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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. 

The Democratization of Terror

July 15, 2016  |  Time

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin's recent piece in TIME follows up on the vicious Bastille Day attack in Nice. Benjamin explains the spread of the "democratization of terror." 

"Now, indeed, you don’t even need to be a card-carrying member of a terror organization. Mere inspiration from the late Yemeni cleric Anwar Awlaki, who pioneered the call for individual acts of terror whenever and wherever, or from ISIS, which amplified that appeal a hundred fold, suffices," he writes.

Read the entire article

 

 

President Hanlon's Arctic Voyage

July 27, 2016  |  Dartmouth News

Next week, President Phil Hanlon ’77 and his wife, Gail Gentes, will take a look at Dartmouth’s impact in one of the most remote places in the world—the Arctic.

With a group of about 30 people—mostly alumni and their families—Hanlon and Gentes will be part of a 10-day expedition to Greenland and the Arctic Circle led by Ross Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and the director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

“Gail and I are excited about participating in this trip, and especially seeing firsthand the field research of Dartmouth’s students and faculty, who are shaping our understanding of one of the most critical issues of our time: the effects of rapid climate change around the globe,” says President Hanlon of the trip, which is sponsored by Alumni Travel.

Read the full story at Dartmouth News

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Who Is Responsible for the Terror Attack in Nice?

July 15, 2016  |  Bloomberg News

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin talks to Vonnie Quinn and Shery Ahn of "Bloomberg Markets" about the terror attack in Nice, France, in which a man used a truck to kill over 80 people.

Benjamin explains his reference to the "democratization of violence" in which people can carry out attacks without complicated planning. The changing form of violence can be perpetrated by a single attacker, including what he refers to as a "stabbing intifada" in Israel and use of assault weapons in the US. "This is going to really test law enforcement and intelligence authorities for quite some time to come," he says. 

Watch the entire video interview.

Mark Brzezinski '87 Talks to MCON about the Arctic

July 20, 2016

Mark Brzezinski '87, former ambassador to Sweden and the White House Executive Director of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, spoke to ‪#‎MCON‬ 2016 on June 20. He presented "What Happens in the Arctic Does Not Stay in the Arctic" was to leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs looking for creative solutions for social issues.

Ambassador Brzezinski's presentation can be viewed on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

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