Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Containing Ebola

June seems to be DA alumni month on my blog. As the summer vacation begins for our current students, their elders are busy doing amazing things in the world. Today's example: Dr. William Fischer, whom I knew as the somewhat mischievious Billy Fischer in my first years of teaching at the Upper School. From UNC Healthcare's website:

UNC’s Dr. William Fischer II has been working in an isolation area in Gueckedou, Guinea since May 28, 2014, as part of team from Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF) to try to help reduce mortality from Ebola Virus in rural communities. Dr. Fischer was recruited by the World Health Organization (WHO) because of his critical care medicine expertise. With Dr. Fischer’s, permission we are posting his descriptive emails giving an insight into the experience of a frontline effort to contain the deadly pathogen.

Click here to see Billy's dispatches.

Posted by in Other, Alumni on Tuesday June, 17, 2014


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