allow ample transition time, said council ad hoc Ben Goldenberg, a junior who was instrumental in creating the proposal with Lefevre. Although plans for the house model are still in development, Goldenberg and Lefevre said it is important that the new government take the lead in shaping the house model, not vice versa. “I want student government to exist in the most independent structure and whatever house structure, we’ll do with good sense,” Lefevre said in an interview. “Next

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year, we’ll have some breathing time.” Under the proposal, each house will have a house council which will form “quad councils” or “neighborhood councils” and will have the ability to plan programming. An unprecedented provision in the proposal also allows quad councils to introduce policies directly to the Senate in the “unusual” case that a council’s designated senator refuses to do so, Lefevre noted. “No longer will it be a battle for an FSC project to be aligned with an athletics project [in DSG],” Goldenberg said in an interview. “They will be on the same side—there won’t be a clash. On the programmatic side, there won’t be two [events] in the same day—like Dezemberfest and Deck the Plaza—and it’ll be a better use of student resources.” The proposal to merge Campus Council with DSG was the result of conversations about internal reform of the council which began last Spring, Goldenberg said. Talks of external reform and a possible merger began in September and Goldenberg and other policy committee members officially met with Lefevre and administrators in November. “The consensus started to grow within

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some members of exec[utive board] that it would be logical [to merge],” Campus Council Vice President Johnathan Pryor, a senior who is also the council’s policy chair, said in an interview. “Campus Council is an extraordinarily representative and powerful model on paper but there are difficulties with [how] the system has been implemented.” Pryor said the “pressure” of the Residential Group Assessment Committee process—and the drafting of the Collaborative Housing Process last Spring—were reasons he personally felt the need for reform and a “more effective” student government. “Power that was given was not necessarily appropriate,” Pryor said. “I was given too much power, especially with RGAC, and the student body recognized that and they were right.” Moving forward, Temple said he is excited to work with Lefevre and DSG to make the new system strong and viable under the transition to the house model. “There are certainly going to be things we’re going to have to work through,” he said. “I think it’s a very solid group and we’re going to see a very solid outcome brought before the student body.” In other business: Members of the Duke Marketing Club requested funding from the council for the library party. The council allocated $5,000 for the ’60s-themed event to be held Feb. 25 from 9 p.m. to midnight. DMC President Christine Hall, a senior, said the event, “Mad Men and Mad Women,” will feature free giveaways and archival displays from the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History. DMC adviser George Grody, visiting associate professor in markets and management studies, also noted that the AMC television series “Mad Men” often consults with Duke’s Hartman Center.

synovate from page 4 partnership will bring out the best of theory and practice.” At this point, the center exists primarily in relationships between people rather than being based in a physical space, Fitzsimons noted. He said that research will be conducted in the lab spaces that Duke already has in place, and group meetings will take place in Fuqua as well as at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. Ph.D., MBA and undergraduate psychology students will ideally be involved in conducting this research, Fitzsimons said. Students may also be asked to participate voluntarily in some of the studies, for which they would receive payment or products to take home. From this partnership, Synovate will build upon some of Fitzsimons’ current research on consumer behavior. Companies such as L’Oreal are also very excited to use Duke students for youth-oriented research, Berry said. Fitzsimons said studies conudcted by the new center probably will not begin until late spring or early summer. Each of the member companies will send several members of their staff on a retreat so that the companies can learn from Duke, Synovate and one another. “From an institution-building perspective, Fuqua will build a much closer relationship with Synovate and member companies, which is good for students because many of these places would be good places for them to work,” Fitzsimons said.

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34-year vet will coach D-line by Andy Moore THE CHRONICLE

Rick Petri, a college coach of 34 years, has been hired by Duke as an assistant coach, head coach David Cutcliffe announced yesterday. Petri will coach the defensive line, a job previously held by Marion Hobby. Petri helped coach a defensive unit at Miami last year that ranked first in the ACC in pass defense and third in sacks. He chose to leave the successful program, though, and join Duke when given the chance to work again with Cutcliffe. The two coached together for six years at Ole Miss, making it to six bowl games in the process. “I respect Coach Cut tremendously and I believe in what he Rick Petri believes in and the values he believes in,” Petri told The Chronicle. “Football is about winning and losing, but I’m a little old and I believe in values of football. He believes in them too. “There’s a lot of time spent coaching in football... and it’s time better spent when you respect and enjoy working with the coaches you’re with.” In announcing Petri’s hiring, Cutcliffe also said that defensive coordinator Jim Knowles would take over defensive play calling duties. Hobby, who left Duke to coach at Clemson, originally held that responsibility. Cutcliffe cited Petri’s long track record of mentoring players who went on to play professionally. Petri has personally coached five players who were drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, including seven-time Pro Bowler Warren Sapp from 1993 to 1995 at Miami. Three of his former players currently play in the NFL. “We are very fortunate to strengthen our defensive staff with the addition of Rick Petri,” Cutcliffe said in a statement. “Rick is widely known in the coaching profession as one of the top teachers of defensive line play, and his track record of preparing young men for the [NFL] speaks for itself. Also, his ideas and methods of helping players mature into young adults fit very well with our philosophies.”

