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Molecular Modeling Techniques Aid Exploration of Environmental Contamination

Molecular Modeling Techniques Aid Exploration of Environmental Contamination

As a Ph.D. student in Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health, Kirsten Overdahl is exploring the occurrences and biological effects of emerging environmental contaminants in indoor environments. To further her dissertation research, she sought to purchase software to implement machine learning-based molecular modeling to predict chemical behaviors. Overdahl was among 18 Duke University students who received Graduate […]

Graduate Student Network Imagines a World with Sustainable Energy for All

Graduate Student Network Imagines a World with Sustainable Energy for All

The Global Energy Access Network (GLEAN) is an interdisciplinary group of more than 50 Duke graduate and professional students who aim to advance sustainable solutions to address the world’s energy access challenges. Housed at the Duke University Energy Initiative, GLEAN received a Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN) grant in 2016-17 and a follow-on […]

Stretching beyond Their Disciplines, Graduate Students Gain New Perspectives

Stretching beyond Their Disciplines, Graduate Students Gain New Perspectives

Last year 19 Duke graduate students received 2016-2017 Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) from the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. The disciplinary homes of these students ranged from engineering, environment and biology to history, theology and medicine. A key feature of Together Duke, the university’s new academic strategic plan, GSTEG allows […]

Workshops Lead to Unexpected Opportunities for Doctoral Student

Workshops Lead to Unexpected Opportunities for Doctoral Student

Last fall Brenna Forester (Ph.D. in Environment, Nicholas School of the Environment) participated in two workshops hosted by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) in Knoxville to inform her dissertation research in the emerging field of landscape genomics. She was among 19 Duke students who received Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) […]

NanoEarth Training Gets Doctoral Student Deeper into Water Research

NanoEarth Training Gets Doctoral Student Deeper into Water Research

Mark River is a Ph.D. candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment working in the Duke University Wetland Center. For his dissertation research on how phosphorus is transported by particles in stormwater, he wanted to tap into the resources at Virginia Tech’s National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NanoEarth). River was among […]

Marine Conservation Student Brings a Social Science Angle to Coral Reef Project

Marine Conservation Student Brings a Social Science Angle to Coral Reef Project

What do managers of coral reefs need to know about coral restoration methods before they start new restoration projects? Elizabeth Shaver, a Ph.D. candidate in Marine Science and Conservation at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, set out to answer this question in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and The Nature Conservancy. […]