News & Commentary - Archive 2013

February 14, 2013

Professor Ken Dodge, director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, will host the first meeting of a think tank on assessment measures of learning in grades K-3 sponsored by the NC Department of Public Instruction.  The panel will meet in Rubenstein Hall at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Friday, Feb. 15.

February 13, 2013

Six-term U.S. Senate veteran Richard Lugar used his first speech since leaving office last month to address the nation’s ”out of control” partisanship, criticize Congress for failing basic tests of governing and call on President Obama to sit down with political foes for potentially healing dialogs.

February 12, 2013

Is anyone else alarmed over the reckless changes to our unemployment insurance system being rushed through in Raleigh? As a historian of the 20th-century United States, I'm stunned at both the radical-right content of the changes approved and the refusal of the new supermajority in the N.C. General Assembly to allow public hearings and debate.

February 11, 2013

Each year, hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians are branded as criminals for committing offenses as minor as fishing without a license or driving with an expired license tag. They lose wages while they spend time in court. Employers lose out when their employees miss work.

And citizens lose as the result of millions of taxpayer dollars spent to usher these and other minor offenses through an already overburdened court system.

February 8, 2013

Former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has been named a distinguished visiting fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy for the fall semester, Sanford School Dean Bruce Kuniholm announced Friday.

February 7, 2013

Now that President Obama has put climate change back on the table in his second inaugural address, a new national poll finds growing public support for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and requiring utilities to switch to lower-carbon fuel sources.

February 6, 2013

The US National Institutes of Health has warned that research is at a “crucial juncture”. Bioethicists are fretting. Scientists are anxious. And all because an article in Science last month raised doubts about the privacy of volunteers who hand over their genetic data.

February 1, 2013

The flood of money in political campaigns unleashed by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision has had a corrupting influence on both elections and governance, a panel of politicians and activists said Thursday. The event, “Big Money vs. Grassroots Democracy: Empowering Citizens to Take Back Their Government” was part of symposium on the issue taking place at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

February 1, 2013

The number of homegrown terrorism incidents by Muslim-Americans has dropped for the third consecutive year, a study released Friday by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security has found.

Fourteen Muslim-Americans committed or were charged with terrorist crimes in 2012, down from 21 in 2011, 26 in 2010 and 49 in 2009.

January 30, 2013

Kelly Brownell, the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a leading authority on public policies to enhance nutrition and combat obesity, will become the next dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Peter Lange announced Wednesday.