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Fight BAC and Stay Well


Many of us have had it.  That feeling in our stomachs that doesn’t bode well, the cramps and the wave of nausea that we know is coming.   That feeling is usually caused by some unwanted bacteria, a virus or even toxins from something being off in the food that we ate. Food safety is a national concern addressing a range of issues from ethical treatment of animals to antibiotic resistant bacteria, GMOS etc.,  but most commonly it refers to reducing risk of food borne illness.  48 million Americans report foodborne illness each year which results in 128,000 hospitalizations per year and 3,000 deaths per year.

How do we fight BAC (bacteria)?  There are four basic things you can do:

1) Wash your hands before eating (sing two verses of happy birthday before rinsing off soap),
2) Ensure that food is stored at an appropriate temperature (below 40 ° F and above 140 °F),
3) Cook your food well and separate chicken and meat from other foods in preparation to avoid cross contamination. 
4)  Know how long to keep your food. Out of fear of eating something “bad”, we tend to throw out a lot of food, not knowing how long it will keep – past that expiration or sell by date. In an attempt to reduce risk of food borne illness and reduce food waste, the USDA has developed a new app which answers that age old question of “how long can I keep foods before I need to toss them out”. The app is called the “Food Keeper”.

I have to admit, for someone who isn’t a big app user, I downloaded this one as well. – it’s definitely a keeper.

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Announcement of Nominees and Recipients

Congratulations to the following students, organizations, faculty and staff, who have been recognized for their leadership and service!
Mark your calendar: award recipients and nominees will be celebrated at IN THE SPOTLIGHT on April 16, 2015, at 4 pm at the Arts Annex. The event is open to the Duke community.

Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards

Trish Ike
Laxmi Rajak
Jamie Bergstrom
Emma DeVries
Trish Ike
Rosie Nowhitney
Anthony Olawo
Laxmi Rajak
Lauren Taylor

Baldwin Scholars Unsung Heroine Award

Dr. Suzanne Shanahan
Jessica Alvarez
Hope Arcuri
Zeena Bhakta
Nourhan Elsayed
Jaclyn Grace
Farzain Rahman
Dr. Suzanne Shanahan
Gloria Tomlinson

Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award

Ileana Astorga
Ileana Astorga
Jennifer Garand
Quinn Holmquist
Quang Nguyen
Alice Reed
Corey Vernot

Student Org Line-Up

Black Student Alliance 
Environmental Alliance
Muslim Student Association

Up & Comers
Black Women's Association
Blue Devils United
Camp Kesem of North Carolina
Duke International Relations Association
International Association
Le Bump
Sigma Gamma Rho
Students of the Caribbean Association

Star Advisor Award

J'nai Adams
Alec Greenwald
Mehdi Emamian
Kearsley Stewart
Tearria Beck-Scott
LB Bergene
Joan Clifford
Liraz Cohen
Leslie Digby
Courtnry Fauntleroy
Peter Feaver
Deona Hatley
Debbie Lo Biondo
Sean Palmer
John Rawls
Kathy Shipp
Allison Shumar
Adam Tomasiello
Xiao-fan Wang
Marianne Wardle
Jerrica Washington
Kristin Wright
Bin Yin

Julie Anne Levey Memorial Leadership Award

Luke Duchemin
Aishu Ramamurthi
Priya Sarkar
Amir Williams
Drake Breeding
Luke Duchemin
Kimberly Eddleman
Chinmay Pandit
Aishwarya Ramamurthi
Riley Rearson
Priya Sarkar
Sarah Turner
Shadman Uddin
Moses Wayne
Amir Williams

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 

Rasheed Alhadi
Rasheed Alhadi
Emily Du
Leena El-Sadek
Thomas Fitzpatrick
Lucas Metropulos
Simardeep Nagyal
Bailey Sincox

