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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.

Mon, Apr 23

FDA investigating unauthorized herpes vaccine research, report says

Dr. Nita Farahany, Professor of Law & Philosophy and Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, discusses the legal and ethical issues of unauthorized research.

Tue, Apr 10

Duke students submit comments to FDA on homeopathic and nanomaterial drugs

Interdisciplinary teams of Duke University graduate students within the SciReg Lab submitted formal comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These comments were issued in response to recently-released draft guidances regarding homeopathic drugs and drug products containing nanomaterials. These comments (accessible here: homeopathic drugs; drugs containing nanomaterials) are now in the public record.

Mon, Mar 05

My Brain Made Me Do It

Ethicists and scientists are considering the place of neuroscience in the courtroom. Criminal defense strategies are increasingly relying on neurological evidence—psychological evaluations, behavioral tests or brain scans—to potentially mitigate punishment.

Fri, Feb 23

The Future of Driverless Cars

SciPol lead editor and senior research scientist with Duke Robotics, Dr. Michael Clamann, is interviewed by WRAL on the future of driverless cars.

Sun, Jan 07

Death of the American Trucker

Automated trucking promises to improve road safety, reduce fossil-fuel emissions and put up to 1.7 million people out of work.

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