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Andre Dawkins, who earned a starting nod against N.C. State, will face the conference’s worst team, Wake Forest, on the road on Saturday.

Blue Devils to face ACC’s worst by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE

Coming off their most complete game of the year, the No. 4 Blue Devils have good reason to be confident when they take on Wake Forest Saturday. “For this team to get their first road win and withstand a team’s run... was huge for us,” senior Nolan Smith said after Wednesday’s win over N.C. State. “It is going to be a big boost for us going forward.” Not that Duke (17-1, 4-1 in the ACC) has much to fear from the Demon Deacons anyway. Somehow, Wake Forest (7-12, 0-4) is even less impressive than its record suggests. The team opened its season by falling to lowly Stetson by 10 points at home. While the Demon Deacons recovered to beat Hampton—a member of the MidEastern Athletic Conference—in their next game, all of their other wins have come against sub-.500 teams, most of which were mid-majors. In ACC play, Wake Forest’s losses have come

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by an average of 26 points, most recently in a 74-39 drubbing by Georgia Tech, a middle-of-the-pack ACC squad. For the Blue Devils, this provides an opportunity to further craft their identity without Irving. “They are learning their roles.... We are trying to figure out what they do,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Wednesday. “We played a really hard schedule with the other team... and we come into the ACC with a really good record but this team wasn’t the team that beat those teams.... The ACC now is more like the late November, early December games for us where our guys are learning... and roles will develop as a result of that.” In a way, these past two weeks have been a lot like the tough two-week stretch that included games against thenNo. 4 Kansas State and then-No. 6 Michigan State. Except these games have challenged Duke in a way the See m. basketball on page 8

Undefeated record on the line again this weekend by Maureen Dolan THE CHRONICLE

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Allison Vernerey, who scored 15 in Duke’s last game, will look for a similar performance this weekend.

Duke, hoping to keep its undefeated record intact, faces off against a Georgia Tech squad still unbeaten in the ACC tonight. It could be one for the record books— Georgia a victory will mark Tech the 100th win for vs. head coach Joanne No. 3 P. McCallie in her Duke four years at Duke. The Blue DevFRIDAY, 6:30 p.m. Cameron Indoor Stadium ils (17-0, 3-0 in

the ACC) meet the Yellow Jackets (16-4, 4-0) in Cameron Indoor Stadium after two hard-fought away wins against conference rivals No. 22 Florida State and Virginia Tech. The road wins were made all the more impressive by the strength of the ACC this season. Five of the 12 teams in the conference are ranked in the AP Top 25 poll. “It is early, but I think ACC women’s basketball this year is the best it’s been in a long time,” McCallie said. “I’m thrilled we See w. basketball on page 8


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Marchese makes his return to the court Sunday by Caroline Fairchild THE CHRONICLE

Duke goes into Saturday’s home opener against Elon and N.C. Central not only geared up for the official beginning of its season, but also relieved to finally return junior Luke Marchese to the court. Suffering a serious wrist injury at the beginning of the school year, Marchese was forced to miss the entirety of the fall season. The New Jersey native is 39-13 in singles for his career and Elon holds the school record for the most ACC singles victories in one season, vs. with 10. After seeing nothing but the No. 14 sidelines throughout the entire fall, Duke Marchese is anxious to start playing again. SUNDAY, 12 p.m. “I’ve been rehabbing all fall and Sheffield Tennis Center now with this match this weekend I am right there and right where I N.C. want to be,” Marchese said. Central Marchese has had six career vs. match-clinching point victories and is 4-2 all-time against ranked oppoNo. 14 nents in singles. Typically playing Duke the No. 5 or No. 6 spot for the team, SUNDAY, 6 p.m. Marchese serves as a steady contribuSheffield Tennis Center tor to Duke in singles points, and is unquestionably an integral member of the No. 14 Blue Devils’ lineup. “Every time I go out there I focus on doing my part,” Marchese said. “That means winning my match and getting my point. Everything that I do sends an energy, and I try to keep that energy up.” Driving the charge this weekend against the unranked Phoenix and Eagles will be team leaders, Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha. The nation’s fifth-ranked singles player, Carleton recently received his highest career ranking after the best season of his life, head coach Ramsey Smith said, attaining a 13-2 record overall in singles and an 8-2 record against ranked players. Cunha has been ranked among one of the top players in the nation since he was a freshman. The sophomore won the ITA Carolina Regional singles championship this fall and ended the fall season with a 13-2 record—seven of those victories against ranked opponents. Cunha and

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After suffering a serious wrist injury early last fall, Luke Marchese makes his return to the court this weekend against Elon and N.C. Central. Carleton play the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, and team up to play No. 1 doubles together, where they have a 13-2 record on the season. “Reid and Cunha are our leaders and our captains and they are our two rocks,” Smith said. “They are playing really good tennis right now, both singles and doubles, and the team really follows their lead. I’ve stressed to the other guys not to rely on them though. Make sure that we are taking care of business on both sides of the court.”

