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How I Write: A Conversation with Sally Kornbluth and Jennifer Ahern-Dodson

March 24th, 2016
1:30 PM


Thursday, March 24, 2016

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Sally Kornbluth (Pharmacology and Cancer Biology) was appointed Duke University Provost on July 1, 2014. As the university’s chief academic officer, Kornbluth leads Duke’s schools and institutes, as well as admissions, financial aid, libraries, information technology and other facets of the university’s academic life. Her writing life includes not only disciplinary research, but also developing university documents such as the Duke Strategic Plan. Provost Kornbluth will share how her discipline shapes her writing life as an administrator and the joys and challenges of writing in a new context.

Co-sponsored by the Faculty Write Program and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.  

This event is part of the How I Write series, in which  Jennifer Ahern-Dodson talks with working writers across disciplines about their writing lives. What does it look like when they sit down to write? What sustains them in large projects? How do they overcome writing obstacles? When do they find the most joy in their work? Invited guests discuss a range of writing topics, including organizing and managing projects, generating ideas, cultivating creativity, balancing writing research/teaching/mentoring/ administrative commitments, the role of peer review and community support for their work.

Sally Kornbluth

Duke University

Sally Kornbluth (Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology) was appointed Duke University Provost on July 1, 2014.   Kornbluth served as Vice Dean for Basic Science at Duke University School of Medicine from 2006-2014.  In this role, she served s as a liaison between the Dean’s office and the Basic Science Department Chairs and faculty, including oversight of the biomedical graduate programs in the School of Medicine, implementation of programs to support the research mission of the basic science faculty, and oversight of new and existing core laboratories. 

Kornbluth received a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College in 1982 and a B.S. in Genetics from Cambridge University, England in 1984 where she was a Herchel Smith Scholar at Emmanuel College. She received her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in 1989 in Molecular Oncology and went on to postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego. She joined the Duke faculty in 1994 and is currently the Jo Rae Wright University Professor.

Kornbluth's research interests include the study of cell proliferation and programmed cell death, areas of central importance for understanding both carcinogenesis and degenerative disorders. She has published extensively in these areas, studying these problems in a variety of model organisms.

Jennifer Ahern-Dodson

Duke University

Image credit: Melissa Eggleston

Jennifer Ahern-Dodson is Associate Director for the Duke Language, Arts and Media Program and the Director of Outreach for the Thompson Writing Program. She consults with faculty across the disciplines on ways to employ and assess writing in their own courses, and she advocates for faculty as writers and teachers. She teaches writing courses on student activism and digital storytelling and researches faculty learning communities by focusing on stories of writing: How we write, why we write, for whom we write, and what brings us joy in our work. Her current research centers on the relationship between our writing stories and our teaching stories.