Call for Fall 2016 “Wednesdays at the Center” Series

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The John Hope Franklin Center seeks collaborating partners for its Fall 2016 Wednesdays at the Center program.

Program Description

Wednesdays at the Center (W@TC) is a weekly series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with an audience of students, faculty, staff and community members.

The series is organized, hosted, and archived by the John Hope Franklin Center. Collaborating partners provide support with lunch logistics and guest services. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Format

Each series event is one hour long running from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Speakers should prepare a 45-50 minute presentation and allow for an open forum conversation with the audience at the end of the talk.

Presentations are recorded and videos made available on Duke’s iTunes University catalog and the Franklin Center’s YouTube channel.

Proposals

Proposals should be submitted below through the digital form. The deadline for submission is July 8, 2016, 5:00pm. Questions can be directed to Catherine Angst (jhfc@duke.edu).

Originally published on the John Hope Franklin Center website

Faculty Receive Bass Connections Awards to Develop Courses

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Bass Connections has awarded four course development funds to groups of Duke faculty members whose pedagogical ideas will expand interdisciplinary curricular options for undergraduates as well as graduate and professional students.

This Spring an RFP invited Duke faculty, departments or schools to organize new courses or modify existing ones that align with one or more of the Bass Connections themes and are multidisciplinary, open to students at different levels and/or ask questions of societal importance. Such courses will augment theme leaders’ efforts to enrich the curricular pathways available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Managing Networks     

Submitted by Lisa Keister with Susan Alberts, Christopher Bail, Jonathon Cummings, James Moody, Martin Ruef

  • Faculty affiliations: Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (Biology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Sociology, Markets and Management Certificate Program); Fuqua School of Business; Nicholas School of the Environment (Marine Science and Conservation); Center for Population Health & Aging; Duke Institute for Brain Sciences; Duke Network Analysis Center; Duke Population Research Institute
  • Bass Connections theme: Information, Society & Culture

Networks are pervasive in the social, economic, political and natural worlds. Network data and methods – and concurrently our ability to conceptualize and analyze networks – have expanded dramatically in recent years, and Duke is a central location in which this research is being conducted. This course is about the role that networks play in organizations. It will involve multiple faculty from across schools, invite outside experts to provide guest lectures and include project-based assignments. Graduate students and post-docs from various disciplines will participate as assistants and project leaders.

Engineering and Anthropology of Biomedical Engineering (BME) Design in Uganda

Submitted by William Reichert and Kearsley Stewart

Dr. Reichert established the Duke-Makerere University in Kampala (MUK) BME Partnership in coordination with Duke BME, Duke Global Health Institute, Pratt School of Engineering, the Provost’s Office and the Duke Africa Initiative. The goal of this course is to integrate the design and anthropological elements of the Duke-MUK experience into a single course offered to both BME and global health undergraduate and graduate students. It will proceed pedagogically as a design class superimposed with the relevant anthropology of working directly with students in Uganda.

History of Global Health

Submitted by Nicole Barnes and Margaret Humphreys

  • Faculty affiliations: Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (History); School of Medicine; Duke Global Health Institute
  • Bass Connections theme: Global Health

The history of global health contains valuable perspectives for thinking through current health challenges. The course begins with the development of ancient medicine in Europe and China, and continues into the rise of biomedicine in the 19th and 20th centuries. It addresses particular diseases as case studies through which to explore important themes in global health history, and traces global circulations of people and commodities to show how international agencies, charities and governing bodies have spread both disease and the means to fight it.

Integrating Environmental Science and Policy

Submitted by Lori Bennear and Patrick Halpin

  • Faculty affiliations: Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Economics and Policy, Marine Science and Conservation); Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (Economics); Sanford School of Public Policy; Energy Initiative; Science & Society
  • Bass Connections theme: Energy

Environmental challenges are inherently multidisciplinary, drawing upon principles from ecology, earth sciences, biochemistry, economics, political science and ethics. Employing in-depth case studies, this course will explore the complex interactions that characterize current environmental problems. Course objectives include: exposing students to interdisciplinary approaches to environmental science and policy; allowing students to develop analytic tools to address environmental issues; and fostering collaborative group-based analytic experiences consistent with real-world environmental problem solving.

