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WORKING@DUKE n NEWS YOU CAN USE n Volume 8, Issue 1 n February/March 2013


50th Commemoration of Black Students Career Tools on Networking Run/Walk Club Begins Soon

Going Back to School – Online Employees explore Coursera and lyndaCampus for professional development



Back to School Online

Cover: Going Back to School – Online


urious, I recently visited the Coursera website to learn what Duke University courses are available this spring. If you haven’t heard about Coursera, it’s a service that offers free courses online from top universities. Six courses, taught by Duke faculty, will begin between February and April. The lineup includes “Sports and Society” taught by Orin Starn, professor and chair of the Department of Cultural Anthropology, and “A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior” by Dan Ariely. In this month’s issue, beginning on page 4, Working@Duke talked with employees about how they’re exploring Coursera and other online resources like lyndaCampus for professional development and personal enrichment. Employees like Michael Palko are seizing opportunities to expand skills using these resources. Palko enrolled in the six-week long, “Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” which advertises a five-to-seven hour weekly workload. He also used lyndaCampus for tutorials about his hobby, photography. “I see Duke getting bigger and wider, and folks working together aren’t always in the same geographic area,” Palko, a principal trainer with Duke Heath Technology Systems, told Working@Duke. “Online learning can bring a lot of people together wherever they are, and save on cost.” If you see a class you like but can’t commit the extra hours, check the suggested readings for the course. That’s another way to engage with a topic and expand your mind.

Duke staff and faculty are expanding skills, teaching or exploring interests through “massive open online courses” and services like Coursera and lyndaCampus.

50th Commemoration of Black Students Black employees had long been working at Duke in 1963, when the first five black undergraduates enrolled. The relationship between Duke students and black employees created lasting impressions.

Career Tools: Networking In this installment of “Career Tools,” learn how to branch out to meet new people and understand where job efforts fit with the larger mission of an institution like Duke.

Survey Says … In the last issue, I mentioned that we send a readership survey to 5,000 randomly selected staff and faculty three times a year. We conducted our final survey of 2012 in December. Nearly 500 employees completed the online survey. Among the results, 75 percent of readers say they read Working@Duke each month, and 82 percent find the publication beneficial. In 2013, our eighth year, we want to continue offering news you can use. If you have feedback or story ideas, I’d love to hear from you. Please write or call me: or (919) 681-4533. Thanks for reading Working@Duke.



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Nominate co-workers for Presidential Awards

Duke launches harassment prevention training All Duke faculty and staff will be required to participate in new training aimed at recognizing and preventing harassment. The Harassment Policy Toolkit training will soon be provided online and must be completed every two years as part of Duke’s commitment to an inclusive and respectful community and compliance with federal regulations. The training covers Duke’s policy on harassment, including examples of prohibited conduct. It also provides information about resources for those with concerns about possible harassment. “Duke is committed to engaging every employee in maintaining a respectful, inclusive working and learning environment,” said Benjamin Reese Jr., vice president for the Office for Institutional Equity. “We want people to think about their own behavior, understand that it is not okay to be a silent bystander if they see harassment and to know the resources available to them when they encounter harassment.” Access the training through Duke’s online Learning Management System on the Duke@Work self-service website [] in the MyLearning section of the MyCareer tab.

Feb. 15 is the deadline to nominate colleagues for the 2012 Presidential Awards, the highest recognition given to faculty and staff at Duke for distinctive contributions during the past year. Up to five Presidential Award winners and 25 Meritorious Service Award winners will be selected from Duke University and Duke University Health System. Each Presidential Award winner receives a Presidential Medallion and $1,000 check. Meritorious Service Award winners receive a plaque and $100. The recipients also receive invitations to attend the Founders’ Convocation and to serve on the selection committee for the next year’s Presidential Awards. “The nomination process is not difficult, and it was a great way to publicly acknowledge some great work,” said Donald Lane, the Building and Grounds superintendent at the Duke Marine Lab. Lane wrote a letter of recommendation for Michael Golden, one of four Presidential Award winners for 2011. Golden received the Presidential Award for his preparation and response to Hurricane Irene. Nomination forms are available at

Free help filing income taxes

Explore your brain March 2-9

Volunteers from Duke Law School are offering free tax preparation services to eligible Duke and Durham community members through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). To be eligible for the service, a client must have a household adjusted gross income of $51,000 or less. This year, VITA is offering these ways to access assistance:

