February 22, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 49.

Have y’all had a chance to listen to Pauli the Podcast, the podcast about Pauli Murray, Durham-based civil rights activist? If not, you should. Google her and then go listen. She’s a civil rights activist, a lawyer, a women’s rights activist, Episcopal priest, an author…the list goes on.

I’m all for nature but I’m pretty sure I would have reacted just like this reporter if a herd was coming toward me.

When we get back to the office, how about we invest in these biking desks? This totally beats the stand-up desk.

Speaking of back to work: Aline Holzwarth talks about the return to the office post-pandemic stating that research shows the optimal balance of remote and in-person work at 60-80% of work outside the office.

Best,
Courtney

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How We’re Coping: Between COVID-19 and trying circumstances near and far, the past year has given Don Taylor of his share of stress and anxiety.

Hot off the press! Lorrie and Menna have a paper published: “How faculty discipline and beliefs influence instructional uses of writing in STEM undergraduate courses at research-intensive universities.”

Researchers are measuring global inequities in vaccine distribution — and they have solutions.

Record cold has left millions without power and drinking water.

Have you met Felix, the newest addition to the Duke Lemur Center?

NC leaders talk across difference about how to best address K-12 education needs during COVID-19

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Events
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Leveraging existing data and analytic methods for health disparities
March 9th, 10th | 9:00 am—5:00 p.m.
REGISTER

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

DUPRI Seminar with Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt, Duke University:
Charting mental disorders from childhood to midlife
February 25th| 3:30-5:00 PM
ZOOM

February 15, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 48.

Happy Monday!

These videos of people and their Zoom filters just never gets old. A livestream of a virtual court proceeding in Texas took an “appawling” turn when a lawyer appeared as a cat on screen. I can’t make this stuff up…

My youngest kiddo let me know it’s National Hippo Day today (sounds official to me), so increase your knowledge about hippos with these 5 facts.

Lots of great events coming up and many that are from SSRI staff and affiliates, so be sure to check out the list.

Best,
Courtney

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Caring From Afar: the frustration of Valentine’s Day in a Pandemic.

History Professors Discuss the Evolution of Racism in America.

Myth vs. Fact: If I’ve had COVID-19, do I need the vaccine?

Masks, distancing, hand-washing crucial for reopening schools.

Bass Connections team creates computer science curriculum for North Carolina elementary schools.


“The Add Health Parent Study: Overview & Initial Findings”
February 18th | 3:30-5:00 pm
Dr. Joe Hotz, Duke University
ZOOM

Reflections on Race and Medicine During the Year of COVID-19 and Beyond
February 18th | 12:00—1:00 p.m.
Dr. Damon Tweedy, Duke University
ZOOM

Discussing Structural Inequality and Systemic Racism Closer to Home
February 15th | 5:00—6:30 p.m.
Dr. Jay Pearson and Dr. Abdullah Antepli
REGISTER

Leveraging existing data and analytic methods for health disparities
March 9th, 10th | 9:00 am—5:00 p.m.
REGISTER

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

February 8, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 47.

Who watched the Super Bowl?

Ok, who actually watched the game?
Now who just tuned in for the commercials or to watch The Weeknd?

Wearing masks is great, but please cut the strings before throwing out.

In case you needed a reason to feel good about humanity today, a college student used some of his GameStop profits to buy several Nintendo Switch systems for a children’s hospital.

Also, in case you missed it, here’s a new tool for North Carolinians to find COVID-19 vaccine distribution locations. There is also a way to sign up for notifications when your group is eligible (and to determine which group you are).

Best,
Courtney

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Our Evaluation team is leading a workshop: Evaluation 101 – Assessing Impact and Informing Improvement on March 11.

Aline Holzwarth (CAH) talks about equity in the workplace and caregiving.

BARU is hosting a conference: Leveraging existing data and analytic methods for health disparities research related to aging and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Duke mental health experts offer advice for rough times.

Learning Innovation announce Carry the Innovation Forward, a new seed-funding initiative for faculty who seek to use experiences from pandemic teaching to innovate the future of teaching and learning at Duke.

