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Homeland Security Secretary to Visit Sanford for Anniversary of 9/11

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson will discuss threats at home and abroad at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy Thursday, Sept. 8, just days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


Sanford Alumna Combats Human Trafficking Around the World

Combating human trafficking around the world was not what Susan Coppedge PPS’88 expected to be doing after leaving Duke. Initially, she wanted to practice environmental law. But an experience while she was an assistant U.S. attorney put the Stanford law grad on the path that eventually would lead to her current job: Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State.


Nonpartisan Redistricting Panel Reveals Unofficial NC Congressional Voting Map

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A nonpartisan panel of retired North Carolina justices and judges on Monday unveiled a new, but unofficial, congressional map for North Carolina to demonstrate how independent redistricting can work in the state. The new congressional map is the culmination of a four-month-long redistricting simulation launched as a joint project between Duke University and Common Cause North Carolina. Comprised of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, the panel of 10 retired judges was led by former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justices Rhoda Billings and Henry Frye.


6 Concerns About Kids and Technology: What the Research Shows (Podcast)

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Kids these days are really wrapped up in social media. Ninety percent of young people have access to a mobile phone; on average, kids send upwards of 60 texts a day. Parents don’t always understand technology, so understandably, they have concerns.


Education: Lessons from London (Policy 360 Podcast)

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Since the late 1990s, the academic performance of many students in London has risen dramatically – so much so, it now exceeds national averages. The improvement is due largely to big gains in the 13 districts of Inner London – places with the greatest concentrations of low-income and minority students. Sanford professor Helen “Sunny” Ladd spent a month in two of those boroughs, Tower Hamlets and Hackney, in order to identify what policies are driving the change.


A Better Way to Evaluate Children and Schools? (Policy 360 Podcast)


There’s a lot of talk in the United States about how to best determine whether or not children are actually learning in our schools. In recent years, under federal No Child Left Behind guidelines, states were required to hold schools accountable for children’s test scores.


Meet Sanford's New Core Faculty Members

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The Sanford School has appointed five new members to the core faculty. They include scholars and practitioners, a Sanford alumna and a new leader for a major center.


The Politics of Climate Change (Policy 360 Podcast)

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Kelly Brownell and Billy Pizer discuss the pros and cons of different policy approaches to climate change, from carbon taxes to cleaner automobiles and renewable energy. They also discuss the potential for these options to succeed given the polarized political landscape.


Counter-Terrorism Expert Q&A on Attack in Nice, France (Prof. David Schanzer)

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On the night of July 14, a man drove a truck through the crowds attending a festival, killing more than 80 people and wounding many more. David H. Schanzer, associate professor of the practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University answered some questions about the attack.


Two Recent Duke Grads Begin Their Hart Fellowships

Two recent Duke graduates will begin their Hart Fellowships the week of July 11.  They will spend the next 10 months abroad, working with host organizations facing complex social, political and humanitarian challenges.


World Health Organization’s TB Care Advice Violated Standards, Researchers Say


The World Health Organization (WHO) violated sound standards of medical care and human rights by nudging poorer countries to follow less expensive, untested and largely ineffective treatment protocols for tuberculosis patients, a new paper by researchers at Duke, Brandeis and Harvard universities argues.


Disarming Honesty: Admitting Bias Makes Doctor Recommendations More Trustworthy

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Your doctor tells you that her advice is biased, because the treatment she’s recommending is in her field of expertise or training. So, you trust that recommendation more than you would if she hadn’t told you she was biased.