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This fall, Tamar Kushnir joined the Psychology & Neuroscience faculty along with Assistant Professor Cristina Salvador. Kushnir, an expert on social learning and social cognition in young children, received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and joins Duke from Cornell University where she was Professor in the Department of Human Development. We spoke to Kushnir about her research, the Early Childhood Cognition Lab she will run at Duke, her approach to… read more about Tamar Kushnir, Bringing New Ideas on Learning and Cognition in Young Children »

A new $5 million gift from the Charles Lafitte Foundation will bolster Duke Science and Technology, the university’s signature effort to elevate excellence in the sciences, and support students’ aspirations in pursuing the study of artificial intelligence, fintech, cybersecurity, neuroscience and more. This is the second major gift to Duke from the family foundation of Duke parents and philanthropists Jeffrey and Suzanne Citron of Hobe Sound, Fla., who donated another $5 million to Duke in 2018. The largest portion of the… read more about Charles Lafitte Foundation’s $5 Million Gift Furthers a Shared Goal of Solving Challenges through Innovation »

Writing can be a solitary and lonely process for Cecilia Márquez, assistant professor in the Duke History Department. Amid teaching classes and other activities, setting aside time to work on her first book that explores the experiences of Latinos in the American South from 1940 to present can be challenging. That’s why the Duke Faculty Write Program has been a helpful resource for Márquez since she joined Duke in 2019. “To me, writing can be a very isolating process, and the challenges associated with writing can feel… read more about A Community of Writers Cultivates Collaboration »

The department of Psychology & Neuroscience welcomes new staff member Chelsea Fillippa to the role of Program Coordinator / Director of Graduate Studies Assistant (DGS-A). Having previously served as a program assistant and DGS-A in the department of Economics, she brings with her a wealth of background knowledge about the role.  Below is a Q&A introducing Fillippa to the broader community.     What is your official job title? Program… read more about Department welcomes new staff member Chelsea Fillippa  »

The Trinity College of Arts & Sciences has announced the winners of the 2021 awards for undergraduate teaching. Given each year, the awards honor exceptionally strong educators from across the college. Teaching award recipients are selected by the Arts & Sciences Council on the basis of student evaluations, teaching statements and colleague recommendations. “These four awards are bestowed by the Arts & Sciences faculty in recognition of especially outstanding teaching,” said Arts & Sciences Council Chair… read more about Arts & Sciences Teaching Awards Celebrate Excellence Across the College »

The roots of Duke’s Center for Combinatorial Gene Regulation go back to the second floor of the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences. That’s where Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Tim Reddy, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics Greg Crawford, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering Charles Gersbach have workspaces near each other. With all three harboring intense curiosity – albeit different approaches – about unlocking the human genetic… read more about Spirit of Faculty Collaboration Endures »

The department of Psychology & Neuroscience welcomes back Tiffany Yarborough in the role of administrative coordinator. Having previously served as P&N’s DGSA, Yarborough later moved to the department of Economics where she spent six years before moving to Trinity Finance. She brings with her a wide range of experience and will assist Chair Beth Marsh with a variety of activities and special projects, as well as take on some budget and HR responsibilities. Below is a Q&A introducing Yarborough… read more about Department welcomes new administrative coordinator »

The department welcomes new staff member Hallie Davis-Penders to the Neuroscience academic support team.  Davis-Penders comes to the role with a wealth of institutional experience supporting the broader academic missions of Trinity College. Below is a Q&A introducing Davis-Penders to the community.   What is your official job title? "Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Neuroscience." What does your position involve?  "… read more about Undergraduate Neuroscience welcomes new program coordinator  »

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is pleased to release the 2020-2021 Impact Report for the Charles Lafitte Foundation Program in Psychological & Neuroscience Research at Duke University. This special funding report highlights the program's achievements, including stories, data, photographs, and student testimonials. A link to the full 14-page report can be found below.  In a statement from department leadership on June 30, 2021 Professor and Department Chair Scott Huettel shared these words: … read more about Department releases 2020-2021 Charles Lafitte Foundation special funding report »

Makeba Parramore Wilbourn, Associate Professor of the Practice of Psychology and Neuroscience, has received Duke's Advisor of the Year Award. Academic Advising at Duke has upwards of 300 volunteer advisors working with first and second year students. Each year, based on feedback provided by students’ major declaration survey, advisees share their experiences working with advisors. Based on the student survey feedback two Advisors of the Year are selected: one faculty member and one staff member.… read more about Makeba Parramore Wilbourn named Advisor of the Year  »

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has awarded Leonard White, PhD, the 2021 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award. These national awards, given to only four individuals a year, recognize outstanding contributions to medical education made by gifted teachers. As associate professor in neurology at the Duke University School of Medicine, White has set the bar for medical education through impressive foresight, anticipating student needs and pioneering new approaches well ahead of… read more about Len White receives AAMC’s Distinguished Teaching Award »

Duke Today presents seven Duke-authored books pertinent to students’, teachers’ and parents’ back-to-school experiences. These explore factors related to the classroom, home, primary and secondary school, learning, teaching and more. These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Bookshop or the Regulator Bookshop. From Isolation to Conversation by Leslie Babinski Professor Leslie Babinski, director of the … read more about Six Duke-Penned Books to Prep for Back-to-School »

Mark Leary, Garonzik Family Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience, has received the 2021 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP). SESP, which has honored distinguished scientists since the early 1970s, recognizes individuals who have made unusually important contributions to experimental social psychology. Leary was chosen by a subcommittee appointed by the SESP Executive Committee. Longtime colleague Rick Hoyle, Professor of… read more about Professor emeritus Mark Leary receives SESP 2021 Distinguished Scientist Award »