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Duke in the News: Nov. 28, 2006

A War of Words Over Iraq | Nicholas School Leader Leaving Duke | Amazon Burning, and more!

A WAR OF WORDS OVER IRAQ Baltimore Sun, Nov. 28 -- "As bad as public support for the [Iraq] war is, it's likely to get worse if [Americans] see this as a civil war. It's a battle that the administration has largely lost already," says Christopher F. Gelpi, a Duke researcher on war and public opinion. ... Full story --Also, CNBC's Closing Bell: Use of 'Civil War' by Media Outlets May Signal Shift in U.S. Public Opinion on Iraq (Duke public policy professor Bruce Jentleson; video not available online; DVD mailed upon request to

NICHOLAS SCHOOL LEADER LEAVING DUKE (Raleigh) News & Observer, Nov. 28 -- William H. Schlesinger, credited with leading the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences to new levels in attendance and reputation, is leaving Duke to head the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York. ... Full story --Also, (Durham) Herald-Sun: Duke Losing Environmental School Dean ... Full story Poughkeepsie Journal: New Institute President Is Duke Environmental School Dean ... Full story Duke Chronicle: Nicholas School Dean to Step Down ... Full story

AMAZON BURNING Boston Globe, Nov. 27 -- A climate model built by civil and environmental engineering professor Roni Avissar found "losing the Amazon rain forest entirely could reduce rainfall in regions as far away as the central U.S. farm belt." ... Full story

BABY ASPIRIN PROTECTS THE ADULT HEART VOA News, Nov. 24 -- Duke cardiologist Jeffrey Berger has added more weight to the baby-aspirin-for-your-heart recommendation with a study presented at this month's American Heart Association meeting in Chicago. ... Full story

BLACK, WHITE & RED ALL OVER NPR's On the Media, Nov. 24 -- Duke historian Tim Tyson talks about how newspapers in North Carolina once turned neighbor against neighbor and helped usher in Jim Crow. ... Full story --Also, News & Observer: Column -- Extraordinary Look at Wilmington '98 ... Full story (Greensboro) News & Record: Editorial -- Confronting the Past ... Full story

MEET THE A-TEAM OF STEM-CELL SCIENCE (Toronto) Globe and Mail, Nov. 25 -- The implications of new cancer biology research are staggering. Jeremy Rich, a neuro-oncologist, discusses how his Duke team is helping to develop a new model of cancer cells. ... Full story --Also, New Scientist: Doctors Have Elusive Masterminds in Their Sights (Article not available online; e-mailed upon request to

QUIZ ILLUMINATES AWARENESS OF ART News & Observer, Nov. 26 -- Test your art knowledge with a new online game from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke. In "Illuminator," you decipher visual clues, each of which names a specific piece of art in the Nasher's collection. ... Full story --Also, Nasher Museum of Art: Illuminator -- Puzzles Designed to Enlighten ... Website