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Public-Private Internship Initiative

Many public policy professionals move back and forth between jobs in the public and private sectors during the course of their careers. In Summer 2014, five public policy majors had positive internship experiences that combined both sectors through a pilot program developed by the Sanford Office of Career Services. 


Survey of Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR): Breadth and Depth

After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, researchers Elizabeth Frankenberg and Duncan Thomas collaborated with their colleagues at an NGO in Indonesia to study the impacts of the tsunami and to track recovery. The resulting project, called the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR), has been following 30,000 survivors ever since. 


MediaLab Boot Camp Gives Grad Students Hands-On Communications Experience

A special workshop offered at the Sanford School during fall orientation week introduced students to a range of tools and skills to help them translate research findings into engaging forms for journalists, policymakers, and others who lack the specialized knowledge they acquire as policy students.


Meet Sanford's Newest Faculty

The Sanford School added six new positions to the core faculty for the 2014-2015 academic year. The new faculty bring a mix of scholarship and experience in positions that will strengthen the school’s key policy areas.  


To Curb Violent Tendencies, Start Young

Aggressive children are less likely to become violent criminals or psychiatrically troubled adults if they receive early intervention, says a new study based on more than two decades of research.


Former World Trade Organization Director to Speak at Duke Oct. 30

Lamy will deliver the 2014 Von Der Heyden Lecture on “Global Value Chains and the New World of Trade,” as the keynote address of the Duke Global Summit on Governance and Development in a Value Chain World. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons and is free and open to the public.


New Duke-UNC Research Center to Explore Ways to Encourage Healthy Food Choices

The Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR Center) will develop strategies to promote healthy food choices, particularly among the 50 million Americans receiving federal food benefits. Matthew Harding, an assistant professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will direct the research program.


U.S. Security and Intelligence Studies to Grow at Triangle Universities

Programs in security and intelligence studies at four North Carolina universities, including Duke, took a step ahead last week with an award last week to the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) from the U.S. Department of Defense.


Sanford Steps Forward

Last spring, the Sanford School of Public Policy developed a new strategic vision intended to spark political engagement, broaden students’ experiences, and boost the school’s influence across the country and around the globe. As the school takes steps to bring this plan into focus, we invited faculty members Joel Fleishman, William Darity and Elizabeth Ananat to discuss the state of public policy, their most forward-thinking projects, and how to educate and inspire a new generation of leaders.


A Mentor for Life

Since her arrival at Duke in 1986 as an economist, Helen “Sunny” Ladd has garnered admiration for her engaging teaching style and influential research on school choice, accountability, and teacher labor markets, to name a few topics of interest. Ladd’s mentoring outside the Sanford Building has helped many Sanford alumni find their footing in the field of education policy.


Giving and Receiving in India

Under the stewardship of Sanford professor Anirudh Krishna, Duke’s educational outpost in Udaipur, India, has become a hub for research and experiential learning. The Summer School for Future International Development leaders, launched in Summer 2014, gives Duke students the knowledge they need to tackle rural poverty.


Alumnus Profile: Danny Werfel MPP'97

Daniel Werfel MPP’97 established a reputation as a problem-solver during his 15 years of service at the White House Office of Management and Budget. That reputation led to his appointment as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in May 2013, when the agency was under fire for possible political discrimination.