Environment In the News

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10:18am

January 25, 2018  |  The Conversation

The Dickey Center's Global Health Initiative Program Manager Anne Sosin and Dartmouth Assistant Professor of Anthropology Chelsey Kivland published an article in "The Conversation" online about the effects of climate change on public health worldwide. 

“We believe that leaders must recognize that environmental policy is health policy. Rollbacks of environmental regulations will cause far greater consequences on health, in the U.S. and globally, than any health care bill.”

They describe the burden of climate change on communities... Read more.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:35am

December 1, 2017  |  Witness the Arctic

An article about the mentoring work of JSEP (Joint Science Education Program) written by Lauren Culler, Outreach Coordinator for the Institute of Arctic Studies, and Lee McDavid, Program Manager of the Institute of Arctic Studies, appeared in Witness the Arctic, an online publication of ARCUS (the Arctic Research Consortium of the US). 

JSEP is funded by the National Science Foundation, along with a companion program, JASE (Joint Antarctic Science Expedition). JSEP faculty take five US high school students to Greenland for a polar... Read more.

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 9:45am
Stefansson Barcelona

January 8, 2018  

Two Arctic institutes, one at Dartmouth and the other in Iceland—each a legacy of the renowned polar explorer Vilhjálmur Stefansson—were destined to have shared interests, and through an endowed wish, have become important collaborators.

The most recent demonstration of the collaboration between the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth and the Stefansson Arctic Institute in Iceland, was support for a new interdisciplinary Arctic Research Centre (CER ARCTIC) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (... Read more.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:15pm
sydney kamen

September 27, 2017  |  Dartmouth News

by Charlotte Albright

Hand washing saves lives. That’s why Sydney Kamen ’19 founded a nonprofit organization that recycles used soap from hotels and distributes it to under-resourced communities around the world.

Her advocacy work has won accolades, including the 2017 Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) Award from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the Daily Point of Light Award, and the Robert Sheppard Leadership Award. Her work has also come to the attention of People magazine, in an ... Read more.

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 12:41pm
Wilson Center Interactive

August 28, 2017

The Wilson Center in Washington, DC, has created a beautiful and important online interactive called "Into the Arctic" that considers issues facing the Arctic today. Ross Virginia is featured in the section "The Arctic Environment in the Age of Man," along with Senior Arctic Fellow Lenore Grenoble, who narrates "Interactive: Languages of the Arctic."


Wilson Center Names Ross Virginia Polar Initiative Fellow

July 6, 2017  |  Dartmouth News  |  Bill Platt

Ross Virginia, the director of Dartmouth’s Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center... Read more.

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:48am

August 26, 2017  |  Valley News

by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling

After the crew members tied the helicopter down to prevent it from blowing away in what was shaping up to be one of Antarctica’s famously powerful storms, they crawled over the frozen ground to join Dartmouth Professor Ross Virginia and a handful of students in the crowded emergency shelter.

They’d seen the storm on the horizon, a solid wall of clouds rushing toward them, and soon they felt it too — winds that slammed into the small aircraft and caused it to bounce erratically. Though they were just minutes from... Read more.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 3:52pm
Female Mosquitoes

August 14, 2017

In a National Geographic article Lauren Culler discusses the challenge of dealing with a greater number of mosquitoes emerging in Greenland. 

 "There aren’t a lot of animals for them to eat in the Arctic, so when they finally find one, they are ferocious. They are relentless. They do not stop. They just keep going after you."

A threat to caribou as well as people, mosquitoes are emerging earlier, getting bigger and hang around longer, driven by warmer temperatures. Cullers new research has been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

... Read more.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 6:37pm

We are extremely pleased to announce that Leah Sarson, postdoctoral research associate in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth and Visiting Arctic Fellow in the Institute of Arctic Studies, was recently chosen to receive a prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) fellowship from the Government of Canada, an award given to the “most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities.”

Sarson will use her award to continue her postdoctoral work at Dartmouth with Melody Brown Burkins, Adjunct Professor... Read more.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:02am

July 12, 2017  |  Popular Science

As the huge ice sheet melts, it releases toxins—and microbes that eat them, reports Poular Science magazine. They turned for comment to Professor Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies: “It’s potentially good news that degraders are found in the melting ice ecosystem." 

Read the entire article in Popular Science, July 11, 2017.

The author of the Popular Science article, Kendra Pierre-Louis, also wrote about IAS Outreach Coordinator Lauren Culler's mosquito research for Motherboard, in 2015. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 1:52pm

July 12, 2017  |  Fulbright Scholar Program release

Fulbright Arctic Initiative information (pdf)

18-month research program will expand collaborative networks and address shared priorities

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced the launch of the second Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative is designed to create a network to stimulate international research collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other... Read more.


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