News - Archive 2008

December 15, 2008

Ambassador James A. Joseph, professor of the practice of PPS, was awarded the John Gardner Prize for Social Entrepreneurship at the first Encore Career Summit at Stanford University, Dec. 5-8, in Palo Alto, Calif.

November 24, 2008

Ted Kaufman, visiting lecturer in PPS and lecturing fellow in the Duke Law School, has been appointed to Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s seat in the U.S. Senate. The selection was announced by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Miner on Nov. 24.

November 20, 2008

Professor Robert M. Entman addresses questions about the 2008 presidential campaign.

November 19, 2008

Two weeks after the election, veteran journalists and commentators Mark Shields (“NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”), Ruth Marcus (Washington Post), Jeff Zeleny (The New York Times) and Garrett Graff (Washingtonian) provide a post-election debriefing on media coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. The panelists for the 2008 John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press discuss groundbreaking changes in the relationship between media and politics,  the contributions of different media sources, and the future of “mainstream” media.

November 17, 2008

Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of the Washington, D.C., Public Schools, spoke Monday to an audience of about 300 students, faculty, and local residents at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy about the radical changes she is making in the failing urban school system.

During her talk, “Public Education Reform: The Case Study of Washington, D.C.,” Rhee discussed how needs of students, not the adults in the system, are the driving force in her decisions.

November 7, 2008

Ambassador James A. Joseph, professor of the practice of PPS, gave a talk on leadership on the day after the election, examining the qualities exemplified by Nelson Mandela and how those qualities are needed now.

November 7, 2008

In “America’s Hard Sell,” the cover article for the November/December 2008 issue of Foreign Policy magazine, Professor of PPS and Political science Bruce Jentleson, along with co-author Steven Weber of the University of California, Berkeley, call for rethinking the basic assumptions of international community in the 21st century. The authors will also post answers to questions about the article on the magazine’s web site on December 5. An excerpt of the article follows.

November 5, 2008

Undergrads, grad students and international students gathered  for "Duke Votes," an election night viewing party at the Sanford Institute. View a slide show of photographs from the event.

November 3, 2008

Poverty researcher Ron Haskins explains the success of 1996 welfare reform and identifies what is needed to ensure continued success. The free Nov. 5th lecture is sponsored by the Center for Child and Family Policy. Register at

October 22, 2008

Political satirists give us a chance to poke fun at politics in this Nov. 11, post-election panel discussion featuring a “Daily Show” writer and producer and two political cartoonists. Nov. 11, 2008 at the Sanford Institute. Free and open to the public.

October 13, 2008

An epiphany on a railway platform in India led Sanford alumnus Maya Ajmera to her life’s work. Amidst the dust, noise and chaos of the train station, s circle of children sat around a teacher using flash cards to teach them to read. She speaks Oct. 30, 2008 at the Sanford Institute on “A Social Entrepreneur's Journey.”

October 9, 2008

Crusading reformer Michelle Rhee, new chancellor of the failing Washington, D.C., public school system, will speak Nov. 17 at the Sanford Institute.

September 25, 2008

In the 2008 Crown Lecture in Ethics, Oxford University Professor Julian Savulescu argues that treating disease is only the starting point for the potential uses of biological enhancements and genetic engineering.  

September 24, 2008

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls for a green technology revolution to energize America, address climate change and improve national security.

September 4, 2008

Federal, state and local officials gathered in Research Triangle Park Sept. 2 to mark the establishment of a new institute focused on social science and policy research to strengthen homeland security. David Schanzer, visiting associate professor of the practice of PPS and Joe Eyerman, director of the RTI Security Program co-direct the institute.

September 2, 2008

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will speak at Duke University Sept. 22 about the topic of his new book, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America.”

Friedman will deliver the 2008 Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Page Auditorium on Duke University’s West Campus. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained beginning Sept. 2 through the Duke Box Office, online at or by phone at 919-684-4444.

September 2, 2008

Low Duke student turnout in the May primary led PPS Professor Gunther Peck to examine possible causes and come up with a way to help.

August 29, 2008

Love After Loss, an exhibit of photographs of children in Ethiopia by Elena Rue, will be displayed at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, from September 16, 2008 to January 9, 2009. An opening reception at the institute, on September 16, 5–6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

August 27, 2008

DURHAM, NC—Steroids, open-heart surgery, antibiotics—these are all ways people can be made stronger or healthier, but should genetic manipulation be used to achieve the same results? Oxford University Professor Julian Savulescu discusses the ethical implications of using developments in biotechnology and genomics in the 2008 Crown Lecture in Ethics, titled “The Moral Imperative to Enhance Human Beings.”

The free public lecture is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy on Duke University’s West Campus.

August 26, 2008

Duke public policy senior Rachel Wolf is in Denver this week to volunteer at the Democratic National Convention. She's helping with registration, and will help staff the DNC "Campaign Briefing" event at which Sen. Barack Obama and DNC strategists brief the guests on the general election campaign. Secondarily, she will work with the media relations staff of Planned Parenthood. In between, she's writing a blog about her experience. [blog]

August 15, 2008

Of six new faculty appointments at the Sanford Institute this academic year, three are joining Duke from other institutions while three are current members of the public policy faculty being promoted to new positions.

July 24, 2008

Professor of Public Policy Bruce Jentleson co-authored a report released today titled "Strategic Leadership: Framework for a 21st Century National Security Strategy.". Published by the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, D.C. think tank, the document proposes strategies for the next US administration to rise from the present historic low point in foreign relations and forge a new approach to national security.

