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Introducing POLIS: The Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation and Service

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Politics.  An essential part of life or a dirty word? It depends on whom you ask.


EMBARK: New Program Helps Undergrads Launch Careers in Policy, Nonprofits & Advocacy

“When I come to the end of the road, will it matter to me more that I took a lucrative job out of college because it was the expected path, or did I pursue that dream to help start a secondary school …” wrote Jay Sullivan PPS’16. Sanford Career Services Office has a program designed to help students like him who want to pursue a less “expected path."


Should there be a "Sugar Tax" in Britain? Kelly Brownell on BBC

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The Public Health England report was released yesterday after a long delay. The report takes a close look at what can be done about rising obesity rates in the United Kingdom.


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.


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.


China Expert to Speak on Democracy vs. Meritocracy

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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.


‘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.