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September 24, 2017 11:25AM
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Thanks to the Rockefeller Center, I had the opportunity to attend the DEFCON security conference this past July. Started in 1992, DEFCON now draws roughly 20,000 attendees each year. Notable speakers this year include Gary Kasparov, Elie Bursztein, and Matt Suiche. In addition to the main stage talks, DEFCON also features smaller venues within the conference center – known as ‘villages’ – dedicated to specific topics, such as hardware, networking, social engineering, and biohacking.

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September 22, 2017 11:49AM
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Marcus Thompson ’19 interned with the Naval History and Heritage Command for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past spring, I had the opportunity to intern at the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) which is an Echelon II command of the US Navy dedicated to supporting the Navy’s mission through public affairs, historical analysis, and direct mission support. While interning at NHHC, I was able to contribute to all aspects...

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September 19, 2017 11:06PM
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I recently enjoyed the privilege of attending the International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) with support from the Rockefeller Center, and I can barely comprehend how many resources and opportunities this experience has provided me. From conversing with scientists about their bleeding-edge research to listening to CEOs and politicians share their visions for the future, the sheer amount of knowledge available at this conference was simply unbelievable. Not only...

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September 19, 2017 11:09AM
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Original article by Bill Platt appeared in the Dartmouth News on September 15, 2017.

The Boston neighborhoods where Assistant Professor of Sociology Emily Walton is conducting ethnographic research are quite diverse if you look at the demographic data, but what she sees when she walks along the streets is a story of people...

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September 14, 2017 12:59PM
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Priya Sankar ’19 interned with the Brookings Institution for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the spring of 2017, I had the opportunity to intern at the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington DC that considers current policies, ideas, and concepts in many areas. At Brookings, I worked in the Economic Policy department, specifically in the Center for Regulation and Markets, where I did data compilation...

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September 11, 2017 3:10PM
17F Open House

Students who come to the Rockefeller Center find a home, mentors, and engaged peers.

The Rockefeller Center has a specially designed First-Year Fellows program for the Class of 2021 that begins by taking Public Policy 5 in the winter term of 2018. Public Policy 5 is the introductory course in the Public Policy minor, which allows students to customize their own interdisciplinary plan of study around an...

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August 23, 2017 6:23PM
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Katherine Royce ’19 interned with EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the spring of 2017, I completed a health and policy internship with EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), a nonprofit research organization which uses the principles of local conservation and scientific inquiry to protect global health from the emergence of disease. By researching the interfaces between human, wildlife, and environmental...

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August 20, 2017 11:03AM
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On Friday, August 4th, the Rockefeller Center hosted a one-day conference entitled “How to Make Your Passion Your Living with a Liberal Arts Degree.” The purpose of the conference was to help students learn how to translate their interests into careers that have meaning and impact.

Puja Devi ’19 values a liberal arts degree “because it encourages me to both delve into my interests as well as explore fields I might not favor as much.” Even though she is a government major,...

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August 16, 2017 4:23PM
Alexandrea Adams

Alexandrea Adams ’18 interned with New America, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C., for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This past spring I had the opportunity of interning with Dr. Blumenthal, the senior fellow of health policy, at New America in Washington D.C. Under her mentorship, I conducted research on various health laws and policies, wrote reports on my findings, attended many health related conferences, and met...

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August 11, 2017 10:26AM
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Lewis Feldstein, the Rockefeller Center 2016-2017 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, delivered the Perkins Bass 1934 Lecture on Tuesday, August 1 entitled “Viewing the World Through a Social Capital Lens: Who You Know Matters, Community Building Counts.”

The lecture reflected on the value of looking at front porches as crime-fighting tools, treating picnics as public health efforts, and seeing choral groups as occasions of democracy. Assessing the impact of social capital, Feldstein...

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