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Nick Antonicci, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

My name is Nicholas Antonicci, I use the pronouns he/him/his, and I'm the Director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity here at Duke University.

Yesterday, I woke to the news of tragedy of 50 innocent people killed at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a gay bar on a night celebrating Latinx people and communities.

I struggle to put feelings and emotions into words, to put pain into soundbites that appease and comfort those around me.

I struggle with balancing immense sadness for the lives lost, with anger at the forces which allowed this to happen and will continue to happen, namely homophobia and transphobia. I balance wanting to care for others, with frustration in the ways many of those who are responding are centering the feelings of heterosexual and cis peoples.

by Monika Jingchen Hu

Professor Merlise Clyde was my first year advisor when I started my PhD in Statistical Science at Duke University. During my stressful first year, I went to talk to her about many stuff: course work (she taught two of my courses taken), life-work balance, choosing supervisor, learning English, to name a few. She is an accomplished statistician, and what’s more, she is a caring person, and I feel so lucky to have her as my first year advisor.

by Larry Moneta

I’m writing this in Chicago awaiting my return flight to RDU. Just got off the nearly 14 hour flight from Shanghai and am very happy to be back in the US. Looking forward to being home later tonight.

My visit to Kunshan and to the DKU campus was terrific. The drive with lots of traffic was just over an hour from the opposite side of downtown Shanghai, so an easy trip back and forth for students, faculty and others. The bullet train is 19 minutes from Shanghai to Kunshan! I definitely want to train there next time I visit.

by Larry Moneta

Thumbnail Seems like ages since I last wrote, but only two days. But these were quite busy and interesting days.

by Larry Moneta

Thumbnail Here I am in Wuhan…after some back and forth about schedules, we decided to fly here for meetings with Wuhan student services and international relation folks. But, I digress….

by Larry Moneta

Made it to Newark…of course, there’s a storm coming (another Nor’easter) that’s supposed to hit the area about noon. My flight’s at 12:10 pm so hoping we’ll be up and out before the disruption begins. I feel terrible for all the folks hardly recovered from Hurricane Sandy. Think good thoughts!

Quite the night last night, so not much sleep. That may work to my advantage as I try to sleep on this 13.5 hour flight. We land at 3 pm China time, which is 2 am est, so will need to will the body to adjust.

Now that we’ve settled the US presidential election (if only that meant smooth sailing ahead…), we turn our attention to the selection of the Chinese Premier scheduled over the next couple of days. Here’s some info.

by Monika Jingchen Hu

About a week ago, a Chinese female student Heng Guo in the MIT MBA program was found dead in her apartment in Cambridge, MA. Though not yet final, the reason of her death is said to be suicide.

Heng appeared to be a perfect girl among people who knew her: smart, pretty, easy-going, hard-working, determined… She had worked a few years in investment banking in New York before she started her MBA program in MIT. Her online blogs showed her consistent determination to be the best, and she never seemed to be fearful of great challenges.