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences presents the fourth annual Brain Awareness Week at Duke March 2 to 9. Brain Awareness Week, an international effort to promote the progress and benefits of brain research, will feature brain-related activities led by Duke students and scientists. People of all ages are invited to learn about human brains, neuroimaging, Alzheimer’s disease, brain origami and more. “Brain Awareness Week is about connecting, informing and exciting - a bit like the brain itself,” said Craig Roberts, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences’ assistant director of education. “By sharing our passion with the Duke and Durham community, we seek to inform those who support our work and inspire a few budding neuroscientists in the process.” In addition to public talks during the week, events include a family-friendly Brain Awareness Week Open House on March 2 at the Levine Science Research Center on West Campus and handson science demos at the Museum of Life and Science on March 9 in Durham. For more information, visit

Full service preparation: Volunteers will offer face-to-face meetings with clients most Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during February and March at the Duke Credit Union, 2200 West Main St. in Durham, and some evening and weekend hours at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life at 1415 Faber St. Visit for dates, times and instructions on how to make an appointment.

Clifton Coufal, right, Duke Law School student, helps Maria Burt, financial care counselor for the Department of Psychiatry, with her tax return in 2012.

Drop off service: Clients can bring copies of all tax documents to a tax preparation site, fill out an intake form, answer questions and then return at a designated time to review the completed tax returns.

Facilitated self-assistance: Eligible clients with simple tax returns can take advantage of a new online IRS initiative. With Facilitated Self-Assistance, taxpayers prepare their returns using online interview-based software with VITA volunteers offering assistance by email. To begin using the self-assist program, visit For a full list of VITA volunteer times, locations and information about what documents are required, visit or call VITA, (919) 613-8526.


Cover Story

Going Back to School – Online Michael Palko, a principal trainer with Duke Health Technology Systems, explored lyndaCampus video tutorials in iPhone photography. He also enrolled in a Coursera course.

Employees explore Coursera and lyndaCampus for professional development


or Sallie Ellinwood, it’s about networking and updating her professional vocabulary. For Michael Palko, it’s about anytime, anywhere learning. For Rita Johnston, it’s a chance to explore a possible new career direction. All three Duke employees are taking free online courses offered by Duke in partnership with Coursera, the California-based education company that provides a platform for universities to deliver online courses to thousands around the world. “The course is coming from Duke, so I know it’s going to be high-quality,” said Palko, a principal trainer with Duke Health Technology Systems who enrolled in a Coursera course on health care and entrepreneurship. “I’ve told friends at other places, so we’ll all be going back to school together.” Duke employees have more opportunities than ever to expand skills and explore interests with the growth of online learning through “massive open online courses” called MOOCs, as well as services like lyndaCampus, which offers free video tutorials on more than 1,500 topics. With Coursera and other efforts, Duke is demonstrating its eagerness to experiment and discover the potential of online learning. These new possibilities also raise questions about what role online learning will play in higher education and the workplace. “Any school that thinks that online learning is the magic bullet that will solve all the problems of education – that’s just plain not true,” President Richard H. Brodhead said. “There are things you 4


Leonard White, associate professor in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, films a lecture for his Medical Neuroscience class, available through Coursera. The eightweek class begins in March. More than 20,000 students have enrolled so far.

can learn online, and there are things you can only learn in the company and in relationship with other people. The place that gets it right will be the place that offers the best of online learning combined with the best of face-to-face learning.” MOOCs offer employees new ways to connect to Duke’s academic mission, said Deb Johnson, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education. At least 10 Duke faculty will participate in the Coursera initiative.

Johnson has always been fascinated by the research of Duke behavioral economist Dan Ariely. This spring, she’ll be one of more than 75,000 students taking his six-week online course, “A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior.” “I’ve been intrigued by snippets I’ve seen online, and I would love to understand and learn more without taking a whole class,” Johnson said. “And with Duke’s focus on innovation in teaching, I thought the best way to get a feel for online learning would be to experience it.” That experimentation brings opportunities and challenges for a workforce, Ariely said. “With online education, people can take classes in their own time and engage with others. There’s a real hope of lifelong learning, which would be good for employers and for employees,” Ariely said. “The real question is, are people going to have the selfdiscipline to do the work, and will the workplace be flexible enough to allow them the time? The challenge is how to make learning part of the work experience.” For now, most employees are fitting in online learning when they can. Palko, the principal trainer with Duke Health Technology Systems who is part of the MaestroCare team, used lyndaCampus video tutorials – available free through Duke – to learn how to create diagrams in Microsoft Visio. That led to him exploring other tutorials in iPhone photography, a personal interest. In his spare time, he honed his skills and one of his photos won a Duke contest. [] “The real benefit is that it’s all accessible on a mobile device, so I can watch any tutorial, whether work or personal, when I get a break at lunchtime or if I’m waiting at the doctor’s office,” he said. “I can take advantage of that anytime access.” He’s looking forward to taking Duke’s Coursera course on health care and entrepreneurship as a way to connect beyond Duke as well. “I see Duke getting bigger and wider, and folks working together aren’t always in the same geographic area. Online learning can bring a lot of people together wherever they are, and save on cost,” he said.

