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. 

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Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Two Cavs taking action

Our parents and alumni routinely inspire me. Today’s examples relate to Ebola – a threat that may be met with fear and blame, or rather with knowledge and action.

Here are two DA community members choosing the latter.

Last week Lower School parent George Ofori-Amanfo launched a campaign to raise money to support the international effort to fight the Ebola epidemic. Ebola1ForLife is a call on Africans all over the world, friends of Africa, and everyone with link to Africa (by birth, marriage, family, friendships, travel, business, etc.) to donate one dollar or more as often as desired to support ongoing international effort to stop the spread of the disease.

Dr. Ofori-Amanfo, a pediatric cardiac intensive care physician who directs the Peri-Op Cardiac Services and PCICU Patient Safety program at Duke Children’s hospital writes, “As an American with African ties I am deeply concerned by the implications of the disease and the impact on our communities here in the US. I am also particularly impressed with the international endeavor to bring the epidemic to a halt and this campaign offers a contribution to this global effort.”

Click here to see the Ebola1ForLife campaign website.

Or here to see a story on WNCN, including comments from Dr. Ofori-Amanfo.

Yesterday we confirmed an Upper School assembly date for DA alumnus Dr. William Fischer, Associate Program Director for research in UNC's Department of Medicine's Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care.

I still think of Dr. Fischer as 17 year-old “Billy.” I wrote about his work in Guinea this summer on my blog. Since then his work has been chronicled on media outlets from CNN to the New England Journal of Medicine (click here to see his co-authored paper: “Doing Today’s Work Superbly Well: Treating Ebola with Current Tools.”

Or see Dr. Fischer in a recent interview on WRAL: “Focus on solutions, not blame for Ebola” 

Dr. Ofori-Amanfo and Dr. Fischer remind me of T.H. Huxley's idea about the purpose of education:

 “The great end of life is not knowledge but action.”  

Image sources: Dr. Ofori-Amanfo and Dr. Fischer

Posted by mulkus on Friday November, 7, 2014


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