And taking care of business is just what the Blue Devils hope to do come Sunday. Marchese said the success Duke saw through the fall has given the team high expectations for this year. “There is a big buzz in the locker room, and everyone is expecting big things from us,” Marchese said. “I just want to take care of my match then and there every time.” The Blue Devils play Elon at 12 p.m. and N.C. Central at 6 p.m this Sunday in the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.

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Blue Devils Season kicks off take on Tribe in Blacksburg in home opener by Sarah Elsakr THE CHRONICLE

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Reka Zsilinszka and the rest of the Blue Devils will take on William & Mary Saturday in Duke’s 2011 home opener.

Duke opens its 2011 home slate against William & Mary on Saturday at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. The No. 7 Blue Devils (1-0) kicked off its season two weeks William ago at Hawai’i, winning 6-1. The & Mary Tribe, on the other hand, will be vs. playing in its first match of the season, coming off a 14-11 record last No. 7 season. One of those losses came Duke at the hands of the Blue Devils, a SATURDAY, 11 a.m. 6-1 blowout in which Duke won Sheffield Tennis Center all six singles matches. The Blue Devils sport an imposing singles lineup of top-ranked players, including No. 4 Reka Zsilinszka and No. 25 Nadine Fahoum. On the doubles side, the No. 4-ranked tandem of Fahoum and Ellah Nze and the No. 39-ranked team of Mary Clayton and Monica Gorny will give William & Mary no easy points. Senior Lauren Sabacinski and juniors Katie Kargl and Tori Ford are the only upperclassmen left on the Tribe’s roster, which returns six players from the team that advanced to the CAA Championship last spring. William and Mary has a busy weekend slate, returning home to play Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon. — from staff reports

In its first meet this season, Duke will head to Blacksburg to compete today and tomorrow in the Virginia Tech Invitational against 20 of the region’s elite teams. And for most athletes on the team, this will be their first chance to compete since September. “This weekend will be our first look at our athletes,” Director of Track and Field Norm OgilVirginia vie said. “We are anxious to see our Tech freshmen and hurdlers especially”. Invite One of those freshmen, Tanner FRIDAY-SATURDAY Anderson, who set the North CaroliVirginia Tech Invite na state record in the high jump durBlacksburg, Md. ing his high school career, will try to break another record this weekend. Duke’s current record for the high jump stands at 6-feet-10.75, but, according to Ogilvie, Anderson could raise it to seven feet. The Blue Devils also have several reigning ACC champions returning this year, including senior Ryan McDermott, a distance runner who won the 3000-meter steeplechase in both 2009 and 2010. Senior Amy Fryt, ACC individual champion in pole vault for two consecutive years, also competes this weekend. Sophomore Curtis Beach, world record holder in the men’s heptathlon 1,000-meter run, looks to use this meet to polish his already-impressive skills. Beach will use the Invitational to See track & field on page 8


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Spartans and Wildcats did not. Prior to the Maryland game, Duke had trailed in the second half only once—against Butler—and never by more than two points. Against the Terrapins, though, the Blue Devils allowed a 7-0 run in the opening minute of the second half to fall behind by six, their biggest deficit of the season at the time. Although Duke went on to win the game, the team was unable to rally for a victory against Florida State after falling behind by 11 on the road. Against Virginia, the team again needed to stage a comeback after trailing by nine in the second half. The Blue Devils almost definitely won’t face that type of adversity against Wake Forest, but a big game will help the team build an expectation of success. “Those seven guys, outside of Nolan and Kyle, they just need experience,” Krzyzewski said. “They need to do things like they did [against N.C. State] and they need to do it a few more times so then they say, ‘That’s what I do. It’s not what I did on Jan. 19 against State; that’s what I do.’ That’s how roles are developed.”

prepare for next weekend’s Millrose Multi Challenge in Madison Square Garden, where he will compete against athletes such as Olympic decathlon and World Indoor heptathlon gold medalist Ryan Clay, and heptathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton. For the rest of the team, this weekend will show how they perform against six other conference opponents. “We just want to make our mark in each event,” Ogilvie said. “At the end of the year only the best athletes will get to compete in the NCAA Championship, and it starts counting this weekend.” Both the men’s and women’s 4x800 are expected to place well at the Invitational, as are the distance medleys on both sides. In addition to seeing where they stand this weekend, Duke athletes have another goal in mind. In two weeks, they head off to New York to compete, and there are a limited number of spots on the plane. This weekend presents a chance for the athletes to prove that they deserve one of those spots.