Faculty recipients of these course development funds will be invited to share their experiences at a luncheon or dinner at the end of year.

Learn how to get involved with Bass Connections.

Collaboration at SSRI

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Working together, sharing ideas and accomplishing great research

Q: An EHD Bass Connections team took the ResearchMobile (ReMo) to South Carolina over winter break. Can anyone use the ReMo?

A: The ResearchMobile has really been one of the hidden treasures at SSRI, and we’d love to make a push for it to be utilized more. It’s part of our Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Center (IBRC), which is directed by Mark Leary. Mark and his team will work with anyone who is interested—it really is a very easy process, and you don’t have to already be affiliated with SSRI. The South Carolina excursion was a brilliant idea by Alexandra Cooper who directs our education and training programs, and it was the first time the ResearchMobile has left North Carolina. I hope that story opens people’s imaginations for how this resource could enhance research at Duke. It can be rapidly deployed but it can also be employed for research at schools or in outlying communities with people who ordinarily would not come to a research facility. The upcoming election, for instance, might provide fascinating ways of utilizing the ResearchMobile across the state, but it could even be used locally on different parts of the Duke Campus.

Q: Bass Connections teams are in public schools through neuroscience-based health curriculum and guiding professional development for classroom and ESL teachers. Why is it important that Duke undergraduates bring their research to local public schools?

A: It’s one of those wonderful win-win scenarios that we love to find. So many Duke students are genuinely interested in contributing to the community, and, together with the faculty, they have enormous intellectual capital to employ. Our community has real needs in the education space, and so bringing those needs together with research and engagement at Duke can improve our community, enhance education at Duke and advance research all at the same time. The key to making it all work is to make sure that the schools themselves become real partners, and that is what these projects have so successfully accomplished.

Q: Wilkie Wilson and Dr. Cynthia Kuhn’s neuroscience Bass Connections team is an example of a social science and medical science collaboration, much like economist Joe Hotz and Dr. Kristin Newby’s partnership. What other kinds of collaborations between SSRI and the medical campus do you envision?

A: The potential for increased collaboration between social science and medicine is almost limitless. With the Social Science Challenge and the Duke Colloquium on Data and Medicine, we are discovering areas for potential collaboration that we could not have envisioned at the outset. Through mechanisms like the Data+ program in iiD and the Bass Connections Program, we now have ready ways for students to become involved in emerging projects.

Q: For graduate students interested in data, what tools and resources are available at SSRI?

A: The Protected Research Data Network—or PRDN—at SSRI is less than two years old, but we are already counting users in the hundreds. Many researchers—including undergraduates and graduate students—are finding it to be a convenient way to work with sensitive data in a secure way, and many data providers are seeing it as the most secure way for them to share data with researchers. Our staff, led by Rachel Franke, is eager to help anyone with sensitive data needs that can be accommodated in the PRDN. Our staff can also help researchers navigate the larger research computing infrastructure at Duke, and you can access that expertise by stopping by our help desk in the Connection at SSRI. It’s the place to get help with questions on research software and a variety of research methods. So lots of resourcess are available—just come to SSRI in Gross Hall and ask!

Tom Nechyba
Director, SSRI

Originally published in the Spring 2016 issue of GIST by the Duke Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)

What Do You Get When You Cross “American Idol” with Global Health?

How does a global health policy expert help his students understand the complexity of developing, implementing and evaluating a global health policy and garnering the necessary support to move the initiative forward?

If you’re global health and public policy professor Gavin Yamey, you make it fun: you hold a policy case competition modeled after the popular television show, “American Idol,” complete with a panel of judges ready to dissect the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal. And you call it “Policy Idol.”

This month, Yamey held two Policy Idol competitions, one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students in his global health policy courses.

“I am a passionate believer in learning by doing,” said Yamey. “It’s one thing for students to learn the theories of how you achieve big changes in global health, but it’s another to actually have to apply them to a real world health problem. My hope is that Policy Idol shows students the complexities and realities of planning and implementing change—with a little fun thrown in for good measure!”