Class of 2018 Awards

Advocacy Award
Tionne Barmer
Olivia Bowles
Taylor Jones
Chandler Phillips

Innovation Award
Canyon Dell'Omo

Raul Buelvas Award
Andrea Lin

Service Award
Michaela Stith

Spirit Award
Jonathan Osei

William J. Griffith University Service Award

Outstanding Contributions to the Duke Community
Jonathan Hill-Rorie
Jennifer Moreno
Lauren Reuter
Elisa Berson
Jaclyn Grace
Jonathan Hill Rorie
Tiffany Lieu
Jennifer Moreno
Lauren Reuter
David Robertson

Outstanding Contributions to the Durham and Local Community

Catherine Blebea
Cecelia Mercer
Catherine Blebea
Raisa Chowdhury
Joshua Latner
Cecelia Mercer
Amy Trey

Outstanding Contributions to the Global Community

Lucas Metropulos
Titilayo Shodiya

Student Affairs Distinguished Leadership and Service Award

Building Alliances through Collective Engagement

Jaclyn Grace
Jaclyn Grace
Stefanie Engert

Commitment to Diversity

Daniel Kort
Karina Santellano
Zeena Bhakta
Charlotte Ke
Daniel Kort
Jennifer Moreno
Karina Santellano

Respect for Community

Lizete Dos Santos
Catherine Blebea
Lizete Dos Santos
Jenna Lanz
Lucas Metropulos

Expanding the Boundaries of Learning

James Tian


Umer Ahmed
Rasheed Alhadi
Abena Ansah-Yeboah
Anika Ayyar
Sebastian Baquerizo
Elizabeth Barahona
Evan Bell
Zeena Bhakta
Eeshan Bhatt
Erin Butrico
Nur Cardakli
Leah Catotti
Pim Chuaylua
James de Giorgio
Anita Desai
Stephen DiMaria
Rinzin Dorjee
Leena El-Sadek
Noura Elsayed
Mina Ezikpe
Nicolena Farias-Eisner
Jeff Feng
Riyanka Ganguly
Gabriela Gomez
Yossra Hamid
Katie Hammond
Jonathan Hill-Rorie
Samantha Holmes
Rebecca Holmes
Kathy Hong
Trish Ike
Sydney Jeffs
Teresa Ju
Safa Kaleem
Anna Kaul
Joe Kreitz
Michael Laskowitz
Anna Li
Lin Liao
Grace Lim
Leo Lou
Yvonne Lu
Chloe McLain
Jackson Moore
Eliza Moreno
Manish Nair
Brittany Nanan
Lauren Nathan
Quang Nguyen
Cam-Ha Nguyen
Vinai Oddiraju
Ogechi Onyeka
Chandler Phillips
Sania Rahim
Martin Ramirez
Shruti Rao
Dana Raphael
Zalika Sankara
Karina Santellano
Jordan Schermerhorn
Mali Shimojo
Sammi Siegel
Elliott Smith
Sri Sridharan
Sean Sweat
Carine Torres
Amir Williams
Jessica Witchger


Duke Support
WomC Campus Impact Award
Betsy Alden
Jessica Alvarez
Savanna Hershman
Shajuti Hossain
Eliza Moreno
Sania Rahim
Duke Support
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

WomC Community Impact Award

Imari Smith
Imari Smith
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

WomC State Impact Award


WomC National Impact Award

Alissa Anderegg
Alissa Anderegg
Janie Long
Dana Raphael

WomC Global Impact Award

Korrine Cook

Korrine Cook
Kendall Covington
Risa Pieters

For more details, visit


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Love the Planet with Every Bite

Earth Day is coming up and at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke we’re celebrating it on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th.  While we’d love you to take part in the events those days and throughout the month, it’s important to think about sustainability on a daily basis.  We only have one earth after all!

Here are 5 tips to incorporate impactful lifestyle changes into your life.

1.       Buy local and in season products.  When you purchase local food items, not only does that produce use less fuel to get to you (think less of a carbon footprint), but you reap the nutrition rewards.  Why’s that?  In-season produce is at its nutrient and flavor peak.  While you’re on campus, check out the Duke Campus Farm and get involved by helping with a farm work day.  It’s a great chance to spend time outside and meet new friends, all while assisting the farm.   Did you know that the produce grown at DCF is used in both Marketplace and Penn Pavilion?  If you eat off-campus, head to the Durham Farmers’ Market.  They even have a helpful chart to let you know what’s in season when.

