- Bioterrorism and Public Health
- Law and Policy
- Middle East and Islam
- Radiological Countermeasures
"The Institute for Homeland Security Solutions (IHSS) is a research consortium established to conduct applied research in the social and behavioral sciences to address a wide range of homeland security challenges. IHSS focuses on developing near-term solutions to practical, real world problems that have broad applications, including critical policy and operational implications of new technologies and information analysis tools. IHSS also conducts research to improve our understanding and analysis of homeland security threats."
"The Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence - Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management (DIEM) is one of 13 centers authorized by Congress and chosen by the Department's Science & Technology Directorate through a competitive selection process. Each center represents a collaborative effort with partners from other institutions, agencies, laboratories, think tanks, and the private sector. The Homeland Security Centers of Excellence bring together leading experts and researchers to conduct multidisciplinary research and educational initiatives. DIEM is comprised of 19 universities and partners and is currently engaged in 21 research projects within four primary research areas – 1) Coastal Hazard Modeling; 2) Engineering to Enhance the Resilience of the Built and Natural Environment; 3) Disaster Response and Social Resilience; and 4) Planning for Resilience (please see center overview and current research for more information)."
“The mission of SERCEB is to perform the basic and translational research to make drugs, vaccines and diagnostics to protect society from emerging infections and biothreats. Funded by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, SERCEB investigators focus on select-agent infections and newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.”
“The overall mission of NCCPHP is to improve the capacity of the public health workforce to prepare for and respond to terrorism and other emerging public health threats by: assessing the competency of the public health workforce in core public health skills and bioterrorism preparedness, facilitating training to meet the assessed needs, and carrying out applied research on emerging health issues.”
“The Research Triangle Region's biological agents and infectious disease cluster comprises companies and support organizations that protect public and animal health from bioterrorism as well as pandemic disease outbreaks from natural causes. The region's universities and private labs undertake a wide array of related research in such areas as environmental protection, water supply and food sources, public health, biotechnology (including agricultural biotechnology), sensors and diagnostics devices for bioagent detection, and technology-aided delivery.”
“The IGSP Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy was created to foster ethically responsible and socially beneficial uses of genome sciences, while addressing the complex ethical, legal, social, and policy impacts of the Genome Revolution.”
"The Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy is an interdisciplinary program that blends education and scholarship in this area. Duke boasts excellence at the undergraduate, professional, and graduate Ph.D. levels, and our program involves participants from all three."
“The Duke Law School Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security was established for the purpose of encouraging and sponsoring teaching, research and publications concerning national security law topics, as well as conducting conferences and seminars in the national security field. Additionally, as the Center's name implies, it seeks to provide a focus on national security decision-making from an ethical perspective.”
Duke Law School established the Guantanamo Defense Clinic in October 2005 through a special arrangement with the chief defense counsel for the detainees. “This clinic allows students to directly assist the Chief Defense Counsel for the Guantanamo detainees by preparing briefs and memos, and otherwise assisting with preparation for trials before the U. S. Military Commissions.”
The Program in Public Law promotes better understanding of our nation’s public institutions, of the Constitutional framework in which they function, and of the principles and laws that apply to the work of public officials.
“The Curriculum brings together faculty and courses from many disciplines to provide undergraduates with a wide range of approaches to the fundamental issues of human conflict and national and global security and defense. The strength of the Curriculum is its broad, interdisciplinary perspective combined with its depth of focus on topics that span the range of human experience across time and national boundaries, from science and technology to ethics and public policy.”
"TISS is an interdisciplinary consortium sponsored by three North Carolina research universities - Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its members share an interest in issues of national and international security, broadly defined. TISS's broad definition of security reflects the diversity of its participants: professors of English, law, philosophy, anthropology, physics, religion, sociology, psychology, and communication studies participate as well as political scientists, historians, graduate students, former diplomats, military officers, and other interested citizens."
The Duke University Islamic Studies Center (DISC) seeks to advance interaction and understanding between citizens of American and Muslim cultures. DISC’s ultimate objective is to provide teaching and training to future world leaders for productive, positive interaction between Muslim and western individuals and institutions. DISC will focus on unique programs devised for Duke undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in partnership with premier universities in Muslim majority countries.
The mission of the Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is to promote understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research, and community outreach and to explore and promote cross-regional approaches to
Middle Eastern studies.
The Triangle Center for Middle East Studies is an educational consortium collaboratively administered by officers of centers at three campuses: Duke University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. The Center promotes understanding of Middle Eastern languages and cultures through teaching, research, and community outreach at the Center's three constituent universities, in the state of North Carolina, and in the Southeastern region.
The Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy develops “new intelligent technologies, operating in the Web-enabled information environment, allow[ing] virtual integration of the extended global enterprise in a way not feasible before the advent of the electronic age. In the Center's Intelligent Systems Laboratory (ISL) we are able to develop customized logistics solutions that meet an organization's distinct competitive needs. We are able to assess the benefits of these new technologies and offer a roadmap for implementation.”
RENCI is a collaborative venture of Duke University, NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and the state of North Carolina that combines the universities strengths with the social, business and research opportunities of the Research Triangle and the state of North Carolina. RENCI aims to bolster the economic vitality of North Carolina and to empower the business and research sectors to solve society’s most challenging problems.
The primary focus of the Radiation Countermeasures Centers of Research Excellence (RadCCORE) program is to support basic, translational and applied research leading to new medical countermeasures against radiological and nuclear exposures due to terrorist attacks. The underlying driving force is to bring “deliverables” to the national stockpile to mitigate the effects of radiation induced injury. We have structured this research consortium as a multidisciplinary research center to move candidate products through the regulatory process, conduct basic and translational research to identify new counter measures to evaluate countermeasures and underlying biology, and provide new or expanded education resources to improve expertise in radiobiology.