The Task

Randomly placed on eight- or nine-person teams, students were challenged to choose a neglected health issue in a country of their choice and develop a policy solution, drawing on the skills, theories and frameworks they’d learned throughout the semester. After presenting their proposal, each team received feedback from a panel of expert judges.

Each proposal had to include the following elements:

  1. A plan for getting the issue onto the health policy agenda
  2. An evidence-based policy solution
  3. A stakeholder analysis and strategies to influence these actors
  4. An implementation plan
  5. An evaluation plan
  6. A short- and long-term financing plan

The Judges

The Policy Idol judges included:

  • DGHI director Michael Merson (jokingly deemed the “Simon Cowell” of the panel for his hard-hitting yet constructive feedback)
  • Krishna Udayakumar, associate professor of global health and medicine and head of global innovation for Duke Medicine
  • Rose Wilcher, director of research utilization at non-profit organization FHI360
  • (for the undergraduate competition only) Dawn Quin-Chee, research scientist at FHI360
(From left) Rose Wilcher, Dawn Quin-Chee, Michael Merson and Krishna Udayakumar

Students Rose to the Occasion

Students embraced Yamey’s challenge, attempting to tackle a wide range of complicated issues, such as tuberculosis in South Africa, HIV among injection drug users in Ukraine, human trafficking in Malyasia and depression and alcoholism in Russia. One group created an original video, another group developed a website and active social media presence, and the group addressing tuberculosis distributed face masks to select audience members to emphasize their presentation points. Many of the groups created t-shirts, hats, pins and posters to help promote their proposals.

The winning graduate student team was “Build without Blood,” whose policy aimed to improve the health and well-being of construction workers in India through a workplace safety initiative.

“Build without Blood,” the winning graduate team

“I learned that one of the most important aspects to policy making is effective presentation,” said Prasana Khatiwoda, a second-year Master of Science in Global Health student and member of the “Build without Blood” team. “We knew our policy was good and evidence-based, but the challenge was to come up with creative ways to convince the judges. That’s why we had flyers and construction jackets. Perhaps this is what it’s like in the real world: innovative policy advocacy is just as important as innovative policy itself.”

“Farm to Family,” the team that sought to boost food security in North Carolina by increasing access to affordable, healthy food, emerged as the winner of the undergraduate competition.

“Farm to Family,” the winning undergraduate team

“The competition showed me just how difficult it is to pitch a policy that addresses the complexity of implementing global health interventions while still capturing the imagination of an audience,” reflected Christina Schmidt, a junior global health and evolutionary anthropology major and member of the winning team. “The development of our policy was truly a team effort—without every single one of our team members, our policy pitch would not have been successful.”

Judges Praised Students, Gave Constructive Feedback

The judges complimented the students on their efforts and their presentations and prompted them to consider additional factors that may have strengthened their proposals.

When announcing the undergraduate winners, DGHI director Michael Merson told the students, “You gave terrific presentations. You took on such challenging issues and they didn’t throw you at all.”

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New Grants Advance Scholarly Communities at Duke and Beyond

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A May 2016 workshop of Sheila Patek’s Physical Biology of Organisms group (funded in part by ICPG and the Blumenthal Foundation), held at WildAcres, Little Switzerland, NC. Photo credit: Jake Socha

For some time, Duke faculty interested in African humanities have wanted to engage colleagues from nearby schools in ongoing scholarly conversations. “The face-to-face connections of scholars from Greensboro, Wake Forest, NC State and UNC Chapel Hill are all incredibly valuable,” said Catherine Mathers.

There was one major problem, Mathers said: “It’s a scheduling nightmare!”

One solution for Mathers’ group, Building a Triangle African Humanities Seminar, has been to meet virtually. “We are now pivoting to seeking funding for a long-term, digital community to really make it possible for something to exist without being physically in the same place,” said Mathers. “We hope that an online clearinghouse can help deepen all those collaborative relationships.”

Janet Prvu Bettger has a different challenge. She and other faculty have begun collaborating on a Global Alliance on Disability and Healthcare Innovation. “We soon realized we didn’t have the expertise in medicine and nursing alone to ask all of the right questions,” she said.

