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Talk by New Orleans 'Turnaround' Mayor Kicks Off Innovator-in-Residence Program

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will speak about his role in reinvigorating the Louisiana port city in a talk at Duke University on Monday, Nov. 28.

The 5:30 p.m. talk, “Transforming Cities Through Innovation,” is a Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture. The event, which is open to the public, will take place in Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and will kick off the Sanford School’s Innovator-in-Residence program.


Dodge Receives 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award From Child Mind Institute

Ken Dodge

Kenneth A. Dodge, the founding director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, has received the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Dodge is the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. He is the seventh recipient of the annual award, which honors outstanding contributions to child mental health research.


OSPRI To Offer Course in Open Governance Innovation

OSPRI course

Emerging open innovation strategies have organizations from private companies to government agencies reaching beyond their borders to develop new ideas and find creative solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems. The governance of open data is a key factor to the success of these strategies.


What Just Happened? Journalists Reflect On The Election At Zeidman Colloquium

Zeidman Colloquium

Four of the nation’s leading political reporters spoke to an overflowing crowd at the John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press on Saturday.

Titled “What Just Happened? Making Sense of the 2016 Election,” the talk featured reporters from The Washington PostThe New Yorker and Snapchat addressing the question of how Donald Trump won the election and how so many news readers—and writers—were blindsided by his victory.


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Lee Anne Jillings, PPS '88

Lee Anne Jillings

Charlie Clotfelter’s class was incredibly impactful and memorable. I’ve always been incredibly interested in public policy and human issues, and his class really brought those two together, from the role of the nonprofit in serving communities and needs that the federal systems wouldn’t support and private sector wouldn’t support. When I was at OSHA, after four years, I took a big risk and left to a startup nonprofit dealing with worker safety and health issues, and it was through inspiration from that class that it all fit together. To this day, I look back on that class as being one of the more impactful ones.


Early Childhood Spending Benefits Don't Fade Away, NC Study Finds

children sitting in circle on floor

North Carolina’s investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, research from the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy fin


Biologist Uses Media, Rhyme to Resist Pressure over His Findings

Tyrone Hayes presents the 2016 Crown Lecture in Ethics.

UC Berkeley biologist Tyrone Hayes describes himself as, in the beginning, “a little boy who liked frogs.” On Monday at the Sanford School of Policy, he recounted how he ended up in a decades-long crusade against atrazine and its maker, Syngenta, a global agrochemical company. Mother Jones magazine called it one of “the weirdest feuds in the history of science.”


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Anthony Alvernaz, PPS '17

Anthony Alvernaz, PPS '17

I’ll give you two answers for why I chose to major in both Public Policy and Computer Science. One is about my mantra about society and one is about the personal connections between the two. Personally, I would drive myself crazy just studying one discipline."


News Tip: ‘Unwritten Chapter in American Politics Has Opened,’ Expert Says

"A new unwritten chapter in American politics has opened. Trump's win was an ugly, divisive victory not supported by a majority of American voters. But it has overwhelmed the old Democratic and Republican establishments," says Pope "Mac" McCorkle, an associate professor of the practice in public policy at Duke University. "At the same time in North Carolina, a Republican appears to have become the first gubernatorial incumbent to lose a re-election bid.”


Hundreds of Students, Faculty Gather to Watch Election Returns

Students gathered in the Sanford building to watch the election returns.

Hundreds of Duke students flocked to the Sanford building Tuesday night to watch live election returns. 


10 Things We Learned From Sanford's Podcasts This Election Cycle

The Sanford School has recently launched several podcasts, and in the lead-up to the election, we wanted to share some of our favorite insights from two of our flagship series.


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Matthew Borden Nuñez, MPP '16

"Before coming to Sanford, I was in the Peace Corps in Indonesia as an education volunteer. It was there that I saw how bad environmental problems are. I remember when I was hiking in the jungle with some friends, and all of a sudden, we came to a clearing. The whole side of the mountain had been razed. They cut all the trees down. My friend told me that this had been done on government territory. It was illegal and it was going to affect the local economies. Here at Sanford, I'm focusing on environmental policy, specifically as it relates to climate change."