News & Commentary - Archive 2008

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 20, 2008

When the 75 million baby boomers begin retiring in 2011, the United States will begin facing en masse a problem that many individuals already struggle with every day: how to provide long-term care for aging relatives with Alzheimer's disease or other disabling conditions. Assistant Professor of PPS Donald H. Taylor Jr. suggests a proposal to address this need.

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]