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Duke President Nan Keohane and Coach Mike Krzyzewski with President George Bush
Duke President Nan Keohane and Coach Mike
Krzyzewski met with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office of the
White House at a reception celebrating Duke's national men's
basketball championship
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The highlight of the 2000-2001 academic year was an unprecedented on-campus collaboration to complete a comprehensive academic plan entitled Building on Excellence. Key strategic priorities proposed in this ambitious document include strengthening science and engineering, intensifying the use of technology, and expanding Duke’s relationships globally and locally. An 18-month effort led by Provost Peter Lange culminated in February when the Duke University Board of Trustees gave its unanimous approval. Building on Excellence will guide our actions and resource mix during the next five years as we anchor and strengthen Duke’s position among the handful of leading research universities.

In keeping with that panoptic approach, much of this year’s report will focus on university-wide goals and examples of what we’re doing to achieve them. But first, let me point to a handful of notable accomplishments of the past year at Duke.

Interdisciplinary initiatives

Building on Duke’s unique strengths, in October 2000, we formally established the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, a $200 million initiative that will bring together Duke researchers in medicine, physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering, with scholars from business, economics, ethics, public policy, and religion. Together they will advance society’s understanding of the complex issues and enormous potential associated with the genomic revolution. Appropriately, this is the largest single academic undertaking since the founding of the university.

Also this year, we established a new interdisciplinary center in the humanities and social sciences involving some 15 Duke programs. Named after our James B. Duke professor emeritus and the foremost chronicler of the African-American experience in our nation, the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies is housed in the former Hanes Annex dormitory, now marvelously transformed into an elegant and functional facility with access to the most current technology. Its computer equipment and multi-media electronic capabilities already are helping faculty and students investigate complex social problems – consistent with Professor Franklin’s vision of learning from the past so we can build a more humane and just society for the future

Class of 2004

The Class of 2004 turned out to be the academically- strongest in the university’s history, as well as the most diverse. Some 200 of our entering students ranked first in their high school classes, with 450 being among the top five. Recognizing the proven value of diversity as an educational imperative, we are gratified by this cohort’s record percentages of African-American and Latino students. Our efforts to identify and attract outstanding students from our home state were also successful – 16 percent came from North Carolina, the most since 1986. At the same time, we sharpened our international focus, welcoming students from 33 countries as far afield as Korea and Kuwait, Jamaica and Japan, and Brazil and Bangladesh.

Remarkable undergrads

Matthew Baugh, Angier B. Duke scholar
Matthew Baugh (T '01)
also won a Truman Scholarship, which recognizes academic accomplishments, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in public service.

Matthew Baugh, an Angier B. Duke scholar from Raleigh, North Carolina, became Duke’s 30th Rhodes Scholar, marking the eighth consecutive year that a Duke student was selected for this singular honor. You may have heard Matthew interviewed on National Public Radio about his work in Haiti with doctors and policymakers. To help educate that nation’s neediest citizens, he wrote and sang songs in Creole with messages about breast-feeding and treating intestinal worms. {Duke also boasted four more Rhodes scholars in 2001.]

Baugh also was selected to join USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team. In an unprecedented showing, Duke’s Pooja Kumar of Pennsylvania and Brian Skotko of Ohio joined Baugh on the 20-person team of top graduating seniors whose intellectual achievement and commitment to service caused them to be singled out.

Another team of Duke undergraduates – senior John Clyde of Idaho and juniors Nathan Curtis of Virginia and Kevin Lacker of Ohio – took first place among 434 teams in the prestigious William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. This is the third time since 1993 that a Duke team has won this math award, the academic discipline’s equivalent of the Final Four in basketball.

These were not the only students who captured a national championship. The rafters in Cameron Indoor Stadium now host jersey number 31 in recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments of Shane Battier, college basketball’s Player of the Year and the leader of Duke’s 2001 NCAA championship men’s basketball team. The year also marked the 500th victory of coach Mike Krzyzewski. In recognition of his many contributions, we honored him with the naming of Coach K Court in Cameron. And, once again, Duke athletes led the nation’s Division 1-A teams in graduation rates.

Super-achieving faculty and deans

Our faculty continue to make their mark on history as well. Duke faculty and researchers garnered a record $356 million in 2000-2001 to support important scholarship in areas as diverse as lung and heart disease, underwater mountain towers, hummingbirds, and gun control. Three faculty members – John Aldrich, former chair and professor in the Department of Political Science; William Chafe, history professor and dean of the faculty of arts and sciences; and Ariel Dorfman, professor of literature and Latin American studies – were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Romance Studies Professor Alice Kaplan won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history for her work The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach. Professor Alex Keyssar’s The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States, a finalist in the same category, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

The quality of our graduates correlates directly not only with the quality of our faculty but with the leadership of our deans. In January, we announced the selection of finance professor and entrepreneur Doug Breeden to succeed Rex Adams, who stepped down after five years of strong leadership at the Fuqua School of Business. Accounting Professor Robert Ashton was named the new dean of the Fuqua School of Business Europe, succeeding Tom Keller at Duke’s first inter-national campus in Frankfurt. In March, the trustees approved the appointment of James B. Duke Professor William Schlesinger, whose work on CO2 gases is pivotal to understanding global warming issues, as dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, succeeding founding Dean Norm Christensen.

In July, we welcomed back Dr. R. Sanders Williams as the new dean of the School of Medicine and vice- chancellor for academic affairs in the medical center. Sandy is a distinguished scientist, academic administrator, and teacher whose research has garnered international attention. In other medical news, Robert Clapp, Jr. was named chief operating officer of Duke Hospital, Michael Burke from KPMG Peat Marwick was named the hospital’s chief financial officer, and Dr. Matthew Ellis was named director of Duke’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Cancer Program.

 

   

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