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Doris Kearns Goodwin on Presidential History as Storytelling

"My love of history came from recording baseball games for my father,” said presidential historian and best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin to a full house in the Reynolds Auditorium on Nov.


Is China at Risk for an HIV Epidemic? Using Networks to Model Spread of Disease

Sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and chlamydia have spread widely in China during the past few decades, prompting concerns among policymakers and researchers that HIV might do the same.


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: Center for Politics

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.


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.


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.