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Diplomacy at the Top of the World

August 26, 2015

On August 31, in Anchorage, Alaska, the U.S. will convene foreign ministers from Arctic and non-Arctic states to discuss climate change and other topics concerning the region. According to an opinion piece in Project Syndicate, co-authored by Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Artic Studies, it is important that disagreements such as Iran's nuclear program and the conflict in Ukraine not derail discussions about the Arctic, where cooperation between Russia and the West has been the norm.

Steven Simon Talks about Islamic State Brides

August 8, 2015  |  Dartmouth Now

Dickey Center Visiting Fellow Steven Simon talked to the PBS Newshour about the alienation that motivates young women to leave their homes in the West and seek out ISIS. The report follows a New York Times story about three teenage girls who left their homes in Great Britain to join the terrorist group. 

"I don’t think it’s a huge mystery," said Simon. "In the case of these young women, I think what we just heard was quite right, namely, that what is pulling these young women to Syria is the same thing that pulls young men."

Simon, who is also a lecturer in the government department, will be on campus to teach three classes this year. 

Listen to his entire interview on the PBS Newshour.

Dartmouth and Greenland Lead International Teens to the Arctic

August 13, 2015

Dartmouth Now reports on Dartmouth's contribution to the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), a program jointly funded and led by the Government of Greenland and the US, that takes teens from the US, Greenland, and Denmark to Greenland to learn about science and undertake independent research projects. 

Lauren Culler, postdoctoral fellow and science outreach coordinator for the Institute of Arctic Studies, co-leads the program with the Institute's Director, Ross Virgina. “The overall goal was getting the students to learn to ask testable scientific questions and work with the graduate students to design and complete a project,” says Culler.

Read the entire story at Dartmouth Now.

 

Climate Change and Mosquitoes: Desperate and Hungry

“They’re aggressive because they’re desperate,” Lauren Culler, a postdoctoral fellow and outreach coordinator for the Institute of Arctic Studies, tells a journalist from Motherboard website about the mosquitoes swarming Greenland. “My research here has found that only 12-15 percent of mosquitoes ever get a blood meal." 

Culler has been studying the shallow ponds in Western Greenland where mosquitoes spend much of their lives to determine how the rapidly warming climate affects mosquitoes and caribou, as well as people.

Fulbright Arctic Scholars Collaborate for One Arctic

July 16, 2015

In May 2015, as Secretary of State John Kerry was marking the beginning of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, 17 junior scholars and established experts from the eight Arctic countries, including Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States, gathered in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada for their first official meeting as participants of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

Institute of Arctic Studies Director and environmental studies professor Ross Virginia leads the Fulbright Arctic Initiative with Mike Sfraga, Vice Chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. For 18 months, the Fulbright Arctic Scholars will be  working with governments, NGOs, businesses, and Arctic communities to research innovative solutions to impacts of climate change in the Arctic, particularly on the issues of water, energy, health, and infrastructure.

 

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Arctic Issues Are Global Issues

May 28, 2015

From May 17-21, 2015, Fulbright Canada hosted the inaugural meeting of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Dartmouth environmental studies professor Ross Virginia, Co-lead for the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, and Melody Brown Burkins, Associate Director for Student Programs and Research at the Dickey Center, took part in the meetings. 

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative, launched in April in Ottawa, aims to stimulate international collaboration on Arctic issues by bringing together 17 scholars from the eight Arctic Council countries (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US). The researchers are meeting in Iqaluit to share their research and work on plans for future collaboration. 

Read the press release from Fulbright Canada and a story in The Arctic Journal.

Potentially Vast Microbial Habitat Discovered in Antarctica

April 30, 2015  |  Dartmouth Now

Using a novel, helicopter-borne sensor to penetrate the surface of large swathes of terrain, a team of researchers, including Ross Virginia, Director of Dartmouth's Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center and Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has gathered compelling evidence that beneath Antarctica's ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys lies a salty aquifer that may support previously unknown microbial ecosystems and retain evidence of ancient climate change, stated a press release from NSF.

The Division of Polar Programs in NSF's Geoscience's Directorate supported the AEM sensor project through a collaborative award to Mikucki, Tulaczyk and Virginia. 

Dartmouth Mobilizes Resources for Nepal Aid

April 27, 2015  

In an article for Dartmouth Now, Kenneth Bauer, program manager of human development initiatives at the Dickey Center, stressed the importance of working with established humanitarian organizations with a presence in Nepal as a way to help Nepal following a devastating earthquake and ongoing aftershocks. Bauer and others are concerned that relief efforts reach the remote villages cut off from Kathmandu.

“Traveling in Nepal for 26 years now, there has always been this dichotomy between Kathmandu, the capital, and the rest of Nepal,” Bauer says to Dartmouth Now. “One of the things we’re very concerned about and trying to think strategically about is how it’s helpful to get to villages and rural communities, and what does their future look like in terms of rebuilding.”

The community is invited to a 6 p.m. meeting in Silsby Hall, room 317, to continue discussion of how the College community can help with relief efforts in Nepal.

Read the entire Dartmouth Now story. 

 

Manuscript Reviews Shape Faculty Books

January 19, 2015 |  Dartmouth Now

Manuscript review seminars at the Dickey Center and the Leslie Center for the Humanities, both located in the Haldeman Center, provide faculty with serious feedback on their books in progress. 

Dean of the Faculty Michael Mastanduno developed the manuscript review program when he was director of the Dickey Center from 1997 to 2003. It was so popular, says Colleen Boggs, director of the Leslie Center, that the Dickey Center began to collaborate with them to help faculty with humanities projects. The Dickey Center program focuses on manuscripts with an international scope.

Benjamin on the Attacks in Paris

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has been called upon frequently for his counterterrorism expertise since the attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office in Paris.

On Wednesday, January 14th, Benjamin was interviewed by both CNN's Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin and The Rachel Maddow Show. On CNN, he discussed the threat of "undetectable" bombs in light of a recent article in Al Qaeda's online magazine Inspire, which detailed how to make bombs out of household products. He cautioned, however, that the spread of assault weapons in Europe is a much greater danger at present. On The Rachel Maddow Show, Benjamin discussed Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) claim that they were responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo's newspaper offices.

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