Duke Alumnus Wins Luce Scholarship for Research in Asia

Noor Tasnim Duke University alumnus Noor Tasnim has been named one of 18 Luce scholars for 2020-2021. The Luce award provides stipends for living and professional placement in Asia.

Tasnim graduated from Duke in 2018 with distinction in evolutionary anthropology and in global health.  He researches lower limb biomechanics, musculoskeletal injuries and performance. His research interest came about after he joined Street Medicine Urban Dance Team at Duke and began to study barefoot locomotion and lower limb injuries.  His research led to a senior thesis on the causes of foot and ankle pain in rural areas of Madagascar where people typically do not wear shoes. 

“This is a great honor and I am grateful for all the support I have received from the Duke community and my loved ones throughout this application process,” Tasnim said. “There is a lot of exciting work being done in biomechanics throughout Asia, and I look forward to fostering collaboration between my future mentors and my current collaborators to address the global burden of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. I am eager to begin this immersive experience and develop professionally and personally throughout my Luce Year.”

Tasnim is currently the Ubben Fellow for Student Programs at Duke Alumni Affairs, responsible for connecting alumni to students seeking guidance throughout their time at Duke. He continues his research at the Duke University Animal Locomotion Lab as well.

Established in 1974 by the Henry Luce Foundation of New York City, the Luce fellowship program’s goal is to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders of American society. Eighteen scholars were chosen from among 165 nominees.

After his Luce year, Tasnim hopes to pursue a Ph.D. and return to the classroom as a professor and lab director.