2.       Think outside of the box.  Make note of the items that you use frequently (i.e. oatmeal, nuts) and see if you can buy them in bulk at places like The Durham Co-Op or Whole Foods.  This will save packaging material each time you buy.

3.       Bring your bags.  When you shop, use reusable grocery bags rather than plastic. 

4.       Go organic when possible.  Organic produce means fewer pesticides, which is much better for the environment.  We understand this swap can be costly, so prioritize first with “The Dirty Dozen”.  These items tend to test high for pesticides so are a good place to start going organic.  The DD includes apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries and sweet bell peppers.  Can’t make organic happen?  Choose items in the Clean 15-these choices typically have the least amount of pesticides.

5.       Veg Out.  If plant-based meals aren’t part of your weekly rotation, start with Meatless Monday.  Vegetarian protein sources, such as beans and tofu, are much easier on the environment than meat.  DYK that cutting out 1 burger a week is like driving your car for 320 less miles?  Remember that balanced eating is important, even when eating vegetarian-based dishes.

We’d love to hear what you do to make a difference with your fork (or spoon).  Please leave a comment below!


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Student Health Services, Graduation, and Summer Health Fees

Congratulations to all graduating students!

The Student Health Fee for Spring Semester 2015 EXPIRES at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 15th. This means that all Duke students who have paid the Spring Fee can continue to utilize Student Health Services (SHS) through May 15th. Depending on your status at Duke, there are different rules that apply after that date. If you are:

Graduating on May 10th – After May 15th, you can no longer be seen as a patient at the SHC. You must find another source for health care. The only exception to this is if your SHC provider requests that you follow up for a condition for which you were seen prior to May 15th.

Taking summer classes at Duke – Students who are taking summer classes pay the Summer Health Fee each term.

            Summer Term I                        May 13 – June 25                    $121.00

            Summer Term II                      June 29 – August 9                  $121.00

            Summer Term I and II             May 13 – August 9                  $242.00

If you are taking classes for the first term or both terms, you can continue to utilize SHS uninterrupted. If you are taking classes during the second term only, you must elect to pay the first term health fee to be allowed to utilize SHS between May 15th and the start of the second summer term. Likewise, if you are only taking classes during the first term, you must elect to pay the second term health fee to continue to utilize SHS throughout the whole summer.

Not taking classes, but staying in the area – Students who will return to Duke for the Fall 2015 Semester but are not taking summer classes can elect to pay the Summer Health Fee, utilizing SHS uninterrupted between Spring and Fall Semesters.

Prescriptions, Refills:

Prescriptions can be renewed at the discretion of the prescribing provider for up to 30 days after graduation (e.g. June 10, 2015). After June 10th, only returning students can have prescriptions written or phoned in by SHS providers.

Medical Records:

Students may request that copies of their records be forwarded to other providers. Appropriate release will be required. For more information, visit our website:  http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/studenthealth, click on Forms & Policies and look under the “Clinical Forms” section. Alternatively, you may call 919-681-9355 and press menu option 6.


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Healthy Skin from the Inside Out

Well that warm golden blob in the sky has finally decided to appear and it is actually starting to feel like spring. This of course means that warm weather clothing is making an appearance along with more skin.

Skin is an organ just like you heart or liver (in fact it is the largest organ of your body), but it’s easy to take for granted.  You might think that slathering on expensive lotions is the best way to keep skin healthy and looking its best but the real work begins on the inside.

Here’s a quick guide to foods that help you have great looking healthy skin:

Foods high in Vitamin A- Experts agree that vitamin A is one of the most important components of healthy skin cells. Where do you get it? Low fat dairy foods. Here’s why-some people lack the ability to convert beta carotene found in carrots and other veggies to Vitamin A so going directly to the source is your best bet. Vegan or just don’t do dairy? No fear, the majority of non-dairy milk alternatives has just as much A as their dairy counterpart.

