Christina Chia in the Franklin Humanities Institute writes: Those of you in our social media orbit may have already seen the announcement of “Humanities Writ Large,” a major new Mellon Foundation Grant that promises to significantly strengthen the humanities at Duke, particularly in the area of undergraduate curriculum and research. The FHI Humanities Lab initiative is a key element of the grant, so we’re especially excited! Here are some highlights from the press release:
Durham, NC – A new endeavor at Duke University aimed at changing the role of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum is being funded with a five-year, $6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The “Humanities Writ Large” initiative also will support visiting scholars and new faculty appointments, undergraduate research efforts, humanities labs, and focused support for interdisciplinary collaborations across departments and institutions.
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Daphne Ezer, a Duke University senior who has already developed into a full-fledged computational biologist, has won a Marshall Scholarship to complete two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom.
Ezer, 21, of Norfolk, Va., plans to use her award to pursue a doctoral degree in genetics at the University of Cambridge.
“Daphne is the epitome of the deep intellectual accomplishment and potential that the Marshall Scholarship program seeks to recognize and cultivate,” says Duke computational biologist Alexander Hartemink, who supervised Ezer’s undergraduate research.
The Marshall Scholarships, which were established in 1953 to commemorate the Marshall Plan, are awarded each year to up to 40 “talented, independent and wide-ranging” young Americans to finance their study at institutions in the U.K.
After graduating from Duke in 2012 with a double major in biology and computer science, Ezer will work under the supervision of Cambridge researcher Boris Adryan to develop predictive models of how genes are turned on and off.
She said she hopes to use artificial intelligence technologies to “predict the biological impact of a genetic mutation that we have never observed before.”
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