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Study Suggests Conservation Policies Could Improve Human Health (Prof. Subhrendu K. Pattanayak)

Amazon Water Lillies via Wakx/Creative Commons

Measures taken to protect ecosystems and the environment could deliver public health benefits, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While research has shown that nearly one quarter of the global burden of disease can be attributed to poor environmental quality, very little scientific evidence supports the claim that conservation of ecosystems protects benefits human health. 


News Tip: Former NAFTA Negotiator Available to Comment on Trade Agreement


The U.S. House on Friday is expected to take up sharply contested bills related to the largest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement of the early 1990s. Frederick "Fritz" Mayer is professor of public policy, political science and environment at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He helped shepherd NAFTA to approval while working as senior international trade and foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley.


Sanford School Program Sparks Conference In South Africa

sunny Joburg

This article highlights a conference for African journalists—the Menell Media Exchange. The MMX conference welcomes more than 400 delegates to a two-day program in Johannesburg this weekend. The event  offers practical ways for journalists to improve their work, and advocate for press freedoms in South Africa and across the continent.


Sanford Professor Joins Committee on East-West Relations

Sanford School Professor Emeritus Ellen Mickiewicz is joining the board of directors of the American Committee for East-West Accord.


Career Advice From Sanford Grad, Top Young Healthcare Exec

Delvecchio Finley

Delvecchio Finley MPP'02, the 36-year-old CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has completed a lot of things that many people his age dream of. He managed to leave public housing in Atlanta behind, eventually earning a master's degree in public policy at Duke.  Since then, he’s risen swiftly in health care. Today, the 36-year-old Finley is CEO of one major medical center, Harbor-UCLA, and he's recently been tapped to lead another, Alameda Health System.


Sanford PhD Candidate Receives Horowitz Foundation Grant

Ying Shi, a doctoral candidate in public policy, has received a grant from the Horowitz Foundation for research in the social sciences. 


What Are The Two Key Questions Every Young Person Should Ask At Work?

Brandon Busteed

Sanford alum Brandon Busteed PPS ‘99 gave the commencement address to graduates of Augustana College (IL) on May 24, 2015. Busteed is an executive at Gallup, an organization known for its questions and surveys aimed at determining public opinion. Busteed says over the years, his organization has asked over tens of million people tens of thousands of different questions. But for a recent graduate, or someone new to the workplace, there are really only two questions that matter.


Alumnus Named Director of Duke in Washington Office

Duke alumnus Jeff Harris has been named director of Duke in Washington and associate director of federal relations for the university, said Christopher Simmons, associate vice president for federal relations. Harris is currently the senior manager for public affairs and policy program communications at the Aspen Institute where he manages public outreach, social media, media relations and other communications responsibilities.


NEWS TIP: Patriot Act Reforms Sufficient to Protect Privacy, Prohibit Governmental Abuse, Expert Says

If Congress does not act, only three provisions of the Patriot Act will expire on Sunday, and the vast majority of the law will remain in effect.


It's Official: Sanford School Celebrates 300 Graduates

smiling female graduate

During two graduation ceremonies on May 9, the Sanford School of Public Policy honored 300 students. The class of 2015 include 199 undergraduates, 60 Master of Public Policy (MPP), 37 Master of International Development (MIDP), and four PhD graduates.


Public Policy Senior Receives Griffith Service Award for Contributions to Global Community

Lucas Metropulos

While few undergraduate students launch nonprofits, Lucas Metropulos PPS’15 has done it twice. Lend a Hand Bahamas, his second nonprofit, earned him the William J. Griffith University Service Award in April for outstanding contributions to the global community.


Graduation 2015 Blog: Photos, Tweets and More

diploma rolls

This weekend we honor four groups of students—199 undergraduates, 60 Master of Public Policy graduates, 37 Master of International Development Policy graduates (who represent 21 countries!) and 4 Ph.D graduates.  Scroll to see all #PubPol2015 submissions.