Assistant Research Professor Nathan Boucher researches the experiences and expectations of patients with advanced illness or at the end of life and ways to support their caregivers. He has experience in clinical medicine, health care administration and community-based research, and is a research health scientist at the Durham VA Health System.
Four Sanford School of Public Policy students recently won a major cyber policy competition.
Many students attended Good Reason, a two-day virtual immersion where artists, activists, academics and practitioners from a range of policy fields re-imagine how public policy can build a better world. Here are some resources for event attendees and others who want to get more inviolved.
The jaw-dropping insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, egged on by President Trump, has shone yet again a harsh spotlight on domestic terror groups, disinformation and the role the military plays in domestic security issues. Four Duke experts spoke Thursday on these and other topics during a virtual briefing for members of the media.
Mortality rates among young adults are rising in the U.S. due in part to “deaths of despair,” preventable deaths from suicide, drug overdoses and alcohol-related liver disease. An intensive childhood intervention program called Fast Track could help reduce these deaths by reducing risky behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood, finds new research from Duke University and the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group.
Throughout the fall semester, Sanford invited speakers who shared how and why they stand for important topics connected to policy. As we head into the holiday season and the end of 2020, Dean Judith Kelley is challenging the Sanford community – students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends – to reflect on the word or concept that each person stands for.
Mentoring is not uncommon in graduate school, but typically faculty members are mentoring students in their academic pursuits. Now, master of public policy students at the Sanford School can also find a career mentor through Sanford’s worldwide alumni network. The Sanford Mentoring Program matches current MPP students with Sanford alumni interested in offering support based on their own educational and professional experiences.
In her research as a cultural anthropologist, Duke Professor Anne-Maria Makhulu seeks to untangle the racial and class disparities that still exist in South Africa despite the transition to a Black-majority, democratic government.
I had heard about the notorious 48-hour memo, before I started at Duke, when I browsed the Duke Sanford YouTube page to learn a little more about the program. Before I accepted my admissions offer, I watched a video of Deandrea Newsome MPP‘20 go through her intensive 48-hour memo with three classmates. I watched in surprise: they somehow managed to be in the same space for almost two days, and by the end, they had crafted a 10-page memo on a topic that they didn’t know about.
David Miliband spoke virtually with Sanford Dean Judith Kelley and Gavin Yamey, professor of the practice of public policy and public health, on the current status of humanitarian work around the world and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The end of the Cold War is often considered a bit of a geopolitical anomaly. In 1980 the increasing antagonistic relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union caused many to fear that the conflict was once again on the path to nuclear fallout.