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Climate 21 Recommendations Submitted to New Administration

A project facilitated by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions lays out a path for the incoming U.S. presidential administration to take urgent and meaningful action to step up efforts to fight climate change starting on Inauguration Day.


Live Podcast Event: Climate Whistleblowers

The Ways & Means podcast​ team hosted the live Climate Whistleblowers event as a part of Duke Energy Week 2020. Featured guests include environmental justice activist Hilton Kelley. Kelley won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in Port Arthur, Texas. A former Hollywood stuntman, Kelley returned to his childhood home of Port Arthur to battle for environmental justice. Also, Karen Torrent, Policy Counsel for the National Whistleblower Center and Tim Profeta of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions


Research in Indian region shows high levels of COVID-19 exposure and growing epidemic in rural areas

India has reported the second highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, but those numbers are likely to be significant underestimates because of testing policies that focused on symptomatic cases and large numbers of asymptomatic cases in that population.


Student Voices: How One Arts-focused Foundation is Promoting a More Equitable and Just Society

The relationship between arts-focused philanthropy and social justice is not immediately intuitive. Philanthropic support of the arts is often associated with ballet, opera, museums, and the symphony, bringing connotations of wealth, power, and privilege instead of justice.


The Day After Election Day: An Expert Recap [POLICY 360 PODCAST]

In a special episode, Policy 360 joins a panel of Duke University experts for a debrief the day after election day 2020.


The Day After Election Day: An Expert Panel

On Wednesday, November 4, at 3:30 p.m., a panel of experts in constitutional and election law, political science, media, and comparative elections will come together virtually to talk about what they know now and what they think about the challenges to a fair and free election in “The Day After Election Day: An Expert Panel.”


Students compete in cybersecurity competition

A major health system reports a cyber attack, just as a high-ranking official is scheduled to have a major operation at the hospital. The health system is reporting issues of changed electronic health records, concerns about the attack spreading to critical infrastructure and conflicting information about who is responsible for the attack. Duke students spring into action, briefing senior policy officials to help protect the health system and the official. Though this simulated cyber attack is a scenario created by Duke’s Cyber student group for the 2020 Sanford-Crypsis Cyber Cup, the situation is a plausible one students might face in the working world.


Stand for Equity with Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander

On October 21, Professor Joel Fleishman welcomed Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander to his FIRG Seminar which was also part of the Sanford School’s ‘Stand For’ Series: Stand For Equity.


Everything You Need to Know About Voting in North Carolina [Podcast]

Elections are the bedrock of our democracy, but for so many of us the process around the ballot box, is a black box –a total mystery. This year, the doubts and uncertainties surrounding the election are at an all-time high as our circumstances are forcing massive changes in our normal election experience. This episode of the Policy 360 podcast takes a look behind the curtain to see what actually happens during elections and just how your vote counts and is counted.


Student Voices: The Rosetta Stone of Cybersecurity

In Intro to Cyber Policy, I heard our guest lecturer say: “The National Institute of Standards and Technology is the Rosetta Stone of cybersecurity.” Prior to the lecture, I had only a cursory understanding of the public policy role of National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST. I would not have thought of it as the key for deciphering how to provide robust cybersecurity.


Secrets of Great Political Leadership [Podcast]

On this episode of the Ways & Means podcast: what makes a great leader during a deeply divided time? And what can we learn from one of the most striking examples of leadership in history?


Filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is unlikely to significantly affect Egypt, but coordinated drought planning is essential, finds risk analysis

Near-term concerns about the impact of The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on water availability for Egypt and Sudan are unlikely to materialize, but drought preparedness will require careful coordination, suggests research published today by researchers from the University of Oxford, The University of Manchester, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Colorado Boulder, and Duke University.