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Sanford Spearheads New Effort to Find Political Common Ground in N.C.

North Carolina’s contentious political climate is making national headlines. But there's a new effort to get people with differing political viewpoints talking civilly to each other. It’s called the N.C.


Retired Judges to Create Map for N.C. Redistricting Simulation

DURHAM, N.C. -- In the second of three events designed to simulate an independent, nonpartisan redistricting panel, 10 retired judges will gather in Raleigh on Friday, June 10, to draw a new, but unofficial, map of N.C. congressional districts.


Changing a Life Path for Dropouts

Certain life experiences can worsen the negative effects of dropping out of school, but interventions and treatments can improve the odds for dropouts, a new study finds.


More Psychotic Symptoms Among Children In Cities; New Study Explores Why

Lower social cohesion among neighbors and higher crime rates contribute to higher rates of psychotic symptoms among urban children, a new study from researchers at Duke University and King’s College London finds.


Sanford School Launches Nearly 300 Grads

During two ceremonies on Saturday, the Sanford School awarded diplomas to 185 undergraduates, 65 Master of Public Policy graduates, 35 Master of International Development Policy graduates from 18 countries and 6 PhDs.


Duke Athlete Balances Baseball, Policy

Between baseball and his coursework, Jalen Phillips PPS’16 has a lot on his plate.Phillips, a left-hander who plays first base and outfield for Duke, decided to study public policy to seek solutions to issues of inequality. “I find it interesting that there are pretty large disparities between what the wealthy could afford and what those that did not have much could afford,” the Ocoee, Fla., native said. “I realized that changes through policy … it is the sword that gets things done.”


STORIFY: #PubPol2016

This weekend we honor four groups of students—185 undergraduates, 65 Master Master of Public Policy students, 35 Master of International Development Policy graduates (representing 18 countries!) and 6 Ph.D graduates.  Scroll to see all #PubPol2016 submissions - and submit your thoughts and photos


Sanford Founder Joel Fleishman Featured in Rutherfurd Living History Interview [VIDEO]

When Professor Joel Fleishman set out to build a center for the study of public policy at Duke in the early 1970s, he and his colleagues envisioned creating a different kind of school, one where ethics, history and literature informed the science of policy making.


What I Learned From Sanford’s Innovative Course on Innovation

This year, for the first time, Sanford offered a course in Human Centered Design, which is both innovative as a course and teaches the tools of innovation to rethink the policy process. HCD principles are well known in the tech sphere. For example, designers watch people struggle with and then learn how to use a prototype smartphone. Watching people engage with the prototype for the first time gives designers key insights about how to improve the prototype for maximum usability. Public policy should benefit from the same philosophy.


LISTEN: 7 Conversations with Global Food Leaders

In the next fifteen years, three billion people are expected to join the middle class. This will put incredible pressure on global resources, including food and water. Recently some  of the most interesting people in global food policy came to Duke to discuss the matter. Sanford's dean, Kelly Brownell, recorded conversations with some of them.


Abele Award Winner Finds His Mission Where Two Roads Meet

Sanford student Bahari Harris, who is also pursuing an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, was named the Julian Abele Student of the Year. The award recognizes students who have excelled in the classroom, in community service and in campus involvement. Before Sanford, Harris started a nonprofit in Durham, N.C. called Urban Hope.


World’s Food Systems Need Overhaul, Experts Say

The world faces profound problems in supplying nutritious food to its growing population, yet few leaders recognize the urgency of the problems, a panel of food policy experts said Wednesday. The panelists gathered at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy to discuss “The Future of Food Policy.” They outlined a series of troubling major trends.