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Jasmine Thomas has been on a scoring tear lately, averaging 20 points per game over Duke’s last four contests. played the schedule we did because it’s prepared us quite nicely for what we face night in, night out in the league.” No. 3 Duke has used those preparation games to its advantage, particularly in its victory over Florida State last week. First-year players were a huge part of the team’s success, but senior Jasmine Thomas still led the squad with N.C. 22 points. State The last game vs. against Virginia Tech, No. 3 however, hosted the Duke lethargic side of the Blue Devils. The same SUNDAY, 5 p.m. players were lacking Raleigh, N.C. the energy and level of intensity shown in the Florida State win and required to dominate for the majority of the game. “In our eyes, Virginia Tech was a loss,” McCallie said. “We rate things differently than media or outcome. I almost threw up after that game. That was a nauseating life experience.” With such a young team, Duke has had difficulty keeping consistent energy levels and focus. Moving into the match against the Yellow Jackets, McCallie calls for more attention to the team playing its own game and preparing for its specific opponents. Georgia Tech is fresh off another con-

ference win over Wake Forest, when freshman Tyaunna Marshall scored 17 points. The Yellow Jackets are also riding a 13game winning streak, including a victory over then-No. 8 North Carolina. McCallie has led the Blue Devils in their last four victories over the Yellow Jackets. However, recent games have shown not to underestimate the opponent. “This is the best Georgia Tech team that I’ve coached against, by far,” McCallie said. So long as veteran seniors like Jasmine Thomas and Krystal Thomas are able to penetrate the Yellow Jacket’s notorious press defense and contain stars like Marshall, Duke should be on track to continue its undefeated record and to attain the level of consistency needed to evolve into an elite team. After taking on the Yellow Jackets tonight, the Blue Devils face N.C. State (9-9, 1-3) on the road Sunday at 5 p.m. NOTES: Duke is one of only two undefeated teams in the nation—along with Florida Gulf Coast University—so some have come to question its standings in the polls. McCallie, though, doesn’t put much stock into the Blue Devils’ ranking and is more focused on improving her team. “We can play a lot better than what we’ve been playing and we know it, and it bothers us,” McCallie said.


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More YT applicants a positive trend The smoke may be clear- student increase over the ing from last year’s reform of previous year. This rise may the Young Trustee selection indicate that more students process. from more diverse backThat confused affair in- grounds are seeking a povolved, for those short on sition that was at one time memory, a seen as a regreat debate tirement post editorial about whether for the Duke or not the Young Trustee Student Government, Camought to be elected, the pus Council and Duke Unimishandling of applica- versity Union brass. tion materials by the Young The position of Young Trustee Nominating Com- Trustee ought to be one mittee and a judicial dis- that students from all backpute about the final elec- grounds feel comfortable tion results. pursuing. Last year’s reBut there are signs that forms made strides toward students are becoming achieving this goal and, more comfortable with although the process is the reformed process. The still imperfect, it is sound Chronicle reported last enough to be left alone. week that 20 students had Instead, more attention applied to the position should be paid to making of Young Trustee, a five- the election process fair to

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now more than ever. Sure enough, there is still the risk of insider bias in the process. The DSG Senate still selects the DSG senators and at-large members that make up the YTNC. But positive steps to mitigate this risk can be taken. In the end, bias is inextricable from any selection process. The YTNC should strive to mitigate its effects. What is now needed is to ensure that the election process is fair to all. Charging the DSG Board of Elections with overseeing the election is a good step. Again, because DSG selects the members of the Board of Elections, there is room for insider bias. But having an established body that is able to publish elec-

tion rules at the beginning of the year is worth the risk, especially given the chaos of last year’s race. This year, the Board of Elections should focus on making election rules—governing campaigning, group endorsement policies and other controversial topics from the last election—that are clear and consistent. When it comes to the Young Trustee applicant pool, we want a mélange and not a monolith. Establishing sound rules as precedents can make sure we get it, now and in the future. Amanda Turner recused herself from this editorial due to her previous role as Special Secretary for the Young Trustee Process.

