Duke Digest — June 25, 2014

In Today’s Issue:

  • Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV, T ’75) Headlines Duke Congressional Breakfast
  • Duke Research on Gun Policy Featured in Congresswoman’s Report
  • Fuqua Professor, National Advisory Board Call for Fed. Govt. to Encourage ‘Impact Investing’
  • Chris Simmons: A Big Idea – The GI Bill – Turns 70
  • Duke Student-Led Time Capsule to Mars Hosts Press Event in DC
  • Sanford Professor Argues ‘Iraq is not a ‘Terrorism’ Problem’

REP. SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO (R-WV, T ’75) HEADLINES DUKE CONGRESSIONAL BREAKFAST
Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV, T ’75) delivered remarks to an audience of Duke alumni, parents, and students at the Duke Congressional Breakfast on June 25 on Capitol Hill. Rep. Capito shared stories and lessons from her personal and professional life, along with reflections on her time as a student and parent at Duke University. The Congressional Breakfast is hosted by DukeDC.

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Duke Congressional Breakfast, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV, T ’75) (Facebook Album)

DUKE RESEARCH IN GUN POLICY FEATURED IN CONGRESSWOMAN’S REPORT
A report on gun violence released June 25 by the office of Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL.) draws heavily upon the research of Sanford School of Public Policy professors Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss. The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America analyzes the causes and impacts of gun violence and offers recommendations for legislative and policy actions at federal and state levels to combat the problem. The report features excerpts from a chapter from Cook and Goss’s new book, “The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know” published in May by Oxford University Press.

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U.S. Congresswoman’s Report on Gun Violence in America Features Research by Cook, Goss (sanford.duke.edu)

FUQUA PROFESSOR, NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD CALL FOR FED. GOVT. TO ENCOURAGE ‘IMPACT INVESTING’
Cathy Clark, Adjunct Professor and Director of Fuqua’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship Impact Investing Initiative (CASE i3), was asked to serve on the United States National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, following last year’s G8 Summit, where  there was an international push to determine how impact investing could help accelerate economic growth and address some of society’s most challenging problems. The group recently released recommendations at the White House and on Capitol Hill for how U.S. policymakers could encourage more of the approach.

In a Q&A, Clark says the policy recommendations include areas that “directly relate” to work taking place at CASE. Specifically, “one [recommendation] is to support the growth and development of intermediaries that support the investment readiness of impact entrepreneurs. Our Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), a partnership between Duke and USAID, works to do this with global health enterprises. The other is to support the development of standardized metrics and better data on the real impact of investments.

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Encouraging Investing Beyond Financial Returns (fuqua.duke.edu)

CHRIS SIMMONS: A BIG IDEA – THE GI BILL – TURNS 70
Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the enactment of the GI Bill, a landmark piece of legislation that allowed countless veterans the opportunity to pursue a college education.

Our very own Chris Simmons, associate vice president of federal relations at Duke, penned a piece for Durham’s Herald-Sun to celebrate the occasion, the program, and the act of thinking BIG.

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A big idea – the GI Bill – turns 70 (Herald Sun)

DUKE STUDENT-LED TIME CAPSULE TO MARS HOLDS PRESS EVENT IN DC
The Time Capsule to Mars (TC2M) team, led by rising Duke senior Emily Briere, hosted a press event at the National Press Club on June 23.  TC2M’s mission is to do as exactly as the name suggests – to send a time capsule from Earth to Mars – and Monday’s event kicked off the $25 million crowdfunding effort that will fund the mission.

“Our mission is transporting a time capsule that will carry audio, video and photographic data from millions of people around the world,” said Briere, TC2M’s founder and mission director. “People can send in their photo, a picture of their dog or handwritten poem and feel they themselves are going to Mars.”

Engineering Dean Tom Katsouleas also gave remarks.

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Time Capsule to Mars Press Event – photo (OFR Facebook page)
Memories on Mars (pratt.duke.edu)

SANFORD PROFESSOR ARGUES ‘IRAQ IS NOT A ‘TERRORISM’ PROBLEM’
David Schanzer, associate professor of the practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Triangle Institute on Terrorism and Homeland Security, writes in a Huffington Post op-ed,

“There is no doubt that the takeover of large parts of Iraq and Syria by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) presents a major security issue for the United States and the entire region. But let’s not make the mistake of labeling ISIS a mere terrorist group that can be addressed with the same counter terrorism tools that have been used against al Qaeda and its affiliated groups since bin Laden and his supporters were dislodged from Afghanistan in 2001. In other words, a combination of drones and funding local security forces is not going to do the trick. “

Read more:
Iraq Is Not a ‘Terrorism’ Problem (sanford.duke.edu)