Duke Digest — March 10, 2015

In Today’s Issue —

  • DIW Office Connects Duke Experts to Washington
  • At Smithsonian, Duke’s Lozier Connects Ocean Science to Public Policy
  • Duke Prof Develops Model to Capture Emissions’ True Cost
  • Duke Prof on Iran Negotiations: What ‘No Deal’ Would Mean
  • Higher Ed Associations Support AOTC Reform Bill
  • Duke Professional Schools Top-Rated in New U.S. News Rankings
  • Enrollment Now Open for 2015 Duke Summer Law Institute

DIW OFFICE CONNECTS DUKE EXPERTS TO WASHINGTON
What do unconventional terrorist threats and elementary and secondary education reform have in common?  Each are areas of expertise that Duke faculty shared with the Washington policy world in recent weeks, via conference calls arranged by staff at Duke in Washington (DIW), the university’s outreach center in Washington, DC.  These “rapid response policy calls” are the latest examples of efforts by DIW staff to connect Duke scholarship and people to policymakers and other leaders in Washington.

“Duke is home to expertise in just about any discipline you can think of.  And people in DC are working to solve just about any problem you can think of,” said Landy Elliott, director of Duke in Washington.

“Our goal is to get Duke’s evidence-based scholarship in the hands of those who have to make tough policy decisions.  To give policymakers the information and background that will help them to make the best-informed decisions possible.”

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DIW Office Connects Duke Experts to Washington (Duke Today)

AT SMITHSONIAN, DUKE’S LOZIER CONNECTS OCEAN SCIENCE TO PUBLIC POLICY
Susan Lozier, professor of ocean studies at the Nicholas School of the Environment, delivered the National Research Council’s annual Revelle Lecture  last week at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  The annual lecture, put on by the Ocean Studies Board of the NRC, features talks that connect ocean science to public  policy.

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At Smithsonian Talk, Lozier Overturns What We Know About Ocean Currents (Duke Today)

DUKE PROF DEVELOPS MODEL TO CAPTURE EMISSIONS’ TRUE COSTS
When its environmental and human health toll is factored in, a gallon of gasoline costs us about $3.80 more than the pump price, a new Duke University study finds. The study, conducted by Drew T. Shindell, professor of climate sciences at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, provides policymakers with a more accurate framework for estimating the costs of a broad range of health, climate and environmental damages linked to emissions from fossil fuels, industry, biomass burning and agriculture.

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New Models Yield Clearer Picture of Emissions’ True Cost (nicholas.duke.edu)


DUKE PROF ON IRAN NEGOTIATIONS: WHAT ‘NO DEAL’ WOULD MEAN

Writing on the Shadow Government blog for the Foreign Policy magazine, Peter Feaver, a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University, responds to the Obama administration’s claim that, “when it comes to Iran:“a bad deal is worse than no deal. And if that is the choice then there will be no deal.”

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Does Obama Really Think A Bad Deal With Iran Is Worse Than No Deal? (foreignpolicy.com)

DUKE PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS TOP-RATED IN NEW U.S. NEWS RANKINGS
Duke University’s School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Law, Fuqua School of Business and Pratt School of Engineering all rate among the country’s leading institutions in their fields, according to new U.S. News & World Report graduate and professional school rankings.

Among business schools, Duke ranked fourth for executive MBA programs, fifth for marketing and ninth for management. Fuqua’s international MBA programs ranked 11th. Duke Law School ranked sixth in the country for environmental law, 10th for international law and 11th for intellectual property law. No new ratings were issued for public policy schools, which were last ranked in 2012.

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Duke Professional Schools Top-Rated in New U.S. News Rankings (today.duke.edu)

ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN FOR 2015 DUKE SUMMER LAW INSTITUTE
Registration is now open for the 2015 Duke D.C. Summer Institute, a chance to learn from premier Duke Law faculty — without ever leaving Washington. Course offerings at the 2015 Institute will highlight hot topics in the national dialogue such as the constitutionality of affirmative action in higher education, state bans on same-sex marriage, national security law, and campaign finance and other election law. The program is open to college juniors and seniors, graduate and professional students, legislative aides, federal agency employees, nongovernmental analysts, journalists, and others.

Visit the Institute’s website to learn more, view course descriptions, and register.