Duke Digest — January 26, 2015

In this Issue —

  • Engineering Prof to Lead U.S. Army in Engineering Science Research
  • Duke U Experts on Gun Policy on the ‘Best Way’ to Respect Guns
  • Duke Law Prof in NYTimes Op-Ed: When Women Become Terrorists
  • Fuqua Prof Says ‘Don’t to Look to States for New Ideas’ in NYTimes Op-Ed
  • Panel to Discuss Big Money’s Influence in Democracy
  • DukeDC Public Policy Alumni Group to Hold Inaugural Event Feb. 11
  • Dukies on the Move

 

ENGINEERING PROF TO LEAD U.S. ARMY IN ENGINEERING SCIENCE RESEARCH
April Brown
, the John Cocke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, has been tapped by the U.S. Army to lead its extramural engineering research enterprise.

As the chief scientific leader in defining the strategy of the Army’s extramural basic engineering research program, Brown will play a pivotal role in identifying critical research opportunities and programs, providing technical advice to the engineering sciences director and shaping the Army’s science and technology investment for the future. Brown’s own research focuses on new materials and advanced, high-performance devices that support applications such as advanced sensing and communications.

Read More:
Brown to Lead U.S. Army in Engineering Science Research (pratt.duke.edu)

DUKE U EXPERTS ON GUN POLICY ON THE ‘BEST WAY’ TO RESPECT GUNS
Phil Cook, professor of public policy, economics and sociology at Duke University, and Kristin Goss, associate professor of public policy, discuss policy approaches for technological, judicial and mental-health related reforms to gun policy in a CNN.com opinion piece, “The best way to respect guns.

DUKE LAW PROF NYTIMES OP-ED: WHEN WOMEN BECOME TERRORISTS
Jayne Huckerby, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the Duke University School of Law, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, “the news media and policy makers are playing catch-up when it comes to understanding the full extent of women’s roles in jihadist groups…more attention must be paid to the specific factors that attract women to terrorist groups and the roles they play once there. For example, European women in the Islamic State have spoken of how alienation and restrictions on their religious practices back home, like France’s ban on wearing burqas in public, helped push them into the group.”

Read More:
When Women Become Terrorists (nytimes.com)

FUQUA PROF SAYS ‘DON’T LOOK TO STATES FOR NEW IDEAS’ IN NYTIMES OP-ED
Aaron Chatterji, associate business professor at Fuqua School of Business and former senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors, wrote in a New York Times editorial, “while states might experiment with numerous policies over the coming years, very few will ever go national. For those of us frustrated with federal gridlock, the states will provide little comfort going forward. The 50 laboratories of democracy will produce many so-called cures, but none of them will go down very well in our nation’s capital.”

Read More:
Don’t Look to States for New Ideas (nytimes.com)

PANEL TO DISCUSS BIG MONEY’S INFLUENCE IN DEMOCRACY
New Yorker investigative reporter Jane Mayer, philanthropist and political scientist James Piereson and businessman J. Adam Abram will discuss the impact of big money on American democracy and governance Thursday, Jan. 29 at 5:30pm at Duke University. Duke Professor of Law and Public Policy Joel Fleishman will moderate the panel, which will examine how the influx of money is shaping policy agendas. The talk will be live-streamed here.

Read More:
Duke Panelists to Discuss Big Money’s Influence in Democracy (today.duke.edu)

DUKEDC PUBLIC POLICY ALUMNI GROUP TO HOLD INAUGURAL EVENT FEB 11
The DukeDC Public Policy Alumni Group, an affinity group of Sanford grads co-chaired by Amy Hepburn (T ’97, MPP ’01) Kyle White (T ’07), will host Sanford School of Public Policy Professor and Associate Dean Frederick “FritzMayer for a conversation about the ways in which narrative motivates collective action, based on his new book,Narrative Politics Wednesday, February 11 from 6:00-7:30pm. The event will take place at the Duke in Washington Office.

To learn more and register click here.

DUKIES ON THE MOVE
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mary Boney Denison (T ’78) to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) effective January 1, 2015.

Anne Moriarity (T ’11) has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff in the office of Representative Scott Peters (T ’80, D-CA).

Michael Calvo (T ’02) is now legislative director for freshman Representative Jody Hice (R-GA).

Mike Howell (T ’10) began working as counsel for Chairman Chaffetz (R-UT) on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on January 5.  Howell previously served on the HSGAC Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight.

Are you or other Dukies you know making a move in DC?  Please send tips to Landy Elliott –landy.elliott@duke.edu.