Don’t forget about yogurt either. Since yogurt with live culture is good for your digestive tract it’s also good for your skin. Happy gut equals good digestion and glowing skin.

Foods high in anti-oxidants- Think blues, deep reds and purples or berries, plums, red and black beans. These foods help protect damage to skin caused by free radicals which can be caused by sun exposure.

Healthy Fats-Fats are a key component of healthy cell membranes so remember to include fats like salmon, nuts, flaxseed, avocado and olive oil in your diet.

Water- Well-hydrated skin is healthy looking skin and hydration happens from the inside. So drink plenty of water each day, especially in extremes temperatures.

We don’t want to minimize the need to protect your skin from the damage caused by sun exposure, dermatologists recommend using a sun screen with an SPF factor of 30 or greater.

Enjoy these sunny days! 


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CAPS Pledge of Support

In response to recent actions of racism that have been coming to the surface on campus, and in recognition that such unacceptable behavior is not isolated to this instance or this campus, CAPS would like to re-iterate our pledge of support to our students and the campus community.

CAPS Pledge of Support

When our community is shaken by tragic or abhorrent events on campus or beyond, CAPS’ staff wants to acknowledge the impact of these events on the students we serve.  As believers in every human being’s potential for healing and growth, we hold firm to the values of inclusion, multicultural diversity and social justice. We believe in empowering all people – including those who are marginalized and oppressed – to act together to challenge injustice, to condemn discrimination, and to promote a common humanity of equitable treatment and social cooperation.

We seek to foster a community that is safe for all students.  Just as reactions to controversial events vary across campus, they also vary among the CAPS staff.   We are each uniquely affected and respond with an array of complex emotions and viewpoints. At the same time, we strive to understand and respect perspectives that may be different from our own. Therefore, we join voices in making this pledge to all Duke students: your perspectives, values, and experiences will be welcome at CAPS, you will be safe, you will be respected, and you will be heard. 

We want to remind you that you are not alone and that there are a variety of services available to support you through arduous times.  We applaud the tireless efforts of campus organizations, student groups, and committed individuals who provide spaces for discussion of all forms of inequality at our university and in our world.  We invite students to access these many resources.  We also invite you to reach out to CAPS as needed for emergency walk-in appointments, individual or group counseling, or tailored outreach programs by request.  We can be reached by phone at 919-660-1000.  To learn more about us, please visit http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/caps/about-us.

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Looking for a job for the fall? Work for UCAE!

Work with UCAE!

Opportunities at the Arts Annex 
Position: Front Desk Operations
Support the daily operation of the Arts Annex and the vibrant arts community that calls the Arts Annex home.
If you want a fun, open, creative environment to work in please email Wlm5@duke.edu

Position: Arts Annex Marketing Assistant
Support the Arts Annex marketing plan, social media content creation, graphic design, and the Arts Annex monthly newsletter.
Experience in marketing and design is extremely encouraged.
For more information email Wlm5@duke.edu

Opportunities with Launch
Position: Launch Agent
As a Launch agent, you can expand your skill set in advising, project planning, and leadership!
Here's a clip to see more of what Launch does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=286TgwrrxGA
A commitment of 2 consecutive semesters is required as well as 8 work hours per week including a weekly meeting on Wednesdays from 3-5pm.
Apply at tinyurl.com/applytolaunch by April 3rd or email dukelaunch@gmail.com

Opportunities with The Source
Position: Source Expert
The Source needs more awesome team members!
Find out more information here via Duke List (
https://dukelist.duke.edu/posting/show/52204), or email Ali Shumar at allison.shumar@duke.edu

Opportunities with the UCAE Front Desk
Position: Front Desk Operations
Assist with the daily front desk reception duties each week. This is a unique opportunity to support the UCAE staff, while gaining first-hand experience in Student Affairs.
If you are interested in this position, please send an email to Allyson Hemric detailing: Your qualifications, experience with UCAE, why you are interested in the position, and hours of availability.Contact Allyson Hemric in UCAE: Allyson.hemric@duke.edu, 919-684-4741.

