Office of Federal Relations

The Office of Government Relations represents the interests of the University's faculty, students and staff on matters of legislation and regulations before the federal government in Washington, D.C. By drawing upon the wealth of expertise and resources within the Duke community, we seek to inform and impact the conversation within the Washington, D.C. community. The diversity of the issues affecting the University is as diverse as our community and academic endeavors. The Office of Government Relations tracks legislation regarding issues as wide-ranging as federal student aid programs; funding for scientific research; immigration policies; and technology transfer and intellectual property law. The staff serves as a resource to both the communities on campus and in Washington, D.C. Should you require any assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Capitol Connections Blog

Science a waste of money? "Waste book" misses the big picture

December 07, 2015

Originally posted on the Duke Research Blog: Sheep in microgravity. An experiment involving a monkey in a hamster ball on treadmill. These are among more than 100 descriptions of what Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, deems wasteful federal spending Read More...

Celebrating #NEHturns50 with President Brodhead

September 29, 2015

Here’s a tidbit for all the history buffs out there: today marks the 50th anniversary of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, an act that created the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), considered the first “grand Read More...

Making Her "CASE" on Capitol Hill

April 27, 2015

Graduate student Victoria Nneji has been trained in the universal nature of the scientific method; but, during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., the first-year Masters of Engineering Management candidate learned another universal truth: all politics is local. Nneji gained Read More...


Research Spotlight

Dr. Mary "Missy" Cummings

Human-Computer Interactions - Drones

Missy Cummings, Associate Professor, Duke University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and the Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Department