News & Commentary - Archive 2013

April 10, 2013

Immigration reform legislation -- once it emerges -- is likely to be complex with dozens of hot button issues that will receive most of the attention. Close scrutiny should be addressed, however, to an obscure border security issue -- the biometric exit system -- that will not stir the emotions of many, but could cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

April 10, 2013

Patrick Oathout and Jacob Tobia, juniors at Duke University, are among 62 students selected this year as Truman Scholars.

Truman Scholars are chosen on the basis of their leadership potential, high academic achievement and a commitment to a career in public service and advocacy sectors.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation received 629 nominations from 293 schools.

April 9, 2013

After 10 years as director of the Duke Center for Genome Ethics, Law and Policy, Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan has stepped aside to focus on research, policy engagement and teaching. He weighs in on the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding patentable genetic matter (in which he co-authored several amicus curiae briefs), the privacy implications of mapped genomes and his role in the new Duke in D.C. program.

April 5, 2013

Bill Adair, creator and editor of PolitiFact, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning website of the Tampa Bay Times, has been appointed the Knight Professor of Computational Journalism at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

April 2, 2013

As the debate over comprehensive immigration reform unfolds in Washington, a new report reveals dramatic changes in immigrant assimilation as a result of the so-called Great Recession. The report, “Measuring Immigrant Assimilation in Post-Recession America,” was authored by Sanford School of Public Policy Professor Jacob Vigdor for the Manhattan Institute.

April 1, 2013

Senior Ian Harwood chose to write an honors thesis as a way to prepare himself to effect social change.

“People that I knew had been sexually assaulted in a college setting, and I thought that was really messed up,” Harwood said. “I was really angry and I wanted to do something about it.”

March 28, 2013

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., diplomat, businessman and twice-elected Republican governor of Utah, will deliver part two of his Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture series, on Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m. at Duke University.

The talk, “Today’s Changing Political Landscape: Foreign and Domestic,” in Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy is free and open to the public.  A reception in the lobby will follow the talk.

March 21, 2013

“Money talks” has long been a truism in politics, but can ordinary citizen be heard by politicians and hold them accountable for policy? A panel of political scientists and practitioners discussed the question at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Wednesday night.

March 19, 2013

Here on the 10-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, I wonder how long it will be before we can discuss the war free from the contamination of myths. It may be sooner than many myth-purveyors expect.

March 19, 2013

Since I posted about the myths promulgated by critics of the Iraq war, it is only fair that I follow-up and demonstrate that I do know that (a) war supporters did not have a monopoly on truth either and (b) there are plenty of worthy debates about Iraq that could inform current policy challenges.