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Public Policy Major Shandiin Herrera One of Three Udall Scholarship Winners

 Shandiin H. Herrera

Shandiin Herrera, a public policy major, is one of the three Duke University students to receive a 2018 Udall Scholarship, which recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers in the environment or Native American tribal public policy or health care. This is the first time since 1997 that Duke has had three Udall Scholars awarded in a single year.


New York Times Reporters Talk Mueller Investigation

Robert Mueller

wo investigative reporters for The New York Times discussed the challenges of covering Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump administration Wednesday evening at Duke University. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman said it is important for them to be calm and balanced, even as many Times readers express concern about the administration. They seek to present a true account of the facts.


Successful Durham Infant Home-Visiting Program Goes National

A Duke professor is taking the successful model of Durham Connects—a nurse home visiting program for newborns —nationwide. Since the expansion began in October 2017, Family Connects has begun working in 26 communities across the country including Baltimore, Long Island, N.Y., Southern Santa Barbara County, Calif., and Travis County, Texas. Kenneth A. Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies at the Sanford School of Public Policy, is leading the project. More than 10 years ago, he collaborated with members of the Durham and Duke communities to create Durham Connects as a means for addressing high rates of child maltreatment in Durham County.


Exhibit Explores Duke, Durham During Terry Sanford Era

Terry Sanford talking with students, circa 1970

A new exhibit at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, “Terry Sanford: A Change Leader for Duke” explores the turbulent 15-year period from 1970 to 1985 when Sanford was the institution’s sixth president.

Sanford was a transformational leader who called upon Duke and its students to pursue “outrageous ambitions,” and quickly advanced Duke as it grew from a respected Southern university to a world-class research institution.


DNC Chair Turning Party into Year-Round, 50-State Organization

DNC Chair Tom Perez and Prof. Deondra Rose at Duke's Sanford School

Chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez took the position knowing it was “a turn-around job, where I needed to change the culture.” In a Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture Monday, Perez discussed how he is leading that culture change, what’s at stake, and the importance of the large millennial generation.


Childbirth, Babies & Bonuses [Podcast]

drawing of  a baby

More than 800 women die in childbirth every day in the developing world - often because doctors know what to do, they just don't do it. (There's even a name for this: the know-do gap.) Professor Manoj Mohanan, with collaborators from Harvard, Stanford and University College London decided to see if certain types of incentives could improve doctors' performance, especially when it comes to preventing women from hemorrhaging and dying in childbirth. This episode was recorded on location in rural India.


U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Says U.S. Showing Strong Leadership

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, delivered the Spring 2018 Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture to a sold-out audience in Page Auditorium on Thursday. “The era of leading from behind is over. It is a new day for the U.S.,” she said. “When the U.S. fails to lead, we suffer and the world suffers,” she said. Haley laid out the Trump administration’s approach to international relations in very black and white terms, and drew a distinction between domestic political opponents and “evil” foreign regimes. She also spent part of her talk encouraging students to pursue careers in public service.


Alumna Profile: Caroline Fairchild PPS'12 Is Changing the World of Media On LinkedIn

Caroline Fairchild

By Adam Beyer

When people think of LinkedIn, they think of it is as the leading social media network for professionals. But today, LinkedIn is a growing source of news and original reporting.


Bipartisanship Still Possible Says Sen. Olympia Snowe

Describing herself as “a recovering politician,” Sen. Olympia Snowe, former Republican senator and representative from Maine, Monday described the polarization in the nation’s capital as an “unfortunate and regrettable chapter in our political history.” Snowe gave the Crown Lecture in Ethics at the Sanford School, drawing on her experience as the first and only woman to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both chambers of Congress. She contrasted the bipartisan nature of government in the past with today’s extreme partisanship and dysfunction.


Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez to Speak at Sanford

Tom Perez

Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, will discuss civil rights, voter suppression and the evolution of the Democratic Party on Monday, April 9, at Duke University.


Duke Public Policy Graduate Programs Recognized Among the Best

Sanford exterior, blooming trees

Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy is recognized among the nation’s top graduate schools, according to the latest list of “Best Graduate Schools” compiled by U.S. News and World Report.


Exploring ‘Model Food Communities’

People at a food truck

The World Food Policy Center (WFPC) at the Sanford School of Public Policy has launched an initiative aimed at helping Durham County and Edgecombe County, in eastern North Carolina, with ongoing efforts to become model food communities.

“We already know there is a lot being done in these communities to address food concerns,” said Jen Zuckerman, director of strategic initiatives at WFPC. “Our goal is to be able to identify what is working, how it’s working why it’s working, and then go a step further – to develop and share best practices.”