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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."

Panel on Saturday 2/25: "Public Lawyering: Which Paths Can I Take?" with Dinner

The Dartmouth Law Journal is a student-run organization, and they will be hosting their main event of the winter term this weekend.  This is the information about that program, as submitted by the Dartmouth Law Journal.  A great opportunity to learn about different ways you can translate a law degree into a career.

Public Lawyering: Which Paths Can I Take?
over a Yama's Dinner
Saturday, February 25th from 6-7pm
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Come hear about six different career paths in public law over a Yama's Dinner.
There will be opportunities to ask questions and speak directly with the panelists afterwards!

Moderator: Sonu Bedi
Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College 

1. Laurie Beyranevand
Topic: Vermont Legal Aid
Associate Professor of Law
2. Alex Banks
Topic: Domestic and Youth-related Issues
Staff Attorney and Assistant Professor of Law, South Royalton Legal Clinic

3. Robert B. Donin
Topic: Higher Education (student affairs, affirmative action, and intellectual property)
Dartmouth General Counsel

“What Is Wrong (and Right) with Congress? A Critique by Two Former Congresswomen" on Monday, Febrary 27th at 4:30 PM

With current approval ratings at 12% and partisan deadlock preventing the U.S. Government from addressing such pressing issues as budget deficits and the national debt, many Americans have become disillusioned with the members of Congress they elected and the bureaucratic institution that seems too divided to serve the country. Former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly will speak about their time in Congress, and the current state of the institution.

The Congress to Campus Program was founded as an opportunity for two former members of Congress, one Republican and one Democrat, to visit colleges and interact with students, drawing from their experiences to impart wisdom and insight on the future leaders of tomorrow. As part of the visit, the former members of Congress also participate in a public forum, open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth is proud to welcome former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly.

RLF in Review: January 2012 Sessions with Dartmouth Senior VP Carolyn Pelzel, Prof. Ron Shaiko, and Student Presentations

The second session of the winter 2012 term began with a presentation on the philanthropic work of Jane Goodhall, presented by Fellow Annie Saunders. The theme theme of philanthropy continued throughout the night! Session speaker, Carolyn Pelzel, Senior Vice President for Advancement here at Dartmouth, delighted fellows with a presentation on effecting change, the power of philanthropy, and how philanthropy embodies effective leadership. Pelzel centered her presentation on challenging Fellow’s assumptions about philanthropy through an interactive quiz and thoughtful discussion. Pelzel argued that when you engage in philanthropy you are learning the importance of adhering to a clear mission, employing teamwork, leveraging human capital, evaluating results, and dealing with ethical dilemmas – all important leadership qualities! -- Anna-Kay Thomas '12

The next Thursday evening session centered on student directed sessions given by current fellows to their peers.  During these presentations, fellows share thoughts on someone that they consider a leader.  During the January 19th RLF, the following students gave the following presentations:

RLF in Review: Project Management

This past week, Dartmouth alum, Karen Liot Hill '01 taught the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows about project management, which is the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to accomplish a predetermined objective. Karen first discussed project management theory and then had fellows apply the theoretical structure she provided them using GANTT charts as a way to plan their own unique projects. Hill also discussed the conceptual frameworks of project management, including “traditional” (5-step model: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and completion) and “critical path” (determining dependencies between tasks in order to identify longest/shortest possible routes to project completion).
 - Anna-Kay Thomas '12
To learn more about the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, click here.

PRS Students Testify to Vermont House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

PRS students Li-Ning Yang '15, Chinedu Udeh '12, and Andrew Clay '12, with Natural Resources and Energy Committee Chairman, Tony Klein in the Vermont House Chamber, Montpelier, VT.

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, three Dartmouth students, Li-Ning Yang '15, Chinedu Udeh '12, and Andrew Clay '12, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the Vermont House of Representatives in Montpelier to testify before the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy at the request of Chairman Tony Klein.
The PRS team testified on policy options for establishing an Office of Ombudsman in the State of Vermont.  The students presented case studies of statewide Ombudsman offices currently found in five states and implementation options available for Vermont to consider.  Following a twenty-minute presentation, the students responded to questions and comments from members of the committee. The team also enjoyed a visit to the House and Senate chambers in the state capitol building with Chairman Klein.

"Healthcare Litigation: US States v. US Government" with VA Solicitor General on Feb. 15 at 4:30 PM

America’s health care future lies in the balance, and Virginia’s Solicitor General E. Duncan Getchell, Jr., is one of the key figures in the legislative battle surrounding “Obamacare.” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the subject of numerous lawsuits; Getchell was instrumental in the Commonwealth of VA v. Sebelius case, where the State of Virginia claimed the new health care bill infringed on states’ rights.

Getchell will speak of the current litigation between the 28 states, including Virginia, and the U.S. Government, specifically:


  • The arguments against the constitutionality of the health care mandate are doctrinally modest.
  • The arguments in favor of Congress's power to require a citizen to purchase a good or service from another citizen lack principled limits and are therefore doctrinally extravagant.
  • The novelty of the claimed power gives rise to a presumption against Congress having the power.


Dine with Diplomats, Public Servants, and Pundits at the Rockefeller Center

Did you know...

When we bring speakers to campus for our student programs and public lectures, the Rockefeller Center tries to incorporate many different opportunities for students and speakers to engage in meaningful conversations. 

Very often, these opportunities include meals or coffee hour chats with our featured guests.  Students can sign up to attend these opportunities via our Eventbrite page.  We may also send specific invitations to a class or student group that has been identified by faculty and staff. 

To make sure you don't miss out on any of these great chances to have informal conversations with high-profile speakers, be sure to subscribe to our Student Opportunities email list.

Policy Research Shop Team Underway with Projects this Winter

Members of the Rockefeller Center Public Policy Research Shop (PRS) turned out in high numbers for the group's first meeting of the Winter Term on January 5, 2012.  Student researchers met with PRS Director, Professor Ron Shaiko, and PRS Managers, Professors Margaret Post and Benjamin Cole, to discuss the progress that had been made on uncompleted projects in Public Policy 45 and a number of new projects.  The PRS team is excited to get underway.

Back Row (Left to Right): Brian Bosche, Clinton Grable, Michael Altamirano, Stephen Cheung, Elizabeth Ballantyne, Joesph Singh, Andrew Clay, David Lumbert, Professor Ron Shaiko, Professor Ben Cole, Travis Blalock

Second Row (Left to Right): Manav Raj, Li-Ning Yang, Danielle Unterschutz, Tina Meng, Paul Dellorusso, Eric Yang, Emily Clegg, Michael Berger, Yi Yang, Professor Margaret Post, Austin Major

Front Row (Left to Right): Amrita Sankar, Ayushi Narayan, Amy Couture, Nina Brekelmans

MLDP Recap: Problem Solving and Negotiation

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information, about MLDP, click here.


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