Duke Digest — November 18, 2013

Duke Digest – November 18, 2013

In Today’s Issue

  • Duke Wins $15 Million Grant Renewal to Study Nanomaterials
  • Duke Law DC Conference on Innovation, Economic Growth in biopharma
  • EVENT: Nicholas Institute to Host Forum on Deep-Sea Policy
  • Alums in Administration Profiled in WaPo, NYT
  • Law Professor to Testify on UN Disabilities Convention
  • Journalist, Ex-NSA Chief Debate Free Press, State Secrets
  • Duke Sees 26-Percent Rise in Early Decision Applicants

DUKE WINS $15 MILLION GRANT RENEWAL TO STUDY NANOMATERIALS
A pioneering, multi-institution research center headquartered at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering has just won $15-million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency to continue learning more about where nanoparticles accumulate, how they interact with other chemicals and how they affect the environment.

Founded in 2008, the Center for Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) has been evaluating the effect of long-term nanomaterial exposure on organisms and ecosystems.

Read More:
Duke wins $15 Million Grant Renewal to Study Effects of Nanomaterials (pratt.duke.edu)

 

DUKE LAW DC CONFERENCE ON BETWEEN INNOVATION, ECONOMIC GROWTH IN BIOPHARMA
Duke Law’s new Center for Innovation Policy facilitates the identification and implementation of laws and policies that nurture innovation, an important driver of economic growth in developed countries.  The center’s inaugural conference, which will be held Nov. 22 in Washington, D.C., will focus on innovation in the biopharmaceutical sector. Register here.

Professor Arti Rai, an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property law, administrative law, and health policy, and Professor Stuart Benjamin, a leading scholar of telecommunications law, administrative law, and the First Amendment, bring deep experience in the policy arena to their leadership of the center

Read More:
Duke Law’s new Center for Innovation Policy promotes innovation that spurs long-term economic growth (law.duke.edu)

 

EVENT: NICHOLAS INSTITUTE TO HOST FORUM ON DEEP-SEA POLICY
The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions will host a Washington Forum featuring a panel of scholars and government officials to discuss the history behind United States involvement in deep sea mineral exploration, the role of sanctuaries in deep sea protection, international governance challenges, and emerging discoveries as well as scientific inquiry in the deep sea. The panel will be moderated by Linwood Pendleton, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute.

Learn more and register here.

 

ALUMS IN ADMINISTRATION PROFILED IN WAPO, NYT
Two Duke alumni, Jeffrey Zients (T’88) and Eric Shinseki (MA ’76), were the subject of profiles in the New York Times and Washington Post, respectively.  Mr. Zients was appointed by President Obama to oversee fixes to www.healthcare.gov and Mr. Shinseki serves as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Read More:
Health Website Tests a Tycoon and a Tinkerer (New York Times)
VA’s Shinseki has his critics as he tries to remake agency, cut disability claims backlog (Washington Post)

 

LAW PROFESSOR TO TESTIFY ON UN DISABILITIES CONVENTION
Curtis Bradley, the William Van Alstyne Professor of Law, will appear before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Thursday. The hearing, titled Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will take place in Dirksen G50 and begins at 9:30am. More details may be found on the Committee’s website.

 

JOURNALIST, EX-NSA CHIEF DEBATE FREE PRESS, STATE SECRETS
Watch a video of a recent Sanford School of Public Policy event, featuring two national experts from opposite sides of the fence exploring divergent views on whether U.S. surveillance tactics should be revealed to the American public. David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, moderated the discussion between Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Barton Gelmman and Gen. Michael Hayden, former Chief of the National Security Agency.

Read the event recap here.

 

DUKE SEES 26-PERCENT RISE IN EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS
Nearly 3,200 high school seniors have applied to Duke University this year under its Early Decision program, an increase of more than 600 students (or 26 percent) over last year.

“We’re very pleased with this increase in interest in Duke,” said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions. “It’s not always easy for students to be ready to make this level of commitment to a college so early in their senior year. The breadth of the pool this year reflects an understanding of the value of a Duke education and the Duke experience among a wide range of students.”

Students who applied Early Decision should learn in mid-December whether they have been accepted. Duke’s deadline for Regular Decision applications is Jan. 2.

Read More:
Duke Sees 26-Percent Rise in Early Decision Applicants (today.duke.edu)