Dr. Eric Zhou (Trinity '10) and Dr. Daniel Chang (Trinity '10) were freshman year roommates in Pegram dorm. They are currently working in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit as colleagues in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
During their time at Duke, both were active in the music department and minored in music. Dr. Zhou was the former concertmaster of the Duke Symphony Orchestra, a Benenson Award winner, and a student of Professors Hsiao-mei Ku and Eric Pritchard.
Dr. Chang was an involved singer-songwriter and cellist on campus. In addition to being a member of the Lunar New Year a capella group, he played an active role in the campus recording studio, Small Town Records.
On receiving the photo from Zhou and Chang, Professor Ku wrote, "There is always a brighter moment in each day. Like today, I couldn’t be more proud than when I got a message from two former Pegram students (they were roommates-- Eric Zhou was my violin student and the other, Daniel Chang, was a cellist), now both working in the Covid-19 ICU in NY. Thinking what we have passed on to our students, my days are lit up." Professor Ku has served as faculty-in-residence in Pegram dorm for over a decade.