Opportunities with the Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
Postion: Work creatively, gain social media skills and real world office experience. Apply to be on the UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action's Operations or Creative Team.
Apply on Duke List
Creative Team:
Operations Team:

Opportunities with DIDA
Position: Show off your marketing skills and help the Duke community effectively communicate via graphic design, photography, videography, web design, social media strategy, copy writing, and marketing consulting.
Apply via Duke List



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Got Milk? … What Kind?

Walking into Joe Van Gogh a few mornings ago, I can’t say I was very surprised to see macadamia nut milk being advertised as the newest addition to the menu.  In February, coffee-giant Starbucks started offering coconut milk, and just a quick trip to the Lobby Shop presents you with rice, almond, and soy alternatives to your classic dairy staple.  Alternative milks are trendier than ever, but before you get swept up in this cow-less chaos (or strain your brain pondering how to milk an almond), it’s important to evaluate the nutritional differences that exist amongst the plethora of dairy-free options.

Cow’s Milk:

After coming from the cow, traditional milk is pasteurized (heated, then quickly cooled) to kill bacteria.  Then, depending on the type – non-fat, 1%, 2% or whole – the liquid is “skimmed” to remove a certain percentage of milkfat.

A cup of dairy milk contains between 90 and 150 calories (depending on the milkfat level), and is a good source of protein with 8 grams per cup.  Dairy milk ranges between 0 to 8 grams of fat and contains 12 grams of naturally occurring sugar per cup. A cup of cow’s milk contains 30% of the recommended daily value of calcium and is fortified with vitamin D.

Why vitamin D you ask?

Vitamin D is necessary for the body’s absorption of calcium.  It’s also important to note that D is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning your body needs to consume some fat – either in or alongside the milk – for effective absorption.     

Nut Milks (Almond, Cashew, Macadamia):

Nut milks are made when almonds, cashews, or macadamia nuts are blended with water and later strained.  This liquid is then enriched with nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin E.  It’s helpful to think of nut milks more like nut “teas” – these liquids contain the flavor of the nuts but, due to the straining process, lose most of the fat and protein typically associated with the nuts themselves.  Unsweetened nut milks have fewer calories than dairy milk (~30 cal/cup) but also less fat and protein (2g fat, 1g protein/cup).  Nut milks have more calcium than milk (45% daily value) due to the fortification process.    

Soy Milk:

Soy milk is made in a similar fashion to nut milk – soy beans are pressed into water, insoluble fiber is removed, and vitamins and minerals are blended into the liquid.  Unlike nut milks however, soy milk largely retains the soy protein with 7-8 grams per cup, comparable to dairy milk.  Most soy milks contain around 100 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 45% of your daily calcium per cup making it quite similar to low-fat dairy milk.    

Rice Milk:

Rice milk is made by boiling brown rice with water, pressing the substance through a mill, straining, and lastly, fortifying with calcium and vitamin D.  A cup of rice milk has a calorie count close to dairy milk (90-120 calories) but contains little to no protein and is low-fat (2.5 grams).     

Coconut Milk:

Non-dairy refrigerated coconut milk (not to be confused with canned coconut milk, which is a high-fat cooking ingredient rather than a beverage) is made by husking coconuts and pressing the pulp to release a cream that is blended with water and fortified with vitamins and minerals.  Unsweetened coconut milk has fewer calories than dairy milk (around 45 per cup) while containing 5 grams of fat, but no protein.  Like other alternative milks, coconut milk contains more calcium than dairy milk (45% of DV), but this is due to fortification.

So, how to choose the milk that’s right for you? 

