News & Commentary - Archive 2009

January 22, 2009

In one of his first acts in office, President Obama ordered the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp within a year and the immediate halting the military trials of detainees. The order did not resolve the question of what is to be done with the detainees, which was the topic of a Jan. 22 panel discussion at Duke University.

January 20, 2009

The STAR study by Associate Professor of PPS Elizabeth Frankenberg is long range study of the impact of the tsumani in Indonesia based on interviews with more than 20,500 adult survivors.  It will be the largest ever studies of groups affected by disasters.

January 8, 2009

As part of his search to fill a newly endowed professorship, Jay Hamilton discusses the emerging field of "computational journalism", a technology-assisted method intended to improve the quality of investigative reporting. Through a process known as data mining, which involves complex mathematical algorithms sorting through immense quantities of data, Hamilton and others hope to make investigative reporting more efficient, and also more economically viable in a difficult time for the newspaper industry.