Welcome back everyone from what I hope was a restful break, and that this finds you somewhat renewed for the final push to the end of the semester.
This week finds me headed to Washington, D.C., to visit some of our congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, hold an open house and alumni event at the Duke in DC Office and connect with our considerable Washington network of leaders.
In anticipation of this visit, I am reminded that as leaders we set the tone for the kind actions and voice we want to see in the world. Events this semester on campus have seen expressions of hate in a variety of forms, including the defacement of the Latinx and Tree of Life murals. I think the temptation is for us to say these acts are not occurring in the Nicholas School and so they are not part of us. But these acts are happening in our Duke community, and we need to own that we are part of this community and speak out.
Human dignity is an individual and collective right valued in numerous cultures, religions, policies and laws. Behind the idea of human dignity is that people have intrinsic worth, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual preference or other identifiers. We see others as worthy of being treated in a dignified manner when we identify with them. We feel justified to deprive others of dignity when we see and treat them as something lesser than ourselves—as these acts on campus have done. These acts and the tone that sets the stage for these acts to be perpetuated are unworthy of who we can be.   
In the Nicholas School, we strive to create leaders of global consequence. Being a leader entails rights and responsibilities. Part of our responsibility is to enhance dignity where possible, and call out those instances where dignity is being deprived to others. Finding ways to confront these acts, talk about them, refute them and provide reassurance to those who are subjected to them are part of the responsibility we all bear in these times. 


Zackary Johnson, Curt Richardson and Dan Richter served as contributing authors for the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2), which was released Friday by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The report, developed by more than 200 scientists from Canada, Mexico and the United States, found that emissions from the burning of fossil fuels still represent the largest source of the North American carbon budget. About 43 percent of these emissions are offset by terrestrial and coastal ocean sinks of atmospheric CO2.


PhD students Hillary Smith and Alejandro Garcia Lozano, alongside advisor Xavier Basurto, recently published a paper in the journal Conservation Biology exploring the gap between wildlife governance and commons scholarship. Their study demonstrated that these two fields are largely disconnected at present, but they argue that increased engagement and collaboration across these scholarly communities could generate new insights that could help solve seemingly unmanageable wildlife‐governance dilemmas, such as the bushmeat crisis.


We’re thankful for a $1 million gift by Board of Visitors members Michael S. Falk and Annie Falk that will allow the Nicholas School to establish a new research laboratory in environmental exposomics. Heather Stapleton and Lee Ferguson will serve as co-principal investigators of the new lab. Exposomics aims to measure people’s cumulative exposures to environmental contaminants over the course of their life and identify how these combined exposures influence the risk of developing cancer and other diseases. Read more>
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Just want to remind everyone that we’re still collecting clubhouse supplies to replenish what the Boys & Girls Clubs in Beaufort and Morehead City lost during Hurricane Florence as well as holiday gifts for the kids. Check out the list here and drop off your supplies and gifts through Friday, Dec. 7, at the collection tables in Grainger Hall, LSRC and Repass common areas. You can also donate money online.


Congratulations to PhD student Hillary Smith for being awarded a National Geographic Young Explorer grant, which will fund her research on gender equity and fisheries governance in Tanzania. The project explores how mapping is used as a tool to re-envision gender in a sector that has long been assumed to be male-dominated as well as whether non-traditional fisheries data can help reform small-scale fisheries policies to be more inclusive of women’s work and the wider fisheries value chain.


@Dukenvironment - Duke Marine Lab dorms reopen after Hurricane Florence https://nicholas.duke.edu/about/news/duke-marine-lab-dorms-reopen-after-hurricane-florence
@Dukenvironment - A $1 million gift from Michael S. Falk and Annie Falk will allow the school to establish a research laboratory in environmental exposomics, an emerging field that assesses the cumulative effects of environmental contaminants on human health. #WeAreDukeEnvironment