News & Commentary - Archive 2008

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 23, 2008

Test-based accountability has not generated the significant gains in student achievement that proponents intended. Nor is the country on track to meet either the high proficiency standards required under the No Child Left Behind law or the equity goals suggested by its name. It's time for a new approach, writes Edgar T. Thompson Professor of PPS Helen F. Ladd in a commentary for Education Week. [article]

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.