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#HumansOfDukeSanford: Yuran Chen, PPS '18

My parents immigrated from China to Singapore when they were quite young for work. As a kid moving from Singapore to the US and fitting in here, I realized my life had been a lot easier. We were really lucky. But it’s so arbitrary. For another family, maybe they had a more difficult route getting here, which makes so much of a difference in where we turn out, but you can’t forget that we all started in the same place.


Political Operatives Discuss Presidential Campaigns at Duke

Two seasoned political operatives, Karl Rove and Jim Messina, met at Duke Tuesday to discuss the “strange” presidential campaign as it heads toward Nov. 8 -- Election Day.


Duke Reporter’s Lab Debuts New Fact-checking Technologies

Live fact-checking

Election season provides a deluge of information: from the debates to major policy speeches to political ads. It can be difficult to parse what’s true, what’s not and what’s a straight-up lie. However, several new projects led by the Reporters’ Lab, a program of the Duke Sanford School’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, are developing ways to improve that experience.


Ways & Means Podcast: Who Is White?

Very often, we toss around the terms “black, “Hispanic” and “white” as if we all agree on what they mean. Yet a look at history shows that ideas about our nation’s racial categories – what they are and who fits into them – are always changing.


Clinton Foundation President, Former HHS Secretary Visits Sanford

Donna Shalala

By Jackie Ogburn

Clinton Foundation President and CEO Donna Shalala drew on her long career in higher education, government, and philanthropy during a talk at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Wednesday.


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Adebimpe Mbang Femi-Oyewo, MIDP’18

“Right now in Nigeria, volunteering isn’t so big. We’re still a developing country, so most people are just thinking about how to get through the day. We want to create a culture of volunteerism by making it as easy and fun as possible. We’re also trying to demonstrate impact. So many of our nonprofits are underfunded and understaffed, so even though two hours of volunteer time seems small to us, it’s two hours that they don’t have to pay a professional. If you’re a photographer or an accountant, you can use those skills and put them on your resume. We’re trying to make volunteering a way of life; we want to build a vibrant community of Nigerians who want to change the world.” - Adebimpe Mbang Femi-Oyewo MIDP’18.


Podcast: What's Driving The Gender Pay Gap?

Women earn 17 percent less per week than men, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


News Tip: Violence in Hillsborough Does Appear to Be Act of Political Terrorism, Two Duke Professors Say

Over the weekend, the Orange County Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough, N.C., was firebombed. Two Duke professors – political scientist John Aldrich and national security expert David Schanzer, comment.


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Jessica Van Meir, PPS '17

I’m majoring in Public Policy and Gender Sexuality & Feminist Studies. My internship experience this summer actually didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to. I was supposed to be working for the U.S. Embassy in #Ecuador…but I didn’t get security clearance. They’ve been having issues getting stuff done on time. It’s a very bureaucratic process. So I ended up interning with an NGO in Ecuador called “Proyecto Transgénero,” which means “Project Transgender.”


Clinton Foundation President to Speak About Role of Philanthropy in Creating Social Change

Clinton Foundation President and CEO Donna Shalala will speak about the role of philanthropy in creating social change at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Quauhtli Olivieri

My name’s a bit tricky to spell, you might want to look at my Duke ID. Quauhtli (pronounced kwat-lee) means “eagle” in Aztec. It’s one of the symbols in the Aztec calendar, and there are other names that can derive from it. For example, Quauhtémoc was the last Aztec emperor, and his name means “eagle warrior.” It’s a root name.


Acclaimed Program Fails To Improve Health Care For Children In Rural India

A widely hailed initiative that combines franchising business models and telemedicine to deliver better quality health care in rural India has failed to improve care for childhood diarrhea and pneumonia, finds a large-scale study by researchers at Duke, Stanford and University College London. Preventable and treatable illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia claimed the lives of nearly a half million Indian children under age 5 in 2013 alone. In rural areas, health care services typically are provided by unqualified practitioners working in the informal sector, and the quality of care is often poor.