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Learn more about some of Duke's initiatives


  • California Dreamin’

    California Dreamin’

    “We drove our bus out into the middle of sheep pasture paradise to visit one of NextERA’s enormous and remote wind farms. And wow, those turbines are big. In a weird way it was like being in the redwood forest.” That’s how graduate student Alex Osteen M.E.M.’14 described one of his experiences during the Northern California Clean Energy Field Trip.

  • Keeping it Real

    Keeping it Real

    “Half the value of Duke’s energy curriculum comes from outside the classroom,” says Timothy L. Johnson, who is Program Chair of the Nicholas School's Masters of Environmental Management Energy and Environment program. Johnson’s students represent a range of disciplines—from engineering to the humanities. “The challenge is to reach all of them,” says the Associate Professor of the Practice. This is where bringing in experts comes in handy.

  • Is Your Refrigerator Running?

    Is Your Refrigerator Running?

    We all know the joke, “Is your refrigerator running? Then you better catch it!” Well, one Postdoctoral Energy Fellow is taking this idea very seriously. Kyle Bradbury M.Sc.’08, Ph.D.’13 co-leads a Bass Connections project team with Professor Richard Newell, Director of the Duke Energy Initiative, that is exploring how smart meter technology can be used to save energy and cut costs.

  • Donors Who are Making a Difference

    Donors Who are Making a Difference

    Michael Rhodes B.S.E.’87 witnesses the impact of big data every day at financial services company TD Bank Group. “I think the emergence of information and big data will be as transformational for our economy as the Industrial Revolution was during its time,” said Rhodes.

  • The Student Experience

    The Student Experience

    Emily’s Bass Connections project team, led by faculty members Deborah Hicks (Social Science Research Institute) and Robert Korstad (Sanford School of Public Policy) researched the educational challenges and opportunities in the region and launched the pilot program, Education and Rural Entrepreneurship in Appalachia (EREA).

  • Transforming Child Mental Health

    Transforming Child Mental Health

    What if we could detect mental health and developmental problems in very young children, treat them early, and improve their chances of developing to their full potential and prospering in society?

  • Your impact: the promise of an opportunity

    Your impact: the promise of an opportunity

    During her freshman year, the class, “When Women Ruled the World,” ignited Bailey Sincox’s passion for the English Renaissance. Three years later, Bailey plans to continue her studies of Elizabethan literature at Oxford University. Here, she says “thanks:” On my first visit to Duke, I fell in love. The place, the people, and the promise of an opportunity that my family could afford convinced me this was where I wanted to be.

  • Your impact: hands-on learning at Duke Law

    Your impact: hands-on learning at Duke Law

    As a middle school teacher, I was used to rolling up my sleeves and getting my hands dirty. I knew I wanted a similar experience in law school. Duke caught my attention because it not only offered an excellent academic experience, but also hands-on clinical and community outreach work.

  • Your impact: undergraduate financial aid

    Your impact: undergraduate financial aid

    Coming to Duke University has been transformative for me, and I know that Annual Fund contributors like you are responsible for many of the extraordinary opportunities I have enjoyed here. As a scholarship recipient who has benefitted directly from Annual Fund donations, I can honestly say: Without your support, I would not have been able to come to Duke. Thank you!

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