About Courtney Orning, M.B.A.

Communications Director at the Social Science Research Institute.

May 3, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 59.

Congratulations to all the Duke graduates, but especially our MIDSters, who will celebrate their achievements next weekend.

Speaking of graduates, Mike Wimmer will not only finish high school as valedictorian of his class, the 12-year-old from Salisbury, North Carolina, will also graduate from college with a 4.0 GPA.

Masks will no longer be required for students, employees or visitors outdoors on campus, except in crowded areas or “gatherings where social distancing is not possible.

Here’s a tweet from @maddi_pow that could be helpful:
Academic life hack: If you’re giving an online presentation and want to be able to see your notes without looking down, the app ‘Transparent Note’ lets you overlay notes on top of your presentation while still seeing the rest of the screen!

Have a great week!

Best,
Courtney

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John Legend: Leading with love to build healthier and safer communities

New mural captures life & work at duke health during the pandemic

$6 Million Gift to Duke Supports Athletics During COVID and Improves Equity

Meghana Sai Iragavarapu: Learning character and much more

Alumni look back on their Duke experience to offer advice to the class of 2021

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Building a Healthy Community: Food Deserts and Environmental Justice Issues

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It Isn’t Just About Talking to People: Why We Need Solid Qualitative Studies When Developing and Using Patient-Reported Outcome (Pro) Measures

Wednesday, June 09, 2021
2:00 pm – 4:45 pm

From Stories to Evidence: Quantitative Patient-Preference Data for Health and Healthcare Decision Making

Friday, June 18, 2021
10:00 am – 12:45 pm

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.

Best,
Courtney

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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

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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

April 19, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 57.

I’m not a county music follower but I was thrilled to hear that Country music singer Mickey Guyton made history last night when she hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards with Keith Urban. The 37-year-old singer from Arlington, Texas, was the first Black woman to host the awards ceremony.

Mark your calendars for April 29 at 1:00 pm. To learn more about Project ROUSE, a collaborative study focusing on work and well-being, and join the discussion on how COVID19 has impacted Duke students, faculty, and staff. Don Taylor, Rachel Kranton, Duncan Thomas, and Tyson Brown make up the faculty team and this project has received lots of support from SSRI staff. Register and submit questions.

The Duke Graduate Academy offers online short courses that introduce Duke graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows to skills, tools, and knowledge that augment their regular coursework/research. These short courses help emerging scholars prepare for high-level research, innovative teaching, leadership, and/or public engagement. SSRI staff are leading some of the courses so please help spread the word!

Best,
Courtney

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What is AI and how does it work?

Duke students evaluate America’s irregular broadband access

Duke staff and faculty write nearly 70 poems inspired by a challenging year

Duke researchers are informing the debates with factual data on why and how people immigrate to the U.S., what happens after they arrive and how immigration affects everyone involved.

For the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month, a look at six Duke faculty who have published poetry collections

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Forgotten Voices: Confronting Duke Hospital’s Racial Past
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Virtual
Presenter: Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD

DUPRI Seminar~ Family Trees and Falling Apples: Intergenerational Mobility Estimates from U.S. Genealogy Data
April 22, 2021
3:30-5:00 pm
Presenter: Kasey Buckles, Notre Dame
ZOOM
Meeting access passcode (if prompted): 889323

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

April 12, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 56.

Today is Duke Wellness Day and the entire Duke community is invited to reflect, relax, and recharge on through a variety of wellness experiences that will help you prioritize self-care and focus on the present moment as we finish out the academic year strong.

We are also encouraged to complete the 2021 Duke Climate Survey on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (a reminder went out this morning if you have yet to fill it out). The data derived from this inaugural survey will be critical to the development and advancement of the University’s goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Best,
Courtney

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Duke undergraduates create peer texting program DukeLine

Student vaccination requirements for fall semester

By reservation only, the Chapel is open to students and to employees who are working on campus

CFOs Report Optimism about Economic Growth

Staff, faculty and students can access video tutorials for professional and personal development

 

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2021 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase: Session 1
April 15, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Learn more

Stereotype Threat: Worrying about Meeting Others’ Low Expectations
April 15, 2021
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register

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

April 5, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 55.

Let’s start off with some good news: US hits 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in a day for a new record.

A new session of the Duke Graduate Academy (online short courses that provide skills, tools, and knowledge that augment regular coursework/research) has been announced and many of our SSRI teammates are leading some of the courses.

One of the things I miss most about not being on campus this time of year is the Duke Gardens. After a year-long closure due to COVID-19, Sarah P. Duke Gardens plans to reopen in careful phases.

I’m always curious how other people celebrate holidays and their favorite foods/treats. Boiled eggs came in as the most liked Easter treat with 14 states listing it as their favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good ol’ boiled egg, but a Peep is more my style.

