Call for Applications: PhD Lab Scholars 2016-17

PhD lab

Deadline: July 15, 2016

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge seeks PhD Lab Scholars for 2016-2017. The purpose of the PhD Lab is to foster innovative new digital research and teaching practices in the humanities and social sciences.

In 2016-2017, PhD Lab Scholars will be expected to be enter the program with a digital project at any stage of development, attend semi-monthly luncheon workshops (on Fridays from 12:00 to 1:30 pm) for PhD Lab Scholars and invited faculty to present and get feedback on their work, and engage in a larger campus conversation about the future of digital research at Duke particularly in the humanities. The PhD Lab will also host a number of seminars and workshops on professional development topics: student-centered teaching methods, how and why to build an online professional presence, how to build a professional website, CV workshops, and practice job talks. These are not mandatory, but highly recommended for PhD Lab Scholars to attend. The PhD Lab will strive to connect Scholars to a variety of programs already on the Duke campus and in the Triangle. Special events may be held on other days of the week besides Fridays.

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge is part of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative, and is based in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Smith Warehouse. It partners with many existing programs on campus. Next year, the PhD Lab will be in its fifth year, and will be Co-Directed by Professors Philip Stern, Victoria Szabo and David Bell.

What do PhD Lab Scholars get?

  • $2,000 annual stipend
  • Assigned workspace in the PhD Lab
  • Opportunity to seek feedback on work from invited faculty and other PhD Lab Scholars
  • Access to resources and contacts through the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative and HASTAC

What are PhD Lab Scholars expected to do?

  • Actively work on a digital project and invite feedback and collaboration where useful
  • Attend luncheon workshops (usually two per month), on Fridays from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, where PhD Lab Scholars and invited faculty will present their work and seek critical feedback
  • Engage in a larger campus conversation about the future of digital research at Duke particularly in the humanities.
  • Attend other relevant professional development workshops
  • Blog about or present their work at conferences

Who is eligible to be a PhD Lab Scholar?

To participate as a PhD Lab Scholar, you must:

  • be a doctoral student in a humanities or social science department at Duke University OR in a program with a “digital knowledge” component that will benefit from a humanistic perspective OR be a MFA student in Duke’s Experimental and Documentary Media Arts program.
  • have an interest in enhancing one’s skills, ideas, and research using digital tools and new ideas of online collaboration, community, and networks
  • have a set of skills and interests that can actively contribute to the community of the PhD Lab

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application. For additional details about the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge visit or email

Note: Past PhD Lab Scholars, other PhD students at Duke, and PhD students from other universities in the Research Triangle who meet these criteria may be invited to join the PhD Lab community as Affiliates at a later date. Affiliates will be able to attend all of the public workshops and events, but are not eligible for financial support or travel grants.)


Originally published on the PhD Lab at FHI website

Post-Doc Bonnie Kaiser’s Work Blends Anthropology, Epidemiology and Humanities

Post-doctoral fellow Bonnie Kaiser joined the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) last August after completing a doctorate in anthropology and a master’s in public health in epidemiology at Emory University. Kaiser conducts global mental health research with a focus on cultural aspects of measurement, communication and intervention design, and it was DGHI’s growing global mental health initiative—along with her long-standing collaboration with DGHI faculty members Brandon Kohrt and Deborah Jenson—that drew her to Duke.

Kaiser’s PhD research, based primarily in Haiti, demonstrates how a nuanced cultural understanding of perceptions and experiences of mental illness can improve clinical communication and intervention design. Her publications have explored culturally-based idioms of distress and mental health communication, development and testing of transcultural measurement tools and treatment decision-making.

In Haiti, Kaiser explained, “people don’t talk about ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety.’ They use terms that actually mean something a little bit different, though there might be some overlap between the terms.” Understanding these differences is important, she says, because research suggests that effective communication in a clinical setting improves patient engagement with interventions, ultimately improving health outcomes. And this nuanced understanding also applies to developing, implementing and evaluating interventions.

