The Office of Federal Relations represents the interests of the University's faculty, students and staff on matters of legislation and regulations before the federal government in Washington, D.C. By drawing upon the wealth of expertise and resources within the Duke community, we seek to inform and impact the conversation within the Washington, D.C. community. The diversity of the issues affecting the University is as diverse as our community and academic endeavors. The Office of Federal Relations tracks legislation regarding issues as wide-ranging as federal student aid programs; funding for scientific research; immigration policies; and technology transfer and intellectual property law. The staff serves as a resource to both the communities on campus and in Washington, D.C. Should you require any assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Capitol Connections Blog

How to Congratulate @Duke_MBB: Federal Official Edition

April 07, 2015

As the waning seconds ticked off the clock in last night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game, we — like any tech-savvy Duke fans — took to Twitter to watch the praise (and a little criticism) pour in from around Read More...

President Brodhead Talks Sequestration, Student Aid in Hill Visits

March 28, 2015
President Brodhead greets Secretary of Transportation (and North Carolinian) Anthony Foxx

President Brodhead traveled to DC on March 24th to discuss issues related to sequestration, research funding, the future of the National Science Foundation (NSF), reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and student aid. While on Capitol Hill, Brodhead met with Read More...

On National Humanities Day, Duke Librarian Talks Preserving Record of Humanity

March 17, 2015

It felt a little unusual to ask an archivist to describe “what’s next” in the world of record-keeping since, by nature, archiving is a field more concerned about what’s happened than what’s coming. But then again, Naomi Nelson, the director of the Read More...

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Research Spotlight

Dr. Mary "Missy" Cummings

Human-Computer Interactions - Drones

Missy Cummings, Associate Professor, Duke University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and the Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Department