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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.

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."

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.

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