Duke Digest – December 8, 2016

In today’s issue:

  • Vincent Price Named the 10th President of Duke
  • Retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Speaks about Leadership
  • New Policy Institute Studies the Future of Global Health
  • Humans and Robots Learn to Get Along
  • Open Source Innovation for Open-Ended Problems

DUKE WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT TO CAMPUS

On December 2, Duke University’s Board of Trustees announced that they had elected University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price to be the tenth president of Duke University. In addition to being the chief academic officer at Penn, Price is the Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Jack Bovender, the vice chair of the trustees who chaired the search committee said of the selection, “Our goal was to identify a leader whose wisdom, vision and intelligence could sustain Duke’s remarkable progress over the last decade and help the university fulfill its great ambitions. Vince Price is that person.”

Price earned a Ph.D. (1987) and master’s degree (1985) in communication from Stanford University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University Honors Program at Santa Clara University in 1979.

Vincent Price named Duke’s 10th President

And if you are still craving more, here is Dr. Price rap-introducing Lin-Manuel Miranda…

GEN. DEMPSEY TALKS ABOUT LEADERSHIP IN TRANSITION: “HISTORY FINDS YOU; YOU DON’T FIND HISTORY”

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (Ret.) (G ‘84), currently a 2016 Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, recently spoke at Fuqua’s Distinguished Speaker series about leadership and managing seismic change, lessons he learned in a military career that spanned four decades.

“The way transitions become manageable is if they’re done with a moral compass,” Dempsey told Dean Bill Boulding. “You’ve got to have a moral compass.”

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Discusses Leadership

PREVENTING DEATHS AND PROMOTING THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL HEALTH

The newly formed Center for Policy Impact in Global Health is tackling critical issues in financing and delivering global health. The Global Health Institute’s new center endeavors to bring health financing and health policy into conversation to solve some of the world’s most pressing and nuanced health policy gaps, including those between donor financing for research and development for poverty-related and neglected diseases, and for other “global functions” of health aid, such as pandemic preparedness.

“Taken together, these gaps threaten the achievement of a universal reduction in preventable deaths,” said Gavin Yamey, a professor of global health and public policy who will lead the new center.

New Policy Center Addresses Future of Financing Global Health

HUMANS AND ANATOMY LAB (HAL) ADVANCES THE MARGINS OF HUMAN-ROBOTIC INTERACTION

As humans become accustomed to interacting with the world through technology and “supervisory control” platforms such as drones and driverless cars, Duke’s Humans and Autonomy Lab is working to lead academic research on how this kind of connection can be utilized in the most positive and safe ways for society.

Recently, research at HAL has focused on the real world implications of driverless cars, which are being developed by the likes of Nissan, Ford, and Google. One of the main issues facing driverless cars isn’t learning how to drive, but rather learning how to drive with other humans. Researchers at HAL have also collaborated with the Air Force, Army, Marines, NASA, Google, Amazon Robotics, and HAL researchers have collaborated with the Department of Defense on projects from drones and military training, high-speed railway safety and human-robot interaction in assembly lines.

The Future is Now at Duke’s Humans and Anatomy Lab

SEVEN DUKE ALUMS TO SERVE IN 115TH CONGRESS

The Office of Government Relations, on behalf of Duke University, congratulates the seven Duke alumni who will serve in the 115th Congress. In the House of Representatives, Duke alumni include Dan Lipinski G’98 (D-IL), Mo Brooks T’75 (R-AL), Bradley Byrne T’77 (R-AL), David Trott L ’85 (R-MI) and Scott Peters T’80 (D-CA). In the upper body, Senator Rand Paul M‘88 (R-KY) won a second term, where he serves alongside Sen. Shelley Moore Capito T ‘75 (R-WV).

NEWS FROM DUKE IN DC: Colin Colter (T ’15) Joins Office as Program Specialist

The Duke in DC office is thrilled to welcome Colin Colter (T ’15) as the new Program Specialist. His responsibilities will include communications efforts for the office, including blogs, newsletters, and maintaining a social media presence. In addition, Colin will support the work of the Office of Government Relations and all University activity in the nation’s capitol.

Colin previously completed a United Nations Fellowship at the Alliance of Civilization Institute in Istanbul, Turkey with a focus on intercultural dialogue and Turkish language skills. Prior to his stint in Turkey, Colin worked in project management and litigation for a minority-owned, women-owned small business and government contractor in Arlington, Virginia.

He has also conducted fieldwork on micro-finance with Grameen Bank in Dhaka, Bangladesh and has taught advanced biology to under-served students in rural Vietnam. Colin is a Duke 2015 graduate who majored in International Comparative Studies and was a four-year varsity saber fencer and captain his senior season.