Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

Science & Society News

Learn what is happening inside the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. Stay up-to-date on our research, events, and student activities.

Tue, Oct 02

Interdisciplinary Units Find FOCUS a Gateway to First-Year Students

During three decades of success as one of the signature undergraduate initiatives at Duke, the FOCUS program of first-year seminars has continued to struggle with one big challenge: How to enroll more students from the Pratt School of Engineering, which had been part of FOCUS at its beginning but had taken a five-year hiatus.

Wed, Sep 19

WATCH: What If: Smart Drugs Become as Common as Coffee?

At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China, Science & Society Director and Duke Law Professor Nita Farahany and other thought leaders gathered to discuss the use of smart drugs in our day to day lives.

Tue, Jul 31

LISTEN: Immortality through AI?

Dr. Nita Farahany, Professor of Law & Philosophy and Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, discusses the ethical implications of digitizing the human brain.

Wed, Jul 11

Which Company Will Test the DNA of Separated Families?

And other unanswered questions about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new plan to reunite migrants separated at the border.

Tue, Jun 26

Op-Ed: Why aren’t we taking DNA instead of children?

Sara Katsanis, Duke researcher and S&S instructor, comments on the separation of immigrant families at the US/Mexican border. “Not only is there no justification for taking children away from their families, but there’s a responsible way to vet family members and trace migrants arriving at the U.S. border.”

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