Recent News Releases

Wilbourn Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Makeba Wilbourn, Duke University January 11, 2017

Faculty Fellow Makeba Wilbourn has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research. Wilbourn studies how children learn language and how different modes of input, such as gestures, influence early language and cognitive development.

Early Childhood Spending Benefits Don’t Fade Away, N.C. Study Finds

November 17, 2016

North Carolina’s investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, a study from the Center finds. The researchers found the programs’ benefits did not fade with time, as in some early childhood intervention programs. Instead, the positive effects grew or held steady over the years.

One State’s Temporary Gun Removal Law Shows Promise in Preventing Suicides

November 17, 2016

A Connecticut law enacted in 1999 to allow police to temporarily remove guns from potentially violent or suicidal people likely prevented dozens of suicides, according to a study led by Faculty Fellow Jeffrey Swanson. Researchers found in their review of 762 gun-removal cases that for every 10 to 20 instances of temporary gun seizures, one suicide was prevented.