The Duke Digest - January 15, 2010
In Today's Issue:
- Cutcliffe to Remain at Duke
- Duke Expert Can Comment on Haiti Recovery Efforts, History; President Brodhead Addresses Duke Community on Haiti Relief
- Duke-Assisted WISER School Opens in Kenya
- Nicholas Students Study Environmental Markets in DC
COACH CUTCLIFFE TO REMAIN AT DUKE
Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Friday he will remain at the school amid speculation that he is a candidate to become the head coach at the University of Tennessee.
"After much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family," Cutcliffe said. "We have both family members and lifetime friends in the Knoxville community and share a deep respect for the University of Tennessee. Our ties to the school and the Eastern Tennessee area are obvious. But before Tennessee's hiring process comes to a conclusion, I know that Duke University is where we want to coach."
"I've said all along that what makes Duke so special is the people, and that is the truth. We've received tremendous support from President Brodhead, Kevin White and the rest of the school's administration and are very grateful for their efforts. We have the best coaching staff in the country, and are convinced that we will continue to build a successful football program that both the Duke and Durham communities will be proud of."
DUKE EXPERT CAN COMMENT ON HAITI RECOVERY EFFORTS, HISTORY; PRESIDENT BRODHEAD ADDRESSES DUKE COMMUNITY ON HAITI RELIEF
The massive earthquake in Haiti hit a country that "already struggles, on a daily basis, with problems of infrastructure, health care and poverty," says Laurent Dubois, a Duke professor of romance studies and history who has studied Haitian history and culture for a decade.
"The United Nations and NGOs, themselves extremely hard hit by the earthquake, play important roles in security and the delivery of services," says Dubois. Dubois, who was in Haiti last May, says it is crucial for global aid organizations to "find ways to work with the very robust community organizations and institutions within Haiti first to help in rescue operations and then to find ways to rebuild out of this devastation."
Addtionally, in an electronic message sent to Duke students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, January 14, President Brodhead and Chancellor Dzau outlined Haiti relief information and encouraged the Duke community to continue its outpouring of support for the earthquake victims. A copy of the message can be found under "Read More."
Duke Expert Can Comment on Haiti Recovery Efforts, History (Duke News - contact info in right column)
Brodhead, Dzau Address Duke Community on Haiti Relief (electronically sent message to Duke students, faculty, and staff)
DUKE-ASSISTED WISER SCHOOL OPENS IN KENYA
Thirty Kenyan girls will be given a new lease on life this week as they begin classes at a new boarding school in Muhuru Bay. The school’s grand opening on Friday is a milestone for the poor, isolated community in Kenya, where no woman in the last 20 years has continued onto a public university.
The seven-acre campus and research center, complete with six classrooms, an internet cafe, a science lab and dormitories, was built by the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research , or WISER. The non-profit NGO was founded in 2007 by Duke Global Health Institute Member Sherryl Broverman and Duke Alumnus Andy Cunningham with the goal of improving educational, economic and health outcomes for girls in Muhuru Bay.
WISER School Opens in Muhuru Bay, Kenya (globalhealth.duke.edu)
NICHOLAS STUDENTS STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS IN DC
Students in the Environmental Markets Student Group (EMSG) at the Nicholas School of the Environment have chosen to end their winter breaks by traveling to DC to learn about new policy and financial mechanisms being developed for emerging environmental markets. Read about their visits with offices like the USDA’s Office of Ecosystems Services and Markets (OESM) in a collection of student-kept blogs here.