Mathers and Bettger are both part of groups that received Intellectual Community Planning Grants earlier this year to develop collaborations around shared scholarly interests. Representatives of the groups met with Provost Sally Kornbluth over dinner in April to discuss their experiences and outcomes.

“We thought you might enjoy hearing from each other,” said Ed Balleisen, vice provost for interdisciplinary studies, “and perhaps learn from each other’s successes and challenges.”

Together, the clusters of faculty represent a range of disciplines and scholarly approaches across campus, including basic and applied sciences, humanities and social sciences, theology, medicine and engineering. Group goals ranged from grant proposals, seminars and workshops to curricular development and the creation of online clearinghouses.

Many groups have now submitted applications for external funding. Some of these have already resulted in awards.

Other important outcomes have been less tangible.

“Just the recognition that there was value in our coming together was an amazing catalyst,” Bettger said. Her group asked students to mine faculty bios to find those with an interest in promoting improvements in health systems globally for people newly living with disability. This scoping project paid off. “A really interesting collection of people with diverse ideas came for an initial meeting. They brought different perspectives, from cultural anthropology to business to public policy.”

Sheila Patek’s group, Physical Biology of Organisms, is also focusing on community-building within and beyond Duke. “I could see that we had the capability in the area for an amazing cohesive community,” Patek said. “My group has focused on just getting people to know what others were doing. And instead of reaching first to far-flung colleagues, we started to think more locally.”

Patek’s group now has more than 65 members from local universities, many of whom gather in locations off-campus to learn from each other’s work.

Several efforts have directed their grant funds toward bringing scholars together in a conference format to work through complex questions. “This project will explore the significance of materiality for lived faith and the academic study of Christian theology, which has long focused too narrowly on the cognitive character of religious belief,” said Mary Fulkerson, a member of Theological Exploration of Materiality. “Such work will attend to bodies, material culture, power and other contextual elements.”

While the Intellectual Community Planning Grants don’t mandate that groups come from multiple disciplines or schools, many of the groups are finding strength in interdisciplinary connections. “Our great success was that we found people from four different schools,” said Phil Stern, “which required us all to stretch the definitions of what we were talking about.” He represented the group Hybrid Organizations: Institutions of Power between the Public and the Private.

The discussion also stressed how valuable graduate students can be in bridging disciplines, scoping for potential collaborators and making connections that can spur ideas for research projects and pedagogical initiatives.

The Intellectual Community Planning Grants opportunity will be offered again next year, with an RFP coming out in early fall.

“Putting resources into the hands of faculty so that they can engage with problems they care about is incredibly important,” Kornbluth said. “We want to continue to stimulate interesting intellectual exchange, to spark new groups and foster vibrant communities, both within and across disciplines, departments and schools.”

