News & Commentary - Archive 2009

April 9, 2009

Sarah Cohen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and expert on computer-assisted investigative journalism, has been named to the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University. Cohen, database editor at The Washington Post since 1999, will lead a computational journalism initiative spearheaded by Duke's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy (DWC).

April 8, 2009

The Sanford Institute of Public Policy has established the Susan Tifft Undergraduate Teaching/Mentoring Award in honor of the longtime Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy. Tifft, who has taught at Duke since 1998, will step down in July.

March 31, 2009

Philip Bennett, who in four years as managing editor of The Washington Post helped lead the newspaper to 10 Pulitzer Prizes, has been named the new Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University, university officials announced today.

March 25, 2009

DURHAM, N.C.-- Patenting of genes has not resulted in a pattern of exorbitant pricing or restricted access to tests for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer, Duke University researchers report in Wednesday’s Nature magazine. However, genetic testing monopolies are creating significant problems, say authors Robert Cook-Deegan, Subhashini Chandrasekharanand Misha Angrist.

March 20, 2009

The Sanford Institute for Public Policy is moving forward with its plans for becoming a school at the end of the current fiscal year, despite having fallen short of its fund-raising goal, Provost Peter Lange and Institute DirectorBruce Kuniholm told the Academic Council Friday.

March 20, 2009

“Lost Boys of Sudan”Fleeing civil war, the “Lost Boys of Sudan” traveled hundreds of miles on foot, surviving militia ambushes, lion attacks, flood waters and starvation to arrive at a refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya in the late 1980s and 1990s. After long years of waiting and hardship, thousands were able to resettle in the United States.

March 18, 2009

Sindy DURHAM, NC – The highly publicized story of Bristol Palin, the teen daughter of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, focused new attention on the national issue of teenage pregnancy. Meanwhile, government statistics released this month show U.S. teen pregnancy rates rose in 2007 for the second year in a row.

March 11, 2009

Giovanni Zanalda, a visiting assistant professor of public policy and history, teaches a timely course on the history and patterns of economic meltdowns.