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Geeta Swamy portrait
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Geeta Swamy

Dr. Geeta Swamy is mindful of the challenges faced by women — especially expectant mothers — in embattled regions across the nation and globe.

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Chris Monroe portrait with old Durham tobacco warehouse in the background
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Chris Monroe

A professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics and director of the Duke Quantum Center, Monroe and colleagues are leading an effort to engineer the world’s first practical quantum computer.

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Jon Scheyer portrait
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Jon Scheyer

In his first year, Scheyer led the Blue Devils to a 27-9 record, won the ACC Tournament title and became the first coach in ACC history to post an undefeated home record in a debut season.

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Lisa Gennetian portrait
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Lisa Gennetian

Lisa Gennetian is an applied economist in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy whose work largely focuses on the exploring economic solutions for child poverty.

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Sherilynn Black headshot
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Sherilynn Black

Sherilynn Black believes a scholar’s personal and professional growth requires a village and not a single mentor. And she’s in a position to make this a reality.

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