Well, turns out we won't be moving after all, and I won't be working at Duke this fall. The wife has been having such a good experience in the research lab she's in and seems to be clicking well with her mentor, so she's decided she wants to stick around. I suppose it's just as well. She's already established some connections with people here, and she thinks getting into med school here will be a little easier than in NC, even though there's more of a choice there.
So now I have to come up with a way of breaking the unfortunate news to my would-have-been colleagues up at Duke. My friend Ehsan will be disappointed. I'm a little disappointed. I was looking forward to taking on some new challenges at Duke, but it's not like I had my heart set on it. I'd have been happy in either place. The important thing is seeing that the wife gets to pursue her goals. I'm sure everything will work out nicely in the end.