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n the days following the shooting of Congress- will soon be left with the worst of both worlds—a woman Giffords in Tucson, it has become ap- paralytic and feckless government in Washington parent that her assailant is bereft of any coher- marked by rancor and partisan bickering. ent political ideology, mentally ill We are largely an uncivil society, and more Mad Hatter than a Tea bilious and irascible. It was ever so Partier. The left has had to backand the roots of our incivility date track on their outlandish claims to this country’s earliest years. Our that hate-spewing right-wing talk racommercial institutions have hisdio and the vitriolic conditions that torically made their living preying reign in our bitter and fractured on the weak and the helpless. The political climate fueled the shootrest of us are quick to take offense, ing rampage. squabble among ourselves and thomas sporn we There has nonetheless been file lawsuits against one another table for one the call for more civility in the traglike nobody’s business. The vulgar edy’s wake: for politicians and parand violent actions and imagery, retisans to reach out across the aisle, for the lion gardless of source, that color our social and politito lay down with the lamb. Can’t we all just get cal discourse have always been part of this nation’s along? There has been historical precedent for fabric. this: On May 22, 1856, the pro-slavery CongressA long-standing history of national coarseness man Preston Brooks (D-SC) reached across the and incivility is nothing to be proud of, but our aisle of the floor of the Senate to the windy and country’s historical greatness stems from the abilsupercilious Senator Charles Sumner (R-MA), a ity to transcend this in times of crisis and solve our staunch abolitionist. Unfortunately for the right problems. honorable gentleman from the Commonwealth, Such a time looms large today. And which crisis, and following a terse preamble, Congressman specifically? Examine the financial health of our Brooks did most of the reaching with an inch- state, and that goes for you out-of-staters residing thick gutta-percha cane. Mr. Brooks trapped his here as you seek an education as well. The state colleague beneath a heavy wooden desk and of North Carolina is in debt to the tune of $2.5 proceeded to beat him savagely about the head, billion, which it borrowed from the federal govstopping only when the cane broke into bits. ernment, mostly to pay for benefits to the swarms Left bruised and suffering from chronic head- of the unemployed. Our state’s insolvency leads aches, Mr. Sumner would survive the attack and to reductions in state-supplied services—just look return to lead the Radical Republicans of the what’s going on at the campuses of our neighborSenate during the Civil War and Reconstruc- ing public universities. North Carolina is not an tion. Mr. Brooks’ despicable actions were met anomaly and joins many other governments at the by huzzahs from his adoring constituents (who state and municipal level hemorrhaging red ink, also furnished him with a fresh supply of canes), awash in debt of unimaginable scale. The federbut he died the following year of the croup. al government in turn operates at a deficit level As far as skirmishes and fisticuffs in the halls measured in the trillions of dollars, one trillion of government are concerned, we have a long of which are carried by the Chinese, whose leader way to go before things here resemble the South held most of the cards as he met with President Korean Parliament or the Duma in the Ukraine, Obama Thursday. but such is the history of civility amongst the I remain unconvinced that anyone in Washelected officials at the national level in the U.S. ington, Democrat or Republican, has any earthly After tragedies involving the body politic, like idea how to stem this rising tide of horrific debt Arizona, the gray lice in Washington are quick or prevent the collapse of our currency and the to pounce on a planned new era of institutional way of life that we practice in America today. But politesse and offer sound bites that the faux bon- to have a feel-good moment and be nice to an ophomie will allow. ponent for a day or so to make some political hay, I am not buying it anymore. This won’t last. that they can do. Then it’s back to running this Following tragedies at the national level in Okla- country into the ground and playing host to the homa City and New York City in 1995 and 2001, it visiting leadership of the totalitarian state which wasn’t long before it was business as usual in our carries our debt. nation’s capital, and with the usual acrimony. I am not particularly disturbed by all this, though, and Dr. Thomas Sporn is an associate professor in the would trade politesse and decorum for compe- Department of Pathology. His column runs every other tent government any day. Unfortunately for us, we Friday.


