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Montgomery Fellows Focus on Climate Change & Society

February 6, 2015  Dartmouth Now

Two Montgomery Fellows—a diplomat and a scientist—will be on campus this term to talk about  the theme of “Climate Change and Society.” U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski ’87 will be in residence Feb. 14- 17. His public lecture, “#OurSharedArctic: U.S. Embassy Sweden and Modern Diplomacy,” is at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, in Filene Auditorium. His wife, the blogger Natalia Brzezinski, who writes on women’s issues, will also be on campus and is scheduled to meet with students during the residency.

Rhodes Scholar is Lombard Public Service Fellow

Miriam Jerotich Kilimo ’14 of Nairobi, Kenya, has been named a Rhodes Scholar for 2015—the 76th Rhodes Scholar in Dartmouth’s history. Miriam was awarded a Lombard Public Service Fellowship this year by the Dickey Center and the Tucker Foundation for work with the Africa Coordinating Center for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (ACCAF). She is currently based at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She is supporting the organization's efforts to sensitive different communities about the health and socio-economic effects associated with the practice. She is also involved in creating and equipping a resource center focused on compiling research and literature on female circumcision as it is practiced continent-wide.

Dartmouth a Lead on Fulbright Arctic Program

October 22, 2014  Dartmouth Now

Professor Ross Virginia, Director of the Dickey Center's Institute of Arctic Studies, was selected by the U.S. State Department as one of two distinguished scholar leaders of the newly established Fulbright Arctic Initiative. His work focuses on climate change and the effect of rapid warming on the polar regions.

Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, and Professor Michael Sfraga, a geographer and vice chancellor for university and student advancement from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will take lead roles in the new Fulbright Arctic research program, which will fund interdisciplinary work for some 16 scholars from the eight countries that sit on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum of the eight member states that border the Arctic Circle.

Fear Factor, Insect Growth and Climate Change

September 23, 2014 

Research published by Lauren Culler, a Postdoctoral Arctic Fellow at the Dickey Center's Institute of Arctic Studies, shows fear as well as warming temperatures may encourage insects to "eat more and grow faster." 

Culler tells Entomology Today, "In other words, it's less about temperature and more about the overall environmental conditions that shape the growth, survival, and distribution of insects." Culler was lead author of the study, published in the journal Oecologia

Read about her research at Entomology TodayNature World News, and Science Daily.

Three Decades of Climate Research in Antarctica

August 26, 2017  |  Valley News

by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling

After the crew members tied the helicopter down to prevent it from blowing away in what was shaping up to be one of Antarctica’s famously powerful storms, they crawled over the frozen ground to join Dartmouth Professor Ross Virginia and a handful of students in the crowded emergency shelter.

They’d seen the storm on the horizon, a solid wall of clouds rushing toward them, and soon they felt it too — winds that slammed into the small aircraft and caused it to bounce erratically. Though they were just minutes from the relative safety of McMurdo Station on Ross Island, they had to abandon their plans and seek immediate shelter on the ground.

“It was a plywood shack with a little stove in it,” Virginia recalled. “There was a radio, and bunk beds. A little table. Nine of us jammed in there.”

Read the entire article at the Valley News

Dickey Center Fellow Receives Prestigious Research Award from the Government of Canada

We are extremely pleased to announce that Leah Sarson, postdoctoral research associate in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth and Visiting Arctic Fellow in the Institute of Arctic Studies, was recently chosen to receive a prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) fellowship from the Government of Canada, an award given to the “most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities.”

Sarson will use her award to continue her postdoctoral work at Dartmouth with Melody Brown Burkins, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Director for Programs and Research at the Dickey Center, Ross Virginia, Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, and several other Dartmouth colleagues.

Virginia Comments on Greenland Toxins in Popular Science Article

July 12, 2017  |  Popular Science

As the huge ice sheet melts, it releases toxins—and microbes that eat them, reports Poular Science magazine. They turned for comment to Professor Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies: “It’s potentially good news that degraders are found in the melting ice ecosystem." 

Read the entire article in Popular Science, July 11, 2017.

Former Dickey Center Foreign Policy Fellow Wins APSA Award for First Book

June 14, 2017

Rosella Cappella Zielinski, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University, and a 2012-13 Dickey Center U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Post-doctoral Fellow, has won the American Political Science Association (APSA) Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award in International History and Politics. How States Pay for War, published in 2016 by Cornell University Press, is Cappella Zielinski's first book. It was also the subject of her dissertation, which she completed while in residence at Dartmouth.    

"My time at Dartmouth gave me the space to do the edits necessary to get the manuscript for review," says Capella Zielinski. "More importantly, it gave me the time and helpful feedback to get the book prospectus in good shape."

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War & Peace Fellow Publishes in Prestigious Military Journal

June 15, 2017

Charlotte Blatt '18, a Dickey Center War & Peace Fellow and government major, has published an article in Parameter, one of the U.S. military's top professional journals. "Operational Success, Strategic Failure: Assessing the 2007 Iraq Troop Surge," Blatt's sophomore seminar paper, is published in the Spring 2017 issue. 

Her paper also won the 2017 Edwin H. Sherman Family Prize, awarded by Temple University to the top undergraduate paper written on diplomacy and the use of force. According to Jeffrey Friedman, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth, receiving these awards is a major accomplishment for an undergraduate. 

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Is Trump Fighting Terrorism?

June 4, 2017  |  POLITICO

by Daniel Benjamin

Is Trump Fighting Terrorism?  Or is he just tweeting about it, while making it worse?

Donald Trump came to the presidency on a wave of overheated rhetoric about the terrorist threat, the failures of his predecessors, and promises, as he said in his inaugural address, to “unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.” Four months into his term, and on the heels of Saturday’s terrorist attack in London, which killed seven and injured dozens in the third attack in Britain in three months, it’s worth asking: Is Trump actually delivering decisive counterterrorism?

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