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Sanford Aims to Improve Pipeline to Public Service Careers

As the nation waits in anticipation for a resolution to the longest government shutdown in ­­­U.S. history, calls for fresh faces and new ideas are on the rise. But public-sector leaders under 30 -- such as newly elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the nation’s youngest-ever congresswoman -- are rare. What can be done to attract more young people to public service? The Sanford School of Public Policy and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service convened a workshop on Jan. 18 to address that question.


Chuck Todd on Journalism's Long Road Back to Win Public Trust

As personal attacks and distrust rise against the media, journalists must commit to thorough reporting, transparency and dispassionate coverage, "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd said Monday. This work is urgent, the NBC News political director stressed. “Every day I think about the crisis of 40 percent of the country thinking I am making something up.”


Retired Commander McChrystal to Speak at Duke

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, retired commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan who revolutionized the way military agencies coordinate counterterrorism efforts, will reflect on the U.S. since 9/11 during a free public talk on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Duke University.


Early choice of math among U.S. immigrant kids lead to STEM careers

U.S. immigrant children study more math and science in high school and college, which leads to their greater presence in STEM careers, according to new findings from scholars at Duke University and Stanford University.


Former IRS Commissioner to Speak at Sanford

Former IRS Commissioner and Duke University alumnus John Koskinen will give a free public lecture Thursday, Jan. 17, at Duke. In the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “A Life of Public Service,” Koskinen (T’61) will highlight accomplishments and challenges he faced during his career spanning 11 different public leadership positions.


Multimedia Feature: The Big Idea - Scorecard Diplomacy

Using data to rate countries doesn't just help us understand their behavior, it actually changes it.  


Multimedia Feature: The Big Idea - Preventing Violence

How can we prevent children from growing up to kill each other?


Nation’s Top Public Affairs Schools Announce Diversity Alliance

A collective of six schools of public affairs announced today the launch of the new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance, uniting top public affairs and policy schools across the country that share a commitment to encouraging, training, mentoring, and promoting diverse scholars of public affairs and policy. The Alliance, the first of its kind in public affairs, seeks to encourage and sustain a pipeline of candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy, and public administration.


CBS News Features Sanford Program that Helps the Nation's Newborns

When four Texas counties signed on to Family Connects International in September, they became the latest locations of a growing Sanford-based program that offers a fresh approach to newborn health. The program, which provides free nurse home visits to newborns and their parents, was profiled Jan. 2 on CBS This Morning.


Hotter Days Will Boost Chinese Residential Electric Use

DURHAM, N.C. – A new study from Duke University and Fudan University in China is the first to estimate how much Chinese residential electricity consumption would increase due to climate change. It’s a lot.  


The Sanford School's Top 10 Stories of 2018

Here are the top Sanford stories of 2018.


Not Just Baby Boomers: Mortality Rates for Gens X and Y Also Rising

Declining life expectancies in the U.S. include Gen X and Y Americans, in addition to the older Baby Boomers. But the causes of premature mortality vary by race, gender and ethnicity, according to a new study from Duke University.