Duke Digest — May 13, 2015

In today’s issue:

  • Duke Prof to Testify Before House Subcommittee Friday
  • Ted Kaufman: Why Corporate Lobbyists Dominate Debate
  • Duke Prof: COMPETES Act Doesn’t Help U.S. Compete
  • Duke Prof: Has the NIH Lost its Halo?
  • Register for Duke-Hosted Environmental Solutions Conference
  • Class of 2015: Duke Holds Commencement in Downtown Ballpark

DUKE PROF TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE FRIDAY
Stuart Benjamin, Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law, will testify on Friday before the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Technology and Communication on the reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission. The hearing, entitled FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency Pt. II, will convene at 10:00am. Benjamin will be joined on the panel by Rob McDowell (T ’85), former FCC Commissioner, and Randolph J. May (T ’68, L ’71).

Read More:
FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency Pt. II (energycommerce.house.gov)

TED KAUFMAN: WHY CORPORATE LOBBYISTS DOMINATE DEBATE
Fmr. Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-DL), visiting professor of the practice at the Duke University Law School, argues in a piece posted to DelawareOnline.com that listening to corporate lobbyists leads to a ‘one-sided’ debate — putting our economic system and democracy at risk.

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Why is it corporate lobbyists are the only ones heard? (delawareonline.com)

DUKE PROF: COMPETES ACT DOESN’T HELP U.S. COMPETE
David A. Siegel, professor of political science, uses home repair to illustrate why the COMPETES Act would constrain, rather than encourage, scientific innovation, in a piece posted on TheHill.com Contributor’s blog.

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The America Competes Reauthorization Act does not compute (thehill.com)

DUKE PROF: HAS THE NIH LOST ITS HALO?
Robert Cook-Deegan, research professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, writes in Issues in Science and Technology, that while the NIH is an effective agency, large imbalances in research portfolios and a constrained funding environment raise fundamental questions about the organizational and funding structure of the agency moving forward.

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Has the NIH Lost its Halo? (sanford.duke.edu)

REGISTER FOR DUKE-HOSTED ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE
Registration is now open for “Leadership in a Time of Rapid Change: Envisioning Solutions to Environmental Challenges,” a forum taking place Oct. 22 from 8:00-5:00pm at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Hosted by the Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the conference will bring together experts from the public and private sectors to assess how we can harness big data, cutting-edge technologies, and adaptation research to create science-based, interdisciplinary approaches attuned to the accelerating and dynamic change in our world.

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Leadership in a Time of Rapid Change (nicholasinstitute.duke.edu)

CLASS OF 2015: DUKE HOLDS COMMENCEMENT IN DOWNTOWN BALLPARK
Center field became center stage Sunday, as the Durham Bulls Athletic Park was transformed into the setting for Duke University’s 163rd Commencement.

Duke President Richard H. Brodhead presided over the ceremony, which awarded more than 5,100 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees before a stadium packed with cheering family and friends. Dr. Paul Farmer (T, ’82), founding director of the international nonprofit organization Partners In Health (PIH), delivered the keynote address, telling graduates to reject the “false and grotesque notion” that people can only feel empathy for others like themselves.

Read More:
Duke Holds Commencement in Downtown Ballpark (today.duke.edu)
The Sights and Sounds of Commencement 2015 (youtube.com)