Director’s Blog – September 2021

This month’s Director’s blog features a miscellany of notable WSJ articles along with recent scholarship published by Fuqua faculty authors in online & print scholarly journals. Ford Library helps fund access for these journals for Duke and Fuqua. Fuqua authors’ names are in italics.

From the WSJAll of the linked articles below require a account which you can create hereFord Library and Goodson Law Library have co-funded your access to personal accounts on

  • West Virginia Creates Jobs Farming Lavender at Former Coal Mines – Jocelyn Sheppard, 61, who has degrees in English and library science, is president of Appalachian Botanical, a company banking on the hope that repurposing former mines as lavender farms can help diversify the state’s economy, create jobs and clean up the environment.
  • Goldman Sachs, Other Financial Firms Back Program to Diversify Wall Street – Bloomberg LP, Centerbridge Partners LP and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are funding a new program to train, mentor and hire students for careers in the financial sector in a push to bring more women and minorities to the industry.
  • Facebook Disables Access for NYU Research Into Political-Ad TargetingThe Library Director comments: If you’re doing data-driven research and need to build a research or article corpus, don’t do it this way. The NYU Ad Observatory, launched last September by the university’s engineering school, recruited more than 6,500 volunteers to use a special browser extension to collect data about the political ads Facebook shows them. Soon after, Facebook, which hadn’t given permission for the project, demanded the researchers cease collecting the data.

Featured Fuqua Faculty Research


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