Should you double mask? Experts also address variants, vaccine challenges.

10 Duke-authored books on Black history.

February 1, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 46.

This Wednesday we welcome the team of TRHT (The Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Duke University) to lead our SSRI Lunch-n-Learn. They will be hosting a facilitated dialogue on the TRHT framework which guides the local work happening at Duke and the national movement that spans 14 TRHT Communities and 25 additional TRHT Campus Centers.

“We look forward to creating and sharing an imaginative space with our SSRI colleagues so we can collectively think through how we can embody truth (narrative change), racial healing (relationship building), and transformation (multi-level change) within our lives and networks.”

These discussions are so important and work best when we have a lot of participation, so please try and participate if you can. It’s super informal so bring your lunch and hop on the call! The chat will begin at 12:30 pm and you can join us on Zoom. Hope to see your faces soon. Ok, guilt trip over…

Did everyone enjoy the snow we got last week before it all melted oh so quickly? St. Louis Zoo penguins also enjoyed the fluffy stuff and got to take a trip through the snow to visit polar bears.

 

 

Duke faculty are always writing papers and books but I didn’t realize so many also dabbled in fiction.

 

 

 

Spring is right around the corner, but with this pandemic still impacting our social lives, you may welcome some ideas on what to do virtually.

Continue wearing those masks, take breaks during the workday (a short walk can do wonders for your mental state), and stay connected to friends and family as safely as possible.

Best,
Courtney

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Duke Faculty Fight for Latinx Communities Hit Hard by COVID-19.
Veteran Duke scientist and executive R. Sanders “Sandy” Williams has been named interim Vice President for Research and Innovation. He will succeed Lawrence Carin, who is leaving Duke to become the provost of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

Research from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill suggests that schools can consider returning to in-class instruction if they mitigate COVID-19 transmission on campuses, despite the level of COVID-19 cases occurring in the community, especially when students, teachers and staff consistently wear masks, wash their hands, and practice physical distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

President Vincent Price and other Duke leaders let faculty and staff know, during a virtual conversation last week, that Duke remains in a comparatively stable position both financially and in protecting campus health during the pandemic.

Duke experts share tips to prevent voice problems due to more virtual calls.

As part of the university’s anti-racism efforts, Provost Sally Kornbluth is offering a new funding opportunity to support faculty scholarship on “Reckoning with Race, Racism, and the History of the American South.”

January 25, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 45.

Remember when I first started doing these weekly emails and I was saying, “Oh my gosh, it’s week 15!” Now we are on week 45. 4. 5. How did we get here so quickly?

President Vincent Price has invited faculty and staff to a series of online Leadership Conversations to address concerns about the new semester. Join the conversation today at 3:30 p.m.

A new tool is available through myRESEARCHhome to guide Duke’s research community to policy, process, and helpful resources throughout a research project lifecycle. This new tool, myRESEARCHpath, brings together information from over 35 research support offices across the institution so researchers can easily access the information they need to navigate tasks from idea generation to project closeout.

I’ve been following a new account on Instagram: @corporatenatalie (if you are really hip, you can also find her on TikTok but let’s get real, I’m not that cool). Some of her reels about work are so relatable. Watch her latest clip and remember to take time off and unplug—you’ve earned it!

Best,
Courtney


Put yourself in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Let’s fill our Cameron Indoor Stadium mosaic throughout the season. Start off by sending us your favorite Duke Basketball photos from past years. Then each game day, send us up to 10 gameday photos of you cheering on the Blue Devils.

These strategies can help you get the most out of your home workouts.

Brian Southwell on misinformation vs. disinformation: What to know about each form of false information, and how to spot them online.

Forty-nine students and 27 faculty/staff tested positive out of 21,542 tests administered.

Please encourage students to apply now for a 2021-2022 Bass Connections Project Team: Duke students from all levels and schools are invited to check out the new Bass Connections project teams for 2021-2022.

DUCIGS is hosting an event: Rethinking Diplomacy Program. Be sure to register if you are interested in the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

Duke adds two 40-foot electric buses to its campus fleet; the buses are expected to go into service this week.

