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Isabella Wang
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Guyana
This week let’s visit Guyana, a country located in northeastern South America. Indigenous peoples inhabited Guyana before European settlement, and named the land guiana, or land of the water.

 

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Rebecca Melaku

Leping Sun is a Law student participating in the Duke Language Partners (DLP) program this semester, along with Preston Bowman, an undergraduate student studying Neuroscience. DLP matches non-native speakers with native speakers of various languages for weekly conversation exchange. As language partners, Leping is able to practice speaking English, while Preston can practice speaking Chinese. Beyond developing their language skills during their weekly conversations, they’ve been able to deepen their understanding of each other’s culture by conversing about a variety of topics, from anti-procrastination tips to their shared love for music and cooking.

Read their interview below to learn more about their experience as Duke Language Partners.

Where did you grow up and what languages did you grow up speaking?

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Jewish Life at Duke
From funny, personal stories of his mother’s reaction to his research awards – “that’s very nice, Bobby, but it’s not the Nobel” – to wise advice about mentorship and persistence, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz delighted over 200 viewers who tuned in to his virtual interview at Jewish Life at Duke with former Blue Devil David M. Rubenstein ’70 earlier this week. The conversation, introduced by Emma Mehlhop ‘21, a Jewish senior studying Economics and Global Health, was an entertaining and insightful peek inside the life and work of the cardiologist turned legendary scientist whom the Swedish press corps dubbed “the happiest Laureate.” Lefkowitz shared stories of his career path, family and personal life, and how his Jewish values shaped his life.
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Rebecca Melaku
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Vietnam is bordered by Laos and Cambodia to the west, China to the north, and the South China sea to the east and south. Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, is located in the northern region of the country where it is home to around 4.7 million people. The rest of Vietnam’s 97 million inhabitants are dispersed across the fertile river delta regions of the north and south. Annam Cordillera, Vietnam’s major mountain range, stretches across the western side of Vietnam.

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Parent and Family Programs

This has certainly been a challenging week on campus. With students in quarantine and isolation (Q/I) having recently reached an all-time high at Duke, we thought it would be valuable to share more information about campus testing and quarantine/isolation, answer common questions, and reinforce the supports your students will receive should they be required to quarantine or isolate.

We know that no one would choose to be in Q/I if it was not necessary, and we recognize how hard it is to have your loved one far away under these conditions. Even if your student has to be in their room without others during Q/I, they are never alone. There are so many people, offices, and structures in place here at Duke to make sure your student is supported and cared for.

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Isabella Wang
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This week we visit UAE, a federation of seven states in the Middle East

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Rebecca Melaku
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Located on the western coast of South America, Peru is a country with varied geography and stunning scenery. As the third-largest country in South America, Peru stretches over several geographic regions, including the western coast of South America that meets the Pacific ocean, the Sierra highlands of the Andes that’s home to around half of the country’s population, and the jungles of the Amazon. Peru is bordered by Ecuador, Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, and Chile.

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Women's History Month Dinner

In honor of National Women's History Month the Marketplace team has created a menu that is a collection of recipes from a variety of women's suffrage cookbooks. The cookbooks were created as both a fundraising and political tool, but also provided a powerful voice communicating to women not only about food and the ideals of home and family life, but also about women's right to vote. Please note that the menu items below list the names of the historical women that created them.

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Isabella Wang
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This week we visit Monaco, a sovereign city-state located along the Mediterranean Sea in the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera).

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Molly Weeks, Ph.D.

No matter where college students are living and learning, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted daily life. As a result, the well-being and mental health of students is of keen interest to parents, families, and universities worldwide. Between November 1 and 16, 2020, the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) Research team invited all Duke undergraduates to share their experiences with academics, social relationships, stress, mental health, and well-being during the fall semester, and 1,015 students responded (15.4% response rate). To provide context and a point of comparison for student responses during COVID-19, we drew on data from previous research conducted at Duke during more typical times[1].

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