The Duke Digest - July 29, 2011
In Today's Issue:
- Two Duke Alums to Serve on White House Accountability and Transparency Board
- University Community Launches Gig.U for Network-Based Innovation
- Duke Law Prof Testifies on Planned Public Corruption Legislation
- Tickets on Sale for Duke Basketball Games in Dubai
On Thursday, the Obama Administration announced the launch of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board. The Board, first announced by the President and Vice President in June as part of the Campaign to Cut Waste, will focus on rooting out misspent tax dollars and making government spending more accessible and transparent for the American people. Yesterday, the President named several of the nation’s top watchdogs and leaders on government accountability to the board, which will be led by interim chairman Earl Devaney.
Daniel I. Werfel, Controller at the Office of Management and Budget, and Calvin L. Scovel III, Inspector General at the Department of Transportation, are two Duke alums whom President Obama appointed to the board.
White House Launches Government Accountability and Transparency Board to Cut Waste and Boost Accountability (WhiteHouse.gov)
UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY LAUNCHES GIG.U FOR NETWORK-BASED INNOVATION
A broad-based group of 29 universities and communities across the country, including Duke University and Durham, on Wednesday launched Gig. U, a project aimed at accelerating the deployment of ultra-high-speed computer networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities.
Improvements to these networks can drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs, such as health care and education, proponents say.
The project -- officially called Gig. U, The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project -- draws on America's rich history of research community-led innovation and entrepreneurship, said Tracy Futhey, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Duke, and one of the early proponents of Gig.U.
University Community Launches Gig.U (duke.edu)
DUKE LAW'S GRIFFIN TESTIFIES ON PLANNED PUBLIC CORRUPTION LEGISLATION
Professor Lisa Kern Griffin testified July 26 before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security regarding pending legislation on public corruption.
The hearing, on H.R. 2572, was titled the “Clean Up Government Act of 2011.” See below to read or download Griffin's testimony.
Griffin Testifies on Planned Public Corruption Legislation (law.duke.edu)
TICKETS ON SALE FOR DUKE BASKETBALL GAMES IN DUBAI
Duke basketball is coming to Dubai. Come watch the team play in person on August 25th, 2011 at the Al Wasl Club in Bur, Dubai.
Duke is offering alumni a unique opportunity to purchase tickets 24 hours before they officially go on sale. Please visit www.duplays.com/duke to purchase tickets on Thursday July 28th. It is anticipated that VIP, Courtside or Lower tickets will sell out fast.
Come Watch Duke Basketball in Dubai (goduke.com)