Social Sciences Announcements




This international team is finding ways to improve neurosurgical systems around the world.

January 18, 2023

In 2022-2023, a Bass Connections team is working to address the shortages of labor, funds and infrastructure in neurosurgical settings around the world. Using the World Health Organization’s health system building blocks - from research and technology to service delivery - team members are assessing the big-picture challenges facing these countries’ overloaded neurosurgeons.

Teams.

July 25, 2022

In 2013, the first Bass Connections research teams embarked on ambitious projects to tackle real-world challenges ranging from gender inequality in STEM education to children’s mental health to climate policy in the U.S. to rural poverty. Since then, the program has supported nearly 500 interdisciplinary teams and brought together more than 4,000 faculty, students and staff to conduct cutting-edge research spanning dozens of disciplinary fields and world regions.

Jasmine Daniel headshot.

November 7, 2022

When Jasmine Daniel became a Blue Devil, she immediately began to notice the complex relationship between Duke and Durham. She was already interested in research, community engagement and education, having participated in the Knowledge in the Service of Society (KISS) FOCUS cluster as a first year, so when she heard about a Bass Connections team

Team members participating in 40th anniversary march for environmental justice in Warren County, NC (Photo: Cameron Oglesby).

October 10, 2022

While stepping into a new era with the Duke Climate Commitment, Duke also looks back on a long state history of environmental justice advocacy and the injustices that necessitate it.

EHD.

July 11, 2022

Since 2013, the Education & Human Development theme of Bass Connections (EHD) has engaged students and faculty in interdisciplinary research exploring the range of factors contributing to positive life outcomes from personal and communal health to social and familial connections to income and employment to happiness.

Democracy “pop-up” projects.

June 6, 2022

Three new Bass Connections project teams starting this fall will address issues related to democracy and the challenges of sustaining strong democratic institutions in a polarized world.

Top row: Axel Berky, Ethan Borre, Kathleen Burns; bottom row: Jaime Castrellon, Travis Knoll, Crystal Peoples.

May 9, 2022

Among the 2022 Ph.D. graduates are numerous students who took advantage of the Bass Connections program to strengthen their dissertation research, coauthor publications and hone career-enhancing skills. Many students also engaged in other interdisciplinary opportunities across campus.

Check out these doctoral student pathways.

Former ARPA-E Director Eric Rohlfing joins Duke University as an Executive in Residence. Learn more: bit.ly/erohlfing Duke University Energy Initiative

April 25, 2019

The Duke University Energy Initiative has appointed Dr. Eric Rohlfing as an executive in residence.

Rohlfing--spouse of Dr. Celeste Rohlfing (T'79) and parent of Meg (T'09) and Anne (T'12 & M'16)--will join Duke this fall after a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where his roles included directing the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

August 9, 2018

AAAS has an exciting full-time opportunity for a Manager of Scientific Outreach within their SciLine Department in the Washington, DC office.

Responsibilities will include: