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Top 100 Social Media Colleges

Last week, announced the top 100 colleges and universities that are best leveraging social media. “These innovative schools use social media to give students insight into their culture, personality and DNA,” said Dean Tsouvalas Editor-in-Chief of StudentAdvisor, “This is so beneficial for students to determine the right fit beyond college rankings and marketing speak.”

Duke is happy to join some elite company in the top 10. Congratulations to the Duke social media community!

1. Harvard University (No Change)
2. Stanford University (Up 3)
3. Johns Hopkins (down 1)
4. Yale University (Up 11)
5. Duke University (Up 39)
6. Princeton University (Up 10)
7. Full Sail University (Up 12)
8. University of Oregon (Up 3)
9. Ohio State (down 3)
10. LSU (down 2)

Here is a Google+ Hangout revealing the ranking I was invited to participate in to discuss how Duke has upped our social media game over the past 18 months. Enjoy!


Moral Mondays: Duke University Professors Hold a Google+ Hangout to Discuss Arrests and 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.



@DukeFedRel #iMarch #NC Twitter Town Hall Recap

Guest blog post by Alyssa Dack.

A few weeks ago, Duke University participated in the iMarch for Innovation, a call from across the tech, government, and higher education sectors for the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The virtual march brought out supporters from North Carolina to Idaho to California and connected individuals from the Republican, Democratic Parties – and even some Independents – to demonstrate the importance of immigration reform to our economy, our universities, and — as the name implies — our nation’s ability to remain on the frontline of innovation.

Today (ICYMI) @DukeFedRel hosted a Twitter Town Hall to talk more about how immigration impacts the students and faculty at Duke University. Here’s a recap:

Right now, international students who come to study at Duke don’t have a choice of staying in the country after finishing their degree.  Their visas automatically expire, meaning they have to return to the home countries. The “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill has a provision that would give graduates in many disciplines a choice to stay in America and contribute to our economy. According to studies by the Center for American Progress, immigration reform would help create 1.4 million jobs and add $329 billion dollars to the economy by 2030.

As Dick Brodhead said in a statement last June, ““Each year, bright, talented students from around the world come to Duke to pursue graduate degrees. Along with their academic training, they absorb an American approach to thinking, problem-solving, and innovating, and they graduate with skills that can lead directly to new companies and jobs for our country. It’s in our national interest to keep them here.”

The Gang of Eight bill also includes the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which offers a path to permanent residency for those individuals brought to the country illegally as children.

A recent study, conducted by Jiali Luo and David Jamieson-Drake, the assistant director and director of Duke’s institutional research office found that Americans who engaged with international students while on campus are more likely in later life to appreciate art and literature, place current problems in historical perspective and read or speak a foreign language. They also are more likely to reexamine their political and religious viewpoints and their beliefs about other races or ethnicities, according to the research. These findings apply to U.S. students who actively interacted with international students in classes, dorms or elsewhere, as opposed to just sharing the campus with them.

We were pleased to join the iMarch for Innovation in highlighting the support for immigration reform across North Carolina. Thanks to those who joined in the conversation, sent us questions, retweeted our remarks and helped us get the word out: don’t miss this chance! Duke University urges the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

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Announcing the Winners of #pictureDuke Earth!

Spring has most definitely sprung. Need proof? Look no further than the lush and iridescent photos captured during our latest photo walk.

Prize Winners

After seeing a number of excellent submissions in a tight competition, we are pleased to announce the following prize winners from last Friday’s photo walk:

#pictureDuke Grand Prize: "Asparagus at Duke Farmers Market" by Natalie Nobles

Grand Prize: “Asparagus at Duke Farmers Market” by Natalie Nobles

#pictureDuke First Place: "Bloom" by Nicole Silvanic

First Place: “Bloom” by Nicole Silvanic

#pictureDuke Second Place: "Classy Italian Ice Guy" by Cindy Pi

Second Place: “Classy Italian Ice Guy” by Cindy Pi

#pictureDuke Third Place: "Swiss Chard Lyons Farms" by Jaqueline Rimmler

Third Place: “Swiss Chard Lyons Farms” by Jaqueline Rimmler

Natalie, our grand prize winner, will join the Duke Photography crew on an official university photo shoot. Natalie, Nicole, Cindy, and Jacqueline will all receive prizes compliments of Duke University Stores and Sustainable Duke!

Honorable Mention

We were unable to award a prize to this photo, but we thought it deserved a special shout-out:

#pictureDuke Honorable Mention: "LSRC Stairs" by Michael Palko

Honorable Mention: “LSRC Stairs” by Michael Palko


We’ll have the full set of submissions posted soon. Stay tuned!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the walk and to all who submitted their artwork. We would also like to convey the utmost gratitude to our event partners: the Duke Farmers Market, Casey Roe and Sustainable Duke, Bryan Roth and Working at DukeThe Nicholas School of the EnvironmentDuke University Stores and our friends at Duke Photography.

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Upcoming Google+ Hangout with Steven Churchill

Duke is doing a science-themed Google+ Hangout!

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At 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 11, Duke University is offering a live Google+ Hangout with paleo-anthropologist Steven Churchill, who led the analysis of the remarkably complete arm of MH1 and participated in most of the other papers as well. Churchill will have casts of several pieces of MH1 and MH2 and can discuss their features.

Please RSVP to the event here. We hope to see you then!

[UPDATE] One Day At Duke: All Day, All Duke, All You

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[UPDATE] This event was originally scheduled for April 5th, but has been rescheduled to Friday, April 19th due to weather.

APRIL 19th, 2013: Be A Part of Duke’s Next TV Spot!

