Rooftop Transformation – G.R.O.W. Grows Veggies, Community & Collaboration

The hardy, maintenance-free plants that dominated the original beds in 2014 had become a weedy, overgrown jungle until the student group, GROW (Green Roof and Orchard Workforce), began transforming the space. Today the rooftop is an organized garden: students, faculty and staff can be seen working the soil and picking tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and basil, while bees and a hummingbird move among the bee balm and sunflowers.

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Old Threads, New Mission: Nicholas Student’s Business Turns Used Clothes into Curated Fashion

Thrifting—shopping for used or vintage clothing—is among the biggest style trends today. Whether because of the worldwide recession, the hipster obsession over clothes that evoke nostalgia or irony, or because savvy shoppers genuinely admire the diversity of clothing that thrifting can provide, the resale clothing industry now generates billions of dollars in annual sales.

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For the Love of Birds: Dedicated PhD Students Turn Their Desire to Reduce Bird Deaths Caused by Window Collisions Into a Research Project

Anyone who lives in a wooded neighborhood is familiar with the problem of birds flying into windows. This most likely happens because the birds see the forested landscape reflected in the glass. Like many dedicated birders, Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela was concerned about this issue, particularly on the Duke campus where she is a PhD student studying tropical bird ecology.

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