Arctic

Blogging from Antarctica with Middle School Students in Vermont

In January 2015, Ruth Heindel, an earth sciences PhD student, and Jessica Trout-Haney, a PhD student in ecology and evolutionary biology, went to Antarctica to conduct research. They created a blog that they used to answer questions from middle school students back in Windsor, Vermont. Here are some of the students' questions about deserts, ice sheets, helicopters and more.  

by Ruth Heindel, Earth Sciences PhD Student

[January 30, 2015] By the time this is posted, I'll be somewhere over the Southern Ocean, heading toward Christchurch, New Zealand. We’ve had an incredible month here in Antarctica, and it’s been wonderful to share our experiences with you all. Here’s one final blog answering more questions from the students in Windsor, VT. Many thanks to the students who asked such great questions – you have made us think about our experiences from new perspectives. We can’t wait to meet you sometime this spring!

How are Antarctica’s Dry Valleys desert similar and different to warm climate deserts here in the US?

Gone South for the Winter -- to Antarctica

February 17, 2015  |  Dartmouth Now by Joseph Blumberg

Dartmouth undergraduate Diana Wise ’15 spent two weeks of her winter break in the dramatic domain of Antarctica, an experience she captured in a blog, “Gone South For the Winter,” which she filed from the field.

“Diana participated in the field portion of a multi-university Antarctica study abroad program that Environmental Studies and the Institute of Arctic Studies are supporting this year for the first time,” says Lee McDavid, the program manager at the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. “Diana is the first student to enroll in this program, a unique opportunity, given that most students conducting field work in Antarctica tend to be graduate students.”

Negotiating for the Planet

January 26, 2015

Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs, spoke on January 13, 2015, about the process of negotiating international environmental and climate issues to 120 students, faculty, and community members. 

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Environmental Policy Expert in Residence

January 13, 2015, Dartmouth Now

View her talk on YouTube.

A former top environmental affairs official in the Obama administration who took a leading role in international climate change diplomacy will join a number of classes, consult with scholars at the Institute of Arctic Studies, and deliver a Great Issues lecture this week as a visiting scholar at the Dickey Center. Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs from 2009 to 2014, holds a public lecture on “Negotiating for the Planet: Environmental & Climate Change Diplomacy” at 4:30p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall. 

Student Writes About How To Make Policy

Julia Bradley-Cook, a PhD candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology, published an article about science policy in "Witness the Arctic," a publication of ARCUS (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States). She was selected by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to attend a summer 2014 colloquium on science policy in Washington, DC. Bradley-Cook, an IGERT Fellow, was selected along with Gifford Wong and Alexandra Giese, PhD candidates in earth sciences and IGERT Fellows. 

Arctic Initiative Featured in Fulbright Finland Publication

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative, led by Professor Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center and the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, is featured in the Fulbright Center News published by the Fulbright Center Finland. Dartmouth has long-standing research collaborations with institutions in Finland, and the Institute of Arctic Studies has send undergraduates to the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland on Stefansson Research Fellowships.

The current Fulbright Center News of Finland also contains an article by Dartmouth's Professor Matt Ayres about the importance of his stint as a Fulbright Graduate Student in 1985-87. He writes, "Ever since my own life changing experience as a Fulbright Fellow, nothing brings me more professional satisfaction than helping young scholars of today have similar opportunities for international exchange, and to gain the skills and international awareness that are so urgently needed in the 21st century."

Dickey Center Alumni Win Rhodes and Stamps Awards

Two alumni of Dickey Center programs have received prestigious awards. Colin Walmsley ’15 has received Dartmouth’s 78th Rhodes Scholar and Leehi Yona '16 has received a Stamps Leadership Scholarship. Both students have participated in the Dickey Center's Great Issues Scholars program for first-year students. Walmsley was also a War & Peace Scholar at the Dickey Center. Yona is currently an Arctic Intern at the Dickey Center's Institute of Arctic Studies.

2014 Stefansson Memorial Lecture

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The annual Stefansson Memorial Lecture, delivered in commemoration of the explorer and anthropologist Vilhjálmur Stefansson, will be December 11, 2014, at the Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado Boulder, 1560 30th Street, Room 269 at 4:00pm. Reception to follow.

INSTAAR Director James White will present the lecture "Abrupt change-Past, Present and Future: The hard reality and silver lining in a sustainable future." According to Web of Science, Dr. White is one of the top 1% most highly cited authors in his field. This is an event of the Stefansson Institute in Akureyri, Iceland, and is co-sponsored with the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. 

Quoted: Ross Virginia on Fulbright Arctic Initiative

10/27/14  Dartmouth Now

“The challenge for this Fulbright program is to ask questions that are relevant to solving these problems. We need to develop research questions and themes for these teams of scholars that generate knowledge that will be useful to policymakers,” says Professor Ross Virginia in a WMUR story about the newly established Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

Virginia is the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. He was recently selected by the U.S. State Department as one of two distinguished scholar leaders of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

Read more about the Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

Looking North: Challenges and Opportunities

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US Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski '87 led a panel discussion of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, 2015-2017, at the U.S. Embassy Sweden. A diverse range of guests discussed an important topic: sustainable development in the Arctic. The panel also included Gary Knell, President and CEO of National Geographic; Björn Dahlbäck, Director-General of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat; Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s Chief Science and Exploration Officer; Niila Inga, a reindeer herder and head of the Laevas Sami Village in Northern Sweden; and Börge Ousland, a Norwegian polar explorer, writer and photographer.

 

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