We’re crowd-sourcing Duke’s next 30-second TV commercial and we need your help.

On Friday, April 19 we’re inviting students, faculty, staff, alumni—you name it—to capture photos, videos, tweets and status updates using the hashtag #OneDayAtDuke to depict one day as a member of the Duke community.

Your visions will become part of a special One Day at Duke website and will have a shot at being included in the 30-second TV spot we show at football and basketball games.

Learn more on, and join the Facebook event. See you all April 19th!

Join us for One Day At Duke!

A Wrap-up of Duke’s Science Photo Walk

Another photo walk has come and gone, but some stunning images are here to stay. The walk is a curious experiment — we bring a variety of people together, cluster them into small spaces with a mere handful of minutes at each location, and step back to see what happens — yet we are impressed with the results every time. Despite being rushed (we marched through four sites in two hours!) our participants captured some serene, candid and all-together surreal moments along Duke’s Science Drive. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do.

Prize Winners

After seeing a number of excellent submissions in a tight competition, we are pleased to announce the following prize winners from last Friday’s photo walk:

"Greenhouse Dew" by Lindsey Wu
Grand Prize: “Greenhouse Dew” by Lindsey Wu
"Anticipation" by Celeste Hodges
First Place: “Anticipation” by Celeste Hodges
"Chain on the roof of the French Family Science Center" by Natalie Nobles
Second Place: “Chain on the roof of the French Family Science Center” by Natalie Nobles
"Brain in Latex Gloves" by Scott Van Manen
Third Place: “Brain in Latex Gloves” by Scott Van Manen

Lindsey, our grand prize winner, will join the Duke Photography crew on an official university photo shoot. Celeste, Natalie and Scott will all receive prizes compliments of Duke University Stores!

Honorable Mentions

We were unable to award prizes to the following photos, but we thought they deserved a special shout-out:

Untitled by Josh Stout
Honorable Mention: Untitled by Josh Stout
"The view above" by Celeste Hodges
Honorable Mention: “The view above” by Celeste Hodges
"Stairwell Traffic" by Lindsey Wu
Honorable Mention: “Stairwell Traffic” by Lindsey Wu
"In The Open" by Jonathan Canfield
Honorable Mention: “In The Open” by Jonathan Canfield

The Full Set

You can view all the awesome submissions in this slideshow from our Flickr album:

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the walk and to all who submitted their artwork. We would also like to convey the utmost gratitude to our event partners: the staff at the Duke University Live Plant Collections and the Duke Canine Cognition Center, Dr. Ken Lyle and the Duke Chemistry Department, Dr. Len White and the Duke Institute for Brain SciencesDuke University Stores and our friends at Duke Photography.

Also, thanks to our friends at Durham Magazine for this nice blog post.

Stay tuned for details on our next walk.
Hint: We’re thinking of spring! 

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Join us for our next Photo Walk: #pictureDuke Science

Join us Friday, March 1, 2-4PM on a photo walk featuring Duke’s many labs and research sites, including the Canine Cognition Center, colorful greenhouses and the newly-opened Mary Trent Semans Center. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Duke’s cutting-edge technology and showcase your talent to the Duke community — all you need is a camera phone to participate! After the event, submit your favorite photos from the walk to the #pictureDuke photography contest for the chance to have your work recognized and win great prizes.

Interested in joining us?

The walk starts at 2PM at the Knut Schmidt-Nielsen & Camel Statue next to the Biological Sciences Building.

A bronze statue of Duke biologist Knut Schmidt-Nielsen gazing upon a camel

Parking is available in the Bryan Center parking garage across the street.
We hope to see you there!

Note: Due to the scientific nature of the sites showcased on the walk, persons under the age of 18 may have access restricted to certain areas.

This event is sponsored by Duke University Stores, Duke Photography, the Office of News & Communications,  Duke Canine Cognition Center, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Duke University Live Plant Collections.

Reblogged from #pictureDuke

Duke Chats During The State Of The Union

The Duke community  joined a Twitter chat during President Obama’s “State of the Union” address last night.

Several faculty and students participated in the chat, tweeting their reactions to the president’s speech using the hashtag #DukeChat. The chats provide an opportunity to have a “public classroom” about issues in real time. We had a ton of conversation. In fact, as of noon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, #DukeChat is still trending in Raleigh, NC on Twitter.

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We had some fun promoting the chat on Facebook and posted a nifty State of the Union bingo graphic (credits to Jonathan Lee, Office of News and Communications).



And, here are some of our social media team’s favorite tweets from #DukeChat:







Check out the Twitter chat in its entirety here.

Duke’s Office of News and Communications has hosted a few politics-based twitter chats within the past year, including during the January 2012 “State of the Union” address and, last fall, during the presidential debates and both the Republican and Democrat conventions.


Duke’s 2013 Social Media Roundup

For our most recent Duke Communicators event, I organized a fun tour of what’s happening across our community in social media.

At our 2013 Social Media Roundup, my colleagues described how they are using social media to promote bloggers, share photos, reach new international audiences and much more. Each person spoke for five minutes, in a format similar to an Ignite session. Hopefully the Duke Communicators group walked away with lots of new ideas to try, as well as with information about colleagues to call for inspiration and advice.

Our presenters were:

Laura Brinn, Global Communications

Debbe Geiger, Duke University Medical Center

Wendy Livingston and J. Caldwell, Nasher Museum of Art

Orla Swift, Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Aaron Welborn, Duke Libraries

Ashley Wolf, Duke Athletics

(Tawnee Milko with the Nicholas School of the Environment was unable to make the presentation and her slides are at the end of the slide deck.)

You can view our entire slide deck from the event here.

What would you like to see at our next Social Media Roundup?