Shane Stone, B.S. 2014

Resident Physician, Northwestern University – Chicago, IL

2014 Major: Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology; minor in Chemistry

How has being an Evolutionary Anthropology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"First introduced the idea of function and how that evolves and develops across species and time. Also taught me how to critically analyze experiments and science. It was also in EvAnth that I first started to explore my interests in the science of sex. I am now in a medical specialty that focuses on function. As a physician, it's important to be able to critically analyze scientific literature. I also participate in fertility and other components of sexual health for my patients"

What advice would you give students in Duke's Evolutionary Anthropology programs? 

"Take classes that inspire and excite you. I took classes on sex, canine cognition, and other things that interested me. I am now a doctor but I can say they each benefited me and helped me get to where I am. My favorite college assignment was my final paper for Dr. Hare. I needed to write about a topic we learned about that I agreed or disagreed with. I wrote about how natural selection was wrong. He thought that was my sincere opinion until he wrote my medical school letters of recommendation. It taught me how to effectively take a side of an argument (even if it's one I didn't believe). That has helped me understand the different perspectives of my patients."

Shane Stone