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The annual “Highly Cited Researchers” list is produced each year by Clarivate, the group running the Institute for Scientific Information. The names on this list are drawn from publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index – the most-cited of the cited. In all, the 2022 list includes nearly 7000 researchers. Duke has 30 names on the highly cited list this year - to include Dr. Jie Liu! read more about Professor Jie Liu named Highly Cited (Again!)! »

Dr. Catherine Denning-Jannace Named 2022 Outstanding Postdoc at Duke! Dr. Catherine Denning-Jannace was nominated by numerous current and former research group members and her faculty mentor. Dr. Jennifer Lodge, Vice President for Research and Innovation, presented the award for Outstanding Postdoc to Catherine at the 15th Annual Postdoctoberfest held on October 7th.  Read more about Catherine's nomination below or at the Duke Postdoctoral Services webpage.  Dr. Denning-Janace’s faculty… read more about Dr. Catherine Denning-Jannace Named 2022 Outstanding Postdoc! »

Dr. Jonathon Yuly, a former graduate student in the Beratan Lab, has received the 2022 American Physical Society’s DBIO Dissertation Award! The award, which recognizes doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in any area of experimental, computational, engineering, or theoretical biological physics, will be bestowed at an upcoming APS meeting.  Dr. Yuly's dissertation work showed that a universal free energy landscape underpins near-reversible electron bifurcation reactions and assures their high… read more about Dr. Jon Yuly Receives American Physical Society’s 2022 DBIO Dissertation Award! »

Join the Duke Chemistry Virtual Open House on November 2 from 7-9pm! This will be an information session and virtual poster session with current Duke faculty and graduate students. Learn about the Duke Chem PhD Program, application and degree requirements, exciting research within the Department, and life at Duke and in Durham!  Register by October 26!  read more about Join for a Graduate Open House! »

Ivan Moreno-Hernandez is studying electrochemistry in action to develop new materials for clean energy In a sparsely decorated office on Duke’s west campus, new chemistry professor Ivan Moreno-Hernandez presses play on a video. It’s an action movie at the nanoscale. “It's hard to do this research justice without showing at least one video,” he says. If you could shrink down to a few millionths of an inch tall and watch the inner workings of a rechargeable battery, or a fuel cell for an electric vehicle, this… read more about Tackling Renewable Energy Challenges, at the Nanoscale »

The mere mention of public speaking reduces many to tears: sweaty palms and dry mouth, anxiety levels off the charts and the deafening silence that soon follows when the brain refuses to cooperate. Cue the panic attack. Now, imagine not just public speaking, but debating. Now, imagine debating in Arabic and at your first international competition against teams of native speakers in front of an audience of hundreds. Oh, and you are on a team that formed less than a year ago.  This is what the Duke-UNC Arabic debate team… read more about No Arguments: Arabic Debate Team Among the Top Eight »

The Office for Research & Innovation has awarded funding to eight, interdisciplinary projects as part of the inaugural Duke Science and Technology (DST) Launch Seed Grant Program. This year’s winners include faculty from multiple disciplines across campus and the School of Medicine who were selected out of 61 proposal finalists for initiating high-impact projects that could lead to additional external funding.  “The quality of innovative ideas our faculty have for advancing collaborative research projects continues to… read more about Meet the Winners of the 2022 DST Launch Seed Grants »

Kamillah Kassam, a graduate member of the Hargrove lab, has penned an impactful editorial featured in a recent Journal of Chemical Education. Kamillah has been a dedicated member of Diversity and Inclusion committees in Chemistry as well as throughout the University. We encourage you to read her piece, "Moving Beyond Politics: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect", and take a moment to enjoy the cover that she designed.  Both the Editorial and Cover Art are part of the ACS-wide DEIR Cover Art Program. read more about "Issues of equity are not political, they’re humanistic" »

DURHAM, N.C. -- Over-the-counter pain relievers, physical therapy, steroid injections -- some people have tried it all and are still dealing with knee pain. Often knee pain comes from the progressive wear and tear of cartilage known as osteoarthritis, which affects nearly one in six adults -- 867 million people -- worldwide. For those who want to avoid replacing the entire knee joint, there may soon be another option that could help patients get back on their feet fast, pain-free, and stay that way. Writing in the journal… read more about Stiff, Achy Knees? Lab-Made Cartilage Gel Outperforms the Real Thing »