In terms of calorie count and calcium, these milk varieties are all very similar.  Your first key consideration then should be allergens – avoiding lactose, nuts, or soy if necessary.  Next, think about protein – dairy and soy milks can serve as protein sources while other milks cannot.  Third, think about fat – remember you need some fat to absorb vitamin D and calcium.  Finally, it’s necessary to mention taste!  It’s important to be aware of sweetened and flavored alternative milks; just like sweetened and flavored dairy milk, these versions contain added sugars and can tack on empty calories.  


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IHouse 50th Anniversary - World Music Night

I hesitated at the threshold wondering, ‘Is this the right place?’ Then a group of smiling faces greeted me and I was welcomed into the Duke International House family. That was four years ago, at the IHouse Intl Spouse / Partner Orientation. As I was reminiscing thus, SangHee’s voice brought me to the present with a ‘Hello everyone, Good evening!’ It was World Music Night, part of the 50th anniversary celebration of IHouse, where we were treated to eight wonderful performances and (you guessed it!) a quiz.

‘To me, music is like breathing’ – Huda Asfour, (postdoc, Biomedical Engineering department) got the show started with an Arabic song accompanied by the rich notes of the Oud (Arabic instrument) that she played. Next performance was her own composition that conveyed the feeling of ‘being unsettled’. You can listen to more of her songs here.











‘To me, music is a means of expressing my thoughts and emotions’ – Bryan Somaiah, (undergraduate, Trinity College) got the attention of the audience with his sweet voice, simple lyrics and soft notes of the acoustic guitar.
‘Music is energy for life’ – Duke Dhoom (dance team of undergrads and grads) took to the dance floor with a spring in their step. Their performance was so energetic and lively that we had to grip our seats to stop ourselves from getting up and dancing.

World Music Quiz – Lisa Giragosian (IHouse) tested the audience on their knowledge (in my case, ignorance) of world music by playing songs from different countries. Needless to say, the closest I got was identifying the continent from which the music came. So, no prizes for me.

‘To me, music is happiness’ – Pratiksha Sharma (Undergraduate ’18) sang a Nepalese song about unrequited love, in her soothing voice.

IHouse Divas – Annette Moore, Li-Chen Chin held the audience spellbound with their mellifluous rendering of ‘The Round of Leprechauns’ and ‘Tap Dancer’ on the flute and clarinet.

‘To me, music is the Food for Soul’ – Rimli Sengupta (spouse of Duke postdoc), in keeping with the season, harmonized a melody about the onset of spring, followed by an emotional English song ‘Leaving on a jet plane’. Her voice touched us gently like a breath of fresh air.

‘Music is happiness and passion’ - Devil’s Reject (undergraduates) had the audience clapping to their A Capella singing of popular songs like ‘Are you coming to the tree’ and ‘I’m Yours’.

Racemates – Duke Indie Rock and Progressive Folk band played some great music for us. Check out their facebook page for more info. Special thanks are due to them for managing the sound system, the entire evening.

Thank you IHouse, for the musical jamboree and for reminding us that: ‘Music is the universal language of mankind’ – H W Longfellow.


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Even in Spain, I'm Reminded of Duke

Spain. El extranjero. Of course things are different here. But halfway through my semester, I find myself noticing similarities to the gothic wonderland. Here are a few of my observations on the subject…

1) At Duke, people run to make the bus. Here, the students run for the trains. (And like Dukies, are well acquainted with the doors shutting in your face.)

2) Here, too, there is construction everywhere. (Look familiar?)

3) Students here also love coffee. So much that you can get fair trade brew out of a vending machine. Yes. A vending machine. Duke, step up your game!

4) It’s not just in the Blue Zone where people find creative ways to make the most of the space in a parking lot. How did they even get out of the car with that tree right there?

5) Also similar is the random, weird-looking cats wandering around—like the ones that live on West. Where do they come from?! And why do they look at you like that, like they know something. Watching...

6) The Duke Chapel ain’t the only striking church at night.

7) Spanish sports fans know how to dress for the occasion. (Perhaps they learned from us Blue Devils?)

8) They take my breath away. I was walking around the other night and it hit me, as it often does (but not often enough) on campus: I am so very lucky to be here.


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