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Duke’s Initiative for Science & Society tries to pluralize the world of science. In order to magnify the social benefit of scientific progress, Science&Society endeavors to make it more accessible, just, and integrated into society. But uses of the word ‘science’ are vast, and the use of ‘science’ in the policy world is even more nebulous. With working definitions of ‘science’ and the scientific process are so easily misconstrued in national policymaking, Duke’s Science&Society program has collaborated with DukeEngage to train the next generation of health leaders to engage the policy machine and vice versa.
It’s tough to overstate the importance of energy, which is critical to nearly all human activity. The discovery, extraction, distribution, conversion, and use of various forms of energy drive our global economy, are inextricably linked to environmental factors, and can have significant impacts on human health and well-being.
That’s why the Duke Initiative for Science & Society is partnering with the Duke University Energy Initiative to launch energy as a topic on SciPol. Starting this month, we will begin to track and translate developments in policy, industry, and science that have direct and intentional impacts on the U.S. energy sector.
We think the timing is perfect. During this watershed year in energy policy, legislative action and executive orders have proceeded at an unprecedented pace. Since January, President Trump has announced intentions to secure America’s “energy dominance” and has undertaken a flurry of activity:
The continuation of this new era of energy policy will have wide-ranging implications for researchers, lawmakers, industry leaders, and consumers. At SciPol, we intend to help each of these groups track the changes and understand the potential impacts.
Our partner in this effort, the Duke University Energy Initiative, is a university-wide interdisciplinary collaboration focused on advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system. The Initiative reaches across business, engineering, environment, law, policy, and the arts and sciences to educate tomorrow’s energy innovators, develop new solutions through research, and improve energy decisions by engaging business and government leaders.
Publishing and curricular opportunities abound:
Email Alexandra Sutton Lawrence @ Alexandra.Sutton@duke.edu.
Alexandra Sutton Lawrence is the lead editor for energy policy coverage on SciPol. She holds a joint appointment with the Duke University Energy Initiative and Duke Initiative for Science & Society. Alexandra is a doctoral candidate in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke, where she worked with Dr. Stuart Pimm to study best practices in biodiversity conservation. Her dissertation, Conservation in the Human Landscape, comprises case studies of leadership, management, and finance in global environmental initiatives.
Alexandra has held previous policy positions at The Wildlife Society and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and her research has been supported by The Explorers’ Club; National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative; and Sigma Xi. She is also the founder of Kedge Conservation, a social innovation startup that works to promote financial literacy, access, and equity in East and Southern Africa.
Visit scipol.duke.edu for news, updates, and opportunities to engage with new developments in the United States energy sector.
A new study may undermine the argument that taking DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes is not considered an unreasonable search. With comments from S&S instructor and Duke researcher Sara Katsanis.
Read the full article at Pacific Standard Magazine
During their two months in Washington, students will serve with a governmental agency or body, a non-governmental organization, a nonprofit, or a lobbying organization where they will assist with the analysis of policy questions, formulation of policy options, or making of policy choices at a national level regarding science policy.
Read the full article at DukeEngage.Duke.edu
The world’s smallest, most-endangered porpoise finds itself tangled in gillnets and black-market Chinese medicine, but the Mexican Navy and the U.S. Navy’s trained dolphins are trying to come to its rescue.
Austin Allen is a Ph.D. student in marine science and conservation at Duke University, focusing on measuring the impacts of human activities on marine mammals. He wrote this op-ed as an exercise in his “Communications for Scientists” class – a core course in Science & Society’s Science Communication Program.