Dean's Update: Hurricane's Impact on Health, Marine Lab Recovers, Alums Named 'Forever Duke' and more ....

September 26, 2018
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09.26.18

By the time you read this, it will be 12 days since Hurricane Florence blew into Wrightsville Beach bringing torrential rain and packing winds up to 80 miles per hour. Here in the Triangle – now that the heavy rainfall and wind have stopped – life is pretty much back to normal. We’ve swept any water from the rainfall out of our basements, picked up the branches out of our yards and gone back to school and work.
 
But it could be months, or a year or more, before they recover in the eastern part of the state where the storm surge pushed the Neuse River out of its banks to flood New Bern, and where the Cape Fear and Lumber rivers are still overflowing at record heights.
 
Many people have come together to help, including our PhD students Stacy Zhang and Joe Fader and research tech Alex Seymour, who have been collecting and transporting supplies to the heavily impacted communities in Down East, Carteret County. These isolated coastal towns are in short supply of basic necessities like food, fuel and sanitary items. The efforts of Stacy, Joe, Alex and their colleagues are making a difference, but full recovery will take an ongoing effort over a long time.
 
This week we’ve had good news out of the Marine Lab as they’ve made significant progress in drying out the affected areas and removing debris from the Repass roof. This Thursday, you can see a live tour here to check on the amazing progress yourself. Although repairs will be ongoing, we will welcome our students back to Beaufort to start classes Monday, Oct. 1. We also have secured nearby housing for our residential undergrad students, as well as those from UNC-Chapel Hill.
 
Keep your support coming. You can find updates on our Hurricane Florence page and links to relief efforts if you want to help.
 
I’m in Boston this week meeting with 300 Duke alumni at the Boston Aquarium to get the word out about the amazing work our alumni do related to ocean and marine environments. I also have had the privilege of meeting with the Nicholas family, after whom the school was named. It is always inspiring to witness firsthand the support we have and the impact we create.

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VIDRA PENS LETTER ON GENDER BIAS

Rebecca Vidra wrote an insightful letter to The (Duke) Chronicle shining a light on implicit gender bias in the classroom after the newspaper ran a piece on the unwritten rules of classroom fashion. In her letter, Rebecca writes, “female professors are judged more harshly and scrutinized more closely for their clothing choices than their male colleagues. Highlighting the choice of high heels as the only nod to female fashion perpetuates a toxic stereotype.”

SMITH PUBLISHES OP-ED ON SEAFOOD TRADE DEFICIT

Marty Smith published an op-ed in The Hill arguing that the seafood trade deficit is a red herring. He explains that the current administration is using flawed economic reasoning and the popular appeal of fretting over trade deficits as an excuse to weaken fisheries management and undermine marine conservation.

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SUPERFUND CENTER TAKES ACTION AFTER HURRICANE FLORENCE

Bryan Luukinen, senior program coordinator for the Duke Superfund Research Center, appeared on Spectrum News’ Capital Tonight alongside Environmental Defense Fund senior scientist Elena Craft PhD’06 to inform the public about environmental health concerns related to Hurricane Florence. Meanwhile, Lee Ferguson, a principal investigator for the Superfund Center, has begun collecting floodwater samples along the Neuse River and some of its tributaries to start analyzing environmental health impacts from the contaminants released during the storm. Read more >
 
WATCH LIVE TOUR OF MARINE LAB DAMAGE ON THURSDAY

Tune in Thursday at 2 p.m. as Andy Read and Beaufort Mayor/PhD student Rett Newton give The Scientist a live tour of Duke Marine Lab to show the damage from Hurricane Florence and to talk about some of the lab's research. Learn more >
 
RACHEL CARSON SCHOLARS PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Rachel Carson Scholars Program, aimed at undergraduates interested in marine science and conservation research, is accepting applications through Oct. 19. Scholars spend at least one semester at the marine lab and have funding available for research, travel to professional conferences and travel courses. Learn more >

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PAIR OF ALUMS HONORED WITH FOREVER DUKE AWARD

Congrats to Nicholas School alums Courtney Lorenz MEM’06 (not pictured) and  MEM’13 for receiving the Duke Alumni Association's Forever Duke Award on Sept. 22. This is the third year in a row a Nic School alum has received this award, which is presented to alumni who embody the spirit of Forever Duke and advance the Duke ideal of "knowledge in the service of society.”

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STUDENTS TAKE TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT LOCAL CONSERVATION

MEM students Emma Fulop, Jacob Greif, Grace Hancock, Laura Landes, Ryan Parks, James Ray and Rebecca Marx participated in the Career and Professional Development Center’s first career trek of the fall semester. The students visited the Wake County Soil & Water Conservation District and learned more about the day-to-day work of conservationists and careers in local government.

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VOLUNTEER TO TEACH LOCAL KIDS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

The Museum of Life & Science is looking for volunteers to teach Durham K-12 students about the environment. The museum is looking for guest scientists to lead activities during its STEM days this fall, especially students with expertise talking about wetlands and water-testing activities. More info >

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@DukeEnvironment

Our @dukemarinelab family is hard at work to get campus back to normal as Hurricane #Florence clean-up continues #WeAreDukeEnvironment

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We were well represented at last week’s Global Climate Action Summit by MEM students Adam FischerTasfia Nayem and James Ray (not pictured).
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#WeAreDukeEnvironment

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