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Nita Farahany, PhD, JD

Director of Science & Society, Professor of Law & Philosophy

Nita Farahany is Professor of Law & Philosophy at Duke Law School, Director of Science & Society, and Faculty Chair of the MA in Bioethics & Society Policy. Since 2010, she has served on Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Her scholarship focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Association of Law Schools, is one of the co-founding editors-in-chief of Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and serves on the Board of the International Neuroethics Society. She received an AB from Dartmouth College, an MA, PhD, and JD from Duke University, and an ALM from Harvard University. Click for more info.

Bill Adair

Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy; Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

Bill Adair is the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism & Public Policy and the Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. One of 25 Knight Chairs at universities around the country, Adair’s research and teaching focuses on fact-checking and new forms of journalism. The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact, he has been recognized as a leader in new media and accountability journalism.
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Misha Angrist, PhD, MFA

Senior Fellow, Science & Society; Associate Professor of the Practice, SSRI; Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice, Sanford School of Public Policy

Misha Angrist is Senior Fellow in Science & Society, Associate Professor of the Practice at SSRI, and Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy. He serves as the lead of the Public Impact & Engagement track for the MA in Bioethics & Science Policy and as a faculty mentor, and he is teaching several MA core and elective courses. In his work, he explores the intersection of biology and society, especially as it relates to the governance of human participation in research and medicine. Click for more info.

Jeffrey P. Baker, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Jeffrey Baker is a professor of Pediatrics and History, he has practiced for over 25 years as a general pediatrician in Duke Children’s Primary Care with a focus on children with autism and special needs. His historical work has also centered on child health. As the author of the book, The Machine in the Nursery, he is a leading authority on the history of neonatal medicine. Most recently, he has been engaged in a project reconstructing the work of the “discoverer” of autism, Dr. Leo Kanner, through examining original case records from Johns Hopkins University. Click for more info

Raymond C. Barfield, MD

Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy; Professor, School of Nursing

Ray Barfield bridges theology and medicine, with research interests in improving therapeutics for neuroblastoma, improving the quality of life of children with complex, chronic or fatal illnesses, and studying areas where medical and theological interests intersect. He is a practicing pediatric oncologist, and, in the Divinity School, directs a new initiative on Theology, Medicine, and Culture. Click for more info.

Mary (Missy) Cummings, PhD

Director of HAL (Humans and Autonomy Lab); Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, DIBS, and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mary (Missy) Cummings is the director of HAL (Humans and Autonomy Lab) and Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, DIBS, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is also an affiliate professor with the University of Washington’s Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots. Her research interests include human supervisory control, human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology. Click for more info.

Jim Gaston

Assistant Dean for Advising and Undergraduate Research

Jim Gaston is the Assistant Dean for Advising and Undergraduate Research at the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. Jim encourages Duke engineering students to reach their potential both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to advising Pratt undergraduate students, he assists them with finding opportunities for research. These efforts include administration of the Pratt Research Fellows and Grand Challenge Scholars programs. He is also the faculty advisor for the Smart Home, a live-in laboratory on the Duke campus where students experiment with new technologies and sustainable living. Jim earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from NC State University and a master’s in project management from Western Carolina University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.

Charles Gersbach, Phd

Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering; Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Charles Gersbach researches the insertion of newly engineered genes into model organisms. While this work holds great promise for the benefit of humanity, he also considers the ethical consequences of these experiments. Furthermore, he leads an extracurricular undergraduate club that develops novel experiments pertaining to a broad range of themes, including synthetic and genetic engineering. Click for more info.

Jeffrey T. Glass

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Master of Engineering Management Program; Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Jeffrey T. Glass is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a secondary appointment as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. He is the Faculty Director of Duke’s Master of Engineering Management Program and also holds the Hogg Family endowed chair in Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship. Click for more info.

Cynthia Kuhn, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Cynthia Kuhn is a professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University, and co-author of Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy. Click for more info.

Madeline Liddicoat, M.B.A.

Associate Director, Science & Society

Madeline Liddicoat manages the strategy and operations of Science & Society. She works with the Director and Faculty Leadership to develop and implement the strategic plan for the Initiative. She oversees recruitment and communications. She manages the administrative staff. She handles department finances, human resources, and administration. Click for more info

Frederick “Fritz” Mayer, PhD

Professor, Sanford School, Environmental Sciences and Policy Division, and Political Science; Associate Dean for Strategy and Innovation, Sanford School

Frederick “Fritz” Mayer is Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environment at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He teaches courses on the political economy of public policy, globalization and governance, political analysis, and leadership. His research focuses on: globalization and its effects, with particular emphasis on the labor and environmental impacts of economic integration; the role of stories in politics; and the politics of climate change. Click for more info.

