Most Bass Connections teams work with partners beyond Duke, including nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals, government agencies and private companies. Teams have worked with 170 external partners in 32 countries on five continents in addition to many cities and towns around the U.S., the Carolinas and here in Durham.
In the 2017-18 academic year:
- 90% of team leaders who responded to the end-of-year survey reported that their team engaged externally in some way, including having an external client or community partner, collecting data from participants outside of Duke and consulting external organizations for guidance.
- Each Data+, Story+ and Student Research Training team had a partner or client.
- 29 project teams had one or more formal community partners or clients, totaling 94 external affiliates.
These partnerships are making an impact. For example, a Bass Connections project team conducted research on the health effects of illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. In May 2016, Peru’s government declared a public health emergency to address the mercury pollution caused by mining along the Madre de Dios River. According to an article by Barbara Fraser in Nature, “Peru’s government used the Duke team’s latest study to determine which riverside communities should receive the emergency aid.”
Duke’s contribution is very important as it serves to set out the course of action for future work. —Dr. Jaime F. Flores, Executive Director, Alto Amazonas Health Network, Regional Government of Loreto, Peru
2018-19 Projects with North Carolina Partners
- Anne Deaton, NC Division of Marine Fisheries
- Daniel Govoni, NC Division of Coastal Management
- Brandon Pucket, North Carolina Coastal Reserves/National Estuarine Research Reserves
- Lexia Weaver, NC Coastal Federation
- Elizabeth Baltes, Coastal Carolina University
- Andrew Chin, UNC School of Law
- North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform
- Wake County Public School System
- Phillips Middle School, Chapel Hill
- Y.O.G.A. for Youth NC
- Nick Malinowski, Kidznotes
- Josh deVries, El Sistema USA
- Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh
- Durham Eagles Pop Warner Youth Football
- Raleigh Revolution Middle School Youth Football
- Red Hat
- Pauli Murray Center for Social Justice
- Elizabeth Shulman, Durham County Library
- Tim Stallmann, Counter Cartographies/SAVAS
- Sachiko Ozawa, UNC - Eshelman School of Pharmacy
- Beth Cross, Durham Public Schools
- Laura Parrott, Durham Public Schools