June 10, 2008

With advertisements in The New York Times and The Washington Post a 60-member task force of national policy experts announced a“Broader, Bolder Approach to Education” campaign to break a decades-long cycle of reform efforts that promised much and have achieved far too little. 

Co-chaired by Helen Ladd, Edgar Thompson Professor of Public Policy Studies and economics at Duke University, Pedro Noguera, a sociologist at New York University, and Tom Payzant, a Harvard Graduate School of Education professor and former U.S. assistant secretary of education, the task force points to the many flaws in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The group’s complete statement and recommendations are available online

May 30, 2008

A new chapter opened in the life of the Center for Health Policy this year as the research center began its transition to a new home within in the Duke Global Health Institute. The change was initiated by the Provost’s office, as part of Duke’s increasing commitment to encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations. A task force identified existing centers, such as CHP, that could become university-wide centers. The Global Health Institute and CHP were a natural match.

May 28, 2008

An interdisciplinary team of Duke University computer scientists, public policy experts, and film, video and digital scholars won a MacArthur Foundation grant to develop a computer simulation to teach humanitarian assistance strategies.

May 28, 2008

With North Carolina enduring extreme drought conditions, examining sedimentation in reservoirs across the state seemed like a timely subject for a consulting project in Professor of the Practice Jim Johnson’s PPS 304 class.

May 27, 2008

The New York Times profiles Duke Alum Reggie Love, personal assistant to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. [article]

May 22, 2008

Professor of PPS and law Joel L. Fleishman has received the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association.

May 16, 2008

Wise elder William Raspberry, Knight Professor of the Practice with the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy and former Washington Post editor, retires from teaching.

May 14, 2008

Undergraduates, MPPs and PIDPs were honored at Public Policy Department graduation ceremonies May 10, 2008.

April 29, 2008

James W. Vaupel, research professor at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, is one of two Duke University professors elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences,the academy announced Monday.

The academy ( is an honorary society and independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Its elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs.

April 25, 2008

James W. Vaupel, research professor at the Sanford Institute and director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, was named the 2008 recipient of the Mindel C. Sheps Award for his contributions to the methodological foundations of demography. The Sheps award, given biennially for outstanding contributions to mathematical demography, was presented to Vaupel on April 18 in New Orleans by the Population Association of America and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

April 2, 2008

Thanks to $3.7 million in new gifts and pledges received during the latter half of 2007-including a scholarship named in honor of Director Bruce Kuniholm-the effort to transform the Terry Sanford Institute into a new School of Public Policy has raised nearly $19.5 million.

April 1, 2008

U.S. News and World Report released its 2008 public policy graduate programs rankings on March 28 and once again, the Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s graduate programs were ranked in the top ten.

March 25, 2008

Duke University public policy and political science scholars Peter D. Feaver and Bruce W. Jentleson will join experts from top levels of the military, intelligence, diplomatic, legal and academic communities to discuss how best to shape U.S. foreign policy for the continuing war on terrorism. The April 10-11, 2008 conference, “Combating Terrorism: Charting the Course for a New Administration,” provides a forum for discussion of a range of security issues, including the “extraordinary rendition” of alleged terrorists and domestic spying.

March 19, 2008

Labaton, winner of the 2008 Futrell Award for Excellence in Communications and Journalism, spoke March 17 at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. The Futrell award is given annually by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy to honor a Duke alumnus.

March 12, 2008

Hart Fellow Brian Wright (PPS ’07) is working with the Institute of Social Order (ISO) in Manila, the Philippines. The country’s oldest NGO, the ISO implements community-based coastal resource management.  Wright is investigating local fishers’ problems and approaches to creating sustainable fisheries. The fishers struggle with poverty, rapid political change, corruption and community division. They often resort to means—such as cyanide fishing—that are both illegal and destructive to the environment.

March 6, 2008

Phil Cook, ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy, was an invited speaker March 3 at the Jacksonville, Fla., conference of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which focused on the economic impact of gun violence. Read his recent paper,Assessing Urban Crime and Its Control: an Overview,” or an interview with the Florida Times-Union.

February 20, 2008

A group of women in Sahaspur, India, displaying their pink and blue loan books are just a few of the people featured in a new exhibit “Beyond Banking: The Faces of Microfinance,” on view from Feb. 25 to March 7, 2008 in the Fleishman Commons at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

February 12, 2008

Schoenfeld, the vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., will become Duke University’s vice president for public affairs and government relations on July 1. He is a 1984 Duke graduate who majored in public policy studies. [article]

February 9, 2008

The Louisiana Political Museum inducted nine new people into its hall of fame this month, including Ambassador James Joseph, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies and Executive Director of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke University.

February 5, 2008

Duke junior Yi Xiang (PPS ’09), along with other student producers Jeff Hu and Heather Guo, were awarded first place in Boston Consulting Group’s StrategyTube competition and a $3,000 cash prize. Their winning short film “The Coffee Interns” is a humorous account of interns competing to please their boss and get ahead in a firm.

February 4, 2008

Durham Connects offers home health assessments for newborns and resources for new parents as part of research into ways to prevent child neglect.

January 10, 2008

New center builds on programs established by Professor of Public Policy and Law Joel Fleishman aimed at enhancing effectiveness of U.S. foundations.