Duke Digest – March 10, 2016

  • Duke Faculty to Testify on Self-Driving Cars, Brief on Copyright
  • CFO Survey Reveals Recession, Minimum Wage Concerns
  • Duke Announces New Institute to Protect America’s National Parks
  • NC Universities Partner Together, with Fed Govt to Attract Innovation Funding
  • Duke Names West Campus Quad in Honor of Julian Abele

DUKE FACULTY TO TESTIFY ON SELF-DRIVING CARS, BRIEF ON COPYRIGHT
Missy Cummings, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been invited to provide testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation during a hearing entitled “Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars.” The hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 15 in room SR-253 of the Senate Russell Building.

Later in the week, the Duke Law School Center for Innovation Policy will join with New York University Law School’s Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy to present “A Copyright Office for the 21st Century.” This half-day conference will bring together experts from academia, industry, and government to discuss how to modernize the U.S. Copyright Office to best serve the needs of content creators, distributors, users, and the general public in the digital era.

Senate Commerce Committee (commerce.senate.gov)
A Copyright Office for the 21st Century (law.duke.edu)

CFO SURVEY REVEALS RECESSION, MINIMUM WAGE CONCERNS
The latest Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook found that U.S. CFOs, on average, believe there is a 31 percent chance that the U.S. economy will be in recession by year-end 2016, double the 16 percent chance predicted just nine months ago. The executives say the biggest risk factors to cause recession are the slowdown in China (59 percent of CFOs assign China as a significant risk), political turmoil in the U.S. (53 percent), a stock market decline (50 percent) and the price of oil (40 percent).

The survey also investigated the minimum wage, with nearly 75 percent of minimum-wage paying U.S. firms saying they would reduce current or future employment if the minimum wage is raised to $15 per hour.

CFO Survey: 31 Percent Chance of U.S. Recession; Significant Workforce Reductions at $15 Minimum Wage (fuqua.duke.edu)

DUKE ANNOUNCES NEW INSTITUTE TO PROTECT AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS
A new independent institute located at Duke University will work to preserve America’s national parks and protected areas through research, education and public outreach. The institute will sponsor research that leads to innovative new management practices and enhanced training for park managers, and it will work to raise public awareness of the challenges parks and protected areas face and the benefits they provide.

The institute is a collaboration between Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, a nonprofit organization of former National Park Service employees. It will be an independent organization housed on Duke’s campus.

New Institute Located at Duke to Protect America’s National Parks (nicholas.duke.edu)

 

NC UNIVERSITIES PARTNER TOGETHER, WITH FED GOVT TO ATTRACT INNOVATION FUNDING
Four Triangle-area universities will partner to build an alumni network to invest in new ventures of the larger university community, with the help of a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (Duke I&E).

The Triangle Venture Alliance (TVA) — a partnership of Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University — will develop a network of cooperating angel groups that will tap the alumni base of the region’s universities to draw seed-stage capital to the region. It is modeled after an angel investing network developed at Duke last year.

Triangle Universities Partnering to Attract Innovation Funding (today.duke.edu)

 

DUKE NAMES WEST CAMPUS QUAD IN HONOR OF JULIAN ABELE
To recognize the contributions of Julian Abele, the African-American architect of Duke University’s original campus, the university will name the main quadrangle encompassing the original academic and residential buildings Abele Quad and will take several other steps to make Abele’s role at Duke more prominent, President Richard H. Brodhead announced last week.

Abele Quad goes from the steps leading up to Clocktower Quad to the steps leading up to Davison Quad, and north to the Chapel Quad — the principal gathering space for celebrations, protests, concerts and ceremonies, in addition to being the busiest portion of West Campus. More than 30 buildings and spaces designed by Abele are now part of Abele Quad, including West Union and the Perkins and Rubenstein Libraries, which have undergone major renovations in recent years to transform his iconic Gothic designs into modern, state-of-the-art educational and gathering spaces.

Duke Names Quad in Honor of Julian Abele (today.duke.edu)