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Tom Herman Explores His Motivations and Inspirations for His Film Dateline-Saigon

In honor of Veterans Day, Dartmouth College celebrated the service of all U.S. military veterans through a week of special programming. Events included a November 7th screening of the film, Dateline-Saigon, followed by a discussion with producer and director Tom Herman and History Professor Edward Miller, Founding Director of the Dartmouth Vietnam Project.

Dateline-Saigon is the story of five young journalists who risked their lives to share the story no one else dared to explore during the early years of the Vietnam War. Herman spent twelve years researching, filming, and interviewing over 50 writers, photojournalists, radio and television correspondents, government officials, historians, and others for this project.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipients

The Rockefeller Center is proud to announce the Fall 2017 recipients of the Senior Honors Thesis Grants. The program provides grants of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences. 

Notes from the Field: Emily Schneider ’19

Emily Schneider ’19 grew up in Lyons, Colorado and graduated from Lyons High School as valedictorian. At Dartmouth, Emily is majoring in computational biology and minoring in Public Policy. She is a chair of Students Fighting Hunger, a volunteer organization that provides meals for low-income families in the Upper Valley, and is an active member of the Dartmouth Outing Club. Emily has conducted research at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy, where she co-authored a recently published paper. She has also worked for the Rockefeller Policy Research Shop for several terms, producing reports for the Vermont and New Hampshire state legislatures. After graduation, Emily hopes to get a master’s degree in health policy or public health, and later work in health policy research.

Emily was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Fall 2017 internship, with generous support from the Peter McSpadden ’52 Memorial Fund.

Notes from the Field: Randy Huang ’19

Randy Huang ’19 comes from Wisconsin and attended Arrowhead High School. In high school, he pursued his interest in public policy by serving as president of his school’s Junior Statesmen of America club and winning multiple regional speaking awards. He is currently pursuing a Government major and an International Studies minor at Dartmouth. Randy quickly embraced his interest in international relations by working as an editor at World Outlook, Dartmouth’s international affairs journal. He also pursued his interest in public service by working as an intern at a Hanover-based veterans’ support organization. Furthermore, he has served as a research assistant for the Government department and is currently a Presidential Scholar. He traveled to England in the Spring of 2017 as an exchange student to Keble College, Oxford. After graduation, Randy plans on attending graduate school and pursuing a career in the State Department’s civil service.

Randy Huang ’19 was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Fall 2017 internship, with generous support from the Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. ’52 Public Affairs Internship Fund.

Notes from the Field: Erica Ng '19

Erica Ng ’19 comes from Seattle, WA and graduated from University Prep. At Dartmouth, Erica plans to pursue a major in Anthropology modified Human Centered Design and a minor in Public Policy. She is a research assistant with the Presidential Scholars Program, Vice President of the Dartmouth Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, a Dartmouth Tour Guide, and a Student Program Assistant for the Rockefeller Peer Mentoring Program with the Rockefeller Center. She has been fortunate to study abroad with Dartmouth programs in South Africa, Argentina, and New Zealand. After graduation, Erica plans to pursue her interests in policy, global health, academia, and product design.

Erica Ng '19 was funded by the Class of 1964 to serve as a Legislative Intern for U.S. Senator Patty Murray. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Management Leadership Development Program Fall 2017 Excellence

Front row: Allyssa Austin ’19, Sydney Johnson ’20, Alexandra Fricke ’18, and Sunny Drescher ’20; Back row: Nayib Asis ’20, Hailey Nicholson ’19, Omkar Sreekanth ’20, Ryder Stone ’18, and Shawn Ohazuruike ’20; Missing from Photo: Roshni Dugar ’20 and Jenny Peterlin ’20.

Management Leadership Development Program provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their leadership experience and build the skills to be more effective leaders. Each session, participants from MLDP nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and/or how their nominees provide an excellent example of leadership in the program. At the end of the term, students must have perfect attendance and be nominated by their peers a number of times to pass MLDP with excellence. Below are the collaborated comments about those who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence in Fall 2017. Congratulations to you all!

Melissa Dunham '17 Attends the American Geophysical Union’s 2017 Fall Meeting

Attending the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2017 Fall Meeting as an undergraduate was a priceless, unique, and inspiring experience that I will take with me through my journey as a geoscientist. There were ample poster sessions, enlightning talks, technical presentations, and keynote lectures, including one entitled “How Geoscientists Can Change the World”.

With the over 20,000 scientists that attended AGU’s 2017 Fall Meeting, there were no limitations to learning and networking. Not only was I able to present my ongoing senior thesis research to geoscientists from all reaches of the globe, but I was also exposed to how the global scientific community interacts, communicates, shares, and expands knowledge first hand.

In addition, I was also able to network further with fellow undergraduate and graduate students as well as with professionals from organizations such as NASA, USGS, NOAA, and the US Naval Academy in an exhibition hall setting. As a result of attending AGU’s 2017 Fall Meeting, I truly feel a part of the greater scientific community and understand how my research can directly contribute to future scientific discoveries.

Vibhor Khanna​ '19 Attends Techcrunch Disrupt Berlin

At Techcrunch Disrupt Berlin, a conference that brings together revolutionary startups and entrepreneurs, I was able to learn from experts in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, cryptocurrencies, financial technology, and robotics. Such insight taught me more about their respective industries and how these innovative technologies will develop in the future, as well as new applications of these technologies. As an example, I was able to hear from Alexander Zosel, the founder of Volocopter, a prominent German startup creating the first electric air taxis, about his vision for the future of mobility. Hearing directly from the people who are driving change in the world is incredibly inspiring, but was also a reminder of the amount of hard work that goes behind making these startups successful.

Ursula Jongebloed '18 Presents Her Research at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

This December, I attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The AGU Fall meeting is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research as well as learn about the vast amount of research being performed at other institutions.

I presented the preliminary findings of my undergraduate thesis research in the form of a poster at the conference. My thesis explores how the elevation and location of where ice cores are collected affects the concentration of heavy metal pollution in the ice core samples. Ice cores can serve as an indicator for atmospheric processes, such as pollution, so the concentrations of metals in ice cores can reflect the relative amount of atmospheric metal pollution at a site.

Sam Gochman '18 Attends the First Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium

As a presenter at the first Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium, I had the privilege of joining a group of students who brought with them powerful ideas. At Dartmouth, there is a diversity of exploratory research that enriches both our community and the greater world. I was proud to bring some of that work to an event that hosted students who also represented their esteemed institutions.

The symposium welcomed 135 students from all of the Ivy League schools, showing that we are all together in the effort to learn about the world around us in so many different ways. Research topics ranged from cellular nanoengineering to new uses of CRISPR, x-ray spectromicroscopy to quantum superconducting circuits, social associations of dolphins to arthropod assemblages, sexual risk-taking to conscientiousness and mindfulness, and social change in Chile to education emancipation. It was important to be exposed to and learn from students in a variety disciplines. Some of the most powerful projects were those which I would have never seen as a STEM major.


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