Duke junior Coral Lin has received the Udall Scholarship, which recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers in the environment, Native American tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 during the scholar’s junior and/or senior year. Lin, from Newton, Mass., is one of 55 scholars chosen nationwide. She is double majoring in public policy and economics at Duke with a minor in environmental sciences and policy. She aspires to be a policy analyst… read more about Duke Junior Receives Udall Scholarship for Work in Building Diverse Coalitions »

The Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE) has named five graduating seniors as the 2023-2024 recipients of the DFE Leadership Award. They are Clare Abboud, Connor Booher, Valerie Deligiannis, Abhinav Kolli, and Blair Spencer. The annual award highlights seniors who have made outstanding contributions as leaders and mentors in the Duke undergraduate finance community. Abboud, Booher, Deligiannis, Kolli, and Spencer’s names will be added to a plaque that hangs in the third floor DFE area of the Social Sciences Building,… read more about Five Seniors Honored by the Duke Financial Economics Center for Leadership, Peer Mentoring »

Six members of the Class of 2025 have been named to the fourth class of Nakayama Scholars.  The Nakayama Public Service Scholarship bolsters the university’s efforts to encourage students to use their Duke experience to engage with significant challenges facing communities around the world. The students represent multiple disciplines across Duke’s academic departments as well as a variety of future career pursuits. Juniors Vineet Chovatia, Amy Fulton, Sarah Konrad, Will Lieber, Thomas Newberry, and Elliot… read more about Duke Names Fourth Class of Nakayama Scholars »

Duke Econ alum Daniel Osuna was recently awarded first place in the national competition for research excellence "Victor Urquidi" for his paper on deportees and how they contribute to Mexican firms.  Osuna is currently a Research Economist at the Central Bank of México. His research interests lie in development and labor economics.  The full list of winners can be found here (link in Spanish) and more information about Osuna's paper can be found here.  read more about Duke Alum Daniel Osuna Wins Victor Urquidi Prize for Best 2023 Paper on Mexico »

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 32 faculty and will recognize them in a ceremony at the Washington Duke Inn on May 23. “I am very pleased to honor these faculty members with distinguished professorships,” said President Vincent Price. “Their outstanding scholarship has advanced knowledge across a wide variety of fields and made a positive impact on society, and I am proud to have them as colleagues.” Distinguished professorships honor faculty who are well-established members of the Duke… read more about Five Trinity Faculty Members Among Those Awarded New Distinguished Professorships for 2024 »

Economics has historically been a male-dominated field. Even now, only around 1/3 of economics Ph.D. students are women. While progress is being made, many young women are left to parse the heavily-patriarchal system on their own (interviews for faculty jobs in hotel rooms, anyone?).   Tirza Angerhofer, Ph.D., ‘28, is trying to change that. Through the Women in Economics group, she reached out to female faculty and female Ph.D. students in economics-related disciplines such as economics, public policy and… read more about Creating Connections, Fostering Opportunities: Duke's Women in Economics Initiative »

What inspired an Economics and Mathematics dual major to also pursue a seemingly disparate minor in Cinematic Arts? For Parinay Gupta, it was his Writing 101 course: Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Films. “Delving into the analysis of gender representation in Latin American cinema, I became increasingly intrigued by the creative processes that transpired behind the camera and shaped the narratives presented on screen,” he explains. He took an acting course in Theater Studies in the spring and followed with a summer… read more about When Cinematic Arts Brings Economics into Focus »

The Southern Economic Association® (SEA) presented and honored its inaugural cohort of Distinguished Fellows on November 19, 2023 during its 93rd Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The inaugural cohort consists of all living past Presidents of the Association, who are at least two years removed from office. The SEA Board unanimously approved a resolution creating a Distinguished Fellows Program at its 92nd Annual Meeting. Distinguished Fellows have a substantial record of exceptional scholarly achievement and long-term… read more about Four Duke Scholars Among Those Honored by the Southern Economic Association As the Inaugural Cohort of Distinguished Fellows »

Lisa Cook, a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, spoke Monday to students in Duke Economics. Cook summarized the status and stresses of several sectors of the U.S. economy, and took questions from students. Her uncle was Samuel DuBois Cook, a political theorist who was the first tenured African American professor at Duke. For more thoughts from speakers on campus this year, visit the Said@Duke website. read more about Federal Reserve Board Member Lisa Cook on Financial Stability and Stressors »

Exposure to a large-scale disaster, such as a tsunami, impacts population health over a decade later. A new study by an inter-disciplinary team of researchers in the United States and Indonesia has found that women who lived along the coast of Aceh, Indonesia when it was hit by waves from the 2004 tsunami have lower cortisol levels 14 years later than women who lived in other, nearby coastal communities that were not directly affected. Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol levels rise in… read more about Study Shows Long-Term Health Impacts After Exposure to Environmental Disaster »