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Timing of SNAP Benefit Affects Children’s Test Grades

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DURHAM, N.C. -- For schoolchildren who receive food through the monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which day payment arrives affects their academic performance, according to new research from Duke University.


Analysis: Are We on Track to Achieve SDG Goals for Maternal and Child Health?

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Seventy-six countries are off track to meet ambitious global health targets for maternal and child health, according to an analysis by researchers from the Brookings Institution and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). If those countries were to recover and accelerate their progress according to the targets, the authors note, 11.8 million lives—1.6 million mothers and 10.2 million children—could be saved.


How to reduce school shootings (arming teachers won’t help)

The tragic Parkland, Fla., shooting on February 14th is yet another dreadful reminder that schools are no sanctuary against mass violence. Americans are surely united in wanting reforms that could prevent these rampages and make the schools safer. Some reforms look promising and are worth discussing. But the reform that is getting the most attention in this bizarro era we live in — arming teachers with concealed handguns — would likely make things worse.


Presidential March Madness [Podcast]

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It’s March Madness, but instead of basketball, we’re pitting U.S. presidents from throughout the ages against each other. Who will be crowned the best president?  Will it be Washington or Honest Abe?  Maybe FDR?  What criteria should we be using to determine what makes a great president? Guests include Frederick “Fritz” Mayer and BJ Rudell from POLIS, the Duke Center for Political Leadership, Innovation & Service.


Prof. Gunther Peck to take over Hart Leadership Program

Gunther Peck and Alma Blount

Gunther Peck, associate professor of public policy and history, will take over as director of the Hart Leadership Program July 1. His appointment comes as Alma Blount, who has served as director since 2001, will be retiring from her position.


Former Senator Olympia Snowe to Speak at the Sanford School

Olympia Snowe

Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, now a senior fellow of the Bipartisan Policy Center, will discuss the ethical implications of the current political climate in a free public talk on Monday, March 26, at Duke University.


Ambassador To The U.N. Nikki Haley To Speak At Duke

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Trump’s Cabinet and National Security Council, will give a free public talk on Thursday, April 5, at Duke University. The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “Confronting Today’s Global Governance Challenges,” will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in Page Auditorium. 


Former Director of National Intelligence Warns About World Threats

James Clapper

The former director of national intelligence said Monday he has “high confidence” in the conclusion that Russian meddling helped Donald Trump get elected, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved.


Powering the World [Podcast]


It’s estimated that 1.2 billion people around the world live without electricity. Another billion have only limited access to electricity. And billions more lack access to clean fuel and technology for cooking. There’s an exciting new project designed to address the energy needs of the world’s poor. It’s called the Energy Access Project.


How Sputnik Sent Women to College [Podcast]

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Today, women outnumber men on college campuses, but that wasn't always the case. Before the 1960s, colleges routinely used gender quotas to suppress the number of women on campus. Some colleges excluded women entirely. There's a curious backstory to how more women ended up in college, and it starts with the Soviet’s launch of the satellite Sputnik in 1957.


Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper To Speak At Sanford

James Clapper

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence under President Obama, will discuss the United States' security vulnerabilities in a free public talk on Monday, March 5, at Duke University.


Alum Pearce Godwin leads Program to Promote Political Dialogue

Pearce Godwin

Sitting on a bus in Uganda, Pearce Godwin PPS’08 felt the urge to write. He had been following the political news from his home state of North Carolina and felt troubled by what he saw as increasingly vitriolic political rhetoric.