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Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Goes International

Three veteran Policy Research Shop students—Morgan Sandhu ’17, Apoorva Dixit ’17, and Meghana Mishra ’17, along with Kristen Delwiche, a second year medical student at Geisel School of Medicine, participated in a five-month project that tested their policy research skills, project management skills, and teamwork skills in an international setting—Pristina, Kosovo.

In a joint effort between the Rockefeller Center and the Dickey Center for International Understanding, funded through the inaugural round of support provided by the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), the four students were engaged in an advanced policy research seminar offered through the Rockefeller Center’s Public Policy Minor during the spring term.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 2, 2016

PRS students testify before the New Hampshire Arts and Culture Commission

Rockefeller Center Releases 2016 New Hampshire State of the State Poll

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences recently released the 2016 New Hampshire State of the State Poll, its ninth annual survey of New Hampshire's registered voters. The report assessed opinions on policy issues, elected officials, and the state of the economy in New Hampshire and in the United States.

“The poll results for both the presidential race and the contest for the U.S. Senate seat clearly identify New Hampshire as a battleground state in the 2016 election cycle,” says Professor Ronald Shaiko, senior fellow and associate director of curricular and research programs at the Rockefeller Center. “We can expect a great deal of attention to be paid to the state in terms of national media coverage as well as a significant influx of outside money into the state on behalf of and in opposition to candidates in both races."

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 12, 2016

Two PRS Teams Testify in Concord

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, two teams of students from the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord, NH to testify before two committees in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.  In the morning session, PRS students Leehi Yona ‘16 and Patrick Saylor ’16 testified before the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee, chaired by Rep. Robert Introne.  Yona and Saylor presented the findings derived from their PRS Brief, “Modernizing New Hampshire’s Electrical Grid,” co-authored with Jordan Einhorn ‘17 and Dennise Hernandez ’17.  They presented their findings to the full committee and responded to questions from committee members following their presentation. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 8, 2016

PRS Students Testify Before the VT House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources on the Value of Lake Champlain

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Policy Research Shop students Julie Decerega ’18, Oscar Guerra ’18, and David Tramonte ’18 testified before the Vermont House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, chaired by Rep. David Deen.  The students’ policy brief, “The Value of Lake Champlain: An Economic and Environmental Analysis,” (PRS Brief 1516-01), assessed the value of Lake Champlain by analyzing water quality, property values, tourism, and other measures. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: February 18, 2016

PRS Students Testify on the Possible Creation of a Habitual Drug Dealer Registry in the NH House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Ray Lu ’18, Jay Raju ’18, and Rachel Scholz-Bright ’18, students from The Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, traveled to Concord to present their research findings to the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, chaired by Rep. John Tholl.  The students presented their policy brief, “Establishing a Drug Dealer Registry in New Hampshire,” while testifying on HB1603, sponsored by Rep. James Belanger.  The bill would establish a habitual drug dealer registry in New Hampshire.  The students presented to the committee and responded to questions from the committee members. 

Rockefeller Center Alumni Reception in NYC

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Maya and Robert Tichio ’99, together with Andrew Samwick, Ronald Shaiko, and Sadhana Hall hosted a reception in New York City for alumni who at some point in their Dartmouth lives called Rocky “home.” The event was principally in celebration of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center’s growth over the past decade. In particular, the evening commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the newly endowed Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop.

PRS Students Testify on Research Findings to the Strafford, Vermont Selectboard

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop (PRS) students Tyler Stoff '15, Mariel Wallace '16, and David Garcia '16 traveled to the historic Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vermont to meet with members of the Strafford Selectboard. The PRS students provided the members of the Selectboard, chaired by John Freitag, with an analysis of the salaries of town employees for 49 Vermont towns with populations from 892 to 1,264.
 

PRS Students Testify on Potential Trust Fund Strategies

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, three students from the Policy Research Shop (PRS) traveled to Montpelier, VT to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources, chaired by Rep. David Deen. The students—Ana Marija Pongrac '15, Tyler Stoff '15, and Katelyn Schultz '16—presented their policy brief, "Vermont Environmental Trust Fund Establishment: An Analysis of Potential Strategies" and fielded questions from committee members.

PRS Students Testify on Minimum Wage Bill

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, four Dartmouth undergraduates from the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop (PRS) traveled to Concord, NH to testify before the New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee on SB 261, a bill to raise the minimum wage in New Hampshire above the federal minimum wage standard of $7.25 per hour. The PRS students—Andrew Carothers '17, Sam Libby '17, Joby Bernstein '17, and Gabriel Lopez Low '15—provided an overview of the background and demographics relating to the minimum wage in New Hampshire, an excellent assessment of the extant economic literature on the employment effects of raising the minimum wage, including meta-analyses of economic research on the minimum wage, their own analysis of contiguous county employment data for New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, as well as a stakeholder analysis and assessment of public opinion data in New Hampshire and nationwide on raising the minimum wage.

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