Online Learning: By the Numbers


Americans who agree that by 2020, “there will be mass adoption of teleconferencing and distance learning to leverage expert resources … a transition to ‘hybrid’ classes that combine online learning components with less-frequent on-campus, in-person class meetings.” SOURCE: JULY 2012 PEW INTERNET/ELON UNIVERSITY SURVEY


College presidents who predict that 10 years from now, most of their students will take classes online SOURCE: PEW RESEARCH CENTER, AUGUST 2011


Coursera courses currently offered by universities around the world, as of January 2013

2.25 million: Participants enrolled in a Coursera course



Number of Duke Coursera courses available by end of spring 2013

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Highest number of participants enrolled in a single Duke Coursera course (“Think Again: How to Reason and Argue,” taught by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Ram Neta from UNC)


Duke staff, faculty and students who viewed a video tutorial through lyndaCampus since Aug. 1, 2012

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Michael Palko, a principal trainer with Duke Health Technology Systems, won first prize for this photo of Perkins Library during a Duke “photowalk” last year. He honed his iPhone photography skills by exploring lyndaCampus video tutorials. Photo courtesy of Michael Palko.


Hours of training completed by Duke users of lyndaCampus since Aug. 1, 2012


Online learning also has limitations. Rita Johnston, a digitization specialist in Duke Libraries, enrolled in Duke’s Coursera course on evolution and genetics last fall because she’s considering science archiving as a career. She was impressed by the high quality of the course content and the level of interaction in the online discussion forums but was surprised by the time commitment required. “You have to take a lot of initiative to make sure you understand the materials,” she said. “You can learn a lot, and it’s a great way to explore without committing any money, but you don’t get the same level of interactivity with the professors.” Educators are still trying to figure out what works – and what doesn’t – in this new learning environment, said Cathy Davidson, a Duke professor of interdisciplinary studies and co-founder of the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Christine Vucinich, right, training coordinator for Duke’s Office of Information Technology, looks Collaboratory. The group, known as HASTAC, is a over the website with Alonzo Felder, an IT analyst at Duke, during a recent “tips and network of people who study new forms of learning for tricks” session on the digital age. She and Ariely are teaching a “meta-MOOC” this Online learning allows employees to continue professional spring as a way to explore those questions. development in a perpetually changing work environment, said “We’re really at the horseless carriage stage of MOOCs. We’re Christine Vucinich, training coordinator for Duke’s Office of taking the lecture – the most traditional form of education – and Information Technology. More than 2,500 Duke staff, faculty and motorizing it,” Davidson said. “Where can we go from here? It’s students have viewed a video tutorial through lyndaCampus in the possible for certain kinds of vocations in the future that a college past six months, she said. degree will be less important than a constellation of classes, some “The technology we use at Duke face-to-face, some online. It is and in our personal lives is constantly also possible that in the future evolving,” Vucinich said. “What’s we’ll be taking ‘refresher’ classes Think about attractive about the lyndaCampus lifelong. Education is more service is that new tutorials are added what you important than ever, in other regularly. That helps us stay on the words. We just don’t know the want, what you need, cutting edge.” form it will take in Sallie Ellinwood, director of and what your best every situation.” development for the School of Nursing, In today’s workplace, where ways of learning are. had never taken an online course before the average worker will change Then shop around. but enrolled in two Coursera courses – careers four to six times, one in nutrition from the University of There’s a lot out there, Davidson’s advice to employees California at San Francisco and a second is simple: First, know yourself. and there’s nothing to in human physiology from Duke. “Research shows that most “I majored in biology, but so much lose.” of us don’t know how we learn has changed since then. The vocabulary best,” she said. “Think about — Cathy Davidson, Duke professor of interdisciplinary studies is different, and there are new what you want, what you need, technologies and new ways of doing and what your best ways of learning are. Then shop around. There’s things,” said Ellinwood, who worked in research and pharmacology a lot out there, and there’s nothing to lose. Even shopping makes for almost two decades. “This seemed like a great way to expand my you a more digitally literate citizen.” knowledge, learn some of the new theories about medicine, and BY CARA BONNETT connect with people in different geographic areas.”