Intellectual Community Planning Grant Recipients

  • Women in Quantitative Sciences
    Computer Science: Susan Rodger; Mathematics: Emily Braley, Sarah Schott, Lillian Pierce; Statistical Science: Mine Cetinkarya-Rundel, Merlise Clyde, Katherine Heller
  • Building a Triangle African Humanities Seminar
    Cultural Anthropology, Music: Louise Meintjes; Duke Global Health Institute: Kearsley (Karrie) Stewart; History: Janet Ewald, Bruce Hall; International Comparative Studies: Catherine Mathers
  • Physical Biology of Organisms
    Biology: Sheila Patek, Steven Vogel; Evolutionary Anthropology: Daniel Schmitt, Christine Wall; Mechanical Engineering: Adrian Bejan; Orthopaedic Surgery: Andrea Taylor. In collaboration with faculty from NCCU, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech
  • Religious Faith, Environmental Concern and Public Policy
    Divinity: David Toole, Norman Wirzba; Law: Jedediah Purdy, Jonathan Wiener; Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions: Jonas Monast, Brian Murray, Tim Profeta
  • Environmental Justice
    Economics: Chris Timmins; Kenan Institute for Ethics: Suzanne Katzenstein; Law: Matthew Adler; Nicholas School of the Environment: Elizabeth Albright, Dalia Patino-Echevarri, Deborah Gallagher, Megan Mullin, Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Erika Weinthal
  • Ultrasound Technologies
    Biomedical Engineering: Kathy Nightingale, Mark Palmeri, Gregg Trahey. In collaboration with faculty from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State
  • The Lives of Religious Books
    Asian and Middle Eastern Studies: Ellen McLarney; Classical Studies: Clare Woods; Divinity: Maria Doerfler, Jennie Grillo; Religious Studies: Marc Brettler, Laura Lieber; Romance Studies: Martin Eisner
  • Philanthropy in Comparative Contexts: Learning and Giving
    Economics: Crauford Goodwin; History: Sumathi Ramaswamy; Kenan Institute for Ethics: Suzanne Katzenstein; Law: Guy Charles, Maggie Lemos; Sanford School of Public Policy: Kristin Goss
  • Hybrid Organizations: Institutions of Power between the Public and the Private
    Fuqua School of Business: Aaron Chatterji; History: Phil Stern; Kenan Institute for Ethics: Suzanne Katzenstein; Law: Rachel Brewster, Barak Richman; Nicholas School of the Environment: Erika Weinthal; Political Science: Tim Büthe; Romance Studies: Elvira Vilches; Sanford School of Public Policy: Tana Johnson
  • Counting Justice: The Social Matter of Statistics
    Cultural Anthropology: Diane Nelson; Mathematics: Paul Bendich; Statistical Science: Sayan Mukherjee; Women’s Studies: Gabriel Rosenberg, Ara Wilson
  • Human Rights Archive Acquisition
    Cultural Anthropology: Robin Kirk, Rebecca Stein; Library: Danette Pachtner, Patrick Stawski; Nicholas School of the Environment: Erika Weinthal
  • Open-Source Platform for Advancing the Capabilities and Applications of 3D Printing at Duke
    Chemistry: Benjamin Wiley; Electrical and Computer Engineering: Steven Cummer, Michael Gehm, Jeff Glass; Radiology: Joseph Lo
  • Cancer TECH
    Biomedical Engineering, Duke Global Health Institute: Nimmi Ramanujam; Community and Family Medicine: Kathryn Pollak; Duke Global Health Institute: Gavin Yamey; Pharmacology and Cancer Biology: Timothy Haystead; Medicine/Cardiology, Biomedical Engineering: Geoffrey Ginsburg; Medicine/Infectious Disease, Duke Global Health Institute: John Bartlett; Medicine/Internal Medicine, Duke Global Health Institute: Krishna Udayakumar
  • Triangle Microbial Ecology Supergroup
    Biology: Rytas Vilgalys; Civil and Environmental Engineering: Marc Deshusses; Nicholas School of the Environment: Dana Hunt, Jennifer Wernegreen; Molecular Genetics and Microbiology: Lawrence David. In collaboration with colleagues from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State
  • A Collaboration of Molecular Synthesis with Theory, Modeling and Simulation
    Chemistry: David Beratan, Amanda Hargrove, Jiyong Hong, Qiu Wang, Weitao Yang
  • The Role of Academic Achievement and Social Inclusion in Broadening STEM Participation
    Social Science Research Institute: Lindah Mhando. In collaboration with colleagues from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State
  • Theological Materiality
    Art, Art History and Visual Studies: Annabel Wharton; Nicholas School of the Environment (Emeritus): Norm Christensen; Religious Studies: David Morgan; Systematic Theology and Black Church Studies: J Kameron Carter; Theology: Mary M. Fulkerson
  • Global Alliance on Disability and Healthcare Innovation (GANDHI)
    Biostatistics and Bioinformatics: Liz Turner; Duke Global Health Institute: Kearsley Stewart, Gavin Yamey; Nursing: Bradi Granger; Orthopaedic Surgery: Janet Prvu Bettger, Adam Goode; Surgery: Catherine Staton

Originally published on DukeToday

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program

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Deadline: June 3, 2016

Junior faculty members interested in a research career in women’s health are encouraged to apply. Underrepresented Minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Duke University offers equal opportunity to all applicants without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, handicaps or national origin.

