Duke Digest – February 1, 2013

In Today’s Issue:

  • Duke Names New Dean of Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Fed-Funded Research: Duke Engineers Develop Material to Help Ships Shake Marine Growth
  • Former Senator Dick Lugar to Give First Talk Since Leaving Congress at Duke
  • Duke Study: Homegrown Muslim-American Terrorism Down Third Straight Year

DUKE NAMES NEW DEAN OF SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
Kelly Brownell, the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a leading authority on public policies to enhance nutrition and combat obesity, will become the next dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Peter Lange announced Wednesday.

Brownell, 61, will begin his new position on July 1. He succeeds Bruce Kuniholm, the Sanford School’s founding dean, who will be returning to the faculty after serving first as director (2005-2009) and then as dean.

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Kelly Brownell Named Dean of Sanford School (Duke.edu)

FED-FUNDED RESEARCH: DUKE ENGINEERS DEVELOP MATERIAL TO HELP SHIPS SHAKE MARINE GROWTH
Duke University engineers have developed a material that can be applied like paint to the hull of a ship and will literally be able to dislodge bacteria, keeping it from accumulating on the ship’s surface. This buildup on ships increases drag and reduces the energy efficiency of the vessel, as well as blocking or clogging undersea sensors.

The material works by physically moving at the microscopic level, knocking the bacteria away. This avoids the use of bacteria-killing paints, which can contain heavy metals or other toxic chemicals that might accumulate in the environment and unintentionally harm fish or other marine organisms.

The Duke researchers also say that similar types of materials could be used in other settings where the buildup of bacteria – known as biofilms — presents problems, such as on the surfaces of artificial joint implants or water purification membranes.

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Novel Materials Shake Ship Scum (Pratt.Duke.edu)

FORMER SENATOR DICK LUGAR GIVES FIRST TALK SINCE LEAVING CONGRESS AT DUKE
Former GOP Sen. Richard “Dick” Lugar, who represented Indiana for 36 consecutive years, will discuss the nation’s divisive political climate on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

“An Evening with Former Senator Dick Lugar” begins at 5 p.m. in Fleishman Commons and is free and open to the public. An audience Q&A will follow the talk. The event is part of the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture series, which brings notable leaders to speak at Duke.

The talk can also be viewed online at www.ustream.tv/Duke-University.

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Former Sen. Dick Lugar Gives First Talk Since Leaving Congress (Sanford.Duke.edu)

DUKE STUDY: HOMEGROWN MUSLIM-AMERICAN TERRORISM DOWN THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
The number of homegrown terrorism incidents by Muslim-Americans has dropped for the third consecutive year, a study released Friday by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security has found.

Fourteen Muslim-Americans committed or were charged with terrorist crimes in 2012, down from 21 in 2011, 26 in 2010 and 49 in 2009.

The full report, “Muslim-American Terrorism Declining Further,” is available online at http://bit.ly/YlSRIc. The center is a consortium of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International.

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Homegrown Muslim-American Terrorism Down Third Straight Year (Duke.edu)