Dr. Vinod Prasad from Duke University in New Delhi for Bone Marrow Transplant Conference 

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Dr. Vinod Prasad, Duke University

April 2, 2018

The conference which will be held in New Delhi on April 7-8, 2018, will highlight the latest advances and research papers that were presented at the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplant (ASBMT) and Center for Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) annual meeting in Salt Lake City in February 2018. Additionally, Dr. Prasad is also invited as the Keynote speaker at another scientific meeting on histocompatibility and donor selection on April 6th, 2018.

Duke India Initiative wishes Dr. Prasad all the best for his continued engagement in the medical field in India.
More information about Dr. Vinod Prasad

Duke University Doctor Murali Doraiswamy on Artificial Intelligence, Privacy, and Other Issues 

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Predicting future: (from left) Raj Chengappa, Murali Doraiswamyand
Kris Gopalakrishnan  (Photo:Mandar Deodhar)

March 29, 2018
This article appeared in India Today on March 15, 2018 (LINK).

Raj Chengappa: Machine brain versus human brain, who will win that battle? We once thought that would be a distant reality, but now it looks like this future is upon us. It has come to our homes, if you have not noticed. Just to explain very simply this very complex subject, my son recently picked up Alexa, an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon. Now whenever he wants to do something, he just commands Alexa: "Put out the light, Alexa", and the lights go off in his room. If he wants to listen to music, he says, "I want this song", and Alexa puts that on for him. Alexa also wakes him up. That's artificial intelligence (AI), to put it very simply, programmed to do tasks for you. Now, what is intelligence augmentation (IA)?  Details


Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, Duke University

Murali Doraiswamy from Duke University on Human Intelligence vs. Artificial Intelligence

March 29, 2018
This article appeared in India Today on March 23, 2018 (LINK).

Duke University  professor and brain scientist, Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, was featured in the Indian newspaper India Today. Dr Doraiswamy offered valuable advice for 21st century students seeking to enter the labor force, suggesting  “People who also have strong non-cognitive skills - team building, creativity, strategic thinking, problem solving and social intelligence - will be at an advantage.” He encouraged students to pursue subjects like mathematics, social psychology, neuroscience, robotics and information technology (coding) as more than 800 million jobs will be at risk from automation and artificial intelligence (AI). Details

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“Assassination: Ram! Ram!” 
by Antonio Piedade da Cruz (1971)

DII’s Prof Ramaswamy in Delhi on Gandhi’s 70th death anniversary 

February 2, 2018

Duke History Professor and DII co-director Prof Sumathi Ramaswamy’s ongoing project was prominently featured in the Indian Express newspaper on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Titled, “The optics of a dying moment in the life of a nation, and encompassing both bazaar art including posters and pamphlets as well high art produced by some of the foremost artists of our time, Prof Ramaswamy’s project underlines how art has continued to center around the aspect of ‘lastness’- “Gandhi’s last days, the last possessions, the last walk and most importantly the last utterance.”  Details.

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Dr. Avner Vengosh in New Delhi, India

Duke Faculty Avner Vengosh Invited for Keynote Presentation in India 

December 20, 2017

Avner Vengosh was invited to present an opening keynote presentation titled “Challenges and Opportunities of groundwate resources in Southeast Asia” at the 7th International Groundwater Conference on "Groundwater Vision 2030” held in New Delhi, India, last week. In addition, Professor Vengosh gave a second keynote presentation titled “New Insights into Groundwater Quality in Northwestern India”. The conference was hosted by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Institute of National Hydrology in India with participation of the ministers and secretaries of the water and environment ministries in India. The presentation of Dr. Vengosh was part of a new research program aims to evaluate emerging contaminants issues in groundwater and drinking water in India, with special emphasis on water resources in northwestern India (Rajasthan, Gujarat). Conference Information.

Duke India Initiative Funds Duke Faculty Projects

Chris Sims, Duke University

December 2, 2017
Meredith Watkins

On December 1, the Duke India Initiative (DII) held its first year-end gathering, bringing together members of the Duke community to network, learn about the initiative’s programming, and hear from faculty grant recipients about their DII-funded projects.

45 students, faculty, and staff gathered as Suzanne Katzenstein (Kenan Institute for Ethics); Volker Blum (Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science); Erika Weinthal (Nicholas School of the Environment); Chris Sims (Center for Documentary Studies); and Ana Barros (Pratt School of Engineering) gave short presentations on their DII-funded projects, which covered topics including India’s corporate social responsibility law, water service provision and politics, and creating photovoltaic materials for solar energy. Details.

Duke Launches India Initiative with Talk on Air Pollution

Jackie Kennedy at the Taj Mahal, captured by Cecil Stoughton
Jackie Kennedy at the Taj Mahal
​captured by Cecil Stoughton

September 19, 2017

Emilie Poplett

In an iconic photograph, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy poses in front of the Taj Mahal during a visit to India in 1962. The photo is remembered as one of the most emblematic shots of Ms. Kennedy’s public life, but Duke professor Mike Bergin noticed it for another reason: if you look closely, you can see scaffolding lining one of the landmark’s marble towers.

Bergin’s theory is that the towers weren’t being fixed, but cleaned. The photograph, he believes, is an early artifact of the Taj Mahal’s gradual discoloration due to air pollution. Along with Indian partners, Bergin led the 2009 study that determined why the monument’s once pristine white marble has slowly turned to yellow: layers of dust and pollutants from trash burning have been settling on its surface for decades. Details

Duke Opens Office in Bangalore

Namrata Jha, executive director of the India office,
tours the Duke with Adem Gusa.

September 19, 2017

Duke University launched an office in Bangalore this summer to foster collaborations between North Carolina-based Duke and Indian universities and organizations.

The entity, called Duke University India, builds on existing Duke-India partnerships, including academic exchange programs and research collaborations.

Duke’s current partners in India include NITI-Aayog, the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University in Ahmedabad, Narayana Health City, the Indian Institute of Management Udaipur, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. Details.