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


Staff Profile: Meet Andrea Allbee

Andrea Allbee - Financial Manager

What was your most rewarding collegiate experience as an undergraduate or graduate?
My most rewarding undergraduate experience was conducting a national survey on police psychologists and presenting my findings at an undergraduate research conference.

Why did you choose to work at Dartmouth College, and/or what do you currently most enjoy about your position and/or field of interest?

I enjoy working in an academic environment where learning is going on all around me, while at the same time being able to utilize my skills as an accountant.  I particularly enjoy working at the Rockefeller Center because there are so many opportunities to experience and learn new things.

What is your most important message to pass on to students?

Never stop learning.  I think Franklin Pierce Adams said it best, “I find that a great part of the information I have, was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.”

Professor Thalia Wheatley's Research in the News

The Rockefeller Center supported the research of Dartmouth Professor Thalia Wheatley in 2009, and several recent articles mention Prof. Wheatley and her related work.  You can find quotes of her social neuroscience research in:

Health Policy Talk by Dr. Ashish Jha on "The Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records"

"The Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records: The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead"

On December 9, 2010, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Ashish Jha, a national expert on the use of electronic health records by physicians and hospitals in the U.S.  His talk on the policies promoting the use of electronic health records gave rise to a lively discussion among the diverse audience members who came from the medical school, TDI, DHMC, and Tuck, as well as faculty from various departments around the College.  It was a great opportunity for frank interdisciplinary discussion of a major policy initiative in health care.

Health Policy Faculty Workshops are jointly sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

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Former NBC News Foreign Correspondent, Robert Hager '60, Leads RLF Session on Leadership During Crises

Robert Hager '60, former foreign correspondent for NBC Nightly News, shared with Rockefeller Leadership Fellows his experiences covering a variety of crises both domestically and internationally in a session on Wednesday, December 1.  The session opened with a presentation by Eric Durell on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg before Hager took the floor. 

Tuck School's Dr. Kopalle Presents "Expectations and Culture: The Effect of Belief in Karma in India" at Faculty Workshop

Dr. Praveen Kopalle, Professor of Marketing at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, presented "Expectations and Culture: The Effect of Belief in Karma in India" at a Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) faculty workshop on Tuesday, December 7, 2010.

Here he examined whether belief in karma and, consequently, having a long-term orientation, counteracts the tendency to lower expectations in two studies that measure and prime respondents' belief in karma. Results show that the extent of belief in karma, operating largely through its impact on long-run orientation, does moderate (decrease) the effect of disconfirmation sensitivity on expectations. These findings suggest that it is important to tailor advertising messages by matching them with customer expectations and their cultural determinants.

Prof. Donna Coch Presents Research on "The Rhyming Brain in Beginning Readers"

Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Dartmouth College, Donna Coch, presented her research "The Rhyming Brain in Beginning Readers" at a presentation to faculty on Monday, December 6, 2010.  Her research was funded by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.  Professor Coch's research lab studies how reading-related skills develop in young children and how the reading brain works in both children and adults.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center supports a competitive research grant program open to Dartmouth College faculty for research and academic conferences on issues in public policy and all topics in the social sciences. The Rockefeller Center Director, the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, and the other members of the Rockefeller Center's Faculty Council review applications and select the most promising prospects for funding.

Nonprofit Consultant Marty Jacobs '82 Leads MLDP Session on Strategic Planning

On November 16th, MLDP welcomed Marty Jacobs '82 as she lead her session titled "Turning Dreams Into Reality: The Power of Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking." Marty Jacobs, president of Systems In Sync, has been teaching and consulting for almost twenty years, applying a systems thinking approach to organizations.

Ms. Jacobs began the session by breaking the participants into small groups and presenting them with a challenge. Not long into the challenge, she changed the variables in order to reflect real-life planning processes. Following the exercise, Ms. Jacobs mapped out the steps in the strategic planning process from assessing current realities to developing an implementation and evaluation plan. Towards the end of the session, the participants rejoined their small groups and drew from their own experiences to form case studies. This provided a great opportunity to immediately apply strategic planning and systems thinking to real challenges. The participants thanked Ms. Jacobs and left the session with a more holistic approach to problem solving.
-- Julius Bedford '12

RLF Explores the Strength of Weak Ties with Prof. John Campbell

A student directed presentation, led by Fabeah Adu-Oppong, kicked off the evening on Thursday, November 11th by educating Rockefeller Leadership Fellows about noted education reform leader Marian Wright Edelman.  The session then switched focus to a conversation via Skype with two young Dartmouth alums - Ariel Stern '05 and Oyebola Olabisi '06 - on graduate school options after Dartmouth and how to pick a program that matches ones interests and career objectives.  Then Professor of Sociology John Campbell took the floor for a presentation entitled: Careers and Networking: The Strength of Weak Ties. 

Dartmouth Alums Use Parthenon Group Experience to Lead MLDP Session on Excel

Excel is one of several optional sessions offered through the Rockefeller Center Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) each fall, winter and spring term.

On November 6, 2010 members of MLDP and various other Rockefeller student programs came together to learn how to use Excel effectively. The session was lead by two Dartmouth alums, Natalya Shulga a Dartmouth '07 and Tom DeFalco a Dartmouth '09, both of which currently work at the Parthenon Group Consulting Firm in Boston.

The session began with an introduction to basic skills of excel to ensure all participants had a basic knowledge of how to use the office application. Once they had addressed the basics, Shulga and DeFalco began to help students go further expand their knowledge of Excel by addressing skills and tips. To ensure students understood the material, they had students complete exercises linked to each lesson.

UNH School of Law Professor Leads MLDP Session on Negotiation

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) welcomed Professor John Garvey in a session titled Negotiation: You CAN Get There from Here on November 9, 2010. Professor Garvey is the Director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at the UNH School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire.
MLDP participants discussed the different stages in planning for and executing a negotiation as the discussion moved from problem identification to decision-making and actual negotiation. Throughout the session, Professor Garvey illustrated different negotiation strategies with clips from popular movies such as "The Untouchables" and "Reservoir Dogs".


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