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09.30.2014

A Mentor for Life

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Since her arrival at Duke in 1986 as an economist, Helen “Sunny” Ladd has garnered admiration for her engaging teaching style and influential research on school choice, accountability, and teacher labor markets, to name a few topics of interest. Ladd’s mentoring outside the Sanford Building has helped many Sanford alumni find their footing in the field of education policy.

09.30.2014

Sanford Steps Forward

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Last spring, the Sanford School of Public Policy developed a new strategic vision intended to spark political engagement, broaden students’ experiences, and boost the school’s influence across the country and around the globe. As the school takes steps to bring this plan into focus, we invited faculty members Joel Fleishman, William Darity and Elizabeth Ananat to discuss the state of public policy, their most forward-thinking projects, and how to educate and inspire a new generation of leaders.

09.29.2014

Giving and Receiving in India

A group of children in India

Under the stewardship of Sanford professor Anirudh Krishna, Duke’s educational outpost in Udaipur, India, has become a hub for research and experiential learning. The Summer School for Future International Development leaders, launched in Summer 2014, gives Duke students the knowledge they need to tackle rural poverty.

09.08.2014

Alumnus Profile: Danny Werfel MPP'97

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Daniel Werfel MPP’97 established a reputation as a problem-solver during his 15 years of service at the White House Office of Management and Budget. That reputation led to his appointment as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in May 2013, when the agency was under fire for possible political discrimination.

09.04.2014

Darity to Head New Initiative in Social Equity Research

Sandy Darity

The Trinity College of Arts and Sciences has launched a new initiative focused on the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of uneven and inequitable access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, said Trinity College Dean Laurie Patton.

09.01.2014

Sanford Dean Kelly Brownell Discusses Food Policy

One of the world’s foremost experts on the obesity epidemic, Kelly Brownell was named dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy in 2013 after serving eight years as founding director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.

08.24.2014

Michael Sorrell MPP'90/JD'94, Turnaround Artist

Michael Sorrell with PQC students

Lawyer and businessman Michael Sorrell MPP'90/JD’94 took the reins at Paul Quinn College, a historically black college (HBCU) in Dallas on the verge of collapse, in the spring of 2007. Sorrell turned the situation around with significant changes and accomplishments during his tenure.

08.23.2014

Prof. Stephen Kelly: How the Carolinas Fixed Their Blurred Lines

Border disputes between American states are as old as the republic, but in today’s highly charged political atmosphere they often take an ugly turn.

07.15.2014

Do Daughters Cause Divorce? Maybe Not

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In the U.S., couples with daughters are somewhat more likely to divorce than couples with sons. Many scholars have read those numbers as evidence that daughters cause divorce. But new research from Duke University suggests something quite different may be at play: the robustness of female embryos.

04.21.2014

Tana Johnson: Q&A Global Energy Governance

Tana Johnson, assistant professor of public policy and political science, contributed to Global Governance 2022 in which she and others envisioned how global energy structures might look in 10 years. 

04.17.2014

Stan Paskoff Among Faculty, Staff Honored with Presidential Awards

Presidential Awards

This week, President Richard H. Broadhead honored five Duke employees with the Presidential Award for outstanding service in 2013.  

11.01.2013

Home Nurse Visits Reduce Infants’ Health Costs

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In a paper in Pediatrics, researchers Kenneth Dodge and Ben Goodman of the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy describe key findings from an evaluation of Durham Connects, a nurse home-visiting program in Durham County.

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