For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
I came as faculty member #3, part of the start-up team. We are starting from scratch - and admitting our first students in the fall of 2007. We are currently leasing 5 buildings to house our learning and research laboratories and I am building an enabling IT infrastructure - promoting learning and curiosity while avoiding the forgetting curve. I am moving Gene Stead's dream into reality Our new building will be completed by the spring of 2009. In short, Duke, the National University of Singapore and Singapore are building for tomorrow. A new building, physician-scientists and energy for tomorrow
and our team
Starting with this stone
First a small ceremony: before
and who's who
Duke Dean Sandy Williams (who's lab was 2 doors down my the lab Gus and I used in the Sands building) speaks
and the building starts, one shovel at a time
and into the micro-dump-truck
and the project starts
and then dinner
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C. Frank Starmer