Best,
Courtney

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From a global pandemic to reckoning with inequality, winners rise to unprecedented challenges

After a year of remote work, Duke colleagues share some lessons learned

Pratt Professor Henry Petroski says US remains behind other countries in modern infrastructure

Using Data Science for Early Detection of Autism

Duke Enrolls First-in-Nation Children for Pfizer-BioNTech U.S. Clinical Study Trial in Children Under 12

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The Case for True Reparations
April 07, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr., A. Kirsten Mullen, Mike Wiley
Learn more and register

Digital and Public Durham History: Works in Progress at Duke and North Carolina Central University
April 09, 2021
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Register for Zoom link

2021 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase: Session 1
April 15, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Learn more

Stereotype Threat: Worrying about Meeting Others’ Low Expectations
April 15, 2021
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Register

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

March 29, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 54.

Thank you to all who joined the chat with Karly Ford for our SSRI Lunch-n-Learn. Since we had to host the workshop later than usual this month, we’ll skip April and get back on schedule for May.

This gives me all the feels: Giorgio Lo Porto is an Italian living in London, and on February 6, he shared a video of his new neighbor playing piano. The music is muffled behind their shared wall, but clear enough to hear. Lo Porto wrote that he left a note for the mystery neighbor, telling them he loved their music and asking if they could play “My Heart Will Go On.” And so they did.

To thank these essential workers for their service and build a more resilient workforce, Michigan has pioneered a tuition-free community college program called Futures for Frontliners.

A free COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all who want it, but supplies can be limited. It sounds like many of us at SSRI  have received our first shot, which is amazing! The goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible in North Carolina.

Best,
Courtney

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Nathaniel White Jr., one of first black undergraduates at Duke, dies at age 75

Duke sociologist Christopher Bail discusses polarization in social media and how to improve the public conversation

First university comprehensive survey on anti-racism, equity issues distributed this week

Got your COVID-19 vaccination? Still stick to masking

Working in a new normal: managing tech from a distance

Duke to restore contribution to faculty and staff retirement plan

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

Position, Power, and Property: Racial Economic Inequality in the United States
March 24, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Featuring: William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. (Duke)
More information and registration

Inequality, Racism and COVID-19
March 23, 2021
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cynthia Garcia Coll (University of Puerto Rico)
Zoom

March 22, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 53.

I hope everyone can join us for the SSRI Lunch-n-Learn this Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 12:00-1:00 pm to chat with Karly Ford from Penn State. She’ll be discussing her work on the social construction of race and gender.

I hope everyone is finding success reserving a vaccination appointment. This dashboard shows the total number of doses that have been administered by NC providers and through the federal program administering long-term care vaccinations. It is updated Monday through Friday.

Each month SSRI puts out an e-newsletter to PhD candidates in the social sciences and this month Aria Chernik was our feature for the ‘5 pieces of advice in under 5 minutes’ section. She gave some great tips!

Summer will be here before you know it, so start thinking like a DIYer and tackle some of those projects on your list.

Best,
Courtney

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Duke reports 231 coronavirus cases in one week, nearly matching total from fall semester

Duke Lemur Center recreates the seasonal swings of native habitat, helping to unlock the secrets of hibernation

Lab studies of emotion and well-being may be missing real-world anxiety

To keep students connected, duke built a ‘mini-city’ of support staff

Most elements of stay-in-place order lifted for undergraduates

Threats and optimism: the vigilance needed to get to the end of the pandemic

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

Position, Power, and Property: Racial Economic Inequality in the United States
March 24, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Featuring: William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University
More information and registration

Inequality, Racism and COVID-19
March 23, 2021
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cynthia Garcia Coll (University of Puerto Rico)
Zoom

March 15, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 52. How many weeks in a year? Yep. 52!!! I never would have guessed when I first started doing these weekly e-newsletters that I would be doing it for a year.

Even as more people are logging onto popular video chat platforms to connect with colleagues, family, and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have a warning for you: Those video calls are likely tiring you out. (This photo could easily be me).

This year has been stressful and has me feeling anxious at times, but watching this video made me so nervous! Don’t worry, Jimmy is ok.

Best,
Courtney

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12 Duke-authored books on women’s history: Duke scholars document women’s contributions to history, culture and society

Humans evolved to be the water-saving ape: New study suggests humans evolved to run on less water than our closest primate relatives

Stay-in-place for Duke undergraduate students

A family-first health benefit: Duke’s expanded parental leave policy offers new parents more time off

Next wave of frontline employees get COVID-19 vaccination: Newly-eligible duke staff and faculty started receiving the vaccine last week

How to get more out of your Outlook email: Take your email game to the next level with these five tips

SSRI faculty and staff  have received a seed grant to address participants’ understanding of racism and bias at the individual, interpersonal and institutional levels of change

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What Future for Track Two Diplomacy?
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Zoom Webinar

John Hope Franklin: Redefining the American Story
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Zoom

Women in Energy
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual panel discussion

Children Bring Their Worlds with Them: Children’s Health as a Key Racial Equity Issue
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Zoom

 

March 8, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 51.