Kaiser Looked at Resilience across Factors in Dissertation

Kaiser’s dissertation research in Haiti explored the broader topic of resilience. She conducted epidemiologic surveys to learn about people’s experiences related to mental health and resilience—including the traumatic events they experienced and their daily stressors, as well as their social supports.

From her large sample, she was able to identify two groups of people: those who appeared to have better mental health than predicted given past traumatic experiences, and those who had undergone similar exposures yet experienced mental distress as a result. She conducted follow-up interviews with about thirty participants and spent five months participating in the daily lives of eight of them to learn more about their experiences and their supports. Ultimately, her goal was to determine the factors that might explain the different mental health outcomes.

She’s currently expanding her dissertation into a book that explores the concept of “resilience” and how it can be useful as a research and public health construct to inform intervention development.

Kaiser’s Connection to Duke Goes Back Several Years

Eight years ago, Kohrt and Kaiser overlapped for a year at Emory while he was completing his PhD in anthropology. They continued to collaborate on Kaiser’s projects in Haiti as he stayed at Emory to complete his medical residency. She met Jenson through an opportunity at Duke’s Haiti Lab, which Jenson co-directs, about four years ago.

For the past few years, the three of them, along with Hunter Keys—a PhD in anthropology candidate at the University of Amsterdam—have been writing a book that examines ideas of trauma and mental health interventions in the context of Haiti. The book analyzes the post-earthquake mental health response in Haiti and critically explores assumptions about the universality of trauma experiences, suggesting instead that interventions be sensitive to the ways that individuals and cultural groups may be conceptualizing and experiencing trauma differently.

Kasier Is Helping to Launch New Health Humanities Lab

Currently, Kaiser’s main focus is developing the structure and programming of DGHI’s new Health Humanities Lab in collaboration with Kohrt, Jenson and associate global health professor Kearsley Stewart. Due to launch this fall, the Health Humanities Lab will engage students, faculty and partners in humanities questions in the context of global health through a range of activities, initiatives and resources.

“I’m really interested in how we can provide training opportunities for students to help them learn about and engage with the culture, language and history of their fieldwork sites to complement the methodological skills they’re developing through their courses,” Kaiser said. These opportunities might include web-based resources such as “cultural portfolios” developed by students and faculty members, creative partnerships to provide language instruction, seminars and conferences.

Kaiser is also involved in teaching courses and providing qualitative methods and analysis consulting at DGHI.

DGHI’S Appeal to Kaiser Is Multifaceted

Kaiser was attracted to DGHI because of its focus on global mental health and interdisciplinary research. “The way DGHI facilitates interdisciplinary interaction is so different than what I’ve seen elsewhere,” she said. “It’s so easy to interact with people in different fields here, and bringing multiple perspectives to a project is really exciting to me.” She’s especially looking forward to the interdisciplinary Bass Connections project she’ll be involved in starting this fall to establish a new global mental health integrative training program.

Kaiser also appreciates the fact that a number of DGHI faculty members conduct intervention research, an area of particular interest for her as she plans the next phase of her career. Another draw for her is the opportunity to help DGHI incorporate more qualitative methods and analysis training into the graduate curriculum. “Qualitative methods are becoming a more central part of global health work, so it’s exciting to see that DGHI is working to give students a strong foundation in qualitative research,” she said. “And I’m glad I can be a part of that.”

Originally posted on the Duke Global Health Institute website

Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Helps Launch Moogfest in Durham


Noted rapper GZA joined Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal at a panel discussion at Moogfest. Photo by Dominque Benjamin

Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E) played a prominent role in Durham’s first hosting of Moogfest last weekend.  More than 4,000 artists, entrepreneurs, futurist thinkers, musicians and engineers came to downtown Durham for four days of an eclectic variety of musical acts, panels, workshops and fun activities.

From the Bullpen in downtown Durham, just a block from the heart of the festivities, I&E was host to nine panels and workshops in the David M. Rubenstein Classroom. They ranged from artist talks to hands-on sound and video development workshops. Nearly 300 guests from all over the country and world participated in programming in the Bullpen.

