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02.03.2015

Durham Children's Data Center Aims to Improve Lives

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Leaders seeking to improve the lives of Durham’s children are joining forces to create the Durham Children’s Data Center, a hub for research into vital policy and practice questions. Initial partners in the Data Center include Durham County, the Durham Public Schools and Duke University. 

01.29.2015

EMS Workers Need Training in Reporting Child Abuse, Research Shows

As the first to respond when tragedy strikes, emergency medical services (EMS) workers can be critical witnesses to instances of child abuse and neglect. Yet many of North Carolina’s front-line medical workers are unaware of mandatory child abuse reporting laws or think such reports are someone else’s responsibility, says a newly published study by a recent Duke graduate.

01.28.2015

Alumnus Profile: Jack Conway '91 Follows His Heart

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When Kentucky attorney general Jack Conway ’91 stepped behind the podium last March to announce he would no longer defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban, he was, in effect, walking onto the national stage. What caught the attention of hundreds of thousands of online viewers was the catch in Conway’s voice when he discussed the role his wife played in his decision.

01.22.2015

Candice Odgers: Low-Income Boys Fare Worse in Wealth’s Shadow

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Low-income boys fare worse, not better, when they grow up alongside more affluent neighbors, according to new findings from Duke University. In fact, the greater the economic gap between the boys and their neighbors, the worse the effects, says the new article based on 12 years of research.

01.21.2015

Fact-Checking on the Rise Worldwide

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The number of fact-checking websites around the world has grown by 45 percent since last year, with 64 such sites now active on six continents, says a new Duke University survey. The key challenge for fact-checkers is to find a sustainable business model, according to Sanford Professor Bill Adair. 

01.13.2015

News Tip: Immigration Vote Part of ‘War By Other Means"

House Republicans are expected to vote this week on proposals to counter President Obama’s recent efforts at immigration reform. Noah Pickus, an associate research professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, is available for comment.

01.07.2015

Two Sanford Scholars Among Nation’s ‘Most Influential’ in Education

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Three Duke faculty members were ranked among the most influential scholars in the nation’s dialogue on education in a list released by Education Week today.

12.09.2014

News Tip: Experts Available to Comment on CIA Torture Report

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A U.S. Senate report released today examines the use of torture by the CIA. Duke faculty members David Schanzer and Charlie Dunlap Jr. are available for comment. 

12.04.2014

News Tip: U.S. Urged to Regularly Measure Social Cost of Carbon

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Billy Pizer, Brian Murray and Jonathan Wiener of Duke are among several co-authors of a Perspectives article on the topic forthcoming in Science magazine on Dec. 5, 2014.

11.13.2014

Sanford PhD Student Attends Conference with Nobel Laureates

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Sanford PhD candidate Ying Shi was one the young economists selected to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this past summer. The five-day conference featured lectures by 19 Nobel Laureates in economics and was held on the island of Lindau, Germany. 

11.13.2014

Public-Private Internship Initiative

Photo of Kelsey Sturman at the Capitol Building.

Many public policy professionals move back and forth between jobs in the public and private sectors during the course of their careers. In Summer 2014, five public policy majors had positive internship experiences that combined both sectors through a pilot program developed by the Sanford Office of Career Services. 

11.13.2014

Survey of Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR): Breadth and Depth

A child receives a STAR project health check in spring 2014.

After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, researchers Elizabeth Frankenberg and Duncan Thomas collaborated with their colleagues at an NGO in Indonesia to study the impacts of the tsunami and to track recovery. The resulting project, called the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR), has been following 30,000 survivors ever since. 

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