- The DeWitt Wallace Center for Communications and Journalism at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy became the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy in March, a change that center director Ellen Mickiewicz says better reflects the center's mission and work.
Mickiewicz, who is the James R. Shepley Professor of public-policy studies and a professor of political science, says, "Our new name reflects more precisely the scope of our involvement in teaching, research, policy consultation, and assistance in many countries and cultures."
- Duke Law emerged from a field of twelve teams to win this year's Sidley-IIEL WTO Moot Court Competition, held in Washington. During the competition, which gives future litigators a glimpse into the world of international law and World Trade Organization dispute settlement, teams argued alternately as complainant and respondent in a hypothetical dispute over protective measures taken by a developed country that may have been in violation of WTO provisions.
- By logging his sixty-sixth tournament victory with a win over Mississippi State, men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski surpassed the coaching record of UNC's Dean Smith for the most wins in NCAA tournament history. The win moved the Blue Devils into the Sweet 16.
- Douglas T. Breeden, dean of the Fuqua School of Business since 2001, has been reappointed to a second five-year term as dean. During his tenure, the Fuqua faculty has expanded to ninety-eight, and full-time enrollment for its daytime M.B.A. program has risen to more than 800 students.
Academic research centers added in the past four years include the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship and, most recently, the Fuqua/Coach K Center of Leadership and Ethics. Fuqua's Health Sector Management program, a joint effort with Duke's medical school, has grown to be among the top programs in the world
- The Pratt School of Engineering and the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program have agreed to establish a partnership that will enable nuclear-trained Navy officers to enroll in Pratt's Master of Engineering Management degree program. Two Navy officers are now students in the program, which integrates engineering and business principles to develop future leaders of technology-based organizations. Under the agreement, Navy students will receive a partial fellowship from Pratt and advanced standing for prior Navy work for up to twelve credits.
- Elizabeth Losos became the president and CEO of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) on March 1. She comes to OTS from the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Tropical Forestry Science, where she directs an international forest research network working in fourteen countries on four continents.
In her new position, Losos will lead an international consortium of sixty-three universities and research institutions and a staff of about 160 in training graduate students in tropics-related research at OTS's three field stations in Costa Rica and partner sites in other countries.
- Bruce Kuniholm, a professor of public-policy studies and history, will become director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and chair of the department of public-policy studies on July 1, a position he held from 1989 to 1994. During that time, he led the planning and fund-raising efforts for the construction and move to the current home of the institute. He was vice provost for academic and international affairs from 1996 to 2001 and director of the Center for International Studies in the same period.