Notable guests to the Duke I&E space included: CEO of the American Association of Independent Music Richard James Burgess, Steven Marks (Chief, Digital Business and General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America), Aly Khalifa of SPARKcon, Matthew Ganucheau of the Gray Area Foundation, Jennifer Juniper Stratford of Telefantasy Studios and Undervolt & Co., the global design firm IDEO, and artist Ed Bear. Duke alumnus and I&E coach Jake Stauch, founder and CEO of NEURO+, was a panelist on “Found the Future Of…,” a panel presented by ExitEvent.

Duke University and the Durham community joined together to support the festival’s first year in Durham.  Moogfest, listed as one of the top summer music festivals by Rolling Stone magazine, has previously been held in Asheville and New York City.


Here is a complete list of Moogfest workshops held at the Bullpen:

  • Sound Sculpting in a Website  – Matthew Ganucheau (Gray Area) • Hacking Sound (Systems)
  • Video Synthesis + Collaboration  – Jennifer Juniper Stratford (Undervolt & Co) • Stephi Duckula (Undervolt & Co.)
  • Software as an Extension of the Creative Process –  Andrew Benson  Undervolt & Co.
  • Founding the Future Of… Presented by Exit Event
  • IDEAS to ACTION: Exploring Creative Design Methods with IDEO  – IDEO
  • Build Your Own Optoelectronic Sequencer with littleBits  – Ed Bear • Hacking Sound (Systems)
  • New Terrain: Record Labels and the Evolving Digital Landscape – Richard James Burgess • Steven Marks
  • Sonifying Data  – Jonathan Dinu (Gray Area) • Hacking Sound (Systems)
  • Artist Talk: The Making of ‘Convergence’ – Floating Point Collective

For more information on Moogfest, go to

By Nancy Knowles; originally posted on DukeToday

Faculty Receive Bass Connections Awards to Develop Courses


Bass Connections has awarded four course development funds to groups of Duke faculty members whose pedagogical ideas will expand interdisciplinary curricular options for undergraduates as well as graduate and professional students.

This Spring an RFP invited Duke faculty, departments or schools to organize new courses or modify existing ones that align with one or more of the Bass Connections themes and are multidisciplinary, open to students at different levels and/or ask questions of societal importance. Such courses will augment theme leaders’ efforts to enrich the curricular pathways available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Managing Networks     

Submitted by Lisa Keister with Susan Alberts, Christopher Bail, Jonathon Cummings, James Moody, Martin Ruef

  • Faculty affiliations: Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (Biology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Sociology, Markets and Management Certificate Program); Fuqua School of Business; Nicholas School of the Environment (Marine Science and Conservation); Center for Population Health & Aging; Duke Institute for Brain Sciences; Duke Network Analysis Center; Duke Population Research Institute
  • Bass Connections theme: Information, Society & Culture

Networks are pervasive in the social, economic, political and natural worlds. Network data and methods – and concurrently our ability to conceptualize and analyze networks – have expanded dramatically in recent years, and Duke is a central location in which this research is being conducted. This course is about the role that networks play in organizations. It will involve multiple faculty from across schools, invite outside experts to provide guest lectures and include project-based assignments. Graduate students and post-docs from various disciplines will participate as assistants and project leaders.

Engineering and Anthropology of Biomedical Engineering (BME) Design in Uganda

Submitted by William Reichert and Kearsley Stewart

Dr. Reichert established the Duke-Makerere University in Kampala (MUK) BME Partnership in coordination with Duke BME, Duke Global Health Institute, Pratt School of Engineering, the Provost’s Office and the Duke Africa Initiative. The goal of this course is to integrate the design and anthropological elements of the Duke-MUK experience into a single course offered to both BME and global health undergraduate and graduate students. It will proceed pedagogically as a design class superimposed with the relevant anthropology of working directly with students in Uganda.

