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Deadlines and Headlines

September 05, 2017

When it comes to legislative action, there is no time like the deadline. As Congress returns this week, they face a series of decisions that shape the rest of the fiscal and legislative year. Congress has fewer than three weeks Read More...

For D.C.'s DukeEngage Students, Science and Society are Two Sides of the Same Coin

July 24, 2017

Duke’s Science&Society program tries to pluralize the world of science. In order to magnify the social benefit of scientific progress, Science&Society endeavors to make it more accessible, just, and integrated into society.  But uses of the word ‘science’ are vast, Read More...

Budgetary Battlefield

May 30, 2017

Politics is the allocation of resources by other means. And scarcely is that more true than in the writing of a federal budget. As President Trump unveiled his own proposal for FY18, every other interested party will begin to do Read More...

Plum Books and Outlooks

March 21, 2017

Plum Books and Outlooks: Finding Your Feet in a New Government  President Trump recently passed his 50th day in office. Though legally of no consequence, the first three months of a President’s tenure is often the only chance he has Read More...

A Day of Advocacy

February 20, 2017

When it comes to advocacy days in the Capitol, the first line is the bottom line. Members of Congress and their staff like facts, they like research, and they love it when smart, even-handed academics convey the benefits of their Read More...

Letter from the President

February 08, 2017

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent Thursday February 2 to President Trump by 48 U.S. university leaders. Dear President Trump: We write as presidents of leading American colleges and universities to urge you to rectify or rescind the recent Read More...

A Year of Known Unknowns: 2017 Rounds the Corner

January 10, 2017

As a new Congress hits the ground running, we are keeping track of activity that will impact the Duke community. Cordialities did not last long after the 115th Congress was sworn in on January 3rd. Between debates over the future of Read More...

5 Questions with James Luther: Understanding Federal Regulations and University Research

October 26, 2016

Last month, Jim Luther, Associate Vice President of finance at Duke University, appeared before a US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee to reaffirm the research university communities’ commitment to working with federal partners to effectively regulate federal research.  His Read More...

Elections, Congressional Funding on Our Radar this Fall

August 29, 2016

As classes resume on campus, the election looms, and the federal government funding remains uncertain, questions inevitably arise regarding the state of politics and its impact on the Duke community. Congress, when it returns to Washington, D.C. on September 6, Read More...

The Campaign: Preparing for a general election season

July 08, 2016

As the Republicans head to Cleveland and the Democrats to Philadelphia for their party conventions, many could be forgiven for assuming the general election has already begun. After all, the parties have had their presumptive nominees for months and the Read More...

The Interns Go to Washington

June 28, 2016

Each summer, dozens of Duke undergraduate and graduate students head to Washington, D.C. for a chance to complement their academic classes with real-world experience through internships with government agencies, non-profits or D.C. firms. The students also have the opportunity to experience Read More...

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Appropriations Edition

May 26, 2016

In a previous post, we broke down the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget request. This, the second in a series discussing how the federal government funding process works in theory and practice, and why it matters to Duke, Read More...

Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy Connects Duke Expertise with the Policy Community

May 06, 2016

The Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy was established in October 2015 with a $16.5 million gift from Duke medical school alumnus Robert J. Margolis and his wife Lisa, through the Robert and Lisa Margolis Family Foundation. We sat down Read More...

Professor Patek Goes to Washington, Talks Up Research

April 18, 2016

  While the Washington, D.C., science community was focused Wednesday on the White House Science Fair, another scene was playing out down the road on Capitol Hill. The event was lower-profile than at the White House, but arguably more significant. Read More...

Are Women the Key to a Successful Gun Control Movement?

March 25, 2016

A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Political Movements and Groups   Gun control, philanthropy, and women’s political movements may seem unrelated. However, for Kristin Goss, associate professor of public policy, a historical perspective reveals the truly Read More...

When a Budget Increase Really Isn't What it Appears to Be

March 15, 2016

In the lead up to the release of the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017) budget request, rumors were flying that this final budget would once again be a “good one” for federal research programs. But as soon as Read More...

DC DIGEST: FY17 BUDGET UPDATE EDITION

February 08, 2016

The Administration released its nearly $4 trillion budget for FY 2017 this morning.  The plan abides by the discretionary budget caps set by the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act, but provides funding increases for new programs and initiatives through mandatory spending. Read More...

Science a waste of money? "Waste book" misses the big picture

December 07, 2015

Originally posted on the Duke Research Blog: Sheep in microgravity. An experiment involving a monkey in a hamster ball on treadmill. These are among more than 100 descriptions of what Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, deems wasteful federal spending Read More...

