Ideas That Move the World Forward
Duke is hitting the pavement so you can experience how Duke is moving the world forward. Gather with the Duke community in Denver, discover new ideas, and celebrate the university’s future. Hear firsthand what the buzz is about by watching this video. You can also get an idea of what to expect by checking out our Ideas That Move the World Forward video library, featuring clips from previous On the Road speakers.
Duke Forward is coming to Denver! Join us to hear President Richard H. Brodhead share the vision for Duke’s future.
Following the program, you'll have the opportunity to network with Duke alumni, parents, and friends during a dinner reception.
6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Network with Duke alumni, parents, and friends while enjoying cocktails.
7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Ideas That Move The World Forward
Discover how Duke’s commitment to knowledge in the service of society is making a real difference in how we think and live today. President Richard H. Brodhead will share the vision for Duke’s future and discuss how big ideas from Duke’s stellar faculty, alumni, and students are moving the world forward—and how Duke Forward supports that success. Then, hear from three Duke visionaries who will give you an inside look into the impact of their work.
The Sixth Vital Sign
Janet Bettger, associate professor and health services researcher at Duke University School of Nursing, Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Duke Global Health Institute, senior fellow at the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Janet Bettger explains how walking pace or “gait speed” predicts your future health.
Survival of the Friendliest
Brian Hare, founder and chief scientific officer of Dognition.com, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology
Brian Hare reveals what the animal mind can tell us about our minds and ourselves.
The Fear Factor
Josh Miller ’16, CEO of FarmShots, senior double majoring in electrical engineering and computer science
Josh Miller shares how entrepreneurs can use inner fear to drive success and change the world.
8:00 PM–9:00 PM
Catch up with friends over a dinner reception and connect with speakers from the program. This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with generations of Duke alumni, parents, and supporters from the Denver area.
Cost for this event is $40 per person or $20 per person for Class of 2005—2015 alumni.
Hosted valet and self-park are available when you indicate you are with Duke University.
DUKE FORWARD IN DENVER CO-CHAIRS
Julie Campbell Esrey ’60, P’90
Lynn Grigsby P’13
John Grigsby Jr. ’66, P’13
Jane Hills P’12, P’15
Greg Hills ’76, P’12, P’15
Lisa Dator Hough ’87
Leslie Lewis ’79
Yolanda Lyons ’85
Tim Mendoza M.B.A.’92
Nick Sutton III ’10
Dick Weil ’85
More information about our speakers
- Richard H. Brodhead
President of Duke University
Since arriving at Duke in 2004, Brodhead has enriched undergraduate education and led the expansion of Duke’s financial aid endowment. Under his leadership, Duke established the Duke Global Health Institute and launched DukeEngage. Brodhead has made globalization a major strategic priority: he oversaw the creation of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, and Duke Kunshan University in China, which opened in August 2014. Closer to home, Brodhead is a champion of the relationship between Duke and the City of Durham.
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, Brodhead was named the co-chair of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, which issued its report in June 2013. Brodhead served as a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 2004 to 2012 and received its Academic Leadership Award in 2013. Also in 2013, he was named a trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has been awarded four honorary degrees, most recently from Miami Dade College in 2014.
Brodhead graduated from Yale University in 1968 and received his Ph.D. there in 1972. He then joined the Yale faculty, where he had a 32-year career, serving as the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English and American Studies, chair of the English Department, and dean of Yale College for 11 years. Brodhead has written or edited more than a dozen books on American literature.
- Janet Bettger
Associate Professor and Health Services Researcher at Duke University School of Nursing, Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Duke Global Health Institute
Senior Fellow of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Janet Bettger is an associate professor and health services researcher with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Duke Global Health Institute. She is a fellow of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development and the American Heart Association.
Her research is dedicated to improving health and health care particularly for people at risk for functional decline or living with disabilities. With funding from government agencies, industry, and foundations, she leads research teams to compare the effectiveness of different health care service and delivery models, and implement evidence-based approaches to care. Her research in the United States on reducing disability after a stroke is being evaluated in several studies in low- and middle-income countries.
Bettger collaborates with a diverse group of patients, health care providers, government officials, and community leaders to globally address aging and disabilities with meaningful public health and health care innovations.
- Brian Hare
Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Dognition.com
Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology
Brian Hare is an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.
He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group while at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and subsequently founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center.
He recently published the New York Times bestselling book The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think with his wife, Vanessa Woods. He is also the founder and chief scientific officer of the citizen science company Dognition.com.
- Josh Miller '16
CEO of FarmShots
Senior double majoring in electrical engineering and computer science
Josh Miller is from Coral Springs, Florida, and has been committed to entrepreneurship his entire life. He has continued building companies during his time as a student at Duke University.
His company, FarmShots, seeks to tackle the growing needs of farms in the United States and abroad by providing remote monitoring of crops via satellites and drones.
Josh is currently a senior double majoring in electrical engineering and computer science and is part of The Cube, Duke’s entrepreneurship selective living group. After graduation, Josh plans to continue his work at the intersection of agriculture, computer science, and entrepreneurship. He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina, where FarmShots is based.