History of Global Health

Submitted by Nicole Barnes and Margaret Humphreys

  • Faculty affiliations: Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (History); School of Medicine; Duke Global Health Institute
  • Bass Connections theme: Global Health

The history of global health contains valuable perspectives for thinking through current health challenges. The course begins with the development of ancient medicine in Europe and China, and continues into the rise of biomedicine in the 19th and 20th centuries. It addresses particular diseases as case studies through which to explore important themes in global health history, and traces global circulations of people and commodities to show how international agencies, charities and governing bodies have spread both disease and the means to fight it.

Integrating Environmental Science and Policy

Submitted by Lori Bennear and Patrick Halpin

  • Faculty affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Economics and Policy, Marine Science and Conservation); Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (Economics); Sanford School of Public Policy; Energy Initiative; Science & Society
  • Bass Connections theme: Energy

Environmental challenges are inherently multidisciplinary, drawing upon principles from ecology, earth sciences, biochemistry, economics, political science and ethics. Employing in-depth case studies, this course will explore the complex interactions that characterize current environmental problems. Course objectives include: exposing students to interdisciplinary approaches to environmental science and policy; allowing students to develop analytic tools to address environmental issues; and fostering collaborative group-based analytic experiences consistent with real-world environmental problem solving.

Faculty recipients of these course development funds will be invited to share their experiences at a luncheon or dinner at the end of year.

Learn how to get involved with Bass Connections.

What Do You Get When You Cross “American Idol” with Global Health?

How does a global health policy expert help his students understand the complexity of developing, implementing and evaluating a global health policy and garnering the necessary support to move the initiative forward?

If you’re global health and public policy professor Gavin Yamey, you make it fun: you hold a policy case competition modeled after the popular television show, “American Idol,” complete with a panel of judges ready to dissect the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal. And you call it “Policy Idol.”

This month, Yamey held two Policy Idol competitions, one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students in his global health policy courses.

“I am a passionate believer in learning by doing,” said Yamey. “It’s one thing for students to learn the theories of how you achieve big changes in global health, but it’s another to actually have to apply them to a real world health problem. My hope is that Policy Idol shows students the complexities and realities of planning and implementing change—with a little fun thrown in for good measure!”

The Task

Randomly placed on eight- or nine-person teams, students were challenged to choose a neglected health issue in a country of their choice and develop a policy solution, drawing on the skills, theories and frameworks they’d learned throughout the semester. After presenting their proposal, each team received feedback from a panel of expert judges.

Each proposal had to include the following elements:

  1. A plan for getting the issue onto the health policy agenda
  2. An evidence-based policy solution
  3. A stakeholder analysis and strategies to influence these actors
  4. An implementation plan
  5. An evaluation plan
  6. A short- and long-term financing plan

The Judges

The Policy Idol judges included:

  • DGHI director Michael Merson (jokingly deemed the “Simon Cowell” of the panel for his hard-hitting yet constructive feedback)
  • Krishna Udayakumar, associate professor of global health and medicine and head of global innovation for Duke Medicine
  • Rose Wilcher, director of research utilization at non-profit organization FHI360
  • (for the undergraduate competition only) Dawn Quin-Chee, research scientist at FHI360
(From left) Rose Wilcher, Dawn Quin-Chee, Michael Merson and Krishna Udayakumar

Students Rose to the Occasion

Students embraced Yamey’s challenge, attempting to tackle a wide range of complicated issues, such as tuberculosis in South Africa, HIV among injection drug users in Ukraine, human trafficking in Malyasia and depression and alcoholism in Russia. One group created an original video, another group developed a website and active social media presence, and the group addressing tuberculosis distributed face masks to select audience members to emphasize their presentation points. Many of the groups created t-shirts, hats, pins and posters to help promote their proposals.

The winning graduate student team was “Build without Blood,” whose policy aimed to improve the health and well-being of construction workers in India through a workplace safety initiative.