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t seems that every time something pertaining to the social and sexual exploits of members of the Duke student body goes awry, the same alleged conundrum is bound to surface somewhere. How is it, parents and administrators alike ask, that the students here, some of the most intelligent and soon-to-be influential in the world, can possibly behave in the way that they do? There are, I think, two problems with the formulation of that question, the first being that it assumes that any relationship between intellectualism chris bassil and raucous behavior must be an injust a minute verse one, if it can even exist at all. The second problem, which might be just an integral component of the first, is that in designating the mutual presence of these two “contradictory” traits as paradoxical, an observer refuses to entertain the notion that they may be strongly correlated, if not causal, and thus fails to get to the root of the issue which he or she is lamenting. Many of the individuals that make up the student body here are unfailingly bright and unendingly perceptive, and where so many others would be content to merely appreciate the accomplishments of great men like Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy and the recently celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.—men whose contributions to society will remain invaluable in perpetuity, to say the least—perhaps Duke students are among those who consider as well the extramarital dalliances shared by so many among the ranks of those mentioned above. These are the sorts of similarities that might escape some, that might masquerade as mere entertainment when they appear in shows like Mad Men and The Sopranos, but that are readily apparent to the eyes of intellectuals, and are quite possibly ever present in their minds. But the standard of sexual “misbehavior” among the entitled stretches back further than Emmy winners and the infidelities of relatively recent public figures, and takes its roots in an antiquity that is today heralded as a pinnacle of culture in world history. The works of ancient Rome and Greece, still highly esteemed in intellectual circles, elevate widely expressed sexual endeavors to modes of innocent exploration, as represented by the figure of the faun, that are probably still entirely unfathomable to our rigid Judeo-Christian notions of contemporary sexuality. Unlike modern religions, which largely equate virginity with holiness and purity, these belief systems celebrated the leaders of their gods as sexually indulgent beings with a taste for drink and, far from being forgotten, actually made their way into the American canon early enough to ensure their influence over it in longevity. Nathaniel Hawthorne called his last romance The Marble Faun, while William Faulkner, debatably the most celebrated writer in all of American literature, employed the symbol of the faun in much of what he wrote in order to advocate for the classical view of sexuality over the contemporary. Between the ancient classics and their contemporary counterparts, then, a considerable portion of the educated home’s bookshelf is devoted to universally acclaimed works that subtly advise against sexual repression. And, as previously mentioned, the abundance of high earning and high profile archetypes of masculine American success abound not only in the media, but in the pages of schoolbook history as well. Furthermore, the term “masculine” applies increasingly to only the historical figures themselves, as contemporary feminine celebrities and professionals are equating themselves more and more to the specifications of these models. This aspiration system, in conjunction with the role of sexually liberated classic literature in education, represents the foundation of the phenomenon in question: Students here are asked to study works that advocate for the innocent freedom of sexuality in order to better prepare them to occupy positions of leadership and power, which seem to breed at some level this behavior. Whether or not this sexual behavior, offensive in its carnal honesty to some, can be considered a faithful channeling of the liberties of history’s most endowed men and women is the subject of another discussion. So is the place that this concealed platform of entitled intellectualism is forced to maintain within the overcrowded realm of contemporary moral arbitrage. What is not in question, however, is the validity of their pursuit within the context of upbringing, as it is both the means and the end of children raised in the couched intellectualism of entitled homes that lead them to view the world in the way that they do. And that is not something to be looked down upon (not to mention entirely disregarded), least of all by those whose condescension rests upon nothing more than their own feebly self-founded prescriptions for the ways in which others should behave. For now, let it suffice to consider that perhaps Duke students behave in the manner that they do because of their brand of intelligence, not in spite of it, and that they are entitled to those perspectives. They’re taking them from some of the most influential figures of all time, anyway. Chris Bassil is a Trinity junior. His column runs every Friday.

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lettertotheeditor Remembering John Blackburn At Duke, as with many institutions, we are surrounded by beautiful things: collections, buildings, museums, art objects and on and on. All too often, however, we neglect to honor those who have set the stage for their being there. For example, this week we have lost a former Duke provost and economist, John Blackburn, with many interests, who died in his home at the Forest at Duke in Durham. Jack (as he was known) encouraged the acquisition of art objects and welcomed donations. He was responsible for Duke’s receiving its collection of pre-Columbian art. At a time when just a few people supported the arts at Duke, he gave the whole movement

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his blessing. It was his influence which paved the way for people to donate valuable pieces to Duke looking forward to the day when the temporary museum would become a fully equipped building. He gave encouragement to all of the arts. Music and drama were enhanced by his interest and careful appointments. Let us celebrate the life of Jack Blackburn who changed the course of Duke’s thinking about the arts and opened the way for the Nasher Museum to become a reality. Mary D.B.T. Semans Trustee Emerita and Chair Emerita of the Duke Endowment

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ou can count on finding a cluster of students free enterprise. Here at Bassett we have students in the Bassett common room in front of the day-trading and playing online poker from their television for the latest big game. rooms. Why shouldn’t college athletes get someI’ve learned that most Duke stuthing like market value for their dents are big sports fans. My “Anlabor and talents? The NCAA is orin starn thropology of Sports” class, unlike strangely like some old Eastern Euthe professor some others I teach, always seems ropean socialist bureaucracy with next door to have a wait list. I’m sure that I its Byzantine rules, restrictions and wasn’t the only member of the self-serving insistence that college Duke community who spent too much time on the athletes must be the only amateurs in the plush, couch watching bowl games over the holidays. high-rolling world of big-time college sports. As everybody knows, college sports has become Most Division I players, of course, do not go a big business, a golden goose for some college on to careers in the NBA or NFL, and they tend football and basketball coaches that routinely make to come from poorer families than other college more money than the presidents of their universi- students. They could use some sort of stipend in ties. Coach K takes home a good deal more than his addition to the scholarship. That would be small ostensible boss, President Richard Brodhead, and at return for the money and excitement they generleast 20 times more than your average Duke profes- ate in bringing us the gift of March Madness and sor. He earns it in the big money and publicity he the college bowl season. makes back for the University in ticket sales, licensAs Charles Clotfelter, Z. Smith Reynolds proing rights, television contract cash and more. fessor of public policy, economics and law, shows No network has ever paid money for the rights in his forthcoming book, “Big-Time Sports in to broadcast a cultural anthropology lecture. American Universities,” we should recognize that But one pet peeve of mine is that student-athletes college sports are a gargantuan commercialized themselves don’t share in the giant profits of the col- enterprise instead of pretending otherwise. lege sports-entertainment complex. Sure, football That doesn’t mean that we should stop beand basketball student-athletes get scholarships, but ing fans. There’s great pleasure to rooting for that’s nothing compared to what they bring in rev- your team even if you happen to be unfortunate enue as the stars of the show. Like the accused in enough for your school colors to be baby blue or some Stalin-era show trial, those Ohio State football red-and-white. players had to give shame-faced public apologies for Still, it would be nice if the players got a fairer the supposed crime of getting tattoos in exchange share of the pie. for some of their old trophies and memorabilia. It’s hypocritical that the NCAA punishes student-athOrin Starn is professor and chair of the cultural anthroletes for accepting perks when everybody else seems pology department and the faculty member in residence in to be profiting from college sports cash. Bassett Dormitory. This is the second in a weekly column We’re supposed to be a country committed to from faculty members in residence on East Campus.