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Online System Delivers, Tracks Employee Training and Courses Jamie Spahlinger, physical therapist with Duke HomeCare and Hospice, completes required professional training online between patient visits.


new online system A key component of the allows Duke University system is the ability for classes to Access the Learning Management System be assigned to individuals based employees to complete required training on job categories. For example, Log on to the Duke@Work self-service portal at and register for professional April Perry, clinical nurse development courses all from educator at Duke HomeCare and Find the Learning Management System under the one site. Hospice, has created a series of “MyLearning” section of the “MyCareers” tab. Duke University rolled out the required hospice and home health From the Learning Management System, employees can Learning Management System in orientation presentations that are launch online training modules, search a course catalog late 2012 and will use it for online automatically assigned to all new by keyword or topic and register for classes. training such as a new mandatory employees in her area. Required training will automatically appear in the Harassment Policy Toolkit. The “Instead of having people “In-Progress Learning Activities” section. system also allows participants to sending in emails or dropping off For best results, use Internet Explorer 7.0 or above or register for and track completion paperwork to let me know they’ve current versions of Java Environment/Virtual Machine of other online and in-class completed a class, I can simply (JRE) or Adobe Flash Player and set browsers to allow training such as professional run an automated report,” Perry pop-ups. The LMS system cannot be used on an iPad or iPhone because they do not use Flash. development courses through said. “Anything I can automate Duke’s Learning and makes my life a lot easier.” Organization Development. Jamie Spahlinger, a physical “The really cool thing about the Learning Management System therapist at Duke, has used the system to complete home health is it brings a whole lot of steps into one place,” said Kim Andrews, a care competency training, also assigned by Duke HomeCare and senior practice partner for Learning and Organization Development. Hospice. Rather than returning to the office, she turns her car or “Eventually, it will become the one-stop-shop for all of an employee’s a bench into a temporary office, opens her laptop and gets to work training needs and records.” on the online modules. Andrews, who is helping implement the system, said the “I love being able to do professional training online between platform tracks mandatory requirements, sends email reminders patient visits,” Spahlinger said. “It is convenient, and the system to employees registered for classes and maintains a transcript of tracks it all for me.” completed courses. Plans are also underway to move the Occupational and “By corralling all of the training into one system that can easily Environmental Safety Office fire safety training and other online generate reports, maintaining auditable compliance records will modules into the system in 2013. become much easier,” she said. BY MARSHA A. GREEN

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Friendship More Im

Former students, employees reca


t a time when bathrooms and buses were separate in the South, Carroll Beaty saw his best friend as equal. For up to 25 hours a week in the late 1950s, Beaty, a white undergraduate studying engineering, worked in Duke’s West Union dining hall for a work-study job, serving food and clearing tables. Much of that time, he worked with William Jones – or “Big Bill” as he was commonly known around campus. Beaty said Jones, Duke’s first black supervisor, stood about 6-and-a-half feet tall and weighed close to 300 pounds but had an outgoing attitude that was far bigger. “Bill was more than a supervisor. He was a mentor and my best friend on campus those years I worked for him,” said Beaty, now 75. “To me, it was normal to work and interact with black employees. Friendship was more important than race.” Their relationship was one of many between Duke students and black employees that created lasting impressions. They’re among the aspects of student and employee life being celebrated this year as part of Duke’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of black undergraduate students at Duke. Black employees had long been working at Duke in 1963, when the first five black undergraduates enrolled. At the time, there were two black professors, hundreds of black staff and no black administrators or trustees. The earliest employment figures show that in 1965, black staff made up 28.5 percent of the workforce; that represented 1,602 of 5,621 Duke employees who held clerical positions, prepared food in dining halls and worked as technicians. Today, Duke has two black vice presidents, a black vice provost and its first black chair of the Board of Trustees served from 2009 to 2011.



William “Big Bill” Jones, right, was Duke's first black supervisor when hired by Ted Minah, manager of Duke’s dining rooms. Jones worked on campus several decades, impacting many, including former student Carroll Beaty.

Robert Korstad, professor of public policy and history at Duke, said that the percentage of black employees at Duke in the mid-1960s was most likely in line with other universities around the country. Universities tended to be more progressive in hiring practices than other industries. “A city like Durham was a very diverse urban center by the 1960s, although the workforce and jobs in the tobacco, manufacturing or textile industry would be highly segregated in many cases by race and gender,” Korstad said. Today, 31 percent of Duke’s workforce is comprised of minorities, with 22 percent of that black. “It was an exciting time for me and many at Duke,” said Samuel DuBois Cook, 84, who arrived at Duke in 1966 and was the first black tenured professor on campus. “During the civil rights movement, young people had shown such tremendous courage, independence and integrity, I knew that despite being black, I wouldn’t face prejudices on campus. I felt it in my bones I would get along fine with Duke’s students.”