Celebrating #NEHturns50 with President Brodhead

September 29, 2015

Here’s a tidbit for all the history buffs out there: today marks the 50th anniversary of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, an act that created the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), considered the first “grand Read More...

Making Her "CASE" on Capitol Hill

April 27, 2015

Graduate student Victoria Nneji has been trained in the universal nature of the scientific method; but, during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., the first-year Masters of Engineering Management candidate learned another universal truth: all politics is local. Nneji gained Read More...

How to Congratulate @Duke_MBB: Federal Official Edition

April 07, 2015

As the waning seconds ticked off the clock in last night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game, we — like any tech-savvy Duke fans — took to Twitter to watch the praise (and a little criticism) pour in from around Read More...

President Brodhead Talks Sequestration, Student Aid in Hill Visits

March 28, 2015

President Brodhead traveled to DC on March 24th to discuss issues related to sequestration, research funding, the future of the National Science Foundation (NSF), reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and student aid. While on Capitol Hill, Brodhead met with Read More...

On National Humanities Day, Duke Librarian Talks Preserving Record of Humanity

March 17, 2015

It felt a little unusual to ask an archivist to describe “what’s next” in the world of record-keeping since, by nature, archiving is a field more concerned about what’s happened than what’s coming. But then again, Naomi Nelson, the director of the Read More...

Obama's FY16 Budget: What Does it Mean for Duke?

February 04, 2015

The Administration released its nearly $4 trillion budget for FY 2016 on February 2, 2015.  The plan would end sequestration and raise discretionary budget caps put in place in 2011, resulting in $1.091 trillion in proposed discretionary spending and a Read More...

Event Brief: Big Insights into Little People

December 09, 2014

700 synapses a second.  That is the rate at which the brain develops new neural pathways in the first few years of life. In fact, science has shown that this early time period is so critical for proper development, that Read More...

Big Data to Big Insights: Transforming Early Childhood Mental Health

December 02, 2014

"Big Data" is all around us: in social media click-throughs, in security camera feeds, and now - in a toddler's facial expressions? Read More...

Duke Election Discussion Series Ends By Looking Ahead to 2016

November 18, 2014

The 2014 midterm elections constituted a Republican wave — a wave that was hard to stop and allowed Republicans to show they “learned their lesson” from the loss in the 2012 Presidential campaign. But what impact will these elections have on the Read More...

Duke Salutes its Vets

November 10, 2014

This week, the nation will observe 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 post to Read More...

Upcoming Event: Big Data to Big Insights - Transforming Early Childhood Mental Health

November 10, 2014

                       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 “Big Data” is all around us: in social media Read More...

North Carolina: Deep Dixie Purple?

October 28, 2014

In a recent profile of North Carolina politics, The New York Times labeled North Carolina as “neither red nor blue, but a shade of deep Dixie purple.” The piece went on to paint a picture of a state divided and Read More...

DIW: Art Gallery for a Day

October 23, 2014

On Monday, October 27, Pedro Lasch, a Duke artist and faculty member, will present a special project at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. ***[Click here for registration information]*** A great profile in Duke Today of Lasch’s work highlights his incorporation of dozens Read More...

DC Digest - October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

In Today’s Issue: Duke Elections Series: International Relations, Economic Inequality, and What’s Next Ed Department Announces Final Rule on Changes to Clery Act Associations Comment on Revisions to USPTO Guidance on Patenting Natural Products Duke Alum Republican Pollster Profiled in Read More...

2014 Midterms: It's NOT the Economy, Stupid.

October 20, 2014

If you are at a loss trying to think of the last time a Congressional candidate mentioned their economic policies, Dr. Valerie Rawlston Wilson has reassuring words for you, “There’s nothing wrong with your hearing. There has not really been any discussion Read More...

2014 Midterms: Global is the New Local

October 10, 2014

As Peter Feaver listened to Michael Schoenfeld (our panel moderator for the latest installment of Duke’s Election Discussion Series) read aloud from a New York Times’ article outlining the Republican’s “decidedly grim” campaign message of a “government that is so Read More...

Education: A Complex but Universal Campaign Issue

October 03, 2014

When Jenni Owen took a survey of recent headlines in education, she found some articles trumpeting support for Common Core and others claiming that support for the program was dwindling. She found headlines on education funding, on higher education issues, and still Read More...

Healthcare Debate Breaks Along Regional Lines, Experts Say

September 26, 2014

In October of 2013, Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare — was one of the main drivers behind the two-and-a-half week government shut-down. One year later, in the midst of campaign season, the fight over Read More...