Have you missed an issue of ‘SSRI Monday Catch Up’? No worries. Check out our website.

SSRI Lunch-n-Learn: Please save the date for March 24, 2021 @ 12:00-1:00 pm to chat with Karly Ford from Penn State. She’ll be discussing her work on the social construction of race and gender. I’m excited to have an outside speaker so I hope many of you can join! And of course we’ll have time for Q&A.

MIDS received over 900 applications and are currently reviewing materials and scheduling interviews. We’re excited to learn more about our new students!

Spring is right around the corner, so check out these 5 things to do in your yard in March.

Best,
Courtney

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Don Taylor: Are Social Scientists Real Scientists?

Patty Van Cappellen will teach PSY 318S Psychology of Positive Emotion and Experience during summer session I.

Duke starts sequencing covid genes, finds two known variants.

Alumni and retired staff turn to OLLI for online classes.

Price announces update on commencement 2021.

Working toward racial justice: Tracing stories of Duke’s first Black workers. 

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*If you want to attend this workshop, please register today!
Leveraging existing data and analytic methods for health disparities
March 9th, 10th | 9:00 AM —5:00 PM
REGISTER

Evaluation 101 – Assessing Impact and Informing Improvement
March 11th | 9:30 AM —12:00 PM
Dr. Jessica Sperling and Megan Gray
REGISTER

Senior Leaders in Higher Education Address Racism and Bias:
A Conversation with Distinguished Duke Alumni
March 9th | 3:00 AM —4:00 PM
Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (PhD’12) and George Wright (PhD’77)
REGISTER

March 1, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 50. I never thought we would get to 50 weeks. It feels like a milestone that deserves a celebration, although also a weird thing to celebrate.

So here’s some interesting scoop:
Duke University made the top ten in the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) 2021 rankings of colleges and universities by federal social and behavioral science investment. Duke came in at #9 out of more than 550 institutions, with $48,507,000 in FY 2019 funding (the most recent year for which federal data is available).

Top Recipients of Federal Social Science R&D Funding

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill* (NC) – $207,442,000 (#1 in 2020)
  2. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor* (MI) – $191,060,000 (#2 in 2020)
  3. University of Maryland* (MD) – $95,066,000 (#4 in 2020)
  4. University of Southern California (CA) – $62,945,000 (#5 in 2020)
  5. Arizona State University* (AZ) – $61,642,000 (#7 in 2020)
  6. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities* (MN) – $60,886,000 (#3 in 2020)
  7. Harvard University* (MA) – $53,884,000 (#12 in 2020)
  8. Pennsylvania State University, University Park and Hershey Medical Center* (PA) – $52,060,000 (#8 in 2020)
  9. Duke University* (NC) – $48,507,000 (#15 in 2020)
  10. University of Wisconsin-Madison* (WI) – $47,374,000 (#13 in 2020)

COVID restrictions have eased up a bit, but social distancing is still in full force. What about gondolas as private dining spaces? I like it!

If you’re feeling like you’ve got a touch of cabin fever, take a look at this menu of scenic North Carolina trips you can take without ever feeling the need to leave the safety of your car.

Best,
Courtney

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Don Taylor and Jay Pearson (both grew up in Eastern NC) talk about the differences in the perception of racialized experiences in similar geographic, temporal and social contexts.

How to better manage self-imposed deadlines: stay on schedule with advice from duke experts and colleagues

From polling place to vaccination site, the Karsh alumni building has taken on new and unforeseen roles

Patty Van Cappellen and Megan Edwards published their paper on The Embodiment of Worship: Relations Among Postural, Psychological, and Physiological Aspects of Religious Practice

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Leveraging existing data and analytic methods for health disparities
March 9th, 10th | 9:00 AM —5:00 PM
REGISTER

Evaluation 101 – Assessing Impact and Informing Improvement
March 11th | 9:30 AM —12:00 PM
Dr. Jessica Sperling and Megan Gray
REGISTER

DUPRI Seminar with Allison Aiello, UNC
Stressors, immunity, and infection: New pathways to cognitive impairment and dementia?
March 4th| 3:30-5:00 PM
REGISTER

Bass Connections Works in Progress Symposium: Session One
March 2, 2021 | 3:30-5:00 PM
REGISTER