Please submit a Letter of Intent (required)
We will contact you within 5 business days of receiving your Letter of Intent to let you know if you are eligible to submit a full application.
Full Application due by June 03, 2016

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The Duke University School of Medicine and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) are recipients of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) grant. The BIRCWH program is led by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), along with nearly a dozen other NIH Institutes and Centers. The BIRCWH is a K12 Institutional Training Grant that provides junior faculty at Duke or NCCU 75% salary support (50% for surgical specialties) for up to $100.000 per year for a minimum of two years. The program provides research development support to pursue research careers related to women’s health and builds upon existing interdisciplinary faculty relationships to foster productive and innovative collaborations.

The purpose of the BIRCWH Faculty Development Program is to promote the career development of junior faculty pursuing interdisciplinary research in Women’s Health leading to an independent scientific career that will benefit the health of women, including sex/gender similarities or differences in biology, health or disease. The BIRCWH also aims to strengthen the Women’s Health Research enterprise at Duke and NCCU. The BIRCWH Program provides advanced training, mentoring, and career guidance. BIRCWH research spans the entire spectrum of Women’s Health topics, and the program is open to all types of clinicians and non-clinicians.

PI of the Duke/NCCU BIRCWH award:  Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D.
Site-PI NCCU:  Kevin P. Williams, Ph.D.
Research Director: Amy Murtha, M.D.
Program Coordinator:  Friederike Jayes, Ph.D.
Forward any questions to BIRCWH Program Coordinator 

BIRCWH Advisory Board 
BIRCWH Mentors 

Online Courses:  “The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health”

Duke/NCCU BIRCWH Scholars

Duke University’s Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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The undergraduate certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) is designed to provide students with a pathway to pursue a rigorous cross-disciplinary study of innovation and entrepreneurship that will be complementary to any major and will enable students to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their of pursuit of knowledge in service of society. The certificate requires an in-depth course of study examining the theories of innovation and entrepreneurship, coupled with hands-on practice in both areas. Innovation and entrepreneurship are, by their very nature, areas of cross-disciplinary inquiry, so the certificate will draw on theory, contexts, and methods from across the disciplines. The certificate builds on the already-existing emphasis of knowledge in service of society that is taking place within the students’ majors and co-curricular activities, to further enhance students’ abilities to explore the complex problems being faced by our world and to develop innovative methods to address those problems.

Video originally published on I&E’s YouTube channel

More information about the certificate can be found on I&E’s website

Seven Professors Join DGHI Faculty Ranks

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Since the fall, seven new faculty members have joined the Duke Global Health Institute. Their expertise includes health systems, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric surgery and anesthesiology, nursing, history of medicine and environmental policy.

One New Primary Appointment

Primary DGHI faculty members have their primary appointment in DGHI and have made a long-term commitment to contribute substantially to the Institute’s work and mission.

Tazeen Jafar
Research Professor of Global Health

Tazeen_JafarTazeen Jafar‘s research interests include policy-relevant implementation research on chronic non-communicable disease and epidemiological studies likely to influence clinical practice. Jafar, a U.S. board certified nephrologist, has led many collaborative projects, including the individual patient data meta-analysis of 11 internationally conducted randomized controlled trials on Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitors on progression of non-diabetic kidney disease. She also has extensive experience analyzing national health survey data.

Jafar serves on a number of scientific journal editorial boards and on international advisory panel of Public Library of Science. She also advises the government and other agencies on policies related to chronic disease.

Jafar is also a professor of Health Services & Systems Research at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore.

Two Secondary Appointments

Secondary DGHI faculty members have their primary appointment in another department or school at Duke but have made a long-term commitment to contribute substantially to the Institute’s work and mission.

Henry Rice
Professor of Surgery and Global Health 

Pediatric General Surgery Division Chief 

Henry_RiceHenry Rice’s research interests include global surgery, health system strengthening, partial splenectomy for children with congenital hemolytic anemias and thermal imaging of extremely low birthweight infants.

As Duke’s pediatric general surgery division chief, Rice oversees the division’s clinical, teaching and research missions. Over the past several years, he has developed an increasing interest in global surgery, particularly on clinical and research questions that challenge the practice of pediatric surgery in resource-constrained environments. Rice leads the Duke-Guatemala Pediatric Surgery/Urology Project, an ongoing clinical, educational and research collaboration with the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala. Prior to his recent secondary faculty appointment at DGHI, Rice was a DGHI affiliate faculty member.