David McAdams, PhD

Professor, Business Administration, Fuqua; Professor, Economics

David McAdams is Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business and Professor of Economics. Before joining the faculty at Duke, he was Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has also worked as Special Assistant to the Director in the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Economics. His primary research interests are microeconomic theory and game theory, with a special focus on strategic interactions between buyers and sellers, including auctions, pricing, negotiations, and relationships. Click for more info.

John Moses Jr., MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

John Moses’ research interests have focused on exploring various health and social issues through the perspective of documentary photography. In recent years, he has contributed photographs to books about adolescent parents and primary care. He is currently working on a project about gun-inflicted injuries. He is also working on a book that will present photographs made by children coping with chronic illness. Click for more info.

Megan Mullin, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Politics; Director of Graduate Studies of the University Program in Environmental Policy; Associate Professor of Political Science

Megan Mullin is a scholar of American political institutions and behavior, focusing on how political and social processes contribute to environmental outcomes. She has a secondary appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her main areas of research are in decentralized governance, water management, and climate change politics. Click for more info.

Brian C. Murray, PhD

Research Professor of Environmental Economics; Director for Economic Analysis in the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; Director, Duke University Energy Initiative

Brian C. Murray is Director of the Duke University Energy Initiative, Research Professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. He is widely recognized for his work on the economics of energy and climate change policy, including the design of market based mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gases and deploy low-carbon energy. Click for more info

Alexander Rosenberg, PhD

R. Taylor Cole Professor, Philosophy

Alexander Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy. He has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His research interests include: the philosophy of biology; philosophy of cognitive, behavioral, & social science; philosophy of science; causation; Hume; and metaphysics. He is the author of several books and has also written approximately 180 papers in the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of cognitive, behavioral and social science (especially economics), and causation. Click for more info.

Chris Simmons, MEd

Associate Vice President, Office of Federal Relations

(ex-officio member) Chris Simmons came to Duke in 2006 after having served in advocacy roles for the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC. Prior to working for the higher education associations, Simmons was a policy analyst for the National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education and Assistant Director of Admissions at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He is the past Chairman of the Board for the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and is a recent co-chair for the Ad-Hoc Tax Group. He is a former member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Board of Directors and AAU Council of Federal Relations Steering Committee. Click for more info.

David Toole, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Practice of Theology, Ethics, and Global Health; Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives

David Toole has a joint appointment in the Divinity School, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Duke Global Health Institute. He teaches courses on theology and social science, the history and ethics of humanitarianism, and health systems and policy, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. His current research centers on the role of mission hospitals in African health systems, with a particular focus on the countries of the Nile River Basin in eastern Africa. In addition to his teaching and his research on hospitals and health systems, he serves as the associate dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives in the Divinity School and is the principal investigator of the Clergy Health Initiative. Click for more info.

Michael “Buz” Waitzkin, JD

Deputy Director of Science & Society, Senior Lecturing Fellow

Buz Waitzkin is the Deputy Director of Science & Society and a Senior Lecturing Fellow. For the past fifteen years, he has taught at Duke and has been a frequent lecturer at other universities on issues of science law, policy, ethics, and politics, with a focus on developing biomedical technologies. He has designed and taught the ethics seminar in the Duke Master of Management in Clinical Informatics and has organized and moderated a series of evening symposia on current issues in health care for Duke. He provides strategic counsel to the biomedical research community, including academics, government officials, private companies and non-profits. Click for more info.

Priscilla Wald, PhD

Professor of English and Women’s Studies

Priscilla Wald is Professor of English and Women’s Studies, on the steering committee of ISIS (Information Sciences + Information Studies), and an affiliate of the Trent Center for Bioethics and the Duke Institute for Global Health. She teaches and works on U.S. literature and culture, particularly literature of the late-18th to mid-20th centuries, contemporary narratives of science and medicine, science fiction literature and film, and environmental studies. Her current work focuses on the intersections among the law, literature, science, and medicine. In her research, her teaching, and her professional activities, she is committed to promoting conversations among scholars from science, medicine, law, and cultural studies in order to facilitate a richer understanding of these issues. Click for more info.

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Jonathan Wiener, JD

William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law; Professor, Environmental Policy; Professor, Public Policy

Jonathan Wiener is the William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School, Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He is also the director of the JD-LLM Program in International and Comparative Law at Duke Law School. He has written widely on U.S., European, and international environmental law and risk regulation. Before coming to Duke, he worked on U.S. and international environmental policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and at the US Department of Justice, serving in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations. Click for more info.

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