Through the generous support of Audrey and Ken Weil, Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) initiative is partnering with the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the Education and Human Development Incubator (EHDi) to offer a Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellowship. Starting with its third cohort this April, this two-year fellowship is focused on supporting Duke faculty who are interested in incorporating social innovation and entrepreneurship into their teaching and work. Through the fellowship, each fellow is expected to develop and implement an entrepreneurial project designed to advance social innovation and entrepreneurship in relevant classes and/or community impact. For more information, click here.

2016-2017 Fellows

Dennis Clements, Director of Global Health Third Year Study Study Program and Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine

Dennis Clements, Director of Global Health Third Year Study Study Program and Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine

Dennis is creating a proposed Gateway Course on social innovation for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship certifcate focused on real-world problem-solving in global health. Goal is to have course offered in fall 2017.

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Jun Yang, Professor of Computer Science

Jun Yang, Professor of Computer Science

Jun is partnering with Bill Adair, a faculty fellow from 2015-16, to bring Jun’s research on data analytics to bear on fact-checking in politics. The pair are currently applying for a Knight Foundation grant to create a fact-checking software platform for journalists and media outlets to provide real-time fact-checking on time series data sets. The goal is to actively use student input to help create software platform and use the platform as a teaching and learning tool.

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Emily Bernhardt, Professor of General Ecology, Field Ecology, Biogeochemistry, and Microbial Ecology and Member of The Bernhardt Lab at Duke University

Emily Bernhardt, Professor of General Ecology, Field Ecology, Biogeochemistry, and Microbial Ecology and Member of The Bernhardt Lab at Duke University

Emily is developing a strategy to engage undergraduate and graduate teams to work on “wicked” real-world environmental problems from multiple perspectives and disciplines – such as data analytics, environmental science, and public policy.

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Fritz Mayer, Professor of Political Science and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society Director of the Program on Global Policy and Governance

Fritz Mayer, Professor of Political Science and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society Director of the Program on Global Policy and Governance

Frederick “Fritz” Mayer is Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environment at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Mayer teaches courses on the political economy of public policy, globalization and governance, political analysis, and leadership.

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Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Statistical Science

Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Statistical Science

Mine is using the fellowship to build a scalable platform for DataFest – a weekend-long “hackathon” in which over 300 students across the Triangle come to Duke to work on a real-world problem solving using a robust set of data.

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Nancy Zucker, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Nancy Zucker, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Much like her mentor Helen Egger, a fellow from the 2014-15 fellowship class, Nancy is using her fellowship to develop a set of technology tools and high-touch approaches for family’s with children suffering from eating disorders.

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Anirudh Krishna, Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science

Anirudh Krishna, Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science

Anirudh is translating his interest in working with villages in India to develop a fellowship dedicated to equipping these villages with the resources and relationships for them to create new economic and education opportunities for their citizens – and connecting these efforts with one another as well as resources at Duke, including student summer experiences.

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Deb Reisinger, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies

Deb Reisinger, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies

Deb is using the fellowship to help integrate and align the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) initiative that she runs with Innovation & Entrepreneurship. This includes helping students have an immersive language learning experience while working with french-speaking refugees in Durham – and helping these students better understand the needs of the refugees and working with them to develop a set of sustainable solutions for these needs. She hopes to have the CLAC classes be considered as future electives for the I&E certificate.

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2015-2016 Fellows

Bill Adair, Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy and Director of DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

Bill Adair, Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy and Director of DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

As the founder of Politifact, Bill used the fellowship to launch a partnership with Google to embed fact-checking technology into Google searches and help journalists from major publications including the Washington Post to integrate fact-checking software into their stories. Bill’s project included engaging Sanford students through this class – an effort he has actively continued beyond the fellowship.

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Sherryl Broverman, Associate Professor of Biology and Global Health and President of WISER International

Sherryl Broverman, Associate Professor of Biology and Global Health and President of WISER International

Sherryl used the fellowship to develop a plan to strengthen and scale WISER, a community development organization focusing on the social empowerment of underprivileged girls through education and health based in Kenya. This included developing a three-year business plan, engaging students in the design and study of a scale-up plan, and rolling out the plan with the WISER board and funders.

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Jan Riggsbee, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Duke TeachHouse

Jan Riggsbee, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Duke TeachHouse

Through the Fellowship, Jan helped start the Duke TeachHouse, a two-year living and learning community for graduates of the Duke University teacher preparation programs: Elementary, Secondary, and Master of Arts in Teaching Programs. The intensive experience focuses on equipping early career educators with the confidence, competence, knowledge and networks necessary to develop leadership, creative problem solving, and innovation skills.

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Helen Egger, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Division of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience

Helen Egger, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Division of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience

Through the fellowship, Helen helped develop and launch an app to help parents diagnose whether their children are on the autism spectrum called “Autism and Beyond.” The app was developed using a new open-source software platform called ResearchKit – that allows researchers to collect data while helping create tools to help advance issues to the benefit of humankind.

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Jeffrey Forbes, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Jeffrey Forbes, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Jeff used the fellowship to create a set of actionable strategies to retain African-American boys in computer science studies. Early pilot programs are being developed for implementation in Oakland, CA and Durham.

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2014-2015 Fellows

Thomas Nechyba, Professor of Economics

Thomas Nechyba, Professor of Economics

Thomas used the fellowship to develop an education innovation challenge with Durham Public Schools and SSRI. Through the Bass Connection’s Education and Human Development group, Thomas focused on leveraging research across the Duke community to positively contribute to improving teaching and learning at Lakewood Elementary School.

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Wesley Hogan, Director of Center for Documentary Studies

Wesley Hogan, Director of Center for Documentary Studies

Wesley used the fellowship to further develop an “inside out” (vs. outside in) approach to documentary film-making. This included building out programming with Durham to help equip emerging film-makers with the tools and skills to tell stories from their community and engaging Duke students to support these efforts.

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Steffen Bass, Professor of Physics and Associate Chair for Learning

Steffen Bass, Professor of Physics and Associate Chair for Learning

Steffen adapted a computational physics class that has been included in the I&E certificate. He focused on creating a team-based approach to real-world problem solving using computational physics.

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Jody McAuliffe, Chair of Theatre Studies, Professor of Theatre Studies and Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Jody McAuliffe, Chair of Theatre Studies, Professor of Theatre Studies and Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Jody used the fellowship to integrate real world issues into developing and producing plays to help engage the actors and the broader public in current policy debates using theater. Jody’s first play focused on domestic terrorism in partner with Sanford School of Public Policy and her second play addressed issues on corporate corruption in partnership with the Fuqua School of Business.

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Nimmi Ramanujam, Robert W Carr, Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies

Nimmi Ramanujam, Robert W Carr, Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies

Nimmi created a bio-medical engineering elective course for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate focused on helping young girls develop solar flashlights for their community as a source of income and to support their post-elementary education.

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Maurizio Forte, William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History and Visual Studies and Founder of DIG@Lab

Maurizio Forte, William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History and Visual Studies and Founder of DIG@Lab

Maurizio developed a course on Virtual Museums that received Duke I&E funding and became part of the I&E Certificate. The course helps students use virtual reality and other technologies to imagine and ultimately prototype the concept of virtual museums – bringing ancient history to life for a broad, global audience.

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