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Thursdays at noon during the academic year, Duke University professors hold live online "Office Hours" to answer your questions. This weekly "Office Hours" webcast series aims to bring the insights of Duke faculty members to anyone with an Internet connection and an interest in the ideas emerging on campus. Topics have included brain-machine interfaces, the power of retail brands, the legacy of Michael Jackson and the ecology of Antarctica. Learn more at www.dukeofficehours.com.

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Thursdays at noon during the academic year, Duke University professors hold live online "Office Hours" to answer your questions. This weekly "Office Hours" webcast series aims to bring the insights of Duke faculty members to anyone with an Internet connection and an interest in the ideas emerging on campus. Topics have included brain-machine interfaces, the power of retail brands, the legacy of Michael Jackson and the ecology of Antarctica. Learn more at www.dukeofficehours.com.

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    Environmental Effects on Cognitive Development

    Environmental Effects on Cognitive Development

    In January, Duke announced the Bass Connections initiative to encourage students and faculty to collaborate across traditional academic boundaries and to develop the broad expertise and perspective needed to tackle complex societal problems. The effort now has 37 teams of students, faculty and partners outside the university working in areas such as energy, global health and brain and society.

    Members from one of the teams will participated in a live "Office Hours" webcast conversation Dec. 10, 2013, to discuss their project, as well as their experience with the Bass Connections approach to education and research.

    Participating in the webcast was Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, a professor of pharmacology and cancer biology at Duke's School of Medicine; Craig Dane Roberts, assistant director of education at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences; and Rachel James, a senior neuroscience major.

    The three are part of a Bass Connections cross-disciplinary team exploring how best to convey recent scientific discoveries on environmental effects on cognitive development. For their project, they are developing educational materials that explain how smoking during pregnancy not only harms a woman’s baby but also her future grandchildren. In doing so the team is translating insights from the emerging field of epigenetics into language and graphics that are accessible to a lay audience.

    "Office Hours" is a live webcast series for the university community and others to engage with Duke scholars and their research.

    • 27 min
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    Using the Clean Air Act to Address Climate Change

    Using the Clean Air Act to Address Climate Change

    In an attempt to address global changes in climate, the Obama administration plans to use the Clean Air Act to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The first set of proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations -- aimed at reducing power plants' carbon emissions -- is due by Sept. 20.

    In this live webcast conversation, three Duke scholars discussed the legal, political, environmental and economic implications of the proposed regulations.

    Participating in the conversation is Jonas Monast, director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; Robert Brenner a senior fellow at the Nicholas Institute; and Jonathan Wiener, the William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School.

    In announcing this summer his intention to use the Clean Air Act to limit greenhouse gas emissions, President Obama said, "For the sake of our children, and the health and safety of all Americans, I'€™m directing the Environmental Protection Agency to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from our power plants, and complete new pollution standards for both new and existing power plants."

    "Office Hours" is a live webcast series for the university community and others to engage with Duke scholars and their research.

    • 30 min
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    'Moral Mondays' Protests

    'Moral Mondays' Protests

    Hundreds of people have been arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building as part of the "Moral Mondays" protests against policies by the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory. Five of those people -- Duke professors Willie Jennings, Robin Kirk, Bill Turner, Jed Purdy and Bill Chafe -- participated in a live webcast interview about the protests Monday, July 1. Also joining the conversation was Duke alumnus David Graham who wrote a recent article for The Atlantic about the protests, which compared North Carolina's politics with those of Wisconsin's two year ago.

    • 45 min
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    Gauging Corporate Financial Optimism

    Gauging Corporate Financial Optimism

    Duke finance professor John Graham and CFO Publishing vice president Celina Rogers discuss the latest results from the Duke/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey. Duke Fuqua School public relations manager Erin Medlyn hosts the conversation.

    The survey found U.S. businesses trail their global counterparts in terms of how much importance they place on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. Nearly half of U.S. chief financial officers rate CSR and sustainability as moderately important or very important items in their business strategies. By contrast, the rating in Europe is 63 percent, 67 percent in Asia, 76 percent in Latin America and 83 percent in Africa.

    Also, optimism among CFOs about the U.S. economy is now above the long-run average for only the second time since 2007.

    • 28 min
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    More on Human Evolution

    More on Human Evolution

    Duke's Steven Churchill and an international team of colleagues published the second wave of papers in the journal Science from their analysis of two South African specimens called Australopithecus sediba. He is joined by his colleague, Boston University's Jeremy DeSilva, in describing the latest findings in a conversation hosted by Duke's Karl Bates. This latest round of analysis goes deeper into several areas of the anatomy of the two spectacularly complete A. sediba specimens and turns up some surprises.

    • 28 min
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    Becoming a Doctor

    Becoming a Doctor

    What does it take to get into medical school and to excel once you have been admitted? In a live "Office Hours" webcast interview, Dr. Ed Buckley, vice dean for education for Duke's School of Medicine, discusses the MCATs, medical school applications and the future of medical education.

    Duke's School of Medicine's curriculum differs from some other medical schools. Students study the basic sciences for one year instead of two, giving them the opportunity to devote their entire third year to a scholarly research project. Students care for patients during their second year.

    In his role as vice dean for education, Buckley oversees the development of the medical school curriculum. He was instrumental in developing the school's new Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education and has worked closely with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore to create a research-oriented medical school in Singapore modeled after Duke's curriculum.

    Buckley, who attended Duke for both undergraduate and medical school, is a professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics and division chief for pediatric and neuro-ophthalmology. His research focuses on treatment of complicated eye muscle problems and congenital cataracts. He has published six books, 35 book chapters and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.

    "Office Hours" is Duke's live webcast series for the university community, and others, to engage with professors about their research and scholarship.

    • 28 min

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