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NeAT Meeting on Polar Regions

November 11, 2016

Over 50 scientists from 10 different countries met at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies 15-16 November 2016 for the inaugural meeting of the Network for Arthropods of the Tundra (NeAT). NeAT is an international group focused on studying arthropods in Earth's rapidly changing polar regions. They hope to build collaborative capacity over two days of scientific presentations and discussions.

Keynote speakers included Jane Uhd Jepsen from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and Peter Convey from the British Antarctic Survey. These keynote speakers framed a meeting that explored arthropod science at both poles, including aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, invasion ecology, ecosystem function, and responses to environmental change.

Second Fulbright Demonstrates Washington Focus on Arctic

November 3, 2016  |  The Arctic Journal

An article in The Arctic Journal, an independent news organization based in Greenland, looks at the decision to continue the Fulbright Arctic Initiative for another cycle as proof that Washington, DC, is taking the Arctic seriously.

"I think that the energy being exuded right now shows the high level of attention the Arctic has in Washington," Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth, said to the Journal. 

Read the entire article.

Fulbright Arctic Week 2016

STORIFY: Five days of science and policy

View Flickr pictures from the event

The seventeen Fulbright Arctic Initiative researchers and their co-lead scholars--Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies Ross Virginia and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alaska Mike Sfraga--will gather in Washington, D.C., October 24-26, 2016, to participate in policy meetings and public engagement events, including a capstone symposium showcasing the results of the Fulbright Arctic Scholars’ research and collaborations over the preceding 18 months.

The schedule for public and closed events is available at the Fulbright Arctic Week website. 

Antarctica Is Practically Defined by Ice. What Happens When It Melts?

October 13, 2016  

Ross Virginia, The Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth, has co-authored an article in BioScience on the long-term effects of intense melting on the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

For prepared observers, a single season of melting offers clues to the future of the southern continent.

A single season of intense melting buffeted Antarctica in 2001-2002. It yielded changes that ranged from speeding up microbial food webs to shifting penguin populations. A special section in the October issue of BioScience examines the impacts on two very different Antarctic ecosystems.

Dickey Center Associate Director Leading Women in Science Policy

September 20, 2016  |  Amanda Skinner, School of Graduate and Advanced Studies

In late August, Dartmouth graduate alumna Melody Brown Burkins became the first woman to ever chair a U.S. delegation to the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) hosted by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in Cape Town, South Africa. Not only was her leadership a first for the U.S. delegation to the IGC, but Burkins also worked with the U.S. National Academies (NAS) to assemble a first majority-female U.S. delegation to the IGC, appointing women geoscience leaders to six of the eight formal delegate positions. Prior to this 2016 meeting, U.S. IGC delegations had had, at most, two female delegates.

New Energy & Society Institute at Dartmouth Announced

September 15, 2016  |  Dartmouth News

Dartmouth College has announced the creation of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, established to advance the understanding and knowledge of a resource that powers modern life and is directly related to society’s standard of living and success. Gifts of $113 million have been committed to name the institute in honor of energy industry leader Arthur L. Irving. Dartmouth aims to raise a total of $160 million to fund the institute.

“The institute will link energy and society, and that’s what we do at Dartmouth. We bring together various approaches and disciplines, to focus on big challenges where we can engage our students in solving real-world problems,” says Ross Virginia, Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding. 

Donald Trump Is Dangerously Wrong on the Immigration-Terror Link

September 1, 2016  |  TIME

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin co-authored a piece in TIME on Donald Trump's efforts to connect terrorism and immigration:

Americans who have been buffeted by Trump’s torrential negativism and 24-7 cable coverage of horrors from all corners of the earth shouldn’t buy this dim view of our immigration system—because it simply isn’t true.

The most obvious counter to Trump’s narrative is to note that not a single terrorism-related death since 9/11 was caused by foreign operatives coming into the country to cause violence—from Fort Hood to Orlando, the killings were all caused by citizens and green card holders. 

Read the entire article in TIME, co-authored with Betsy Cooper, who served as an attorney in the Department of Homeland Security. Note: Benjamin's name has been inadvertently deleted as the co-author. 

President Hanlon's Arctic Voyage

July 27, 2016  |  Dartmouth News

Next week, President Phil Hanlon ’77 and his wife, Gail Gentes, will take a look at Dartmouth’s impact in one of the most remote places in the world—the Arctic.

With a group of about 30 people—mostly alumni and their families—Hanlon and Gentes will be part of a 10-day expedition to Greenland and the Arctic Circle led by Ross Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and the director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

“Gail and I are excited about participating in this trip, and especially seeing firsthand the field research of Dartmouth’s students and faculty, who are shaping our understanding of one of the most critical issues of our time: the effects of rapid climate change around the globe,” says President Hanlon of the trip, which is sponsored by Alumni Travel.

Read the full story at Dartmouth News

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Mark Brzezinski '87 Talks to MCON about the Arctic

July 20, 2016

Mark Brzezinski '87, former ambassador to Sweden and the White House Executive Director of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, spoke to ‪#‎MCON‬ 2016 on June 20. He presented "What Happens in the Arctic Does Not Stay in the Arctic" was to leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs looking for creative solutions for social issues.

Ambassador Brzezinski's presentation can be viewed on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

Shackleton Exhibits on 100th Anniversary of the Rescue of the Endurance Crew

Rauner Special Collections Library and “Pole to Pole,” an environmental studies course taught by Institute of Arctic Studies Director Ross Virginia that examines climate change in the polar regions through the lens of history, exploration and science. Fifty-one Dartmouth students shared their research to produce this exhibit exploring Shackleton and the Antarctica of his time.

The exhibit —“We look for light from within”: Shackleton’s Indomitable Spirit — is open to the public until September 2, 2016. View a related exhibit in the Russo Gallery of the Haldeman Center about Institute of Arctic Studies programs to take young, budding scientists to Antarctica and Greenland. 

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