The Duke Digest - February 5, 2010
In Today's Issue:
- Senator Scott Brown Names Duke Alum as Chief of Staff
- Op-Ed: Cheering for AIG Bonuses
- Duke Researcher Testifies Before House Committee on Science and Technology
- Duke Expert: To Effectively Overhaul ‘No Child Left Behind,’ Think 21st Century
- Duke Names Honorary Degree Recipients
SENATOR SCOTT BROWN NAMES DUKE ALUM AS CHIEF OF STAFF
Senator-elect Scott Brown has hired a Duke alum as his chief of staff. Steven Schrage will oversee the Republican's offices in Washington and Massachusetts. Schrage has been working in Washington at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a policy institution whose board includes Henry Kissinger. Schrage's recent work has focused on how America can create new jobs, rebuild the military and compete in the global economy following the recession. Schrage grew up in a military family and did MBA and doctoral studies at Harvard Business School. He is also an honors graduate of Duke University and of the University of Michigan Law School.
OP-ED: CHEERING FOR AIG BONUSES
In this Op-Ed appearing in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kenneth Dodge, professor of public policy at Duke, offers a legislative proposal to curb the practice of exorbitant corporate bonuses:
"Limit the compensation of executives of publicly traded companies, companies receiving public aid, and companies doing business with the government to no more than 100 times the salary of each company's lowest-paid full-time employee."
Dodge argues that this formula would ease the income disparity at the root of many societal issues – and have what he calls “the little guy” cheering on executives.
Cheering for AIG Bonuses (Philadelphia Inquirer)
DUKE RESEARCHER TESTIFIES BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
As the Duke Digest reported last week, Dr. Robert Jackson, professor of biology, testified this week before the House Committee on Science & Technology as part of a three-part hearing on geoengineering. Dr. Jackson gave his testimony, entitled "Biological and Land-Based Strategies for Geoengineering Earth's Climate," to the House Subcommittee on Energy & Environment.
A copy of Dr. Jackson's testimony can be found here.
DUKE EXPERT: TO EFFECTIVELY OVERHAUL 'NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND," THINK 21st CENTURY
To effectively overhaul No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Obama administration must rethink how we teach and how we measure performance in the 21st century, says a Duke University English professor who is an expert on new methods of teaching and learning.
"Virtually all features of American public education were created in the late 19th century as a way of training immigrants coming to the U.S. and farmers coming into the cities to be good workers in an industrial system,” says Cathy Davidson, Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies.
“We now live in a digital age with different demands, a faster pace of change, and new requirements for attention to task and participation online. We have metrics for a machine age. We need to rethink them for a digital age.”
Davidson, author of The Rewired Brain: The Deep Structure of Thinking in the Information Age (forthcoming, Viking Press, 2010), says she would press President Obama to rethink the method of assessment in his proposals for changing NCLB.
Professor Davidson's Website
DUKE NAMES HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS
Duke University will award five honorary degrees during the school’s May 16 commencement exercises, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead announced Monday.
Degree recipients are Temple Grandin, an autism expert and professor of animal science at Colorado State University; Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; Alasdair MacIntyre, senior research fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture; Sir John Pendry, an English theoretical physicist; and Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Commencement, featuring an address by Yunus, will begin at 10 a.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium and is open to the public.
Duke Names Honorary Degree Recipients (DukeNews)