Student Story

Improving Water, Improving Health in Ecuador

by Alex Lopez '15

In Winter 2015, Doug Phipps ’17 spent eight weeks teaching health education at primary and secondary schools in Muisne, Ecuador. Apart from teaching, Doug worked with the organization Water Ecuador to design and carry out a survey on water consumption and perception. Situated on the island of Muisne, Doug had the unique opportunity to immerse himself in a completely new environment and community with the Water Ecuador team, while building upon his existing Spanish language skills and making new friends with the members of his host organization and local community.

"Living in a rural Ecuadorean town without English speaking companions not only made me improve my Spanish,” says Doug, “it enabled me to hear locals' stories and to learn more about myself." 

Water Ecuador aims to improve health in Ecuador through research, water purification kiosks, and education. The organization runs water purification centers in three towns on the coast of Ecuador, where the locals that run the Center purify water, fill 20-liter jugs, and sell them for one dollar.

Global Health Case Competition Engaged Contrasting Viewpoints

Six Dartmouth students were selected to compete at the International Emory Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta, GA, in 2015. These are their reflections on the competition and on their experience working with diverse opinions to come up with solutions to difficult problems.

by Cecelia Shao '16

Since each of us was chosen individually, before our first team meeting, we didn’t know who we were going to be competing alongside. It turned out to be an incredibly diverse team of six including two undergrads (Anna and myself), a MD/PhD candidate (Christiaan R.) two Geisel students (Vanessa S. and Tolu K.), as well as a Tuck student (Andrei C.). Luckily, our program directors and advisors (Jessica, Jonathan, and Suzie) came up with the idea to try out a practice case–one that allowed us to get feedback from a diverse panel of faculty and staff from campus (and even a former competition team member) to help us learn about areas where we could improve and areas of expertise.

Tourism and Sumo Wresting in Tokyo

by Alex Lopez '15

During the winter term, while many Dartmouth students were facing the below freezing temperatures of Hanover, Ting Cheung Cheng ’16 had the opportunity to live and work in Daikanyama, Tokyo. His employer, TOKI/Timexperience, is a sightseeing startup specializing in tours for foreign tourists in Japan.

Students Intern at the CDC During the Ebola Response

by Ian Speers ’17, Allessandra LeDoux ’17, and Kristina Mani ’16

March 16, 2015

During our ten-week internship, we were welcomed into the dynamic and fast-paced environment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the agency’s largest emergency response in history: the fight against Ebola in West Africa. While the number of Ebola cases has been declining globally, the amount of effort directed to controlling the disease has been astounding to watch.

For the Ebola response, DGMQ consolidated a group of experts and frontline responders to form the Global Migration Task Force (GMTF). This task force is responsible for all travel-related aspects of the Ebola response. Enhanced entry screening not only identifies travelers who may be sick with Ebola or may have had an exposure to Ebola when they arrive in the United States, but also ensures that these travelers are directed to appropriate care and monitoring, if needed, and equips travelers to help them monitor themselves for symptoms and report to their health department for active monitoring.

Dartmouth Explorers' Symposium Includes Board Member and Former Intern

The Ledyard Canoe Club is the lead sponsor of the “Dartmouth Explorers Symposium: Adventure, Learning, and Leadership on the World’s Rivers and Oceans,” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in 105 Dartmouth Hall, April 24, 2015. The event will feature Dartmouth (and Ledyard) alumni who have been part of historic journeys, from the first descent of Tibet’s Tsangpo River in 2002, to the 1964 National Geographic Danube and Sea of Japan expeditions.

The symposium was organized by Dan Reicher '78, a member of the Dickey Center Board of Visitors, and Esteban Castano '14, a former Louis J. Setti International Intern at the Dickey Center. Esteban also was instrumental is creating a series of videos for the Dickey Center about traveling abroad.

Read the entire article in Dartmouth Now

Student Global Health Blogs Around the World

Undergraduate, graduate and medical students supported by the Dickey Center's Global Health Initiative have been working around the world in medical and health settings. Their blogs from Rwanda, India, Peru, Kosovo and elsewhere tell the story of their experiences in the field.

 

Lombard Public Service Fellowship Blogs

Read the blogs created by alumni who have worked around the world from Switzerland to Kenya as Richard Lombard Public Service Fellowship recipients. 

The Richard Lombard Public Service Fellowship was established 25 years ago by family and friends in memory of Richard Lombard, a 1953 Dartmouth alumni and former Trustee of Dartmouth College. The fellowship is aimed at providing grants to “encourage and enable Dartmouth alumni to use their education to make a significant positive impact on society.”

For more information about the Lombard Fellowship, visit the Dickey website

 

 

Blogging from Antarctica with Middle School Students in Vermont

In January 2015, Ruth Heindel, an earth sciences PhD student, and Jessica Trout-Haney, a PhD student in ecology and evolutionary biology, went to Antarctica to conduct research. They created a blog that they used to answer questions from middle school students back in Windsor, Vermont. Here are some of the students' questions about deserts, ice sheets, helicopters and more.  

by Ruth Heindel, Earth Sciences PhD Student

[January 30, 2015] By the time this is posted, I'll be somewhere over the Southern Ocean, heading toward Christchurch, New Zealand. We’ve had an incredible month here in Antarctica, and it’s been wonderful to share our experiences with you all. Here’s one final blog answering more questions from the students in Windsor, VT. Many thanks to the students who asked such great questions – you have made us think about our experiences from new perspectives. We can’t wait to meet you sometime this spring!

How are Antarctica’s Dry Valleys desert similar and different to warm climate deserts here in the US?

Gone South for the Winter -- to Antarctica

February 17, 2015  |  Dartmouth Now by Joseph Blumberg

Dartmouth undergraduate Diana Wise ’15 spent two weeks of her winter break in the dramatic domain of Antarctica, an experience she captured in a blog, “Gone South For the Winter,” which she filed from the field.

“Diana participated in the field portion of a multi-university Antarctica study abroad program that Environmental Studies and the Institute of Arctic Studies are supporting this year for the first time,” says Lee McDavid, the program manager at the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. “Diana is the first student to enroll in this program, a unique opportunity, given that most students conducting field work in Antarctica tend to be graduate students.”

Helping Peru Prepare for an Emergency

by Kelsey Wheeler '14

Global Health Initiative Fellowship, Peru, Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia

All eyes were focused on the twenty-year-old Dartmouth student in the front of the room. Bridget Golob '14 looked back at the sea of unfamiliar faces and began presenting in their native language: Spanish. Her mentor, Dr. Raul Acosta, E.R. Chief at Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia, looked on quietly from the back. He had done much to prepare Bridget for this day, connecting her to resources throughout the city of Lima, Peru, and offering advice. But today, his primary contribution was driving Bridget into one of the city’s slums, Villa Maria del Triunfo, to present her work on emergency disaster preparedness to community members.

Weeks earlier, Bridget had arrived in Lima eager to begin the off-term experience she had been offered through the Dickey Center’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) Fellowship program and The Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Delivery (TDC), one of many on and off campus opportunities offered through the Dickey Center.

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