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 Houston, 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 Houston! 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.
Big Problems? Big Data.
Matt Harding, assistant professor of public policy and economics, director of the Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research, co-director of the Duke Energy Data Analytics Lab, associate director of the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD), faculty fellow of the Duke Energy Initiative
Matt Harding shares how Big Data can help solve public policy challenges like rising global energy demands and our expanding American waistline.
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.
Cracking the Genetic Code
Vandana Shashi, professor of pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine, co-principal investigator of the NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network at Duke Clinical Research Unit
Vandana Shashi shares how genomic sequencing helps doctors discover, identify, and even cure mystery illnesses in children.
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 Houston region.
Cost for this event is $40 per person or $20 per person for Class of 2005—2015 alumni.
DUKE FORWARD IN HOUSTON CO-CHAIRS
Lisa Eads P’12, P’14, P’16, P’18
Ralph Eads III ’81, P’12, P’14, P’16, P’18
Theresa Williams Eaton ’01, J.D.’06
Jeff Eaton ’98, M.B.A.’04
Steve Greenlee ’79
Katie Johnson ’88, P’18
Nick Johnson ’88, P’18
Kevin Nathan B.S.E. '10
Kathy Holland Trice ’71, P’04
David Trice ’70, P’04
DUKE FORWARD IN HOUSTON AMBASSADORS
Caroline Stouffer Brown ’04
Will Brown ’03
Brett Busby ’95
David Cecil M.B.A.’96
Susan DeMarco M.B.A.’90, P’18
Greg DeMarco M.B.A.’91, M.E.M.’91, P’18
Andy Dillon ’96
Ali Flanders Dodson ’97
Marita Bell Fairbanks ’88
John Haddad ’83
Terry Davis Harrison ’71, P’96, P’03
Bruce Harrison ’71, P’96, P’03
Garrett Laughlin M.B.A.’13
Elise Neal P’18
John Neal P’18
Kim Nettles ’11
Carrin Patman ’78
Zahid Rahman M.B.A.’05
Poorav Rohatgi ’10
Farah Shah ’85
Colleen Sheedy M.B.A.’09
Charlie Yardley ’03
Jenny Zhou ’11
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.
- Matt Harding
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Director of the Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research
Co-Director of the Duke Energy Data Analytics Lab
Associate Director of the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD)
Faculty Fellow of the Duke Energy Initiative
Matt Harding is an economist and data scientist who uses Big Data to answer crucial policy questions in energy and the environment, and health and nutrition. He is an assistant professor of public policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy and assistant professor of economics in the Department of Economics at Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.
Harding is an associate director at the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) and a faculty fellow in the Duke Energy Initiative. He also directs the Duke-UNC United States Department of Agriculture Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research.
Harding aims to understand how individuals make consumption choices in a data-rich environment and to quantify the individual and social welfare impact of their choices. He is interested in the potential for Big Data to solve “wicked problems,” complex interdisciplinary problems in public policy, by the use of three fundamental levers: prices, behavioral nudges, and technology. In particular, he is interested in identifying solutions that benefit individual consumers, are profitable for firms, and have a positive impact on society.
- 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.
- Vandana Shashi
Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine
Co-Principal Investigator of the NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network at Duke Clinical Research Unit
Vandana Shashi, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics for the Division of Medical Genetics at Duke University School of Medicine. She has board certifications in both pediatrics and clinical genetics.
Shashi’s research interests include the application of the latest technologies such as genome sequencing to enhance diagnosis, manage children with rare and undiagnosed diseases, and advocate for families that have a child with a rare disease.
Shashi is the co-principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health designated site for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network at Duke Clinical Research Unit at Duke University. She also studies the genetic and brain developmental changes that occur in children with a deletion on chromosome 22, who are at high risk of serious mental disorders. Her work has been published in authoritative peer-reviewed journals. She received the prestigious award for best postdoctoral fellow in clinical research from the American Society of Human Genetics in 1996 and has been identified as a Best Doctor in America® since 2009.
Shashi graduated with a medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in India and has trained in pediatrics and clinical genetics at Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia.