DC Digest – October 6, 2014

In Today’s Issue:

  • Duke Elections Discussion Series: Education Wrap-Up and What’s Next
  • Duke University Librarian Named to Presidential Commission
  • Duke U Experts Brief Congressional Staff on State of Ebola
  • News from Duke in Washington


DUKE ELECTIONS DISCUSSION SERIES: EDUCATION WRAP-UP AND WHAT’S NEXT

Weren’t able to join us for last week’s Duke election discussion series focused on education?  Read a recap of the conversation between Barbara Jentleson, assistant professor of the practice of education, Jenni Owen, lecturer in public policy and director of policy initiatives at the Center for Child & Family Policy, and Mike Lamb (T ’05), a former Department of Education official.

Join us this week for the next installment of the series, a conversation on the impact of international issues on the midterm elections featuring education experts at Duke and in DC.

Read More:
Education: A Complex but Universal Campaign Issue (governmentrelations.duke.edu)
Watch the recording here

DUKE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN NAMED TO PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION
Naomi Nelson (T ’88), the Duke University assistant university librarian and director of the Rubenstein Library, was named to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, President Obama announced Friday, October 3. Nelson’s current research interests center on managing and providing access to born-digital materials and on leveraging the new avenues for humanities research opened by digital formats. She has previously participated in a multi-institution NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up grant exploring approaches to collecting and managing born-digital literary materials.

Read more:
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts (www.whitehouse.gov)


DUKE U EXPERTS BRIEF CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON STATE OF EBOLA

Last week two Duke University experts in global heath and infectious diseases shared updates on the current state of the Ebola epidemic with Congressional staff and other policymakers in Washington, D.C. via a conference call. Dr. Michael Merson, the founding director of the Duke University Global Health Institute, and Dr. Chris Woods, co-director of the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health and Chief of Infectious Diseases and hospital epidemiologist for the Durham VA Medical Center, discussed the state of the disease globally, and addressed concerns over transportation and airline safety, as well as the military’s role in responding to the ongoing outbreak. The call took place after Tuesday’s announcement of the first case diagnosed within the United States.

Interested in receiving notifications for future conference calls with Duke University experts? Please email landy.elliott@duke.edu to receive future announcements.

Read More:
DGHI Experts Brief U.S. Congressional Staff on Ebola (globalhealth.duke.edu)


NEWS FROM DUKE IN WASHINGTON
September at Duke in Washington officially signaled the end of the DC summer, bringing with it a congressional briefing on NC in the global economy; a new semester for Duke Law in DC; a Nicholas Institute summit on endangered species; a Fuqua admissions session; and a FOCUS undergraduate field trip. September also saw the launch of the Duke Elections Discussion Series, an ongoing program that takes an in-depth look at the issues central to the midterm elections. The first three installments focused on a midterms overview, healthcare, and education.  Please join us for future sessions, on campus or in DC, every Thursday at 4pm until November 13.