Duke Digest — April 6, 2015

In today’s issue:

  • Duke Joins #Final4Research Campaign
  • President Brodhead Talks Sequestration, Student Aid in Hill Visits
  • Duke Dean of Engineering Presents Education Pledge to White House
  • Senators Quote Duke Prof in Letter to Dept. of the Interior
  • Duke Prof Nominated Chair of US Marine Mammal Commission
  • Duke Prof Named Kissinger Chair at Library of Congress
  • Romney to Speak at Duke April 8
  • Oceanfront Property Values to Drop Dramatically If Federal Subsidies Erode
  • CFO Survey: Wage Hikes Expected
  • Dukies on the Move

 

DUKE JOINS #FINAL4RESEARCH CAMPAIGN
The university communities of Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin may have had basketball foremost on their minds this weekend, but year-round those minds are performing some extraordinary research. From pioneering the touch screens and weather satellites that we all take for granted to discovering life-saving treatments, these four top-tier research universities perform nearly $3 billion in research and development each year, making them economic engines for their states while boosting the nation’s global competitiveness.

“We are proud of our team and their great success this year, which only helps call more attention to the breakthroughs that occur every day at Duke in our understanding of the world around us,” said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead.  “It’s like winning the national championship in medicine, technology, behavior and culture, among others.”

Read More:
Final Four Schools are Also Champions of Research (today.duke.edu)

PRESIDENT BRODHEAD TALKS SEQUESTRATION, STUDENT AID IN HILL VISITS
President Brodhead traveled to DC on March 24th to discuss issues related to sequestration, research funding, the future of the National Science Foundation (NSF), reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and student aid.

While on Capitol Hill, Brodhead met with Senator Rand Paul (M ’88, R-KY), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (T ’75, R-WV), Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Representative Dave Trott (L ’85, R-MI) to discuss these and other topics.

Read More:
President Brodhead Talks Sequestration, Student Aid in DC (FederalRelations.duke.edu)

DUKE DEAN OF ENGINEERING PRESENTS EDUCATION PLEDGE TO WHITE HOUSE
In a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama on March 24, Duke and more than 120 other U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

Tom Katsouleas, Dean of Pratt School of Engineering, was part of a five-person delegation that delivered a letter of commitment to the White House, pledging to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.  The initiative, co-led by Katlsouleas, Yannis Yortsos (University of Southern California), and Richard Miller (Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering), was signed by more than 120 engineering deans.

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SENATORS QUOTE DUKE PROF IN LETTER TO DEPT. OF INTERIOR
Drew Shindell, a professor of climate change at the Nicholas School of the Environment, was quoted last week in a letter by seven U.S. Senators urging the Department of Interior to gather more public information when proposing updated air permitting regulations for offshore drilling activities in Alaska’s coastal waters. In the letter, Shindell is quoted as saying: “It’s clear from the science that emissions from uncontrolled diesel engines are harmful to the climate, and black carbon emissions would be especially damaging in the Arctic.”

Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Angus S. King, Jr. (I-Maine), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) signed the letter.

Read More:
Senators Schatz, Whitehouse, King, Markey, Boxer, Warren, Sanders Urge Department of the Interior to Solicit Information on Black Carbon Pollution (schatz.senate.gov)

DUKE PROF NOMINATED CHAIR OF US MARINE MAMMAL COMMISSION
President Barack Obama on March 18 announced his intent to nominate Duke University marine biologist Andrew J. Read to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission.

Upon confirmation by the U.S. Senate and processing of his appointment paperwork by the White House, Read would become chairman of the Commission.

Read More:
Duke Marine Lab’s Andy Read (Nicholas.duke.edu)

DUKE PROF NAMED KISSINGER CHAIR AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Bruce W. Jentleson, an accomplished American foreign policy scholar and former senior advisor at the U.S. State Department, has been selected as the 15th Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress Kluge Center.

While in residence, Jentleson will use Library of Congress holdings including the Harry Truman, Dag Hammarskjöld and Henry Kissinger papers, documents related to the Middle East peace process, and the Foreign Relations of the United States volumes to further his research and complete his forthcoming book, Transformational Statesmanship: Difficult, Possible, Necessary.
Read More:
Jentleson Named Kissinger Chair at LOC (sanford.duke.edu)
ROMNEY TO SPEAK AT DUKE APRIL 8
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will speak at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8. The talk is part of the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture series and will focus on America’s geopolitical challenges and opportunities in light of recent world events.
OCEANFRONT PROPERTY VALUES TO DROP DRAMATICALLY IF FEDERAL SUBSIDIES ERODE
Researchers from Duke University were co-authors of a study, released last month, which found that the value of many oceanfront properties on the East Coast could drop dramatically if Congress were to suddenly end federal beach nourishment subsidies. Martin D. Smith, professor of environmental economics and A. Brad Murray, professor of earth and ocean sciences, joined with colleagues from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington and The Ohio State University in a federally-funded study to assess the effect federal beach nourishment subsidies have on property values by examining historic and current resale values of oceanfront homes on nourished beaches and un-nourished beaches in North Carolina.

If the federal government ended these subsidies, Smith said, “Values could erode by as much as 17 percent in towns with high property values and almost 34 percent in towns with low property values. This would be analogous to the bursting of a bubble.”

CFO SURVEY: WAGE HIKES EXPECTED
The latest Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey shows that U.S. chief financial officers expect more rapid wage growth at their firms to help attract and retain skilled workers and because the corporate financial outlook has finally improved.
The survey also explores exports and the global economic outlook, as affected by a strengthening dollar.
DUKIES ON THE MOVE
Steve Chartan (T ’10) was recently named executive director of the House Freedom Caucus. Chartan joins the caucus from Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s office, where he was a policy adviser for the Senate Steering Committee.

LaRonda Peterson (T ’96) has joined the Kaiser Family Foundation to become managing editor of Kaiser Health News and to serve on the senior staff of KFF.  Peterson was most recently deputy managing editor at POLITICOPro.