January 19, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 44.

The bells of the Duke Chapel carillon will ring at 5:30 p.m. today as part of a nationwide tribute to remember and honor people who have died of COVID-19. Viewers are invited tune in to an online presentation of the remembrance on the Duke University website at duke.edu. You can also keep track of how each state is holding up during this pandemic.

I recently read this article on vaccinating Cherokee language speakers alongside frontline health care workers. The negative impact this pandemic is having on communities is pretty powerful.

Many people are feeling extremely anxious about the inauguration this week. If you have kiddos, they’ve most likely noticed too. This is a teachable moment.

On a lighter note, have you found it difficult to get a haircut? Or maybe you’re feeling creative and bold and using this time working remotely to try something new? Don Taylor has grown an impressive pony.

Best,
Courtney

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34 students and 28 faculty/staff tested positive out of 10,287 tests administered.

Q&A: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Remote Work and More in 2021.

The plans have been adjusted a bit for virtual participation, but all systems are a go for Research Week 2021 at Duke, Jan. 25-29.

Consistency, sunlight and vigilance can help you get through challenging times.

Kevin White, Duke’s vice president and director of athletics, will retire in August from the position he has held since 2008.

As the Biden administration prepares to transition into the White House Jan. 20, a former Blue Devil is playing an important role.

January 11, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 44.

So. Many. Feelings. I’ve been unable to focus and doing way too much ‘doomscrolling’ (Is that a word? It is now.) and trying to process everything that has happened in the past week.

Eighty-four NC counties are now considered “red zones,” with critical levels of viral spread. Another dozen counties are “orange zones” under the state’s three-tier alert system, with substantial spread. Wake and Durham counties are among those orange zones. Ack! Stay safe everyone.

Governor Roy Cooper has stated that the 10:00 p.m. statewide curfew would remain in place through January 29th as coronavirus continues to rage in North Carolina. I’d like to see more people wear their masks over their nose, please. Masks dangling from your ear or just over your mouth won’t work.

So today is National Clean Your Desk day. Who makes these days up you may ask? I haven’t a clue, but a good excuse to get the home office in shape!

Raise your hand if you are already planning some trips when things go back to “normal’. No need to feel pressure going international when there are so many amazing places so close! Check out this great round up of places to visit (and I love that Swansboro, NC is on the list;)

Best,
Courtney

Newsy Stuff

As pandemic wears on, colleges and universities grapple with how to survive.

Shruti Desai named associate vice president of student affairs for campus life.

Vice President for Research Lawrence Carin will be leaving Duke at the end of February to become the Provost at KAUST, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

Duke faculty discuss domestic terrorism, Trump, disinformation and social media.

Two Duke Gardens educators show how you can make a family activity out of exploring different kinds of tree bark to help identify trees in the wintertime.

Duke researchers have been trying to reverse-engineer vintage saxophone sound, using X-ray imaging and 3D printing.

Seeking community and classic Duke experience, some first-years opt to move from West to East Campus in spring.

January 4, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 43.Well helllloooowww 2021! 2020 was pretty disappointing but there were some good things that happened. Let’s refresh:

  • Finland moved to give new Dads time off with their newborns.
  • Congo discharged its last Ebola patient.
  • Dogs trained to protect wildlife have saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa.
  • People around the world rose up to protest police violence and racial injustice.
  • Crayola unveiled new inclusive skin-tone crayons.
  • The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s effort to end DACA.
  • The Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ employees are protected by civil rights employment statutes.
  • Thanks to stay-at-home orders, animal shelters are emptier than ever.
  • Polio was officially eradicated on the African continent.
  • Asian Americans scored big in Major League Baseball.
  • Scotland became the first country to make period products free.
  • The COVID pandemic drove a record drop in global carbon emissions in 2020.
  • The 2020 election saw the most voter participation in 120 years.
  • The election led to historic wins for LGBTQ+ people and women of color.
  • It was actually areally great year for space exploration.
  • Hundreds of religious leaders called for a ban on conversion therapy.
  • Thanks to the COVID vaccine, the biggest vaccination campaign in history has begun.

