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Alumnus Named Director of Duke in Washington Office

Duke alumnus Jeff Harris has been named director of Duke in Washington and associate director of federal relations for the university, said Christopher Simmons, associate vice president for federal relations. Harris is currently the senior manager for public affairs and policy program communications at the Aspen Institute where he manages public outreach, social media, media relations and other communications responsibilities.


NEWS TIP: Patriot Act Reforms Sufficient to Protect Privacy, Prohibit Governmental Abuse, Expert Says

If Congress does not act, only three provisions of the Patriot Act will expire on Sunday, and the vast majority of the law will remain in effect.


It's Official: Sanford School Celebrates 300 Graduates

During two graduation ceremonies on May 9, the Sanford School of Public Policy honored 300 students. The class of 2015 include 199 undergraduates, 60 Master of Public Policy (MPP), 37 Master of International Development (MIDP), and four PhD graduates.


Public Policy Senior Receives Griffith Service Award for Contributions to Global Community

While few undergraduate students launch nonprofits, Lucas Metropulos PPS’15 has done it twice. Lend a Hand Bahamas, his second nonprofit, earned him the William J. Griffith University Service Award in April for outstanding contributions to the global community.


How the WTO Became an Arbiter of Environmental Policy (Prof. Tana Johnson)

Over the years the World Trade Organization has become important—though not always appreciated—for its impact on environmental and energy policy. In a new article, Sanford professor Tana Johnson explains how the structure of the organization plays a role in environmental policy. 


Has the NIH Lost Its Halo? (Prof. Robert Cook-Deegan)

After decades of strong budget growth, the National Institutes of Health now faces an increasingly constrained funding environment and questions about the value of its research.


Graduation Speaker: Sean Knierim MIDP’08, The Unexpected Path

When Sean Knierim MIDP’08 imagined his career path, his vision looked very different than the reality turned out to be.

“Every time I’ve been confident about what I was going to do next, I’ve been wrong,” Knierim said. The alumni speaker for Duke Sanford School of Public Policy’s 2015 master’s and PhD graduation ceremony, Knierim had originally planned to be an academic. He now works as the chief of staff at the Jeff Skoll Group, which includes media and entertainment companies, several philanthropic groups and an investment company.  


'Outrageous Ambition': Sanford’s Strategic Vision

With a new leadership team, an extraordinary faculty and staff, great students and a university committed to the creation of “knowledge in the service of society,” we are well positioned to make an even greater impact on the world.


‘Scorecard Diplomacy:’ Rating Nations on the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Across the globe, 21 million people are victimized by human trafficking, a form of modern slavery. Judith Kelley has devoted much of the past three years to studying the United States’ efforts to fight this persistent problem. She has focused her analysis on the impact of the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) annual report.


Electricity Consumption Increases With Automatic Bill Payment, Here's Why (Prof. Steven Sexton)

The adage “out of sight, out of mind” applies to electricity use, according to new research from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Customers using automatic bill payment used greater amounts of electricity on average. 


Orphaned Boys As Vulnerable To Abuse As Girls (prof. Kathryn Whetten)

Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) face a high risk of trauma, with physical and sexual abuse being by far the most prevalent traumatic events. New research shows that orphaned boys in these settings are just as likely to experience abuse as girls. As a result, the study authors suggest targeting more support services and prevention programs toward protecting vulnerable boys.


Legalized Marijuana Presents Recruiting Dilemma for US Military

An Army officer at the local recruiting officer is talking to an 18-year-old, a physically fit high school graduate with good grades and a clean record, who is eager to enlist. But he also uses marijuana. If the recruiting office is in Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal but still against federal law, the Army loses a promising recruit. A team of Sanford students tackled this policy problem.