This undated photo shows Samuel DuBois Cook, the first tenured black professor at Duke. He also served on Duke's Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1993.

Cook was so confident, in fact, he played a prank on his American government class on his first day of class. Showing up early to his classroom, Cook found a seat in the back and waited there as white students entered and sat down. “At 8 a.m. when the class began, I got up, went to the front of the room and you should’ve seen the look on the faces of students,” Cook said. “They didn’t expect it.” From that first class, Cook said he became friends with two of his white students – one from South Carolina and one from Florida. Cook said the students didn’t see a problem spending time with him and his family, even making social visits to his wife when he traveled out of town for work. Relationships were forged outside classrooms, too.

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Two Duke employees stack and slice bread for Duke’s dining operations in 1946. Bread was made from scratch for the dining halls.

George Frank Wall, seen here in 1946, worked at Duke for nearly 60 years. He was one of the longest-serving members of the Duke community.

Ella Cooper, now 78, started work as a housekeeper in Duke’s Medical Library in 1961 and then became a clerk. She recalled being the first black employee in the building when she arrived. She said her relationship with students was reciprocal – she’d help by showing them around the library or making copies of materials, and they helped her get around campus. “When I started working here, there weren’t that many black people, but students made me feel more comfortable because of how they treated me,” Cooper said. “Everybody was so sweet. It made me feel more at home.” On a college campus, feeling at home was doubly important for students, many of whom were experiencing their first long-

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term stays away from home. Maureen Cullins arrived at Duke in 1972 from High Point. She immediately found comfort with two housekeepers who looked after her and her roommate, the only two black undergraduate students in the Graduate Center residence hall, now Trent Hall. Just as she was dropped off on campus, Cullins was greeted by “Mrs. Mitchell,” head of housekeeping staff for the building. Along with another employee, Bea Turrentine, the staff made sure Cullins and her roommate felt comfortable on campus by offering a home cooked meal, restocking toiletries and helping them focus on their course work. “It made me feel safe because I knew that if I needed anything, I could get it,” said Cullins, now director of the Multicultural Resource Center at the School of Medicine at Duke. “Because of them, I do all I can for

students in my work because I want other first-generation college students to have the encouragement to do well and persevere.” For Duke students, faculty and staff, it’s that lasting impression of relationships that changed lives over the years. After graduating from Duke in 1959 and moving to California, Carroll Beaty, the engineering student, stayed in touch with his old friend and mentor, “Big Bill” Jones. Beaty eventually moved back to the state, and in 1980, he visited Duke’s financial aid office on behalf of his son, Braven, who wanted to attend the university. While waiting to see a financial aid officer, Beaty heard a booming, recognizable voice. It was Jones, his supervisor from the dining hall work study job in the late 1950s. Jones was now an employee in the financial aid office. “I didn’t know he was at the office, but as soon as I heard his voice, I knew who it was,” Beaty said. “He was so important those years I was at Duke as an undergraduate and as a friend and person I had high respect for. I’ll never forget those years working with him.”


BY BRYAN ROTH Photos courtesy of University Archives

Commemorating 50 Years of Black Students

Throughout the year, Duke will celebrate the roles of black students in the history of the university. The 50th anniversary of integration will also be observed at the annual Employee Kickoff celebration during a home football game in 2013. Find a list of news and events at and share your thoughts and experiences on the virtual “Memory Wall.”


Put the ‘Social’ in Networking Meeting peers and learning about Duke can be beneficial A group of Duke employees enjoy refreshments during the 2012 Duke Holiday Social. Events offer an opportunity to mix and mingle with faculty and staff from across Duke.


s Duke’s semester drew to a close in December, Cate Auerbach prepared for her transition from Duke student to staff member. After graduating, Auerbach now works as an admissions intern with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. But it wasn’t just classwork that helped prepare her for the job. During her final semester, Auerbach worked part-time at Duke’s Office of Undergraduate Education, met faculty and staff from around campus and learned more about Duke and its mission. “I really had no idea how much went on behind the scenes at Duke, so I was exposed to many different areas I didn’t know existed before,” Auerbach said. “Because Admissions is a window to the university, it was valuable to see how different parts of Duke work from student, staff and faculty perspectives.” Auerbach’s ability to network socially – not necessarily for the sake of finding a job – is a valuable learning opportunity for all Duke employees, said Wendy Hamilton Hoelscher, team leader with Duke’s Learning and Organization Development. Because offices or departments at any workplace can become isolated, it’s beneficial to branch out to meet new people and understand where job efforts fit with the larger mission of an institution like Duke. 10


