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Bringing Social Science Research to the Public

Bringing Social Science Research to the Public

Brian Southwell has spent his professional life dedicated to telling stories of the human condition. In particular, he’s focused on making scientific research relatable. “I’ve been attracted to finding ways social science research can inform the broader public discourse and be useful in finding a way to translate work that happens in the public arena,” […]

Philosophy Student Explores Healthcare Ethics, Political Disagreement

Philosophy Student Explores Healthcare Ethics, Political Disagreement

Aaron Ancell, Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, coauthored a paper that was published this month in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. The paper, “How to Allow Conscientious Objections in Medicine While Protecting Patient Rights,” challenges those who propose an outright ban on conscientious objections in medicine, arguing that many conscientious objections must be permitted simply because […]

As Brazil Expands Access to Higher Education, What Are the Impacts?

As Brazil Expands Access to Higher Education, What Are the Impacts?

About a decade ago, the political party in power in Brazil launched a massive initiative to make high-quality, affordable university degrees accessible to students from low-income families. This past summer, the president of that party faced impeachment, and Brazil’s economy was on the brink of collapse. A group of eight students on a Duke-sponsored research […]

In a Region Bypassed by the Global Economy, There Are Hopeful Signs

In a Region Bypassed by the Global Economy, There Are Hopeful Signs

From shuttered textile mills and furniture factories to dormant tobacco fields, the traditional industries of North Carolina’s Appalachian region have drastically declined. But new areas have emerged, says Lukas Brun of Duke’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, who set out to show that the Appalachian economy is more than a tale of decline: “There […]

Duke-Brazil Collaboration Explores the Cost of Opportunity in Higher Education

Duke-Brazil Collaboration Explores the Cost of Opportunity in Higher Education

Professor of History John French, Global Brazil Lab co-director and Bass Connections team leader, talks about the immersive experience of taking Duke students to the Baixada Fluminense on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Duke undergraduates and graduate students were able to collaborate with Brazilian students as they tackled the issue of accessible college education for […]

Faculty Receive Bass Connections Awards to Develop Courses

Faculty Receive Bass Connections Awards to Develop Courses

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 […]