Duke Digest – April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017

In Today’s Issue:

  • We’ve Moved!
  • A Life of Service
  • Engineering Dean Talks Diversity
  • Students on the Hill
  • Number Sense
  • Officers in Classrooms
  • Cherry Blossoms 

Duke in DC’s NEW OFFICE!

Duke in DC recently expanded into a new office on Pennsylvania Ave. Tour the space and learn more about what we do in the nation’s capital!


But the impact is real, according to Duke alum Emily Hadley T’15 who is now an advisor with the Duke College Advisory Corps. The program is run by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the largest grant-maker for service and volunteering in the U.S. and engages more than five million Americans through its core programming.

Emily turned down a top consulting job to become the first full-time college adviser for a small high school in rural Sampson County, North Carolina. She works with students who have overcome incredible adversity and are on paths to be the first in their families to attend college.

Over the past two years, she has helped these students write college essays, take standardized tests, go on college visits, put together college applications, practice for scholarship interviews, submit financial aid paperwork and develop their postsecondary plans. She listens to their stories, celebrates their successes, challenges their biases and develops advising relationships that will likely last long after her contract is done.

Work That Truly Pays


Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Dean Ravi Bellamkonda explains why diverse university settings can be an important catalyst in helping society confront and overcome biases.

“This is a thing we shouldn’t lose sight of, the university as the convener of people from all over the world… to expand the ‘us’ and to shrink the ‘them”


Sophomore Jacob Glasser led his fellow students on an advocacy day to Capitol Hill this last Monday April 10. They spoke with congressional staffers about the need to support crucial research funding in the upcoming budget process.

They stressed that research furthers one’s understanding of the world, drives innovation and informs policy. In addition, research endows students with formative experiences and essential job skills. Investment in education and research has a multiplier effect as high-tech jobs catalyze a chain of economic effects both inside and outside the industry.


The percent of public investment as a share of GDP needed to drive a 10% bump in economic growth.

Proper Dividends


For the past five years, the Sanford School’s Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program has been a year-long academic home for FBI, Army and Navy officers. The results have outshot the expectations of fellows, faculty and students alike and benefited both the military and Duke communities.

Directed by Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice Tim Nichols, this year’s program includes four Army officers and one Navy officer. They take core courses on national security decision-making and strategic intelligence taught by Nichols. They also conduct an independent, year-long research project, but are otherwise free to set their curriculum. Most focus on public policy courses or Fuqua School leadership classes, but Nichols said some branch out into the humanities, engineering, and other areas at Duke.

“The idea of sending military officers to a university is one way the military can prevent group think,” said Army aviator COL Chris Black. “If all officers are going to the same war college, you’re going to get group think. Bringing officers to Duke ensures we get a wider view of potential questions and answers that go outside the military spectrum of thinking.”


Think D.C. is the only place with spring blossoms?