“Whether it’s patient care or research or service, employees at Duke are doing something important,” Hamilton Hoelscher said. “Learning more about the people and places outside your specific work adds a sense of purpose to why we’re here.” To get started being social, Hamilton Hoelscher suggested going online and visiting Duke’s homepage or daily news site, Duke Today, both of which offer information from across the university. Duke also has organizations and informal meeting groups at where faculty and staff may find like-minded employees with similar interests. Hamilton Hoelscher said Toastmasters, which brings together Duke employees and local residents, has multiple meeting groups on campus. At meetings, participants meet new people, while honing public speaking and leadership skills. “It’s important to simply go out, talk to people and be willing to see what you can learn,” Hamilton Hoelscher said. “You’re not only improving your social skills but getting educated about the institution.” Of course, plenty of “social networking” takes place on Duke’s online channels, where employees share ideas and meet other faculty and staff through platforms like the Working@Duke LinkedIn group. Cara Rousseau, Duke’s social media manager, said faculty and staff can also be found on

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Twitter, which offers a casual way to make connections across the university. “It’s good to identify different people around campus to see what they’re reading or sharing on Twitter,” Rousseau said. “That way, you can feel more connected to who they are and what they do at Duke.” BY BRYAN ROTH

Where to Start Networking Wendy Hamilton Hoelscher, team leader with Duke’s Learning and Organization Development, suggested the following websites to learn more about Duke and employees: Duke Today Duke homepage - Working@Duke LinkedIn – Duke group listserv -

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6 Million Books, Movies and More at Your Fingertips Rachel Revelle, student programs coordinator for the Kenan Institute for Ethics, peruses possible books to borrow from Lilly Library.


achel Revelle’s road to poetry began at Lilly Library after a colleague suggested she read “The Shallows,” which explores the internet’s effect on the brain. Intrigued, Revelle walked across East Campus to Lilly Library during lunch to check out the book. A poem in the book led her back to the library a few days later, and she checked out the 534-page collected works of poet Wallace Stevens. “I didn’t used to think I read poetry well,” said Revelle, student programs coordinator for the Kenan Institute for Ethics. “But I’ve discovered I enjoy having poetry in the house and flipping through a collected volume to see what I can make of it.” Like all faculty and staff, Revelle can use her DukeCard to borrow books, movies, audio recordings, music manuscripts and e-readers from Duke University Libraries, one of the 10 largest private research university systems in the country, at no charge. Members of the general public pay $100 per year for borrowing privileges. “It is an incredible resource, not only for our students and faculty, but for everyone in our community,” said Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and vice provost for library affairs. “When you add in that Duke faculty, staff and students also have access to the

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collections at UNC, NC State and North Carolina Central, it’s like being a member at the largest library in the world.” The library system at Duke comprises 10 libraries (including one at the Duke Marine Lab) and an off-site Library Service Center. Combined, the libraries hold about 6.8 million printed books, 875,488 e-books and roughly 96,000 videos and films, among other items. The library carries best selling fiction such as the Harry Potter series and popular movies like Oscar-nominated “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” as well as scholarly items. “We are here to serve the entire community, not just academic scholars,” said Amber Welch, instructional services librarian at Perkins Library. “We want to nourish the whole person.” Revelle, the program coordinator, feeds her increasingly eclectic reading habit by scribbling notes about authors and subjects in a daily planner to research in the library catalog. She also keeps a notebook handy to jot down interesting quotations while reading. “When I was a student at Duke, I studied in the library a lot but didn’t often check things out,” said Revelle, a 2011 graduate. “Now I am at the library about once a week and am having fun exploring all sorts of different literature for my own fulfillment.”

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By the Numbers Duke University Libraries 10 • Libraries at Duke 6.8 million • Total print volumes 60 • Miles of shelving 157,327 • Journals and periodicals

95,732 • Films and videos 67,783 • Audio recordings 875,488 • e-books 50 • Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers available for loan

619,014 • Books and other items borrowed in 2011-12 Source: Duke University Libraries Annual Report, 2012



Lose Weight and Make Friends with Run/Walk Club Biannual fitness club returns in March


early 1,000 faculty and staff registered in 2012 to take part in Duke’s Run/Walk Club, a free, weekly group for Duke community members who seek a social exercise experience. Ideal for beginner walkers to marathoners, the club begins its next 12-week session March 11 and meets twice a week until May 29. Among the participants this season will be John Whitesides – he joined the group last year to lose enough weight to drop under 200 pounds. He was a beginner runner when he joined but has since competed in 5K races. He’s lost 10 pounds and weighs 195. “Instead of being on your own for exercise, it’s very encouraging that you have people at all different fitness levels who want you to be there every week,” said Whitesides, an assistant professor in the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. “It’s great motivation not just to get out after work and spend an hour running or walking, it’s nice to meet with people, too.” Duke employees and their dependents can join the club, which is sponsored by 12


LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke’s employee wellness program. The club meets on campus and at Durham Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals. At each location, participants form groups according to fitness level and follow clearly laid out plans to help improve fitness and lower stress. Sign-up is available at During the upcoming session, the Run/Walk Club will host “Yoga for Runners,” a series of free, outdoor yoga sessions on East Campus. The sessions help walkers and runners develop ideal muscle balance and injury prevention for exercise. “The turnout we received last year for our yoga program was great, and we heard from participants how much they enjoyed a

new way to prepare for running or walking,” said Liz Grabosky, fitness manager with LIVE FOR LIFE. “It’s all about providing a holistic approach to create fitness regimens.” For Linda Lloyd, a key part of that is the social aspect of the Run/Walk Club. Before she joined the group last year, she said it was easy to find excuses not to exercise. “I never thought of myself as a runner, but I started with running one minute and walking one minute,” said Lloyd, a radiation therapist at Duke Raleigh Hospital. “Next thing I know, I’m running five minutes and walking two minutes and soon after I ran my first 5K. Other staff in my group are my friends now, and they give me a reason to show up and burn calories.” BY BRYAN ROTH

Where the Club Meets The Run/Walk Club meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday. Walkers and beginning runners meet at the East Campus wall, across from Whole Foods on Broad Street; more advanced runners meet in front of Wallace Wade Stadium. Employees also meet at Durham Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals.

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Bill Broom, an IT analyst at Duke, participates in an Aqua Challenge class at the Duke Health & Fitness Center.


ill Broom walked, Employees access the lifted weights and program by completing a tried aerobics to lose Health Risk Assessment DukeWell offers monthly educational seminars that are free and open to the weight and control through DukeWell Duke community and general public. Upcoming seminars include “Sleep Your Way to his diabetes, but nothing [] or by Better Health” on Feb. 21, “The Power of Meditation” on March 28 and “For Best seemed to stick – except the physician referral. As more Health: Talk With Your Body” on April 18. pounds. employees and physicians All seminars are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Duke Integrative Medicine Building Then last summer, Broom become familiar with on the Center for Living Campus, 3475 Erwin Road. received an email from DukeWell, participation in DukeWell, a disease the program has increased – management initiative offered to staff and faculty covered by Duke 1,877 employees and their dependents participated last year Select and Duke Basic, Duke’s most popular health plans. Broom was compared to 1,623 in 2011. offered a deal: connect monthly with a care management team, and As a group, employees in DukeWell do better at managing the pharmacy co-payments for many prescription medicines would be weight, blood sugar and other indicators of health than employees waived. He took it. with chronic diseases who are not in the program, said Dr. Dev “I was looking for an opportunity to engage in a program that I Sangvai, medical director for DukeWell and a primary care physician would continue with,” said Broom, an IT analyst for Art, Art History with Duke Family Medicine. & Visual Studies. “With DukeWell, I figured I wouldn’t lose any “I know that when I advise a patient in DukeWell to lose weight money, and I actually stood to gain.” or make other changes to better manage their disease, that they will DukeWell identifies and treats chronic diseases such as diabetes, have ongoing support,” he said. asthma and heart disease early when treatments provide maximum Since Broom, the IT analyst, joined DukeWell last summer, he benefit. Care managers help participants coordinate self-care through has worked closely with his care manager. He’s lost an average of two diet and exercise prescribed by physicians. They also work closely with pounds per month and has kept his blood pressure and blood sugar departments across the health system, including LIVE FOR LIFE, well under control. Duke’s employee wellness program, to offer resources and support. “The day I successfully completed the first 90-day trial with “It is a unique partnership between Duke, employees and the DukeWell, I signed up for a one-year membership at the Duke primary care physicians who care for these employees,” said Bill Schiff, Health & Fitness Center,” he said. “I wanted to avail myself of some DukeWell administrative director. “By helping to coordinate chronic more strenuous exercise in a controlled setting, and that was made disease management proactively with the patient and the physicians, possible in part by the savings I realized through DukeWell.” the program’s focus is to make it less likely that chronic diseases will BY MARSHA A. GREEN develop into major health issues down the road.”

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Top: Melissa Rains, educational programs coordinator for Duke’s Talent Identification Program, practices yoga at the American Dance Festival studios. Right: The American Dance Festival’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios on Broad Street overlooks East Campus.

