In The Media - Archive 2007
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Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec.14: In his book, Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control, Duke public policy professor Philip Cook makes a case for raising excise taxes on alcohol to reduce drinking and curb the societal harm caused by alcohol abuse. Cook also proposes loosening drinking rules in "custodial" environments such as military bases and residential colleges.
The Economist, Dec. 6: As Americans digest the news of another gun atrocity, they cannot be blamed for thinking that guns are in too ready supply. But an article by Philip Cook, Duke professor of public policy, in the latest Economic Journal suggests that the demand for illegal guns is not met as easily as many people believe.
Washington Times, Nov. 29: Because of her crossover appeal with white females, Oprah Winfrey’s support for Barack Obama has the potential to affect the outcome of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus and other primaries, says political science and public policy professor Paula McClain. See also Duke University News & Communications.
Duke University News & Communications, Nov. 27: Sanford Institute professor Susan Tifft is applying her journalistic talents to writing about her own battle with cancer. Her website displays her characteristic humor along with insights about the tribulations of chemo and joy from the love and support she receives from her husband and legions of friends.
North Carolina Public Radio's "The State of Things," Nov. 16: Alex Harris, a professor of public policy, discusses The Idea of Cuba, his latest publication. Inspired by a series of trips he took to Cuba, the book employs documentary photography to provide a contemporary picture of social and cultural life on the island today.
Duke University News & Communications, Nov. 15: In a new study on hospice care, assistant professor of public policy Don Taylor explains how hospice programs not only provide dying people with quality-of-life benefits, but also reduce Medicare spending by more than $2,000 per person compared to normal care.
Duke University News & Communications, Nov. 15: Senior Kristin Butler of Cary, N.C., an opinion columnist for The Chronicle student-run newspaper, has been named the 2007 winner of the Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism.
NPR’s Morning Edition, Nov. 6: Hardy Vieux, a 1993 PPS graduate and former Navy lawyer, discusses United States attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey’s stance on waterboarding, a controversial interrogation practice. Vieux says that once Mukasey is confirmed as attorney general, Senate Democrats will likely insist that he clarify his official position on the issue.
Washington Post, Oct. 29: Associate professor of public policy Anirudh Krishna's research on social capital--an important tool in development--shows that it must be grown on a local level, rather than through governmental or multinational organizations. This suggests a "fundamental flaw" in U.S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq, says columnist Shankar Vedantam.
Public Radio East, Oct. 15: Christine Vaughn, a second-year MPP student and former teacher, discusses the relationship between a growing rate of teacher absences, reduced student performance on standardized tests and increased disciplinary problems in North Carolina schools.
Washington Post, Sept. 9: Peter D. Feaver, a Duke political science and public policy professor who was a National Security Council strategic adviser until July when he returned to Duke, discusses Washington politics and the troop “surge” in Iraq. See also: NBC Nightly News: “General David Petraeus Preparing to Deliver State of Iraq Speech to Capitol Hill” (Transcript not available online)
Wall Street Journal, Sept. 7: Peter Feaver, a Duke political science and public policy professor who helped develop the troop surge plan while serving in the Bush administration, sees an opening for Democrats and Republicans to reach agreement on an Iraq policy. Also on NBC Nightly News.
American Journalism Review, April/May 2007: New York Times should have done better follow-up when competitor broke story of deficiencies at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, says Susan E. Tifft, a professor of journalism and public policy at Duke University and coauthor of a book on the Times' Ochs-Sulzberger dynasty.
The New York Times, Feb. 4: New York Times columnist and visiting professor of PPS in fall 2006, David Brooks says he was struck by the “universal tone of postboomer pragmatism” among the Duke students he taught last autumn.
Duke University News & Communications, Jan. 8: Hasty passage of recently proposed legislation would be a mistake, says public policy professor and homeland security expert David Schanzer, adding that the 278-page bill contains numerous provisions that have not been subjected to public or congressional scrutiny.