News - Archive 2010

December 8, 2010

Through photography and audio recordings, Duke students in a service learning course this semester got to know 11 Durham residents and gained a direct and personal understanding of the complex causes of homelessness.

“Before spending time at the Phoenix House,” junior public policy major John Refling says, “I was able to largely ignore the anonymous faces on the street. This class illustrated that every single person on the street has a story, and it’s probably more complicated than I initially believed.”

December 7, 2010

Four Duke professors gathered at the Sanford School of Public Policy Tuesday to discuss the implications of the latest round of WikiLeaks amid the breaking news of the arrest of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange on charges of sexual assault. The panel attracted a crowd of students, faculty and community members that filled a classroom and an adjacent overflow room.

December 3, 2010

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, “religion has replaced ideology” in international affairs, Georgetown University scholar Shireen Hunter said in a Dec. 1 talk at the Sanford School. Hunter said she finds more peril than promise in the use of Islam as an instrument of foreign policy.

November 19, 2010

Sanford professor Jonathan Wiener, alongside Duke economist Martin D. Smith, Frank Asche of the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Atle G. Guttormsen of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, discusses the limitations of the FDA review process that assesses the safety of genetically modified Atlantic salmon.

November 15, 2010

A panel of journalists and political experts will gather on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy to discuss media coverage of the 2010 midterm elections.

November 10, 2010

New York Times columnist David Brooks spoke about political gridlock and possibilities for change in the Fleishman Commons.

November 8, 2010

As the Peace Corps readies to celebrate its 50th anniversary, we note many returned Peace Corps volunteers that are part of the Sanford community.

November 2, 2010

Retire Marine Eric Alva, the first American soldier wounded in Iraq and advocate for the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy will speak at the Sanford School.

October 28, 2010

On Nov. 9, New York Times columnist David Brooks will give the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture on "Politics and Culture in the Age of Obama" in the Fleishman Commons.

October 25, 2010

Sanford Dean Bruce Kuniholm has led the public policy program during two key transitions.

October 24, 2010

Some times every vote really does count. In November 2008 in Minnesota, for example, the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken was so close that the state was forced to determine voter intent on thousands of ballots that had been filled out incorrectly.

October 19, 2010

During its first year as Duke’s tenth school, the Sanford School is on track with key goals.

October 19, 2010

Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward will give a talk at the Sanford School of Public Policy Oct. 27 at about his latest book, “Obama’s Wars,” which presents the Obama White House as deeply torn over the war in Afghanistan.

September 28, 2010

MPP student Rob Peterson interns with the Department of Defense Stability Operations Office after receiving the prestigious Rosenthal Fellowship.

September 28, 2010

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Ananat serves as a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

September 13, 2010

TimeFlow, a free software developed by Sanford professor Sarah Cohen, helps journalists organize large quantities of notes.

September 10, 2010

Sanford faculty share and review their personal 2010 summer reading lists.

September 8, 2010

New exhibit explores the definitions of marriage through the photographs of 30 couples taken just before or after their brief, non-denominational civil ceremonies in government offices.

August 30, 2010

“Problems With the Use of Student Test Scores To Evaluate Teachers”
EPI Briefing Paper 8/2010, Helen Ladd, co-author

July 29, 2010

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in U.S. history, has created an equally large response by the government at all levels. More than 45,000 people are involved in the clean-up and containment efforts, with a fleet of 5,000 response boats in the Gulf.

July 29, 2010

Vaccine manufacturers in India and other developing countries may be able to produce a lower-cost HPV vaccine in spite of the complicated array of patent protections on the technology, say researchers at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP).

July 16, 2010

Donald H. Taylor Jr., associate professor of public policy, has been appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a committee of 24 experts who will review and update criteria used to define medically underserved areas and health professional shortage areas. The new committee was mandated in health care reform measures approved by Congress in March.

July 15, 2010

David Schanzer, center, a professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, discusses the role of Muslim communities in combating terrorism during a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on July 14, 2010. The event, “Strengthening America’s Security: Identifying, Preventing and Responding to Domestic Terrorism,” was cosponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the National Security Network.

June 17, 2010

A new study by scholars at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy scholars shows that  efforts to close the “digital divide” by guaranteeing universal access to home computers would actually widen the achievement gap.

June 11, 2010

Sanford students, faculty and alumni are busily blogging this summer from India, Washington, and Togo. Find out what they’re doing.

May 27, 2010

Sanford School Dean Bruce Kuniholm joins the deans of eight other U.S. schools of public policy in supporting repeal.

May 17, 2010

Selim Selimi MIDP’10The 2010 graduation ceremonies on May 15 for the Sanford School of Public Policy honored 147 undergraduates, 56 Master of Public Policy graduates, and 37 Master of International Development Policy graduates from 21 countries. The Class of 2010 was the first to graduate from the Sanford School, which became Duke’s tenth school on July 1, 2009.

May 3, 2010

DeWitt Wallace professor Philip Bennett created a course on how the media portrays Muslims that included media projects involving local Muslim organizations, such as the Islamic Center of Raleigh. [read article]

April 13, 2010

Washington Analysis Corp. has been hiring Sanford interns for thirty years.

April 12, 2010

John F. Burness, former senior vice president at Duke University, was named interim president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and will serve while a search is conducted for a successor to President John Fry.

April 9, 2010

The conventional wisdom is that young people don’t vote. Heather Smith PPS ’98 didn’t believe that. Though her work as Executive Director of Rock the Vote, she proved that opinion to be wrong at the 2008 Iowa Caucus. The youth vote increased 700 percent over the 2004 caucus and gave the victory that night to Barack Obama.

April 1, 2010

After a 2 ½ year battle with cancer, Susan Tifft, a popular professor with the DeWitt Wallace Center on Media and Democracy, died on Thursday, April 1. On the occasion of her retirement, the Sanford School established an undergraduate teaching award in honor of her work as a teacher and mentor to her students.

January 28, 2010

Health care reform has been a leading issue in the news for the past year, with many twists and turns in the legislative process. Megan Stacy, a second year student in the Master of Public Policy program, experienced some of the process first-hand during her internship last summer in the office of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, as the HELP committee bill was drafted.

January 14, 2010

Rethinking Orphanages - As the number of orphans grows worldwide, it's time to discard Dickensian stereotypes.

January 11, 2010

Extra legal measures required to pursue capital cases cost the state a significant amount every year, according to research by Philip Cook, ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School.

January 6, 2010

Associate Professor of Public Policy David H. Schanzer co-authors a report that addresses actions being taken in Muslim American communities to reduce the relatively small threat of “homegrown” terrorism.