Elections Series Kicks off with Window into Campaigns, Fall Preview

September 21, 2014

With less than seven weeks until November’s midterm elections, campaign strategist Brent McGoldrick (T ’97) says political forecasting websites like Nate Silver’s 538 blog and The Washington Post’s “The Fix” have one thing in common: “They don’t know what’s going to Read More...

Spotlight on: Duke Faculty Entrepreneurship

September 16, 2014

It’s Entrepreneurship Week at Duke, and calendars on campus are filled with events like “How to be a Rockstar Startup Employee,” “Building Entrepreneurial Women,” and “Innovation Co-Lab Studio Night.” And while the idea of entrepreneurship at Duke as the purview Read More...

DC Briefing: North Carolina in the Global Economy

September 12, 2014

Staff from North Carolina Congressional offices, representatives from Governor Pat McCrory’s Washington office, and individuals representing North Carolina-focused businesses gathered in a Capitol Hill meeting room on Friday morning to learn more about the North Carolina in the Global Economy Read More...

ElectionsLive! Seeks to Foster Engaged Discussion on Issues of Import

September 02, 2014

With November’s midterm elections quickly approaching, the campaign ads, media coverage, and candidate back-and-forth can seem — well, overwhelming. The day-to-day conversations of who’s up, who’s down, and where the candidates are campaigning blend with political ads and campaign flyers, Read More...

A Big Idea - the GI Bill - Turns 70

June 23, 2014

Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the enactment of the GI Bill, a landmark piece of legislation that allowed countless veterans the opportunity to pursue a college education. Our very own Chris Simmons, associate vice president of federal relations at Read More...

Big Data and...the Arts?

June 16, 2014

When the average person thinks of “big data,” the first things that come to mind may be government agencies gathering intelligence, political campaigns tracking voters, or even big retailers trying to learn shopping habits.  But a new initiative at Duke Read More...

Rep. David Price Offers Strong Defense of Social Science Research

June 03, 2014

During last week’s consideration of the FY 15 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, an amendment was offered targeting the Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences directorate at the National Science Foundation.  The amendment was yet another attempt to question the Read More...

Scholar Profile: Michael Gehm

April 22, 2014

When Michael Gehm, associate professor for electrical and computer engineering, starts listing his ongoing research projects, one can be forgiven for thinking they just tuned in to an episode of Star Trek: gigapixel cameras, spectrometers, millimeter waves scanning projects — it Read More...

Making Inroads in Washington, DC

April 17, 2014

The below story initially appeared in Duke Today on March 30, 2014. http://today.duke.edu/2014/03/dcembassy#slideshow Sometimes referred to as the university’s “embassy” in the nation’s capitol, the Duke in Washington (DIW) office has lived up to the billing as it approaches its Read More...

Introducing HASTAC: From STEM to STEAM

February 26, 2014

Cathy Davidson, co-founder of HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance Collaboratory), highlights a few Duke initiatives that are bridging the gap between the humanities and STEM education and thinking. Read More...

OFR's Year in Review

January 28, 2014

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address tonight, kicking-off yet another round of policy debates sure to dominate the political conversation for the coming year. In preparation for the President’s address, the Office of Federal Relations Read More...

Devils in DC: Don Taylor & Fuqua's Health Sector Management Program

January 12, 2014

Students and faculty in Fuqua’s Health Sector Management Program (HSM) traveled to DC last week as part of the program’s annual Week in DC (WIDC).  The WIDC course, HLTHMGMT716: Health Systems and Policy, brings daytime MBA, executive MBA, and MPP students to Read More...

New Year, New Article: OFR in the Raleigh News & Observer

January 02, 2014

The first day of 2014 was a good news day for the Office of Federal Relations.  We woke up to a nice profile highlighting OFR and our efforts to advocate for policies that are good for Duke faculty, students, and Read More...

Spotlight on Duke in Washington: The Deep Sea

December 20, 2013

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions recently hosted their first Washington Forum on emerging issues in deep-sea policy. The event brought a panel of experts to the Duke in Washington office to discuss everything from the history behind the Read More...

Event Recap: Three NC Reps Demo Federally-Funded Airport Security Research at Duke

November 08, 2013

Three members of the North Carolina delegation to Congress –  Reps. Richard Hudson (R-NC), George Holding (R-NC), and David Price (D-NC) – visited campus on November 6 to tour research labs and view demonstrations of airport security research projects happening Read More...

