November 23, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 37.

MIDS is in full swing with their admissions process. In just a few months we’ll be sending admissions offers to a brand-new group to join us at Gross Hall. Speaking of Gross Hall, sounds like we won’t be back anytime soon. Duke has received lots of praise on their aggressive COVID testing during the pandemic and are currently working on contingency plans for spring semester. Our own Director was quoted in the latest write up.

Please mark your calendar for the next SSRI Lunch-n-Learn: December 2nd @ 12 :30 pm. We’ll watch and discuss “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”. So no homework or planning ahead for this one. Just jump on the Zoom to join.

Saw-whet? Apparently a little someone hitched a ride to NY in the Rockefeller Center Tree. With fluids, food, and a cozy blanket, the little guy is expected to make a full recovery. Maybe we expected too much of this year’s tree? It’s 2020 and that’s a lot of pressure.

If you are curious what the most popular side dish is this week, it’s mashed potatoes. For North Carolina it’s Mac-n-Cheese (no surprise there—it’s a fave in my house) and in Maine it’s a side salad. Come on Maine, step up your side dish game!

Please stay safe and make good choices this week. We want everyone to stay healthy.



Newsy Stuff

We have a handful of staff teaching in the Graduate Academy this winter. Lots of great courses and love seeing our team being part of this effort.

An aggressive COVID-19 surveillance and testing effort at Duke University was highly effective in minimizing the spread of the disease among students on campus, according to a case study appearing Monday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Have you fallen into habits you’d like to change? Duke experts share helpful strategies.

Don’t be alarmed if you voted on election day and your vote doesn’t show yet on the state’s voter history search tool.

A new study (with SSRI) generated insights into how frontline clinicians perceived machine learning models and the barriers to integrating them into clinical workflows. These findings can inform future efforts to implement machine learning interventions in real-world settings and maximize the adoption of these interventions.

Aria Chernik is leading the Duke 2030 Design Sprint where students will learn the principles and praxis of open design (an equity-focused variation of design thinking) while developing recommendations to share with the Duke Strategy Team 2030 convened by President Price and Provost Kornbluth.

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