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Sanford Professor Contributed to Report on Planetary Health Released Today

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A new report released today by The Rockefeller-Foundation – Lancet Commission on Planetary Health calls for immediate, global action to protect the health of human civilization and the natural system on which it depends. 


Nuclear Deal with Iran "Major Achievement" Says Prof. Bruce Jentleson

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"The nuclear non-proliferation deal announced today with Iran is a major achievement in five main respects,” says Bruce Jentleson, a Duke University professor of public policy and political science and a former senior adviser to the U.S. State Department policy planning director.


Farmer Dave Delivers Fresh Food To Duke Sanford Every Tuesday

David Barrett farmer, walking down road

David Barrett delivers fresh fruit and vegetables each week for much of the year to Sanford School faculty and staff who have signed up for his community supported agriculture venture (CSA). He heads Dig It Farm in Bahama, N.C. 


#SanfordReads - Look At Our Summer Reading List, Share Your Ideas

Delicious Foods book jacket

Looking for something good to read this summer? All summer long we will be sharing ideas from our faculty and staff.


Law Enforcement Ranks Anti-Government Extremism as Most Prevalent Terrorist Threat

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U.S. law enforcement agencies rank the threat of violence from anti-government  extremists higher than the threat from radicalized Muslims, according to a report released Thursday by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS).


Kristin Rechberger PPS’95: Dig Deep and Follow Your Passion

Rechberger scuba diving, posing near a giant clam

Kristin Rechberger’s travels have taken her all around the world – from the Arctic Circle to tropical islands in the Pacific. But she never goes on vacation. “I go where I think I can make an impact,” the founder and CEO of Dynamic Planet said. Her company works with businesses and governments across the globe to help them find ways to restore nature.


Faculty Profile: William A. Darity, Jr. on Stratification Economics and Leadership at Duke and Beyond

Why are some people rich and others poor? Why are some places affluent while others not? These are the questions that first motivated Professor William Darity, Jr. to study economics.


Study Suggests Conservation Policies Could Improve Human Health (Prof. Subhrendu K. Pattanayak)

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Measures taken to protect ecosystems and the environment could deliver public health benefits, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While research has shown that nearly one quarter of the global burden of disease can be attributed to poor environmental quality, very little scientific evidence supports the claim that conservation of ecosystems protects benefits human health. 


News Tip: Former NAFTA Negotiator Available to Comment on Trade Agreement


The U.S. House on Friday is expected to take up sharply contested bills related to the largest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement of the early 1990s. Frederick "Fritz" Mayer is professor of public policy, political science and environment at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He helped shepherd NAFTA to approval while working as senior international trade and foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley.


Sanford School Program Sparks Conference In South Africa

sunny Joburg

This article highlights a conference for African journalists—the Menell Media Exchange. The MMX conference welcomes more than 400 delegates to a two-day program in Johannesburg this weekend. The event  offers practical ways for journalists to improve their work, and advocate for press freedoms in South Africa and across the continent.


Sanford Professor Joins Committee on East-West Relations

Sanford School Professor Emeritus Ellen Mickiewicz is joining the board of directors of the American Committee for East-West Accord.


Career Advice From Sanford Grad, Top Young Healthcare Exec

Delvecchio Finley

Delvecchio Finley MPP'02, the 36-year-old CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has completed a lot of things that many people his age dream of. He managed to leave public housing in Atlanta behind, eventually earning a master's degree in public policy at Duke.  Since then, he’s risen swiftly in health care. Today, the 36-year-old Finley is CEO of one major medical center, Harbor-UCLA, and he's recently been tapped to lead another, Alameda Health System.