Duke Digest – February 7, 2013

In Today’s Issue:

  • Opinion: Duke Law Prof on DOJ Drone Memo
  • Fed-Funded Research: Duke Bioengineers Reproduce Natural Activation of Genes
  • Poll: Americans Support Climate Change Regulation, Not Taxes
  • William Boulding Named Dean of Fuqua School of Business

OPINION: DUKE LAW PROF ON DOJ DRONE MEMO
Charles Dunlap Jr., a Duke Law School professor and the executive director of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, writes in an op-ed appearing in the News & Observer:

“The unsigned and undated Justice Department [memo on legal justification of drone use] offers important insight into the legal architecture of the overall U.S. effort against terrorists but hardly answers all the questions.

What is now needed is a formal, detailed and very comprehensive U.S. legal position. This recent memo could be a part of that, but there needs to be something that addresses the full range of terrorist threats, not just those posed by those American citizens serving as senior al-Qaida operational leaders.”

Read More:
A Peak But Still No Clear Policy on Using Force Against U.S. Citizens (Newsobserver.com)

FED-FUNDED RESEARCH: DUKE BIOENGINEERS REPRODUCE NATURAL ACTIVATION OF GENES 
By reproducing in the laboratory the complex interactions that cause human genes to turn on inside cells, Duke University bioengineers have created a system they believe can benefit gene therapy research and the burgeoning field of synthetic biology.

This new approach should help basic scientists as they tease out the effects of “turning on” or “turning off” many different genes, as well as clinicians seeking to develop new gene-based therapies for human disease.

The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, The Hartwell Foundation, and the March of Dimes.

Read More:
Recreating Natural Complex Gene Regulation (Pratt.duke.edu)

POLL: AMERICANS SUPPORT CLIMATE CHANGE REGULATION, NOT TAXES
Now that President Obama has put climate change back on the table in his second inaugural address, a new national poll finds growing public support for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and requiring utilities to switch to lower-carbon fuel sources.

The percentage of Americans who think climate change is occurring has rebounded, according to the Duke University national online survey, and is at its highest level since 2006. The study also finds that while Americans support regulating greenhouse gas emissions, they do not favor market-based approaches such as cap-and-trade or a carbon tax.

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Poll: Americans Support Climate Change Regulation, Not Taxes (Sanford.Duke.edu)

WILLIAM BOULDING NAMED DEAN OF DUKE’S FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 
William Boulding, an expert on marketing and management who has been serving as dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business since August 2011, has been selected to serve a full term, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Peter Lange announced Tuesday.

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William Boulding Named Dean of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business (Fuqua.duke.edu)