Duke University

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday questioned the appropriateness of an email sent by a Duke University medical school administrator warning Chinese students to speak in English.

Asked about the controversy, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang compared it to a Chinese university demanding that English-speaking students talk only in Chinese.

"If a Chinese university required that American students not use English to communicate, I think this would not be normal," Geng said at a daily briefing.

Duke University School of Medicine

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University's medical school has issued an apology and launched a review after an administrator admonished students over speaking Chinese in a school building.

Megan Neely, who served as graduate studies director in the biostatistics master's program, wrote an email Friday urging students to "commit to using English" in the building housing the program.

The U.S. House Republican's version of the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act threatens to eliminate a major tax benefit for graduate students. Now some area graduate students are speaking out against it.

Duke University's endowment could take a hit if the Republican tax plan passes. The bill includes a new excise tax on universities whose endowment fund is valued more than $100,000 per student. That could amount to a $10 or $15 million annual tax for the university, according to Duke spokesman Michael Schoenfeld.

New research from Duke University shows that in states that have a widespread job loss, college attendance drops significantly among its poorest students.

Duke and UNC Basketball Coaches Blast HB2

Mar 17, 2017
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Duke and UNC’s men’s basketball teams begin their march for championships today in the NCAA tournament.   But instead of getting a home state advantage, they’ll have to travel south of the border.  Because of House Bill 2, the games will be played in Greenville, South Carolina instead of Greensboro.  The NCAA pulled championship events from the state because of the law, which is still on the books.  Repeal efforts are faltering.  

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has previously called the law "embarrassing."  He spoke on the situation yesterday.

A new Duke University study has found high levels of selenium in fish at two lakes near Duke Energy coal-ash sites in North Carolina. But Duke Energy says its own studies have found no problems with fish from the lakes.

University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price will take over as Duke University’s new president on July 1, 2017. Duke’s Board of Trustees made the selection Friday morning.

Price told the Duke community on Friday afternoon that the institution is ready to face a watershed moment for research universities.

Earlier this year, a federal court ruled deemed two of North Carolina’s Congressional districts unconstitutional due to racial gerrymandering. That case is to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Duke University researchers have developed nonpartisan ways to draw districts and evaluate their fairness.   

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US Senator Richard Burr is facing criticism for leaked audio revealing several controversial remarks he gave to a private gathering of supporters.  The tape obtained by CNN caught Burr joking about a gun magazine with Hillary Clinton on the cover and wondering why there wasn’t a bullseye on her.  Burr has apologized for that comment.  But also in the tape, Burr makes this comment regarding the Supreme Court.