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Marshmallows and Voter Turnout

Voter turnout in the United States is low. In last year’s midterm elections, only 36 percent of eligible voters turned out. Voter turnout is also unequal: educated, wealthier, and older voters are much more likely to vote.


Bootstraps Are for Black Kids

Black parents demonstrate an outsized commitment to using their limited resources to invest in their children’s education, a new study concludes. And that investment pays off; bringing their children to near parity in terms of educational achievement with their white counterparts.


Duke To Expand Environmental Policy Expertise In China

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) may soon offer a new professional degree for people interested in international environmental policy.


Promoting Accountability in Health Care Delivery in India

Fighting a typhoid outbreak in a village in Uttar Pradesh, India, might be as simple as disinfecting a pool of standing water with a bucket of bleach. But getting that bleach to the right person in the right village at the right time requires a system of health and government infrastructure that doesn’t really exist yet. Matt Bunyi MPP’16 worked with the government in this northern state in India on making public sector health workers accountable to the community to deliver that bucket.


Introducing POLIS: The Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation and Service

Politics.  An essential part of life or a dirty word? It depends on whom you ask.


EMBARK: New Program Helps Undergrads Launch Careers in Policy, Nonprofits & Advocacy

“When I come to the end of the road, will it matter to me more that I took a lucrative job out of college because it was the expected path, or did I pursue that dream to help start a secondary school …” wrote Jay Sullivan PPS’16. Sanford Career Services Office has a program designed to help students like him who want to pursue a less “expected path."


Should there be a "Sugar Tax" in Britain? Kelly Brownell on BBC

The Public Health England report was released yesterday after a long delay. The report takes a close look at what can be done about rising obesity rates in the United Kingdom.


Rachael Chong MPP'09 is Transforming Volunteering

Rachael Chong MPP'09 was working in investment banking and looking for ways to give back to the community.  She found herself hauling lumber in a schoolyard in the Bronx. It was good work, but it wasn’t work she was good at doing. In fact, she found it surprisingly hard to find volunteer opportunities that used her professional skills. So, she's created technology she hopes will transform philanthropy.


Dodge Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Kenneth A. Dodge, founding director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and William McDougall Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine.


Duke Launches New Health Policy Center with $16.5 Million Gift

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University is launching a new health policy center whose goal is to develop ideas on health reform and move them into practical implementation, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Monday.


Sanford Prof's Work Misrepresented in Media

When you study a public health issue as volatile and unrelenting as gun violence, inevitably you sometimes find yourself in the media spotlight – for the wrong reasons.


Malcolm Gillis, Duke and DCID leader, dies at 74

Malcolm Gillis, who began his career as a development economist at Duke University and helped guide the creation of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID), died Oct. 4 at age 74 in Houston, Texas. He was president emeritus of Rice University, University Professor, the Ervin Kenneth Zingler Professor of Economics and a professor of management. Duke Sanford School of Public Policy faculty remembered him for his keen intelligence, for his contributions to Duke and to higher education, and for his wit and warmth.