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price from page 1 roots. His first novel, “A Long and Happy Life,” stands out among his books. The novel won the William Faulkner Award. Still, for others, Price’s poetry was the highlight of his work. “I have been teaching his collective poems to thousands of students and I think that he should have gotten the Pulitzer Prize for his collective poems,” said English professor Victor Strandberg, who said he knew Price for about 45 years. “I thought that he was the first great poet.” Although Price ultimately became known worldwide for his work, some initially doubted his future success. When he received his first job at Duke in 1958, his letter of acceptance specified that the job was a three-year appointment—with no opportunity for an extension. As the University reflects on Price’s life and contributions 53 years later, many question what Duke would have been like without the now-famous writer. “He has somewhat identified with Duke,” Strandberg said. “I knew him as a man but you could say Reynolds was an institution. He grew with Duke.” Writing for ‘its own sake’ Since coming to Duke as an undergraduate, Price only left the University once to spend three years studying in Oxford, England as a Rhodes Scholar. Although some say he was always interested in British culture, most of his career stemmed from the influence of the South—leading to many comparisons to William Faulkner, to Price’s annoyance.

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As a professor, Price was best known for the courses he taught on the 17th-century English poet John Milton and for his creative writing courses, including a class in which students wrote their own gospels. One of the defining characteristics of his course was that he required students to memorize a Milton poem and recite it out loud, said English professor James Applewhite, one of Price’s colleagues who knew the writer in his undergraduate days. Former students said Price’s class was unique—not just because of his status as a nationally-renowned poet but because of his dedication to his work. “I think that the passion about his subject matter is something that I really admired,” senior Sarah Helfer said. “He was in his 70s and he was still teaching Duke undergrads.” Price’s belief that writing “is worth doing for its own sake” should be cherished, Applewhite stressed, adding that Price’s distinct interest in the importance of writing is at risk of fading away. “To me, Reynolds’ contribution to Duke is a major part of a direction which began in the ’30s,” Applewhite said, noting that Price was influenced by former English professor William Blackburn. “The meaning of these writers for people like us is endangered in the current world.” Others think Price was unique in the way he led his courses because he emphasized the value of a liberal arts education. Students and colleagues also remember him for his unique voice in the classroom. “You knew he was a writer when you heard his voice—the quality of it was striking,” Baucom said. “You could tell within

The Life of Reynolds Price Price graduates summa cum laude from Duke University 1955

1933 Reynolds Price is born Feb. 1 in Macon, N.C.

1958 Price accepts a teaching position at Duke

Price published his first novel, “A Long and Happy Life,” which recieved the William Faulkner Award for a notable first novel 1962

1984 A cancerous tumor wraps around Price’s spinal cord, and the treatment leaves him paralzyed from the waist down

his teaching and within his writing the seriousness with which he took the task of the writer.” Price’s characteristics won him many accolades. In addition to numerous national awards, he received the University Medal for Distinguished Meritorious Service at Duke, the University’s highest honor, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2008, the University celebrated Price’s 50th year as a Duke professor, on the eve of his 75th birthday. That same year, Duke established a creative writing professorship in his honor. A lasting legacy In one of his defining moments outside of the classroom, Price delivered the address at the 1992 Founder’s Day ceremony. In his speech, Price commented on the fading intellectual culture among Duke students, which he attributed to the social scene. Price called for the elimination of fraternities and sororities and instead encouraged the development of a “sane adult” community to foster a stronger intellectual climate. Beginning in 1984, Price was confined to a wheelchair after a tumor affecting his spinal cord left him paralyzed from the waist down. Despite the pain, he developed a significant amount of strength from the incident, his colleagues said. In the midst of the pain, Price prioritized his work. “You might say that he prevailed,” Strandberg said. “He could have taken drugs, but that would have also dulled his brain power. He made the choice to go on.... he simply paid that price.” His novel, “Kate Vaiden,” receives the National Book Critics Circle Award 1986

Price earns the University Medal for Distinguished Meritorious Service at Duke and the Distinguished Alumni Award 1987

1986 Price becomes a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and receives the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council