I’d also like to introduce you to the “Rainbow Girls” (although they also answer to “Little Ladies”). A group of seven-year-olds in my neighborhood that live on the same cul-de-sac and whose families have formed a ‘pandemic pod’ so they can play safely with one another. Santa brought them all mopeds and we love spotting them cruising around. Rumor has it that plenty of other kids want to join so they are eagerly awaiting everyone to get their vaccine so they can expand the group.

Best,
Courtney

 

Newsy Stuff

I’ve been waiting impatiently for this official announcement: Flash is finally dead. Here’s how to remove it from your computer.

How have your life, your family, your hopes and fears transformed since the start of this global pandemic? The Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation is part of a national movement whose mission is to dismantle the belief in a hierarchy of human value based on race. Your voice will become part of the fabric of how our society thinks about COVID-19.

How do vaccines work to protect our health? With help from the Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI), here’s a short course on how they are developed.

If you are interested in survey research, please take a moment to register for the Future of Survey Research Conference.

A group of UNC physicians dance in thank-you video to staff. Will Duke do their own video? My guess is yes 😉

December 28, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 42.

In just a few days we’ll be saying goodbye (or good riddance) to 2020 and ushering in a new year. The best piece of advice I’ve received heading into 2021 is to get aligned with your goals and be brave enough to make new choices. I’m so proud of all our accomplishments this year and I cannot wait to see what we do in 2021!

Best,
Courtney

 

Newsy Stuff

The Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Duke has created a visitor response project in conjunction with RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! by artist Carrie Mae Weems. This outdoor exhibition is both hopeful (“Don’t Worry, We’ll Hold Hands Again”) and forceful—especially in its reminder that COVID-19 is more lethal to communities of color. The Duke TRHT Center will provide analysis and interpretation of visitor responses.

The Future of Survey Research Conference will gather an interdisciplinary group of researchers from a wide range of academic fields and industries to discuss innovations in social, behavioral, and health surveys. If survey research is your interest, please join!

MIDS is the middle of crazy admissions time! They have been putting together webinars to help prospective students get a glimpse into what it means to be a MIDSter.

Governor Roy Cooper visited the Duke University School of Medicine to tour the COVID-19 vaccination area. He was greeted at the door by Faye Williams, a retired VA nurse and now visitor screener at Duke, who was the first person in the Triangle to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Director of Duke Human Vaccine Institute talks about the many continuing questions researchers still have about the COVID-19 virus and why Americans should have confidence in the safety and durability of the vaccine.

 

December 21, 2020

Team SSRI,

Week 41.

The Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign is in full swing, although they are taking a much different approach this year asking for donations. I know many of us have been talking about becoming more involved and making a difference in our community. This is a difficult task during a pandemic, but contributing to this campaign would be a great start! What if we each gave a small amount? I’m talking $10 each. It sounds small but once you add it up, our team could make a big impact.

Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked a blunt question during a forum hosted last week by the National Urban League: “Can you talk about the input of African American scientists in the vaccine process?” Fauci did not hesitate when giving his answer: Kizzmekia Corbet (a Hillsborough, NC native). Another bragging moment for NC!

I hope everyone has a great holiday and enjoys time with family (as safely as possible of course). ‘SNL’ just did a hilarious skit that has resonated with a lot of Moms (I too have been given the robe for Christmas). If you’re a fan of the show and its humor, take a few minutes to watch.

Best,
Courtney

 

Newsy Stuff

Jim Moody and Dana Pasquale are working on a CDC-funded “Snowball Study” by using social network science for contact tracing and health disparities.

Last week marked a historic moment as Duke as healthcare workers began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

With multiple COVID-19 vaccines on the way in the United States, public health officials now face the daunting challenge of convincing skeptics to actually get the vaccine.

Here are five things to know about the vaccine and what this means for Duke and for North Carolina.

Duke University has received a $1.5 million gift to expand and enhance behavioral health and wellness for Duke student-athletes.

840 students admitted out of 5,036 early decision applicants, the most ever at Duke.

President Price provided an update on spring semester.