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IGERT Fellows Use Improv to Communicate Research (Nature)

January 7, 2014

Two Dickey Center IGERT Fellows are featured in an article in Nature about science communication and Dartmouth's partnership with Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The center will work with Dartmouth faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students on improving their skills in communicating their research, in part through the use of improvisation.

A handful of IGERT fellows took part in the training. Two graduate students in ecology and evolutionary biology, Jessica Trout-Haney and Christine Urbanowitz, describe how the training helped them. "Telling a personal story has made giving talks much more authentic, and fun,” said Trout-Haney. After her initial trepidation about taking part in improvisation, Urbanowitz says it improved her confidence. “Improv allows you to trust yourself enough to know that you'll be able to figure out where you're going with your presentation without having it memorized."

Dickey Senior Receives Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

December 4, 2013

Joseph Singh ’14, of Toronto, Ontario, has been named a 2014 Rhodes Scholar, the oldest and most prestigious postgraduate academic award for international study. The Rhodes Scholarship pays all expenses for a graduate program at the University of Oxfordin England.

Singh has been deeply involved with Dickey Center programs since his first term on campus, when he was selected to participate in the year-long Great Issues Scholars program. Last summer he won a Dickey Center Class of '66 International Internship to work at the Institute for Near East Gulf Military Analysis, in Washington, DC.

"This is great news for Joe and richly deserved," says Daniel Benjamin, Director of the Dickey Center. "We were all impressed when, as one of the Dickey Center's Class of '66 Interns, he co-wrote a piece for the Foreign Policy website on the relationshp between Russia and Syria. He's sharp, insightful and motivated."

Former World Outlook Editor Wins UA Award


One of five Dartmouth students and recent graduates selected as highly commended in the 2013 Undergraduate Awards, sponsored by the Government of Ireland, was literature major Grace Afsari-Mamagani ’13, who during 2010-2013 was an editor of World Outlook, a student international affairs journal published by the Dickey Center.

Undergraduate Awards is an international academic awards program that invites students from top universities around the world to submit their theses or research work. Afsari-Mamagani's senior thesis examined the way authors Zadie Smith and jennifer Egan use digital platforms such as text messaging, Twitter, email and PowerPoint in their work and the extent to which literary sincerity is maintained through what she calls "cyborg fiction."

Grace is currently pursuing a Master's degree in English and American Literature with a focus on digital humanities at New York University.

The other Dartmouth students receiving highly commended awards were Troy Dildine '13, Jacqueline Donohoe '13, Tausif Noor '14, and Laura Bryn Sisson '13.

Former War & Peace Fellow on Terror in Niger (Foreign Affairs)

Former Dickey Center War and Peace Fellow Andrew Libovich '09 published an article in Foreign Affairs about the violence and corruption plaguing Niger. "Yet Western governments would be mistaken to think of Niger only as a staging ground for their next fight against Islamist militants in Africa," he writes.

Read the complete story in Foreign Affairs, August 14, 2013.


'Ghost Glaciers' Protect Greenland's Landscapes (NBC News)



‘Ghost Glaciers’ Protect Greenland’s Landscapes (NBC News)

A story by LiveScience published by NBC News features a new study by Lee Corbett, a doctoral student in Dartmouth’s Department of Earth Science, that reveals how “ghost glaciers” have protected Greenland’s ancient bedrock landscapes from the island’s ice sheet.

“These ghost glaciers come and go, and leave very little evidence of their presence,” Corbett tells LiveScience. “There are indications that these rocks have been exposed and buried for many Ice Age cycles, (but) when the ice advanced over this area, it was essentially frozen to the bedrock below. It’s not eroding or shaping the landscape,” says Corbett.

The Economics of Corruption

Dartmouth Now, July 15, 2013


In a column published by The Huffington Post, Anuraag Girdhar ’15, a former Great Issues Scholar and Stefansson Fellow at the Dickey Center, writes about “forensic economics,” which, he explains, “seeks to use economic tools to detect and describe hidden, sometimes illicit behavior.”

Girdhar notes that in 2011, Associate Professor of Economics Eric Zitzewitz“published a meta-analysis of studies that employ forensic economics, and he discusses some reasons why economists might be called in as third-party consultants for these problems.”

Read the full opinion piece, published 7/12/13 by The Huffington Post.


Dartmouth Students Get a Taste of Foreign Relations Through Crisis Simulation

Around 50 Dickey Center Great Issues Scholarsand War and Peace Fellowsgathered in January at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vt., to participate in a crisis simulation involving the collapse of the North Korean government. Fred Hill, who previously helped craft war games for the State Department, directed the simulation. Students were assigned to teams to represent countries, as they negotiated behind closed doors, participated in United Nations meetings, and tried to reach a joint resolution.

Read the full story in Dartmouth Now by Keith Chapman on how the groups used international relations to under complex issues.


Science in Greenland: It's a Girl Thing

The IGERT Polar Environmental Change PhD Program at the Institute of Arctic Studies sends a number of young women into the field to do polar science and engineering. In fact a majority of the 24 IGERT fellows are women. 

After a recent field season in Greenland, they wanted to show their enthusiasm for science and field work by creating a video. Read about some of the reasons they created it and watch it for yourself on YouTube.


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.


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