“Build without Blood,” the winning graduate team

“I learned that one of the most important aspects to policy making is effective presentation,” said Prasana Khatiwoda, a second-year Master of Science in Global Health student and member of the “Build without Blood” team. “We knew our policy was good and evidence-based, but the challenge was to come up with creative ways to convince the judges. That’s why we had flyers and construction jackets. Perhaps this is what it’s like in the real world: innovative policy advocacy is just as important as innovative policy itself.”

“Farm to Family,” the team that sought to boost food security in North Carolina by increasing access to affordable, healthy food, emerged as the winner of the undergraduate competition.

“Farm to Family,” the winning undergraduate team

“The competition showed me just how difficult it is to pitch a policy that addresses the complexity of implementing global health interventions while still capturing the imagination of an audience,” reflected Christina Schmidt, a junior global health and evolutionary anthropology major and member of the winning team. “The development of our policy was truly a team effort—without every single one of our team members, our policy pitch would not have been successful.”

Judges Praised Students, Gave Constructive Feedback

The judges complimented the students on their efforts and their presentations and prompted them to consider additional factors that may have strengthened their proposals.

When announcing the undergraduate winners, DGHI director Michael Merson told the students, “You gave terrific presentations. You took on such challenging issues and they didn’t throw you at all.”

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New Grants Advance Scholarly Communities at Duke and Beyond


A May 2016 workshop of Sheila Patek’s Physical Biology of Organisms group (funded in part by ICPG and the Blumenthal Foundation), held at WildAcres, Little Switzerland, NC. Photo credit: Jake Socha

For some time, Duke faculty interested in African humanities have wanted to engage colleagues from nearby schools in ongoing scholarly conversations. “The face-to-face connections of scholars from Greensboro, Wake Forest, NC State and UNC Chapel Hill are all incredibly valuable,” said Catherine Mathers.

There was one major problem, Mathers said: “It’s a scheduling nightmare!”

One solution for Mathers’ group, Building a Triangle African Humanities Seminar, has been to meet virtually. “We are now pivoting to seeking funding for a long-term, digital community to really make it possible for something to exist without being physically in the same place,” said Mathers. “We hope that an online clearinghouse can help deepen all those collaborative relationships.”

Janet Prvu Bettger has a different challenge. She and other faculty have begun collaborating on a Global Alliance on Disability and Healthcare Innovation. “We soon realized we didn’t have the expertise in medicine and nursing alone to ask all of the right questions,” she said.

Mathers and Bettger are both part of groups that received Intellectual Community Planning Grants earlier this year to develop collaborations around shared scholarly interests. Representatives of the groups met with Provost Sally Kornbluth over dinner in April to discuss their experiences and outcomes.

“We thought you might enjoy hearing from each other,” said Ed Balleisen, vice provost for interdisciplinary studies, “and perhaps learn from each other’s successes and challenges.”

Together, the clusters of faculty represent a range of disciplines and scholarly approaches across campus, including basic and applied sciences, humanities and social sciences, theology, medicine and engineering. Group goals ranged from grant proposals, seminars and workshops to curricular development and the creation of online clearinghouses.

Many groups have now submitted applications for external funding. Some of these have already resulted in awards.

Other important outcomes have been less tangible.

“Just the recognition that there was value in our coming together was an amazing catalyst,” Bettger said. Her group asked students to mine faculty bios to find those with an interest in promoting improvements in health systems globally for people newly living with disability. This scoping project paid off. “A really interesting collection of people with diverse ideas came for an initial meeting. They brought different perspectives, from cultural anthropology to business to public policy.”

Sheila Patek’s group, Physical Biology of Organisms, is also focusing on community-building within and beyond Duke. “I could see that we had the capability in the area for an amazing cohesive community,” Patek said. “My group has focused on just getting people to know what others were doing. And instead of reaching first to far-flung colleagues, we started to think more locally.”

Patek’s group now has more than 65 members from local universities, many of whom gather in locations off-campus to learn from each other’s work.

Several efforts have directed their grant funds toward bringing scholars together in a conference format to work through complex questions. “This project will explore the significance of materiality for lived faith and the academic study of Christian theology, which has long focused too narrowly on the cognitive character of religious belief,” said Mary Fulkerson, a member of Theological Exploration of Materiality. “Such work will attend to bodies, material culture, power and other contextual elements.”

