The Duke Digest - April 23, 2010
In Today's Issue:
- Senate Confirms Duke Law Professor for Department of Justice Post
- Duke Senior Joy Cheek Introduces Vice President Biden at Title IX Announcement
- Studying Sociology Through Service-Learning: Duke and NCCU Pair Up for Hands-On Learning in the Community
- New Issue of Duke Research Now Available Online
- Duke Report: South Could Benefit from a Little Efficiency
SENATE CONFIRMS DUKE LAW PROFESSOR FOR DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE POST
Christopher Schroeder, Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy at Duke, has been confirmed by the United States Senate to the post of assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy in the Department of Justice. Schroeder was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama on June 4, 2009.
In his new post Schroeder serves as the primary policy adviser to the attorney general and deputy attorney general and develops and implements significant policy initiatives of the Department of Justice. His duties include assisting the president and attorney general in the selection and confirmation of federal judges.
Schroeder Confirmed as Head of Office of Legal Policy (Duke Law)
DUKE SENIOR JOY CHEEK INTRODUCES VP BIDEN AT TITLE IX ANNOUNCEMENT
Joy Cheek, a Duke senior and member of the women's basketball team, had the honor of introducing Vice President Biden on Wednesday as he was set to make an announcement regarding the Obama Administration's revised Title IX compliance policy. Cheek, who was drafted in the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever, held an internship over the summer of 2009 at the White House.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Valerie Jarrett, Senior White House Advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, were also present at the event.
Cheek to Introduce VP Biden at Title IX Announcement (GoDuke.com)
Strengthening Title IX (Department of Ed Blog - includes picture)
STUDYING SOCIOLOGY THROUGH SERVICE-LEARNING: DUKE AND NCCU PAIR UP IN THE COMMUNITY
With her class "Contemporary Social Problems," Duke sociology professor Rebecca Bach is attempting to help students make connections between the critical social problems they're learning about in class and the realities of life. Students in Bach's class have the opportunity to learn about these key concepts while getting involved in the community through specific service-learning programs in Durham.
But Bach has taken it one step further by seeking out a collaboration with Dana Greene, a colleague and sociology professor at nearby North Carolina Central University. Bach and Greene say the collaboration was an opportunity to forge ties between Duke and NCCU, and start a dialogue between the universities and the greater Durham community.
Studying Sociology through Service-Learning (Duke News)
NEW ISSUE OF DUKE RESEARCH NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
This month's Duke Research newsletter highlights research ranging from developing tolerance to allergies to turtles killed in fishing gear.
Check out the online newsletter here.
DUKE REPORT: SOUTH COULD BENEFIT FROM A LITTLE EFFICIENCY
A study by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Duke University produced two chief conclusions of interest to policymakers:
1. Introducing aggressive efficiency measures to industrial processes as well as to the residential and commercial building sectors (transportation was not considered) could well offset the expected growth in energy demand in the South over the next 20 years.
2. Such measures would also reduce the need for new power plants, create jobs and reduce utility bills.
South Could Benefit from a Little Efficiency (NYTimes)
Energy Efficiency in the South (Full Report)