The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Faculty Workshops

International History Group Fosters Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Hosting regular meetings at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, the International History Group provides faculty from Dartmouth’s History, Government, and Economics departments the opportunity to share their interdisciplinary perspectives on global events. 

“It’s an opportunity for faculty, students, and post-docs to exchange ideas with some of the globe’s most interesting and distinguished international historians,” says one of the group’s conveners, William C. Wohlforth, Daniel Webster Professor of Government. “This is important not just because of the intrinsically fascinating nature of the research these visitors present, but because it helps build bridges between history and other international fields, including political science, public policy and economics.  Every policy problem has a historical dimension and most of the data we use to test conjectures are historical in nature.”

The group not only features distinguished Dartmouth faculty, but also invites leading scholars from other universities to share their knowledge of the political, economic, intellectual, and cultural histories of global issues.

2016 Dartmouth Experiments Conference

In July, political scientist, New York Times contributor, and Dartmouth Professor of Government Brendan Nyhan organized the 2016 Dartmouth Experiments Conference. This two-day event brought together researchers who use quantitative data to investigate phenomena surrounding elections, voter behavior, and public opinion. As an intensive quantitative research workshop, the conference featured presentations of new findings and study designs by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty who study American politics.

Scholars from various backgrounds took advantage of this opportunity to collaborate and discuss the latest findings in their field, pooling together their own expertise with quantitative data.

How health care information technology can save babies; Patient Safety and Acute Kidney Injury - Recent Topics of Health Policy Faculty Workshops

On January 19, 2012, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Amalia Miller, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Virginia.  Her talk was entitled, "Can Health Care Information Save Babies?".  Dr. Miller discussed the role health care information technology as it pertains to successful child-birth. 

According to Professor Ellen Meara, "Amalia Miller's talk on Health IT and neonatal outcomes spurred a lively and informative debate that helped us all think about the potential for IT to improve health outcomes, how privacy laws can have unintended health consequences, and methodological considerations that help us interpret neonatal outcomes we observe in communities around the country."

International Relations and Foreign Policy Faculty Workshop hosts security expert Dr. Erica Chenoweth

Dr. Erica Chenoweth

On February 3, 2012, Dr. Erica Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University and Director of Wesleyan’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research, was our guest at the International Relations/Foreign Policy Faculty Lunch, discussing her public talk entitled,  "Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future,” which took place later that afternoon.
The International Relations/Foreign Policy Faculty Workshop is joint enterprise with The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and the John Sloan Dickey Center, and provides a venue for faculty to receive feedback on their manuscripts and to debate new work in the field of security studies.  
It is convened by Christianne Hardy Wohlforth, Acting Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Government.

Environment and Development Faculty Workshop explores issues of land ownership and activism

Cesar Chavez Fellow Christopher Loperena

On February 2, 2012, the Environment and Development Faculty Workshop hosted Christopher Loperena, Cesar Chavez Fellow, Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth College.  In his presentation, "Nuestra Lucha: Garifuna Women’s Activism, Land, and the Politics of Survival in Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras," Loperena discussed the concepts of land ownership and political and social activism, of Garifuna’s women in Honduras.

O'Hara Discusses Problematic Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior from Adolescence to Adulthood at Winter SPRIG Faculty Workshop

Professor Ross O’Hara Discusses “Longitudinal Associations Between Problematic Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior from Adolescence to Adulthood" at SPRIG Faculty Workshop

On January 10, 2012, the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Ross O’Hara, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri. In his presentation, "Longitudinal Associations Between Problematic Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior from Adolescence to Adulthood," Dr. O’Hara discussed the effects of alcohol usage on an individual’s sexual behavior from adolescence into adulthood.

The Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) is supported by the Rockefeller Center and includes faculty from the Psychological and Brain Sciences, Sociology, Economics, the Tuck School of Business, the Dartmouth Medical School, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Government. these workshops are focused on empirical research devoted to understanding social behavior broadly defined.

Professor Michele Tine Dicusses Research on Working Memory Differences at SPRIG Faculty Workshop

On June 7, 2011, the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Michele Tine, an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Dartmouth College. In a presentation entitled "Uncovering Working Memory Differences in Rural and Urban Poverty", Professor Tine described an in-progress study of verbal and visual working memory among low-SES urban and rural children. The study shows that low-SES urban children seem to have larger overall working memory deficits, but low-SES rural children have particularly poor visual working memory. Professor Tine argued that it is important to determine the unique cognitive profiles of rural and urban children so that educational interventions can be effectively implemented and educational policies can be effectively designed based on local needs.

Professor Justin Ren Discusses a "Composite Measure of Quality" at Health Policy Faculty Workshop

On May 26, 2011, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Justin Ren, Associate Professor of Operations and Technology Management, Dean's Fellow, and Senior Fellow at the Health Policy Institute of the Boston University School of Management. In his presentation, "Composite Measure of Quality," Dr. Ren weighed the arguments for and against composite measures of quality, provided several methods for computing composite measures (some data-based, others model-based), and compared them with applications in the healthcare sector.
Health Policy Faculty Workshops are jointly sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Clapp or visit our website.

Professor Colin Polsky Presents "Studying Suburban Lawns and Yards in Urban Geography" at Environment and Development Faculty Workshop

Professor Jeff Larsen Presents "The Case for Mixed Emotions" at SPRIG Faculty Workshop

On May 17, 2011, the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Jeff Larsen, an Associate Professor and Director of the Experimental Psychology Division at Texas Tech University. He presented "The Case for Mixed Emotions" and fielded questions from faculty members.

The Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) is an interdisciplinary workshop devoted to research on social behavior. It is supported by the Rockefeller Center and includes faculty and graduate students from Psychological and Brain Sciences, Sociology, Economics, the Tuck School of Business, the Dartmouth Medical School, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Government. These workshops are focused on empirical research devoted to understanding social behavior broadly defined. The group has been convened by Jay Hull, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, since 2003 with the assistance of Jane DaSilva of the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences.

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