News & Commentary - Archive 2006

December 8, 2006

Jonathan B. Wiener, Perkins Professor of Law and Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy Studies at Duke University, was elected the next president of the international Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).

December 4, 2006

Professor of the Practice Tony Brown to Take "Entrepreneurial Learning" Methods to Robertson Scholars Program at UNC and Duke After 12 years, Brown will leave "best job at Duke" for opportunity to encourage great students to act on their biggest ideas. [article]

November 21, 2006

Duke senior Jimmy Soni earns Mitchell Scholarship for year of graduate study in Ireland. [article]

November 20, 2006

Saving energy In an effort to help local families reduce home energy use, students in public policy professor Tony Brown’s community leadership course delivered packages of energy-saving light bulbs to the Durham County Department of Social Services for free distribution. [article]

November 20, 2006

Master’s students travel to New Orleans to see post-Katrina policy issues firsthand. Their visits forges connections for spring policy consulting projects that will help the Big Easy rebuild.

November 16, 2006

Through ActionAid, second-year master’s students Dave Cohen and Kenzie Strong worked on capacity building projects in Kapchorwa, Uganda with local community-based organizations, including the Benet Lobby Group. Cohen’s and Strong’s Web site -- full of beautiful photographs of the region, the people and their work -- chronicles their experiences during the summer of 2006.

November 15, 2006

The real tragedy of our policy is that if the U.S. president and the British prime minister had simply read the history of the British occupation of Iraq, they would have discovered most of the complexities with which we now struggle.

November 8, 2006

Charles Sanders, chairman of the Sanford Institute Board of Visitors, earns state's highest civilian honor -- the North Carolina Award -- for contributions to science.

November 7, 2006

There is a trend among behavioral scientists to view ever more complex “attitudes” and/or “systems of belief” as in some sense genetically determined, or heritable. Current research by Assistant Professor of Public Policy Evan Charney refutes the idea that political orientations could be genetically transmitted. Read the paper.

October 19, 2006

Sen. Thad Cochran delivers 2006 Sanford Lecture