While the Intellectual Community Planning Grants don’t mandate that groups come from multiple disciplines or schools, many of the groups are finding strength in interdisciplinary connections. “Our great success was that we found people from four different schools,” said Phil Stern, “which required us all to stretch the definitions of what we were talking about.” He represented the group Hybrid Organizations: Institutions of Power between the Public and the Private.

The discussion also stressed how valuable graduate students can be in bridging disciplines, scoping for potential collaborators and making connections that can spur ideas for research projects and pedagogical initiatives.

The Intellectual Community Planning Grants opportunity will be offered again next year, with an RFP coming out in early fall.

“Putting resources into the hands of faculty so that they can engage with problems they care about is incredibly important,” Kornbluth said. “We want to continue to stimulate interesting intellectual exchange, to spark new groups and foster vibrant communities, both within and across disciplines, departments and schools.”

Intellectual Community Planning Grant Recipients

  • Women in Quantitative Sciences
    Computer Science: Susan Rodger; Mathematics: Emily Braley, Sarah Schott, Lillian Pierce; Statistical Science: Mine Cetinkarya-Rundel, Merlise Clyde, Katherine Heller
  • Building a Triangle African Humanities Seminar
    Cultural Anthropology, Music: Louise Meintjes; Duke Global Health Institute: Kearsley (Karrie) Stewart; History: Janet Ewald, Bruce Hall; International Comparative Studies: Catherine Mathers
  • Physical Biology of Organisms
    Biology: Sheila Patek, Steven Vogel; Evolutionary Anthropology: Daniel Schmitt, Christine Wall; Mechanical Engineering: Adrian Bejan; Orthopaedic Surgery: Andrea Taylor. In collaboration with faculty from NCCU, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech
  • Religious Faith, Environmental Concern and Public Policy
    Divinity: David Toole, Norman Wirzba; Law: Jedediah Purdy, Jonathan Wiener; Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions: Jonas Monast, Brian Murray, Tim Profeta
  • Environmental Justice
    Economics: Chris Timmins; Kenan Institute for Ethics: Suzanne Katzenstein; Law: Matthew Adler; Nicholas School of the Environment: Elizabeth Albright, Dalia Patino-Echevarri, Deborah Gallagher, Megan Mullin, Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Erika Weinthal
  • Ultrasound Technologies
    Biomedical Engineering: Kathy Nightingale, Mark Palmeri, Gregg Trahey. In collaboration with faculty from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State
  • The Lives of Religious Books
    Asian and Middle Eastern Studies: Ellen McLarney; Classical Studies: Clare Woods; Divinity: Maria Doerfler, Jennie Grillo; Religious Studies: Marc Brettler, Laura Lieber; Romance Studies: Martin Eisner
  • Philanthropy in Comparative Contexts: Learning and Giving
    Economics: Crauford Goodwin; History: Sumathi Ramaswamy; Kenan Institute for Ethics: Suzanne Katzenstein; Law: Guy Charles, Maggie Lemos; Sanford School of Public Policy: Kristin Goss
  • Hybrid Organizations: Institutions of Power between the Public and the Private
    Fuqua School of Business: Aaron Chatterji; History: Phil Stern; Kenan Institute for Ethics: Suzanne Katzenstein; Law: Rachel Brewster, Barak Richman; Nicholas School of the Environment: Erika Weinthal; Political Science: Tim Büthe; Romance Studies: Elvira Vilches; Sanford School of Public Policy: Tana Johnson
  • Counting Justice: The Social Matter of Statistics
    Cultural Anthropology: Diane Nelson; Mathematics: Paul Bendich; Statistical Science: Sayan Mukherjee; Women’s Studies: Gabriel Rosenberg, Ara Wilson
  • Human Rights Archive Acquisition
    Cultural Anthropology: Robin Kirk, Rebecca Stein; Library: Danette Pachtner, Patrick Stawski; Nicholas School of the Environment: Erika Weinthal
  • Open-Source Platform for Advancing the Capabilities and Applications of 3D Printing at Duke
    Chemistry: Benjamin Wiley; Electrical and Computer Engineering: Steven Cummer, Michael Gehm, Jeff Glass; Radiology: Joseph Lo
  • Cancer TECH
    Biomedical Engineering, Duke Global Health Institute: Nimmi Ramanujam; Community and Family Medicine: Kathryn Pollak; Duke Global Health Institute: Gavin Yamey; Pharmacology and Cancer Biology: Timothy Haystead; Medicine/Cardiology, Biomedical Engineering: Geoffrey Ginsburg; Medicine/Infectious Disease, Duke Global Health Institute: John Bartlett; Medicine/Internal Medicine, Duke Global Health Institute: Krishna Udayakumar
  • Triangle Microbial Ecology Supergroup
    Biology: Rytas Vilgalys; Civil and Environmental Engineering: Marc Deshusses; Nicholas School of the Environment: Dana Hunt, Jennifer Wernegreen; Molecular Genetics and Microbiology: Lawrence David. In collaboration with colleagues from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State
  • A Collaboration of Molecular Synthesis with Theory, Modeling and Simulation
    Chemistry: David Beratan, Amanda Hargrove, Jiyong Hong, Qiu Wang, Weitao Yang
  • The Role of Academic Achievement and Social Inclusion in Broadening STEM Participation
    Social Science Research Institute: Lindah Mhando. In collaboration with colleagues from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State
  • Theological Materiality
    Art, Art History and Visual Studies: Annabel Wharton; Nicholas School of the Environment (Emeritus): Norm Christensen; Religious Studies: David Morgan; Systematic Theology and Black Church Studies: J Kameron Carter; Theology: Mary M. Fulkerson
  • Global Alliance on Disability and Healthcare Innovation (GANDHI)
    Biostatistics and Bioinformatics: Liz Turner; Duke Global Health Institute: Kearsley Stewart, Gavin Yamey; Nursing: Bradi Granger; Orthopaedic Surgery: Janet Prvu Bettger, Adam Goode; Surgery: Catherine Staton

