Duke Digest — November 13, 2014

In this issue:

  • Duke Election Series Wraps Up Today
  • Three Duke Professors Win NSF Grant for Data-Access Project
  • Duke-UNC Research Center Looks to Promote Healthy Food Choices
  • Defense Dept. Award to Expand Security Studies at Duke
  • ICYMI: Duke Salutes Its Vets
  • New Pratt Faculty To Build On IBM Research into Nanomaterials
  • DIW Briefing: Big Data and Early Childhood Mental Health

DUKE ELECTION SERIES WRAPS UP TODAY
Register now for the 7th and final installment of Duke University’s Election Discussion Series, which will review and analyze the results of the 2014 mid-term elections. We’ll consider who won and lost; who voted and how they voted; and — to steal a phrase from “Morning Joe” — “what (if anything) did we learn?”

Leading the discussion on Duke’s campus will be Sunshine Hillygus, associate professor of political science, and Nick Carnes, assistant professor of public policy. Joining from Duke in Washington will be Neil Newhouse (T ’74), co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies and current advisor to Republican Senate campaigns in Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and West Virginia. The discussion will be moderated by Bill Adair, founder of Politifact and professor of journalism and public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Thursday, November 13, 4-5pm: 011 Old Chem (on campus) and 1201 New York Ave, NW (in DC).

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THREE DUKE PROFESSORS WIN NSF GRANT FOR DATA-ACCESS PROJECT
The National Science Foundation recently awarded Jerry Reiter, Department of Statistical Science, John de Figueiredo, Duke Law School, and Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Department of Computer Science, nearly $1.5 million for their research project, “An Integrated System for Public/Private Access to Large-scale, Confidential Social Science Data”. The goal: to change the way researchers access and use data.

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NSF Grant Aims to Change the Way Researchers Access and Use Data (DukeToday)

DUKE-UNC RESEARCH CENTER LOOKS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES
A new research center at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will develop strategies to promote healthy food choices, particularly among the 50 million Americans receiving federal food benefits.

The Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR Center) was established with a three-year, $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Matthew Harding, an assistant professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will direct the research program.

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New Duke-UNC Research Center to Explore Ways to Promote Healthy Food Choices (sanford.duke.edu)

DEFENSE DEPT. AWARD TO EXPAND SECURITY STUDIES PROGRAMS AT DUKE
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded programs in security and intelligence studies at four North Carolina universities $1.86 million, five-year grant to become an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence. The Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS), a consortium of Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State and NC Central universities, will use the award to fund new intelligence-related courses, active learning opportunities and research to give students specialized education and experiences to increase their marketability in the intelligence profession.

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U.S. Security and Intelligence Studies to Grow at Triangle Universities (Sanford)
Triangle Institute for Security Studies

ICYMI: DUKE SALUTES ITS VETS
This week, the nation observed Veterans Day, a day on which we thank, honor, and remember all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. In celebration of this holiday, we thought it fitting to dedicate a blog post to our student veterans by highlighting the program that helps them attend Duke, the value they add to the classroom, and their post-Duke accomplishments.  Duke is proud of its vets and we thank them for their service.

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Duke Salutes its Vets (governmentrelations.duke.edu)

NEW PRATT FACULTY TO BUILD ON IBM RESEARCH INTO NANOMATERIALS
After six years working for IBM’s research enterprise, Aaron Franklin has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry. At Duke, Franklin will continue his research into semiconducting nanomaterials and printed electronics.

Printed electronics hold great potential, according to Franklin. For example, sensors could be printed onto plastic produce bags to keep track of the surrounding temperature. Or circuits could be integrated within clothing to create fashionable heart rate monitors or cell-phone-charging pants.

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Aaron Franklin: Replacing Silicon Electronics with Nanomaterials (Pratt)

DIW BRIEFING: BIG DATA AND EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH
Duke in Washington, the Office of Federal Relations, and DUHS Office of Government Relations will host a briefing in DC on December 4 to highlight the Duke Information and Child Mental Health Initiative, an iiD project that seeks to harness the power of information science and revolutionize the way we diagnose and treat early childhood mental health disorders.  A networking reception will follow the panel discussion.

Big Data to Big Insights: Transforming Early Childhood Mental Health
December 4, 2014, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Capitol Visitors Center – Congressional Meeting Room South

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Invitation w Links to Registration (governmentrelations.duke.edu)