Event Recap: Congressional State and District Staff Day

October 28, 2013

Spotted among the usual backpacks and ballcaps on campus last week were the padfolios and pantsuits of the state and district staff of the North Carolina delegation to Congress. These staffers oversee the home offices of the Senators and Representatives Read More...

Scholar Profile: Jentleson on the Integration of Policy and Academia

October 24, 2013

Today’s Talker: Bruce Jentleson, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science As a two-time State Department official, Bruce Jentleson has been a  fixture around the nation’s capitol for over a decade. But on one recent Friday afternoon, Washington, DC, was just Read More...

Federal Government Shutdown: Information for the Duke Community

October 15, 2013

UPDATE: posted Monday, Oct. 21Agencies release guidance for resumption of service, grant application submissionsAs the federal government resumes normal operations, individual agencies have begun to release guidance for the grant application, review, and award activities that were impacted by the Read More...

Spotlight on Duke in Washington: Ecosystems Forum Hosts Federal Stakeholders

October 09, 2013

Recently spotted in and around the Duke in Washington office were members of the National Ecosystems Services Partnership (NESP), an initiative of Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. On their schedule were meetings for its Federal Resource Management and Read More...

Devils in DC: Duke Officials Talk Student Loans

October 02, 2013

The federal government is closed for business this week.  However, when the shutdown was still just a possibility, Duke administrators shared the needs of Duke students with Congressional staff in preparation for upcoming legislative business. Donna Lisker, associate vice provost Read More...

Brodhead Pumps up the Humanities with a Colbert Fistbump

September 09, 2013

President Brodhead, co-chair of the Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences, appeared on Colbert Nation to talk the importance of the humanities, as outlined in the Commission’s new report, The Heart of the Matter. Read the Duke Today coverage here. Read More...

Announcing: Duke Congressional Briefing Series, July 23

July 17, 2013

Mark your calendars! The Duke University Congressional Briefing Series returns to Capitol Hill next Tuesday, July 23 for a lunch-time panel entitled “Improving and Streamlining Airport Screening Through Science.” Duke University is a national leader among universities in Department of Read More...

Immigration Reform: From the Senate to the House

July 08, 2013

In early June, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) set a goal: to have the full Senate debate and vote upon a comprehensive immigration measure before the end of the month. And indeed, they did just that. After two weeks Read More...

Spotted in DC: Nicholas Institute Director Attends Obama's Climate Action Plan Speech, Talks Impact and Opportunity

June 26, 2013

Look who we spotted in Washington! Tim Profeta, Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, stopped by the Duke in Washington office on Tuesday and gave us this update on his activities in and around the Capitol City. Read More...

"The Heart of the Matter" Turns Spotlight on Humanities

June 20, 2013

Languages. History. Philosophy. Psychology. The humanities and social sciences, in addition to the natural sciences, feed a “mental empowerment,” leading to an innovative culture and productive citizenry, says “The Heart of the Matter,” a report prepared by the American Academy Read More...

@DukeFedRel #iMarch #NC Twitter Town Hall Recap

June 13, 2013

A few weeks ago, Duke University participated in the iMarch for Innovation, a call from across the tech, government, and higher education sectors for the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The virtual march brought out supporters from North Carolina Read More...

Lost in Discussion: Alexander-Burr-Coburn Op-Ed on Student Loans

June 06, 2013

In “Playing Politics with Student Debt,” Senators Lamar Alexander, Richard Burr and Tom Coburn outline a plan to solve the pending student loan interest rate increase on July 1.  Providing students and families with a “sure thing” interest rate for the Read More...

Student Loan Interest Rates: A Fixed and Variable Debate

May 24, 2013

It’s the summer after high school graduation – a time for beaches, summer jobs, and bittersweet farewells to life-long friends. Or, at least that’s how it looks in the movies. In real life, this summer is for choosing classes, buying Read More...

We're (i)Marching for Innovation! Won't You?

May 22, 2013

Do you want to see Duke University continue to attract the best and brightest students and faculty? Do you want to continue encouraging innovation and growth in the American economy? We sure do! That’s why Duke University Office of Federal Relations has Read More...

Dr. Chameides Testifies Before Science Committee

May 20, 2013

In April, Dr. Chameides, Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, appeared before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology offering expertise on how policy actions regarding climate change are functions of risk management. Dr. Chameides, who served Read More...

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New Prototype Gigapixel Camera Creates Super Hi-Res Photos

May 14, 2013

Generally, when snapping photos, you point, then shoot.  With a new prototype “gigapixel” camera developed by researchers at Duke, you Watch...