Originally published on DukeToday

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program


Deadline: June 3, 2016

Junior faculty members interested in a research career in women’s health are encouraged to apply. Underrepresented Minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Duke University offers equal opportunity to all applicants without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, handicaps or national origin.

Please submit a Letter of Intent (required)
We will contact you within 5 business days of receiving your Letter of Intent to let you know if you are eligible to submit a full application.
Full Application due by June 03, 2016


The Duke University School of Medicine and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) are recipients of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) grant. The BIRCWH program is led by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), along with nearly a dozen other NIH Institutes and Centers. The BIRCWH is a K12 Institutional Training Grant that provides junior faculty at Duke or NCCU 75% salary support (50% for surgical specialties) for up to $100.000 per year for a minimum of two years. The program provides research development support to pursue research careers related to women’s health and builds upon existing interdisciplinary faculty relationships to foster productive and innovative collaborations.

The purpose of the BIRCWH Faculty Development Program is to promote the career development of junior faculty pursuing interdisciplinary research in Women’s Health leading to an independent scientific career that will benefit the health of women, including sex/gender similarities or differences in biology, health or disease. The BIRCWH also aims to strengthen the Women’s Health Research enterprise at Duke and NCCU. The BIRCWH Program provides advanced training, mentoring, and career guidance. BIRCWH research spans the entire spectrum of Women’s Health topics, and the program is open to all types of clinicians and non-clinicians.

PI of the Duke/NCCU BIRCWH award:  Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D.
Site-PI NCCU:  Kevin P. Williams, Ph.D.
Research Director: Amy Murtha, M.D.
Program Coordinator:  Friederike Jayes, Ph.D.
Forward any questions to BIRCWH Program Coordinator 

BIRCWH Advisory Board 
BIRCWH Mentors 

Online Courses:  “The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health”

Duke/NCCU BIRCWH Scholars