Dr. Jake Lindale has been awarded the international Raymond Andrew prize for outstanding thesis in magnetic resonance!  In the clinic, magnetic resonance techniques are used to peer inside the body and monitor molecular changes associated with diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s, without using harmful radiation like X-rays and CT scans do. There’s just one major limitation: the technique’s low signal-to-noise ratio means that molecules that are too few or fleeting can be hard to detect. Jake's dissertation, supervised… read more about Jake Lindale Receives International Raymond Andrew Prize for Outstanding Thesis! »

Duke chemistry Ph.D. Jake Lindale has been awarded the international Raymond Andrew prize for outstanding thesis in magnetic resonance. In the clinic, magnetic resonance techniques are used to peer inside the body and monitor molecular changes associated with diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s, without using harmful radiation like X-rays and CT scans do. There’s just one major limitation: the technique’s low signal-to-noise ratio means that molecules that are too few or fleeting can be hard to detect. Lindale’s… read more about Duke Chemistry PhD Wins International Prize for Outstanding Thesis »

Professor Amanda Hargrove is the Blue Devil of the Week! Read the Duke Today feature to learn more about Amanda, her family, her research, her thoughts on Duke as a community, and her rodeo scholarship!  read more about “Mentoring students and post-docs is one of my favorite parts of the job” »

Name: Amanda Hargrove Position: Associate Professor of Chemistry Years at Duke: 8 What she does at Duke: In her role as a researcher, Amanda Hargrove, a 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowand an American Chemical Society 2022 Rising Star Award winner, heads a lab that studies a specific type of RNA molecule and its potential role in breakthrough therapies. In every cell, ribonucleic acid, or RNA, plays a critical role in carrying genetic information… read more about Blue Devil of the Week: Friend to Students, Enemy of Disease »

Set deep within the Blue Ridge mountains, far from Duke’s campus, a group of almost 40 campers huddled around the campfire ready to discuss the day’s activities. Archery, board games and hiking had kept them busy. But now it was evening, and they were tired and ready to eat s’mores and share typical campfire stories — like dealing with academic stress and deciding on a career path. Well, maybe not so typical, as these weren’t just any campers, but Duke sophomores on a meditative retreat. Soon, they would go back to their… read more about Students Explore Life’s Most Important Questions Through New Program for Sophomores »

The Derbyshire lab has recently published a research article in Cell iScience investigating the activity of acyltransferase (AT) domains in a polyketide synthase from the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Their work identifies a single amino acid in these domains responsible for protein activity which was able to be controlled through mutational studies, effectively serving as an "on-off" switch for AT activity.  Read more about their exciting work here! read more about Derbyshire Lab investigates the activity of AT domains from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii »

Anna Truong, a graduate student in Prof. Emily Derbyshire's lab, has received a 2022-2023 Fulbright Award! The Fulbright US Student Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to facilitate cultural exchange and increase mutual understanding between people of the US and those of other countries. Mutations in Kelch 13 (K13) of the malaria parasite Plasmodium are notoriously associated with artemisinin resistance, an immense global health threat.  Anna's… read more about Anna Truong Receives Fulbright Award »

As a double major in Chemistry and Classical Languages, senior Sophia Dort realized that though she had taken many courses in both the sciences and the humanities, they rarely overlapped. “When I saw an opportunity to take a class that was focused on medicine, but looking at it from a humanities point of view, I was pretty excited,” she said, explaining how she ended up taking a new course on Medicine and Human Flourishing this spring. The course, cross-listed between Classical Studies, Global Health and Ethics, is part… read more about Class of 2022: Sophia Dort, Reflecting on her Study of ‘Medicine and Human Flourishing’ »

One important academic lesson of the pandemic was that despite COVID restrictions, many Duke undergraduate students continued to conduct valuable research in collaboration with faculty members. This week, that research was showcased when three juniors were named Faculty Scholars, the university’s highest honor for students presented by faculty. The awards went to Patrick Duan, for research studying historical dynamics of racial and ethnic minorities; Jenny (Yijian) Huang, for developing new statistical methodology for… read more about Three Juniors Selected as Faculty Scholars for Excellence in Research »

Six members of Duke’s Class of 2023 have been named to the second class of Nakayama Scholars.  The Nakayama Public Service Scholarship is part of the university’s efforts to encourage students to use their Duke experience to engage with the large challenges facing communities around the world. The students represent multiple disciplines across Duke’s academic departments as well as a variety of future careers.  Juniors Alexandra Bennion, Bentley Choi, Garrett Goodman, Shreyas Hallur, Andrew Liu and Nellie Sun were chosen… read more about Duke Names Second Class of Nakayama Scholars »