The Duke Digest - October 29, 2010
In Today's Issue:
- Duke Professor and Assistant Attorney General to Co-Chair White House Group on Internet Privacy
- Duke Science Goes to DC
- New Website Tracks Duke Civic Engagement
- Bob Woodward Talks About National Security and Democracy at Duke
- David Brooks to Discuss Current Political Culture in Lecture at Duke Nov 9
- New Initiative Will Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke
- Ted Kaufman, The Temporary Senator
- Video: Senator Kaufman on The Daily Show
- Duke Prof: "Stewart and Colbert Rallies a 'Genuine Political Moment'"
- Nicholas School Dean Chameides Named One of World's Most Cited Scientists
DUKE PROFESSOR AND ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CO-CHAIR WHITE HOUSE GROUP ON INTERNET PRIVACY
Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy and Duke Law Professor Christopher Schroeder has been appointed to run a new White House working group focused on the internet and privacy.
Assistant Attorney General To Co-Chair White House Group on Internet Privacy (mainjustice.com)
DUKE SCIENCE GOES TO DC
DNA, the wonders of dry ice and Dan Ariely's decision-making investigations were among Duke exhibits and activities that attracted thousands of visitors in Washington D.C. over the weekend at the two-day inaugural USA Science and Engineering Expo. Forty university students, faculty and staff showcased Duke research in colorful booths located on Freedom Plaza, near the Washington Monument.
Duke Science Goes to DC (DukeNews)
NEW WEBSITE TRACKS DUKE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
The university's first centralized website to highlight civic engagement efforts across campus went live this week at civic.duke.edu. The site includes an A-Z directory of more than 70 programs/units with a civic engagement focus.
On civic.duke.edu, a series of rotating images highlight some of the dozens of Duke programs - academic, student, employee, health-related and religious -- that reflect working for the public good and the integration of education, personal development and community benefit.
New Website Tracks Duke Civic Engagement (DukeNews)
BOB WOODWARD SPEAKS ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEMOCRACY AT DUKE
Addressing an audience of about 350 students, faculty and community members in Fleishman Commons Wednesday night, Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward answered questions about the difference between the Bush and Obama administrations, secret government and acquiring information and gathering sources.
Woodward-who has written or co-written 14 best sellers in his 40-year journalism career about Watergate, the Supreme Court, the CIA, the Pentagon, the Federal reserve and the White House under various presidents-discussed his new book, "Obama's Wars," with Peter Feaver, a Duke professor of political science and public policy.
Obama's War (DukeNews)
DAVID BROOKS TO DISCUSS CURRENT POLITICAL CULTURE IN LECTURE AT DUKE NOV 9
New York Times columnist and PBS Newshour commentator David Brooks will give the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture at the Sanford School on Nov. 9.
A columnist with The New York Times and commentator on PBS Newshour, Brooks will discuss how the Obama presidency has shaped America’s political and social discourse, as well as how politicians in Washington can usher in a post-partisan era. Brooks’ talk, “Politics and Culture in the Age of Obama,” begins at 5:30 p.m. in Sanford’s Fleishman Commons. It is free and open to the public.
David Brooks to Discuss Current Political Culture (Sanford.duke.edu)
NEW INITIATIVE WILL PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION AT DUKE
Duke University is launching a major campus-wide initiative to expand the societal impact of Duke innovations and better serve students who seek to think big, follow their dreams and launch initiatives of their own as entrepreneurs.
Kimberly Jenkins, a university alumna and trustee who has launched entrepreneurial ventures with leading technology companies and established prominent nonprofit organizations, will lead the effort.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke (DukeNews)
TED KAUFMAN, THE TEMPORARY SENATOR
A Time Magazine interview with Duke Law Senior Lecturing Fellow and Senator Ted Kaufman:
"A few hours after Christine O'Donnell, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Delaware, learned, to her surprise, in the midst of a debate, that the U.S. Constitution contains a provision that separates church and state, I sat down for lunch with the man she would replace, Senator Ted Kaufman. Most Americans have never heard of this man, but they know who he is: the perpetual Hollywood political fantasy, a Mr. Smith who has gone to Washington and, freed from the shackles of electoral politics, has simply done what he thinks is right. Kaufman was appointed to fill out Joe Biden's Senate term in 2009."
Ted Kaufman, The Temporary Senator (Time.com)
VIDEO: SENATOR KAUFMAN DISCUSSES SENATE'S ROLE AND CHALLENGES ON THE DAILY SHOW
Senator and Senior Lecturing Fellow Ted Kaufman guests on The Daily Show.
Kaufman on the Daily Show (Daily Show.com)
DUKE PROF: "STEWART AND COLBERT RALLIES A 'GENUINE POLITICAL MOMENT'"
Aaron Keck, visiting assistant professor of political science, is an expert on political theory and a sketch comedian, performing in a historical improvisational comedy show that pokes fun at the Founding Fathers. He teaches a course on politics and literature.
“I am not sure the Stewart and Colbert marches will impact the election, but I do think it is a genuine political moment. It’s an ironic march, and that's a tradition that goes back to the very beginning of political theory: Socrates challenging people with strong political convictions and exposing those convictions as flimsy and nonsensical. That’s what political humor is.
In literature, Mark Twain did it with Huck Finn, the quintessential naive bumpkin figure who encountered hypocrites and people with strong opinions on his travels. And that’s what Stewart and Colbert do best. They take venerable figures and hold them up to ridicule and in the process they make us think twice about ourselves. It’s subtle and subversive, and politically it's healthy -- as long as the comedian doesn't get too firm in his own flimsy convictions, as Stewart sometimes does.”
NICHOLAS SCHOOL DEAN CHAMEIDES NAMED ONE OF WORLD'S MOST HIGHLY CITED SCIENTISTS
William L. Chameides, dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been named one of the world’s most highly cited scientists by the international online research database ISI Highly Cited.com.
Inclusion on the list is based on authorship of papers considered by peers to be among the most important scientific developments of the past 25 years. Only the most widely cited authors – less than half of one percent of all published researchers – have earned recognition. Citation is a direct measure of a researcher’s influence on the literature of a subject, and also is a strong indicator of the far-reaching contributions the researcher’s work has made to his field.
Dean William Chameides Named One of World's Most Highly Cited Scientists (Nicholas.duke.edu)