The accident also brought out a new element in Price’s writing. He continued to publish nationally-acclaimed works, including “Kate Vaiden” in 1986, which received a National Book Critics Circle prize. But his suffering also became the theme of some of his work. In 2003, he published a chronicle of his cancer survival in “A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing.” He also spoke publicly about coping with chronic pain. Although much of Price’s private life remained silent, the author’s homosexuality was evident in much of his writing. But this topic rarely came up in conversation with some of his older friends, Applewhite said. “As a deeply Christian and deeply Southern young man, I think on one side he was uncomfortable with it,” Applewhite said. “That was not something that he shared with us, his old friends. I could not put my finger on a single moment when he came out.” Despite the more than 50 years spent teaching and working at Duke, Price’s legacy was not limited to the University. He cowrote the song “Copperline” with celebrated N.C. musician James Taylor, and was known to be one of former President Bill Clinton’s favorite writers. In many of his endeavours, however, he represented the face of Duke, President Richard Brodhead said. “Every university has a small number of people who embody that place to hundreds and even thousands of people,” Brodhead said in an interview Thursday night. “How many times have I gone somewhere where people say that the most remarkable professor they ever had was Reynolds Price?” Price passes away Jan. 20 at age 77 2011 A professorship in creative writing honoring Price is established at Duke 2008

2008 University holds jubilee on his 75th birthday to celebrate his 50th year at Duke

2009 The third volume of his memoir, “Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back,” is published chronicle graphic by anthony quartararo

igsp from page 1 wrote in the memo. The review will be carried out over the coming months, with the first phase commencing immediately and the second early this summer. According to Willard’s memo, phase one of the evaluation will consist of five working committees made up of IGSP faculty, staff and—where appropriate—­students and other non-IGSP faculty. These committees will seek feedback from the IGSP community as to how the institute can improve for the future. The purpose of phase two will then be to make decisions about the future of the IGSP based on the recommendations provided by the five committees. “Unquestionably, the world of genomics—whether viewed through the lens of science or society—is very different now than it was back in 2000 or even just a few years ago,” Willard wrote. “While the demands of anticipating and adapting to a landscape of ever-changing science have shifted, the consequences for and the engagement of society have only deepened, which invites— even requires—new strategies to meet new opportunities and challenges.” The IGSP will look somewhat different

with three of its centers being phased out immediately, each for “very different reasons,” Willard said. The centers eliminated will be the Centers for Applied Genomics and Technology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and Evolutionary Genomics. Gregory Wray, director of the IGSP Genome Analysis and Sequencing Facility and former director of the Center for Evolutionary Genomics, maintained that the eliminations are an organizational change that will have a minimal effect on his daily responsibilities. “It’s not as if I’m taking it personally as if my center has failed,” Wray said. “What we really mean [by phasing out] is the organizational structures. We don’t mean the activities.” Wray, who will lead the phase-one committee for “organizational structure,” added that he thinks all six centers will eventually be phased out and that remaining centers cannot be immediately phased out due to existing and operative grants. “Maybe it makes more sense to have a more fluid set of organizational units,” Wray said. “There’s one IGSP and its whole point is to be integrated, so it’s kind of antiintegration to have really strong independent centers anyway.” In addition to Wray, Joseph Nevins, Barbara Levine Professor of Breast Cancer Genom-

ics who collaborated with and mentored Potti, will also lose his title as director of the Center for Applied Genomics and Technology. Nevins could not be reached for comment. Willard said in light of the recent controversy surrounding Potti’s science, Nevins’ “obvious short-term responsibility” is to focus on his review of “the scientific work that has come out of the Potti studies.” “Nothing is more important both for their own credibility, but more importantly to clear the air for the public,” Willard said. “And for doctors and patients to understand what we think we can stand behind and do stand behind.” Dr. Robert Harrington, director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and leader of the phase-one committee for “translation and application of genomics,” said Potti is a good example of how the DCRI can help the IGSP in how it handles its data and analysis so that Duke can better protect its subjects. Harrington noted that although he is a committee leader, he is not part of the IGSP. He also emphasized that the DCRI is largely involved in research involving human subjects, which can provide the IGSP with beneficial insight into the conduct of clinical science. “When something that makes the leap from being a basic science discovery, there

is a different set of rules that need to be adhered to,” Harrington said. “The Potti example is a good one in terms of where we can do a better job in translating the basic discovery into the patient setting.” In addition to providing clinical insight, Harrington said the DCRI also has a lot of experience collaborating outside of Duke, which can help the IGSP produce a higher quality of research. Willard echoed Harrington’s sentiments, noting the increased focus on clinical application. Ten years ago, the IGSP was primarily concerned with improving genomics technology at the University, Willard said. But “those battles have been fought and won.” “When the IGSP first started, there were not many people or researchers on campus that used genomic technologies,” Wray said. “We have succeeded, and that’s become well integrated into the University infrastructure.” Willard noted that the IGSP will now be focusing more on biological and medical aspects of genomics. “It’s not all about the technology,” he said. “It’s more about how one uses genomic information to address questions of life science and medicine.”

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