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Volume 1, Issue 3

 The Science Behind Duke Basketball

Table of contents

Snooze or lose: The effects of sleep on learning reaction skills by Sarah Bennett

The final countdown: How an optical clock could save the day for Duke basketball by Mark Dunlap

Could the team blame all of its turnovers on discontinuous sleep? by Brian Flickinger

Duke Basketball and the FOXP2 gene: They would not be talking without it by Peter Golden

Weeks in Hell, for students and nature: Environmental impacts of human habitation in Krzyzewskiville and beyond by Clif Kerr

How much is too much? The dangers of overconsumption of Vitamin A by Jonathan Kirchner

Quantum teleportation: An explanation to Dukes basketball losses? by Jason Leung

You Gotta Have Heart: Duke Basketball can learn a valuable lesson from signs of heart regeneration in zebrafish by Matthew Livingood

3..2..1...Choke! The effects of performance anxiety on the Duke basketball team by Justin Marcus

Acrylamide makes healthy foods into junk: Coach K, watch out by Travis Richardson

Why do tenters not betray their fellows? How cooperation is promoted in Krzyzewskiville tenting by Siu-Chung Yau

Taking aim: Is it possible to maintain accuracy in the jump shot with limited vision? by Amanda Verner

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Preface to this issue


There are two things that Duke University is known for, its academic reputation and its world-class basketball team.  The following compilation of student essays will bring these two aspects of Duke University together as one and hopefully allow us to have some fun along the way.  The essays that follow take some of today’s most abstract scientific concepts and link them to Duke basketball. Missed free throws, the J.J. Reddick three pointer, and the pride that comes with Duke basketball will be explained using concepts ranging from quantum physics to genetics to the biology of zebrafish.  Sure we are hoping to teach you some science, but if we’re lucky you just might enjoy it. 

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For more information, contact Julie Reynolds at julie.a.reynolds at duke.edu