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Rachael Chong MPP'09 is Transforming Volunteering

Rachael Chong

Rachael Chong MPP'09 was working in investment banking and looking for ways to give back to the community.  She found herself hauling lumber in a schoolyard in the Bronx. It was good work, but it wasn’t work she was good at doing. In fact, she found it surprisingly hard to find volunteer opportunities that used her professional skills. So, she's created technology she hopes will transform philanthropy.


Dodge Elected to National Academy of Medicine


Kenneth A. Dodge, founding director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and William McDougall Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine.


Duke Launches New Health Policy Center with $16.5 Million Gift

Former FDA commissioner Mark McClellan

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University is launching a new health policy center whose goal is to develop ideas on health reform and move them into practical implementation, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Monday.


Sanford Prof's Work Misrepresented in Media

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When you study a public health issue as volatile and unrelenting as gun violence, inevitably you sometimes find yourself in the media spotlight – for the wrong reasons.


Sanford Pilots Local Government Innovation Program

Peter Ubel addresses packed crowd

The timing could not have been better. On September 15, President Obama issued an executive order: use behavioral science insights to better serve the American people. Two days later, 70 mayors, city managers and others from 30 local governments in North Carolina gathered at a Sanford School workshop to learn about that very thing. What is behavioral science, and how can it be used to spur innovation at the local level?


Malcolm Gillis, Duke and DCID leader, dies at 74

Malcolm Gillis

Malcolm Gillis, who began his career as a development economist at Duke University and helped guide the creation of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID), died Oct. 4 at age 74 in Houston, Texas. He was president emeritus of Rice University, University Professor, the Ervin Kenneth Zingler Professor of Economics and a professor of management. Duke Sanford School of Public Policy faculty remembered him for his keen intelligence, for his contributions to Duke and to higher education, and for his wit and warmth.


China Expert to Speak on Democracy vs. Meritocracy

Chinese flag courtesy Oarin via Flickr/CC

China expert and author Daniel A. Bell will argue the benefits of the Chinese-style political meritocracy in a panel discussion Monday, Oct. 19, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The event takes place at 5 p.m. in lecture hall 04 and is free and open to the public.


Sanford Students Develop 50-State Food Aid Database

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the largest and most costly food assistance program in the country. The intricate web of state-by-state policies and procedures that govern the program pose challenges for researchers and policymakers seeking to better understand it and suggest reforms. Now, a team of Sanford students has developed a database compiling SNAP and WIC benefit policies from all 50 states.


‘Hyphenated American’ Exhibit And Panel Discussion On Immigrant Identity Oct. 1

Phoenica Zhang's artwork.

Photographer and Duke alumna Angela Zhang ’15 will lead a panel discussion about her exhibition “The Hyphenated American” on October 1. Zhang created the exhibit featuring Duke students who are recent immigrants or who grew up in immigrant families as a project for her self-designed major in mass media and cross-cultural perception.


News Tip: China Cap-and-Trade Program Removes Justification for U.S. Inaction

China is expected to announce the details of a cap-and-trade program which will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, as part of measures aimed to address climate change. “China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, accounting for 30 percent of emissions. Anything done to ensure that the reduction targets announced earlier this year are met would be atmospherically significant. Legitimate action by China on climate change also removes a major justification for political inaction by the United States," says Tim Profeta.


Congratulations! #PolicyInAction Winners

Andrea Patiño Contreras taking photo.

Thank you to all who submitted photographs to Sanford's annual #PolicyInAction contest. This year we had close to 70 submissions from undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. The goal of the contest is to see what policy looks like to you. There are five winners.


'No Child Left Behind' Leaves Some Voters Behind

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When public schools receive failing grades, turnout increases in local school board elections, according to research from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. However, turnout increases unequally, with very different results among the rich and the poor.