The Duke Digest - April 15, 2011
In Today's Issue:
- Duke Alum Sworn-In as 37th Army Chief of Staff
- President Brodhead to Attend Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference
- U.S. Senate Deputy Sergeant at Arms (Law '75) to Speak at 2011 Hooding Ceremony
- Federally-Funded Research: Doctors Recommend Different Treatments for Patients Than for Themselves
- Entrepreneurship is Alive and Well at Duke
- Duke to Offer New Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis Starting Fall 2011
- Sanford Professor Hired as Frontline Managing Editor
DUKE ALUM SWORN-IN AS 37th ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (G '84) was sworn in as the Army's 37th chief of staff April 11, surrounded by an enormous family, mentors, his classmates from the 1974 graduating class at West Point, the secretary of the Army and the secretary of Defense.
Dempsey's first assignment was in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he served as a scout and support platoon leader and squadron adjutant. Following other duties, he first earned a master's degree in English at Duke University and taught at West Point, and then he earned another master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies at the National War College.
Dempsey served as the commander of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad in 2003. He then helped train the Iraqi army and police as commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq.
His last assignment was as commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, after stepping up as acting commander of U.S. Central Command.
37th Army Chief of Staff (army.mil)
PRESIDENT BRODHEAD TO ATTEND BOAO FORUM FOR ASIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead will join heads of state, corporate executives, and select university leaders from around the world April 15 and 16 at the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference in Boao, China.
Modeled after the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Boao Forum for Asia provides a space for global leaders in government, business and academia to discuss the most urgent issues in Asia and the world.
Brodhead was invited as a panelist in a session entitled “Rethinking Education: University Presidents vs. Corporate CEOS,” featuring leaders from business and educational organizations in a discussion of the challenges of educating the next generation of the world’s workforce.
Brodhead to Attend Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference (DukeNews)
U.S. SENATE SERGEANT AT ARMS (Law '75) TO SPEAK AT 2011 HOODING CEREMONY
Martina Lewis Bradford (Law ’75), deputy sergeant at arms of the United States Senate, will address members of Duke Law School’s Class of 2011 at their hooding ceremony on May 14.
Bradford was appointed to her position by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. in December 2010. The Office of the Sergeant at Arms is the chief protocol office, chief law enforcement office, enforcer of the Senate Rules of Procedure, and overseer of all operational, technological, facility and security matters in the U.S. Capitol and all U.S. Senate offices.
U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms to Speak at 2011 Hooding Ceremony (Law.Duke.edu)
DUKE RESEARCHERS: DOCTORS RECOMMEND DIFFERENT TREATMENTS FOR PATIENTS THAN FOR THEMSELVES
A patient who can't decide between two available treatments asks his doctor: "What should I do?" Another patient, torn between the same two treatments, asks: "Doctor, what would you do if you were me?" Will those two patients get the same answer? That question, posed by researchers from Duke University and the University of Michigan in a national survey of physicians, found doctors often recommend different treatments for patients than they would choose for themselves.
The study, from professor Peter Ubel and post-doctoral associate Andrea Angott of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and professor Brian Zikmund-Fisher of the University of Michigan, appears in the April 11 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Funding for the study was provided by the American Cancer Society, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Doctors Recommend Different Treatment for Patients Than for Themselves (DukeNews)
ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS ALIVE AND WELL AT DUKE
On Friday, April 8, seven teams competed in the finals of 11th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge, a showcase of entrepreneurship at Duke University. The Duke Start-Up Challenge, a yearlong competition that started with 110 entrants, ended last Friday with a ceremony and presentation of a $50,000 check to the winning venture, HyTower Energy Storage.
Founded by graduate students at the Fuqua School of Business, Nicholas School of the Environment, and Pratt School of Engineering, HyTower is a hydropower energy storage company that builds on proven hydroelectric technology to deliver safe, reliable energy storage at higher efficiency and lower cost than competing technologies by using abandoned water towers as storage devices.
11th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge Grand Finale (Entrepreneurship at Duke blog)
Nicholas School Student Team Wins $50,000 Top Prize in Duke Startup Challenge (Nicholas.duke.edu)
Duke Law Students Advise Winner of Duke Start-Up Challenge (Law.Duke.edu)
DUKE TO OFFER NEW CERTIFICATE IN SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS STARTING FALL 2011
Armed with a new Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis (SSA), professional masters students in four schools at Duke University will soon be able to prove to prospective employers that they have what it takes to be innovators in making corporate sustainability profitable.
The new two-year SSA Certificate program will start in fall 2011. It will give students in-depth working knowledge of the economic, environmental, technological and social forces driving sustainability in the global marketplace today and will be open to students pursuing degrees in environmental management at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, engineering management at the Pratt School of Engineering, public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and business administration at the Fuqua School of Business.
New Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis to be Offered in Fall 2011 (Nicholas.Duke.edu)
SANFORD PROFESSOR HIRED AS FRONTLINE MANAGING EDITOR
Philip Bennett, the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University, will join the PBS investigative documentary series “Frontline” in the newly created role of managing editor. Bennett, former managing editor of The Washington Post, will join “Frontline” as it moves to a year-round broadcast schedule and remakes the series for the digital age.
A professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy since 2009, Bennett has taught about national security secrecy and the news media, coverage of Islam, narrative journalism and digital media.
Bennett’s role with the series will benefit his students at Duke, said James Hamilton, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. “The collaboration will offer Duke students a unique opportunity to participate in the development of accountability journalism and see it is impact on society,” Hamilton said.
Sanford Professor Hired as Frontline Managing Editor (Sanford.duke.edu)