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Dartmouth IGERT Tackles Pressing Environmental Issues

IGERT students and faculty members are seen on their research trip near the west coast of Greenland. (Photo by Alexandra Giese)

With the last group of fellows arriving on campus this fall, one might think things are winding down for Dartmouth’s IGERT program. But in reality, research and collaboration are starting to truly cook now that all of the fellows are on campus.

“We’re really starting to move rapidly,” says Ross Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and the director of Dartmouth’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program. As IGERTconnects research to real world problems, Virginia says, “we’re trying to communicate science in insightful and meaningful ways.”

Read the rest of Keith Chapman's storyabout the IGERT program on Dartmouth Now.

 

The Ethics of Taking on the World's Problems

Victoria Trump Redd '14

Former Dickey Center Intern Victoria Trump Redd ’14 is featured in the Dartmouth College Fund’s Fall 2012 issue of GREEN at Dartmouthand on the Dartmouth Nowwebsite. Victoria talks about her transformative experience working in a small, local health care center in Peru.

An anthropology major and international studies minorwho plans to go to medical school, Victoria was a Dickey Center Great Issues Scholarduring her first year and subsequently a Dickey Intern. Her first-person story in GREENis a testiment to John Sloan Dickey: “The world’s troubles are your troubles."

 

Dartmouth Researchers Head South for the Winter -- to Antarctica

by Lee McDavid, Arctic Program Manager

A number of Dartmouth students, faculty and staff will be celebrating the holidays far from home, in fact, just about as far from home as you can get, unless you're a penguin.

Starting around Antarctica Day on December 1--which celebrates the signing of the international treaty in 1959 that preserves Antarctica as a place for research and peaceful purposes--and continuing well past Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, and even Martin Luther King Day, Dartmouth researchers will be living and working "on the ice," the nickname for the most uninhabitable continent on earth. But the only continent with no permanent residents also has a lot of visitors, many of them researchers.

Going Global with Emily Unger '11

Dartmouth Now features a story about Emily Unger '11 who completed a whirlwind, worldwide trip to interview students on Dartmouth-sponsored international internships. She tells her story in the Nov/Dec issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Her trip was sponsored by the Dickey Center. “We want to capture the unique ‘learning-while-doing’ experiences students have in the field,” explains Dickey Acting Director Christianne Wohlforth. “And we want to turn the telling of those stories into a professional development opportunity in itself.”

Northern Forests Threatened by Southern Pine Beetle

The thought of global climate change conjures up images of coastal flooding and parched farmlands, but there is another sort of threat already upon us. As the environment warms, the destructive southern pine beetle has extended its range northward to include New Jersey’s prized Pinelands National Reserve.

Dartmouth Professor of Biology Matt Ayres, is an expert on the predatory pine beetle, and his work over the years has added to our understanding of its destructive spread into northern forests.

Read the entire story by Joseph Blumberg at Dartmouth Now.

 

Student Interns at Clinic in East Timor

Lisbeth Labrada '13, on a Dickey Center International Internship, spent the summer working in a free health clinic in the small country of East Timor in Southeast Asia. She saw hundreds of patients a day for maternity and infant care, tuberculosis and malaria, and even HIV. She learned about the clinic by participating in another Dickey Center program for first year students, the Great Issues Scholars program.

Read Lisbeth's entire story written by Keith Chapman on Dartmouth Now.

 

Postdoctoral Program Welcomes Security and Foreign Policy Scholars

The Dickey Center and Dean of the Faculty have collaborated to create a new International Security and U.S. Foreign Policy Fellowsprogram for 2012-13. Five new postdoctoral scholars are now in residence through June with offices in the Haldeman Center. They will be conducting research, working on books and articles, and interacting with faculty and students.

For more information, read the story by Keith Chapman on Dartmouth Now.

 

IGERT Nina Lany Presents at NOAC Conference

by Nina Lany, Dartmouth IGERT Fellow

Attending the 5th North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) was a great experience, especially for a PhD student who does not specialize in bird research! Over 1,400 people from 25 countries came together in Vancouver, British Columbia from August 14-18, 2012, to present on all things bird related. I was impressed by the combination of excellent fundamental research in ecology and evolution and work that is truly able to inform conservation and policy.

Black-throated blue warbler nest containing 2-3 day old nestlings at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in NH. Photo: Charlie Governali

Dickey Great Issues Scholar to Cover Political Conventions

Former Dickey Center Great Issues Scholar Ester Cross '15 will cover the Democratic and Republican conventions as part of her internship with Talk Radio News Service, an organization that supports talk radio. She will attend the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Fla., from August 27-30 before traveling to Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) from September 4-6. She will have press credentials and work on the convention floor.

Read the full story by Keith Chapman at Dartmouth Now.

 

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