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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.

Going Global with Emily Unger '11

Dartmouth Now features a story about Emily Unger '11 who completed a whirlwind, worldwide trip to interview students on Dartmouth-sponsored international internships. She tells her story in the Nov/Dec issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Her trip was sponsored by the Dickey Center. “We want to capture the unique ‘learning-while-doing’ experiences students have in the field,” explains Dickey Acting Director Christianne Wohlforth. “And we want to turn the telling of those stories into a professional development opportunity in itself.”

Student Interns at Clinic in East Timor

Lisbeth Labrada '13, on a Dickey Center International Internship, spent the summer working in a free health clinic in the small country of East Timor in Southeast Asia. She saw hundreds of patients a day for maternity and infant care, tuberculosis and malaria, and even HIV. She learned about the clinic by participating in another Dickey Center program for first year students, the Great Issues Scholars program.

Read Lisbeth's entire story written by Keith Chapman on Dartmouth Now.


Global Health Opportunities for Students

Global Health Opportunities for Students

Winter Term 2013 Opportunties: Global Health Initiative has 4 funded faculty-mentored research opportunities in global health for undergraduates, graduate and medical student in Peru. And the Women and Gender Studies Department and the Global Health Initiative are offering 2 internships for students in India and Guatemala that focus on projects that illuminate the links between health, education, gender and human rights. Application deadline: October 10, 4pm.

Emily Unger '11 Travels the World

Dickey Great Issues Scholar to Cover Political Conventions

Former Dickey Center Great Issues Scholar Ester Cross '15 will cover the Democratic and Republican conventions as part of her internship with Talk Radio News Service, an organization that supports talk radio. She will attend the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Fla., from August 27-30 before traveling to Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) from September 4-6. She will have press credentials and work on the convention floor.

Read the full story by Keith Chapman at Dartmouth Now.


IGERT Graduate Student Adds to Critical NASA Discovery

July 24, 2012

Research by Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering graduate student Kaitlin Keegan has added critical information to a NASA annoucement today regarding melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. "According to satellite data, an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface thawed at some point in mid-July," according to the NASA release.

Keegan is an engineerig PhD student and a fellow in the Dartmouth IGERT polar enviromental change program. She studies the physical properties of the top layers of the ice, the firn, at Summit as well as NEEM, an international ice core project in Northwest Greenland. According to Keegan, the last time such a melt occurred at Summit was in 1889.

The 2012 Summit firn melt layer. The white layer at about 2cm depth shows the new melt layer formed from the mid-July warm temperatures. The inhomogeneity of the layer is due to the surface topography of the ice.

IGERT Students Experience "Big Science"

by Lee McDavid, Program Manager, Institute of Arctic Studies

Photos by Courtney Hammond '11

Five Dartmouth graduate students in engineering, earth sciences, and ecology are bundled into puffy parkas and insulated pants standing on a layer of ice a mile thick marveling at a panoramic 360-degree blanket of white. "It makes me feel so small. It's humbling," says earth sciences graduate student Lee Corbett. Tonight it will be near zero and she'll be sleeping in a tent.

Welcome to the Greenland Ice Sheet, the first leg of the annual Dartmouth IGERT field seminar for graduate students in the polar environmental change program.

Stefansson Fellow Wins NCAA Award

HANOVER, N.H.— Courtney Hammond, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2011, and a 2011 Dickey Center Institute of Arctic Studies Stefansson Research Fellow, was selected by the NCAA as one of the top 30 honorees for the Woman of the Year Award. Just 10 women from each NCAA membership division make up the top 30, all of whom have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. Hammond is currently working in Barrow, Alaska, with the Inupiat comunity on science education and the impact on climate change on the community.


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