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RISK@Duke

Interdisciplinary Community Planning Project

A university‐wide research, teaching, and engagement program focused on the detection, analysis, regulation, and mitigation of risk.
Upcoming Head-to-Head Events

About

The Risk@Duke Interdisciplinary Community Planning Project is a university‐wide research, teaching, and engagement program focused on the detection, analysis, regulation, and mitigation of risk. The program brings together a network of researchers and educators from a variety of disciplines across Duke University who are interested in the study of risk and resilience. This network will serve as a planning community to identify both shared and distinct interests and missions. In the longer term, we envision a coordinated extramurally‐funded center that is inclusive and supportive of other risk‐relevant research and education efforts across campus.

We believe that Duke will benefit from — and be better equipped to contribute via — a coordinating program to enhance synergies among researchers, educators, and practitioners with diverse perspectives on risk and resilience while also raising awareness of Duke’s already significant risk‐related teaching and scholarship.

Duke Risk Decision Theater

Events

Head-to-Head Events

The Duke Center on Risk is sponsoring a series of “Head-to-Head” talks to explore the value of considering complex, contemporary risks from multiple perspectives.

 

The Risk Watering Holes

Risk@Duke has convened a series of informal gatherings of scholars across Duke who are thinking about risk in any aspect of their teaching or research. At the “Risk Watering Holes” several Duke researchers each give a very short “lightning talk” about a challenging area of risk in their field, and how they are addressing it. Please contact Tyler Felgenhauer if you would like to attend or speak at our next Risk Watering Hole.

Thank you to the following scholars at Duke who have given lightning talks:

Matt Adler Law School (Law, Economics, and Philosophy)
Elizabeth Albright Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science and Policy Methods)
David Banks Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (Statistical Science)
Lawrence Baxter Law School (Global Financial Markets Center)
Kyle Beardsley Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (Political Science)
Lori Bennear Nicholas School of the Environment (Energy Economics and Policy)
Mark Borsuk Pratt School of Engineering (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Ryan Calder Pratt School of Engineering (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Tyler Felgenhauer Pratt School of Engineering (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Henri Gavin Pratt School of Engineering (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Khara Grieger Duke Fellow/RTI International (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Claudia Gunsch Pratt School of Engineering (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Christine Ogilvie Hendren Pratt School of Engineering (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Scott Huettel Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (Psychology and Neuroscience)
Aaron Kay Fuqua School of Business (Management, Psychology, and Neuroscience)
Kate Konschnik Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (Climate Change and Energy)
Isaac Lipkus School of Nursing (Public Health and Risk Communication)
Lydia Olander Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (Ecosystems Services)
Dalia Patiño-Echeverri Nicholas School of the Environment (Energy Systems and Public Policy)
Sarah Bloom Raskin Law School (Rubenstein Fellow)
Lee Reiners Law School (Global Financial Markets Center)
Steven Sexton Sanford School of Public Policy (Public Policy and Economics)
Buz Waitzkin Duke Initiative for Science & Society (Science Law, Policy, Ethics, and Politics)
Jonathan Wiener Law School, Nicholas School, and Sanford School (Law, Environmental Policy, and Public Policy)

 

Granger Morgan Lecture

On March 31, in cooperation with the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School for Public Policy, Risk@Duke co-sponsored visiting Professor Granger Morgan, the Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

A noted and widely-published scholar in the areas of risk and uncertainty, Prof. Morgan spoke on “Large power outages of long duration: assessing and reducing the risks,” summarizing a recent study he chaired on this topic for the U.S. National Academies. He explained how during an outage most customers place considerable value on having access to even a very limited amount of electric power, and he discussed strategies based on “smart grid technology” that might be developed to better assure the availability of such limited service.

 


 

SRA Scholarships For Students Interested In Risk

As part of our efforts to engage with students, the Risk@Duke Interdisciplinary Community Planning Project is offering two $500 travel and registration scholarships to encourage Duke students to make an oral or poster presentation at the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting, December 2-6, 2018, in New Orleans, LA.

The SRA annual conference is the leading annual conference on risk, where risk researchers can interact with those from multiple disciplines. For this year’s meeting the SRA welcomes contributions on any topic related to risk assessment, risk characterization, risk perception, risk communication, risk management, risk governance, and policy relating to risk, in the context of risks of concern to individuals, to public and private sector organizations, and to society at a local, regional, national, or global level.

To apply for funding:
Please send the following application materials to tyler.felgenhauer@duke.edu by noon on May 14:

  • Proposed abstract for oral or poster presentation
  • CV of the presenting author
  • A brief statement of financial need, to demonstrate that no other funding is available

Decisions on funding will be announced the following week.

Previous Funding
As part of its goal to engage with students, Risk@Duke is providing funding for Jun Shepard, a PhD student in Earth and Ocean Sciences, to present a poster on “Trade Sensitivities to Maritime Chokepoint Risk: An Instrumental Variables Approach” at the upcoming American Statistical Association Section on Risk Analysis: Risk in the 21st Century (May 10-11, Institute of Advanced Analytics, NC State University). Congratulations to Jun! The conference promises to explore approaches to risk from across disciplines, with experts talking about risk from their point of view. It will also feature Duke’s own David Banks (and Risk Watering Hole alumnus) as a speaker.

 

Partners

The Risk@Duke Interdisciplinary Community Planning Project is generously supported by the Office of the Provost through an Interdisciplinary Community Planning Grant, with additional institutional support provided by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the Interdisciplinary Program in Risk & Resilience Engineering, the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology, and the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.