John Schmitt
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Global Health
Director of the Division of Benign Gynecology

John_SchmittJohn Schmitt’s clinical interests include general obstetrics and gynecology, abnormal uterine bleeding, premalignant diseases of the cervix, infertility and global women’s health.

Schmitt participates in the Duke-Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) Women’s Health Collaboration as a teaching physician within the department of obstetrics and gynecology. He is also a consultant at the Cervical Cancer Screening Clinic at KCMC in Tanzania.

As director of Duke’s division of benign gynecology, Schmitt supervises and coordinates gynecologic services for the underserved of Durham and the surrounding area. He also directs the Cervical Cancer Prevention Clinic at Duke, where they see patients from across North Carolina. Passionate about cervical cancer prevention, Schmitt conducts research and lectures on HPV biology and cervical cancer prevention in North Carolina and other parts of the world.

Four New Affiliate Appointments

Affiliate DGHI faculty members include Duke University faculty members across a range of disciplines with a demonstrated interest in global health. Affiliate faculty members collaborate with DGHI on research, education, service or policy activities.

Jane Blood-Siegfried
Professor, School of Nursing

Jane_Blood-SiegfriedAs a pediatric nurse practitioner, Jane Blood-Siegfried’s areas of interest and research include immune response, vaccines, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and health maintenance. In addition to her affiliate faculty appointment with DGHI, Blood-Siegfried is a professor in the Duke School of Nursing and a lecturer at the University for Developmental Studies in Tamale, Ghana, where she’s involved in a distance educational project.

As the director of Global Educational Partnerships and Innovation at the School of Nursing, Blood-Siegfried arranges global clinical experiences for graduate students. She is currently working on a project to start a family nurse practitioner program at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi, Tanzania.


Margaret Humphreys
Professor of the History of Medicine, School of Medicine

Margaret_HumphreysMargaret Humphreys’ research interests include the history of American medicine and public health, history of tropical medicine, history of medicine in the American Civil War and history of racial disparities in health and health care in the United States, and infectious disease in the U.S. and the American South.

Her research has appeared in a wide range of academic journals, and she has published several books, including her most recent, Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War. Humphreys was editor in chief of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences from 1999 to 2012.

Humphreys, a professor in the Duke School of Medicine, is the president of the American Association for the History of Medicine. She also serves on the advisory board of the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine.

Visit Margaret Humphreys’ website.


Brad Taicher
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, Pediatric Division, School of Medicine

Brad_TaicherBrad Taicher, a pediatric anesthesiologist and assistant professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics and chair of the Anesthesia Patient Safety and Quality Committee, is interested in the quality and safety of anesthesia in resource‐constrained environments. He and his colleagues at Duke and partner institutions have evaluated the limitations of using post‐operative pain scoring systems developed in the United States and studied cultural differences in perceptions of anesthesia care and barriers to implementation of WHO standards in resource‐constrained environments.

Taicher has worked extensively with DGHI professor Henry Rice on the Duke Pediatric Surgery/Urology Guatemala Project—a collaboration between Duke, UNC‐Chapel Hill, Guatemalan partners, and several NGOs—whose goal is to support care, research and education initiatives to improve pediatric healthcare in Guatemala.


Jeffrey Vincent
Professor of Forest Economics and Management, Environmental Sciences
Policy Division Chair, Nicholas School of the Environment

Jeffrey_VincentJeffrey Vincent’s research is on the economics of natural resource management and policy in developing countries. His current work focuses on quantifying the economic benefits of forest conservation programs in developing countries, with a geographical emphasis on tropical Asia. He has also worked on various health-related topics, including the impacts of air pollution on human health in Malaysia and Russia, the economics of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, the economics of pediatric surgery in developing countries and fatalities associated with natural disasters in developing countries. As one of the leaders of Duke’s Tropical Conservation Initiative, he has also been promoting interdisciplinary research collaboration on emerging infectious diseases.

Vincent, a professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment, is the author of several books and many articles in environmental economics, economic development, forestry and general science journals. He consults regularly for the World Bank and other international organizations and has directed or worked on projects in more than a dozen countries.

Originally published on the Duke Global Health Institute website