April 26, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 58.

Today is ‘Hug a Friend’ day. Hugs have traditionally been given in many scenarios: as a greeting or goodbye, for sympathy or congratulations, and for gratitude, support, and affection. The word “hug” seems to have come from “hugga,” an Old Norse word meaning “to comfort.” “Hug” was first used around 1610, to describe a wrestling hold. It began being used for its current meaning in the 1650s. So be sure to get that vaccine if you want to hug your friends again!

Check out the latest issue of PHDigest, our monthly e-newsletter focused on PhD candidates in the social sciences at Duke University. This month our guests include Jared Clemmons and Professor Daniel Xu.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so don’t wait until the last-minute struggling to find that perfect gift. I’m a big fan of Etsy for unique and personalized gifts, and it’s always a plus to support small businesses.


Newsy Stuff

Duke community gathers to reflect on Chauvin verdict and the history of violence against Black Americans

Eight Duke scholars examining the mental health effects of the pandemic

John Legend to deliver 2021 commencement address

A group of neuroscientists and machine learning experts are developing new ways to analyze animal movement and behavior to gain insights into the inner workings of the nervous system

Last night out on campus for the class of 2021


Story Circle Train the Trainer (participants need to only register for one)
April 28, 2021 or May 19, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Featuring: Darla K. Deardorff who will lead a training experience to build intercultural competencies based on her newly released Manual for Developing Intercultural Competencies: Story Circles, published by UNESCO and Routledge
Registration Link for April
Registration Link for May

Using the NIA Health Disparities Framework to Optimize Equity in Aging Research
May 21, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Featuring: Patricia Jones (NIA), Tyson Brown (Duke) and Kimberly Johnson (Duke)
Registration Link

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