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Giuliani Took Money From a Group That Killed Americans. Does Trump Care?

November 23, 2017  |  POLITICO

POLITICO features an article by Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin on possible Secretary of State nominee Rudy Giuliani's (and many others') connection to the Iranian resistance group Mujahidin e-Khalq (MeK).

Perhaps the best known MeK votary is none other than former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, reported to be on the shortlists for Trump’s secretary of state and director of national intelligence, whose ties to the group have resurfaced as the press examines the numerous possible conflicts of interest created by his international business activities. The MeK has paid Giuliani handsomely for years—$20,000 or more, and possibly a lot more—for brief appearances before the group and for lobbying to have it removed from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), which occurred in 2012.

Read the entire article in POLITICO MAGAZINE.

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

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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. 

Army Corps Polar Researcher Appointed to USARC

August 8, 2016  |  US Army Corp of Engineers

Dr. Jacqueline A. “Jackie” Richter-Menge a polar researcher with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to a key administrative post.

In an announcement released by the White House Press Secretary, dated August 4, Richter-Menge was appointed by the President as a member of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.  

Richter-Menge, a leader in polar climate physics focusing on research of the Arctic sea ice cover from Alaska to Greenland, serves as a research civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a position she has held since 1981. 

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. 

Trump Is ‘Flabbergastingly Ignorant’ on Counterterrorism

June 14, 2016  |  Time

Director of the Dickey Center Daniel Benjamin writes in Time magazine about Donald Trump's "isolationist, ally-bashing candidacy" for the presidency. 

"Set aside, for the moment, that disgust at his relentless self-congratulation, the baldfaced untruths and unceasing pettiness, and ask the question: What would the election of Donald Trump mean for the fight against jihadist terrorism. One answer might be: Who the hell knows?"...

"If one can get past the racism and blatant disregard for the Constitution, the remarkable thing is how flabbergastingly ignorant Trump is about contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism," Benjamin writes. 

Read the entire article. 

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