Show a DukeCard to purchase a five-class card for $65 and get one card free. Classes at the American Dance Festival for the 2013 Spring Term run though May 18 and include: • Beginning, intermediate and advanced modern technique • Intermediate/advanced release techniques • Movement for non-dancers • Beginning ballet • Pilates

ith two children and a 40-minute work commute, Melissa Rains found it difficult to squeeze exercise into her day. But after the American Dance Festival started offering classes in new studios near East Campus last September, Rains signed up for a weekly lunchtime yoga session. “It’s so convenient,” said Rains, educational programs coordinator for Duke’s Talent Identification Program. “Coming in early or staying late to exercise throws a wrench in my family’s schedule, but lunchtime is my own time.” The American Dance Festival offers drop-in classes for dancers and non-dancers of all ages. Classes include modern dance and ballet, as well as yoga and Pilates, in the morning, lunchtime and evenings. Classes are on the second floor of 721 Broad St. in the Samuel H. Scripps Studios. Through PERQS, the Duke employee discount program, Duke staff and faculty can purchase one five-class card for $65 and get another card for free. Class cards may be used for any drop-in class within six months of date of purchase. Without the card, each class is $15. Duke’s association with the American Dance Festival stretches back to 1977, when the summer festival moved to the Duke campus from Connecticut College. “Over the years, we have built a wonderful relationship with audiences at Duke, rehearsing and performing on campus,” said Jodee Nimerichter, director of the American Dance Festival. “Now that we are able to offer year-round classes in our own space, we wanted to give back and allow our audience to move with us and experience more of the joy of movement they see on stage.” Each Monday, Rains gently stretches her body through downward dog, cobra, pigeon and other yoga poses. Looking through the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the trees of East Campus, she feels a gentle burn as she holds a lunge position or a pull as she lies on her back and stretches to touch her toes to the floor behind her head. The yoga class has helped Rains ease into working out. “I’m changing my diet and making other changes to get into a more healthy lifestyle,” she said. “Having these classes means that at least once a week, I get an hour of exercise.”

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ince September 2011, 37 offices and departments at Duke have pledged their commitment to sustainability by adopting sustainable practices and earning a Green Workplace Certification. That number will grow. Starting this winter, Sustainable Duke has more “green” certifications that include laboratories, dorm rooms, classrooms and events. The goal of certification is to train and foster student and employee sustainability leaders to help Duke reduce its environmental footprint. “Duke’s commitment to carbon neutrality relies on grassroots efforts, so it’s exciting that more students and employees can now get involved,” said Casey Roe, outreach coordinator for Sustainable Duke. “Our certifications can now recognize steps being taken everywhere on campus.” Randy Smith, departmental manager in the Department of Biology, helped create a checklist used for the new Green Lab Certification, which was available last year in a pilot phase. Smith worked with Sustainable Duke to design the certification to address distinct functions of lab spaces as compared to offices. The biggest issue labs face, Smith said, is being energy-intensive because labs must run fume hoods to suck out hazardous air during research, storage or experiments. On a per square foot basis, research labs can require five times more energy to operate than classrooms and office spaces. “We’re already paying to condition, humidify or dehumidify the air, but then it just gets sucked out the chimney, so to speak,

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This energy-efficient ventilation system is a key reason why the Department of Biology's Magwene Lab earned a gold level Green Lab Certification.

and has to be replaced,” Smith said. “So we’re using up energy and money to then replace that air.” By installing fume hoods with multispeed fans, Duke labs can use less energy and even save money, Smith said. The average fume hood costs about $5,000 a year to run, while a multi-speed fan that can slow down and use less electricity throughout the day costs about $2,000 a year, he said. That difference can add up fast in a single building like the French Family Science Center with 275 fume hoods in labs. Labs earn points for how many sustainable actions they take, earning bronze, silver or gold certifications. Along with fume hoods, steps include installing recirculating water systems to avoid waste, buying and installing energy efficient appliances, recycling all applicable plastics, glass, aluminum batteries and more. So far, the Department of Biology has six green certified labs–all earned gold.

“I have grandchildren, and the bottom line for me is to make sure the environment is not worse for them when they’re grown up,” Smith said. “I think a lot of people at Duke share the same passion.” Among those like-minded Duke employees is Marilyn Weisz, who led an effort in Duke’s Fetal Diagnostic Center to earn a Green Workplace Certification. Weisz, an ultrasonographer, pushed to change drinking cups from Styrofoam to paper cups made from recycled content, among other initiatives. “Duke is a leader in so many things, so it makes total sense we should strive to be a leader in sustainability,” Weisz said. “We should always look at how we can become more efficient and more sustainable.” BY BRYAN ROTH

These recycling stations are set up in the Fetal Diagnostic Center, which earned a Green Workplace Certification.

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The February/March 2013 issue of Working@Duke, the primary employee publication for Duke University.