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


Faculty Research Grants in Action: Brendan Nyhan

Supported by Rockefeller Center funding, Professor Brendan Nyhan has conducted detailed research within the Government Department focused on two subject areas: political scandal and public misinformation.

Nyhan began his first project in 2010 and, since then, has examined how political processes are affected by influences such as scandal, corruption, external circumstances, and news released by the media of the time. The Rockefeller Center’s support enabled Nyhan to hire undergraduate research assistants to collect, process, and code data surrounding public corruption. These students gathered data from a public electronic record system for the federal courts. By identifying defendants charged with public corruption, matching these characters to cases, and examining news coverage to determine whether these defendants were public officials or known partisans, these students collected data that was later used to investigate the possibility of disproportionate treatment of defendants.

Leadership From Within: Part I

January 18th, 2016 marked the beginning of D-LAB, Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors, a six-week long program co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Center and the Collis Center for Student Involvement. David Pack and Robin Frye started the meeting by explaining how this program enables participants to reflect on individual values to increase self awareness. Another goal of the program is to identify one’s strengths and weaknesses and learn how they arise in a group setting. Student facilitator Austin Boral continued the discussion of D-LAB’s goals by introducing the concept of “breadth versus depth” and how it relates to leadership.  He noted how in high school most students possess a multitude of skills, but stated the importance in transitioning to possessing a few skills in areas one is most passionate about.  Over the course of the program, the first year student participants will have the opportunity to converse with their peers and upperclassmen about their experiences at Dartmouth, and discover the values most important to them.

Global Perspectives on HIV/AIDS

For the past several decades, HIV/AIDS has occupied a prominent space in our dialogues about public health. However, certain misconceptions have plagued these dialogues since the initial discovery of the disease, and continue to persist to these days. These misconceptions, including those regarding gender and sexuality, have significantly impacted public health policies attempting to respond to HIV/AIDS.

On January 19, 2016 the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, along with the Hopkins Center Outreach and OPAL – Sexuality, Women and Gender Advising, welcomed Dada Masilo, a South African dancer and choreographer, and Dartmouth professors Lisa Adams, Abigail Neely, and Denise Anthony, to discuss the ways that gender and sexuality impact HIV/AIDS policy and healthcare delivery as part of Dartmouth’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant Jinmyoung Lee ‘16

If you have read an article on the Rockefeller Center’s website, you have likely seen the work of Jinmyoung (Jin) Lee ’16, Student Program Assistant for Communications and Student Outreach.  In this position, Jin assists in reviewing, editing, and posting the multiple articles submitted for publication to the website each week. “I depend heavily upon the work students like Jin perform for the Center,” says Elizabeth Celtrick, Assistant Director, and Jin’s immediate supervisor. “Her work goes far in helping us ‘show and tell’ the story of the Rockefeller Center.”

Town Hall Meeting with Gov. John Kasich

Governor Kasich was the fourth speaker in the series, America’s Economic Future, featuring presidential primary candidates. He spoke on Monday, January 18, 2016, from 3:30pm-4:30pm, in the Georgiopoulos Classroom, Raether Hall to a crowd of about 200. The event, co-sponsored by the Tuck School of Business and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, was Kasich's second visit to Dartmouth since he joined the Republican primary contest.

The governor jumped into the town hall exchange after brief opening remarks by Matthew Slaughter and Andrew Samwick. He took questions and conversed with students and members of the community well after the host, former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, called time. Lynch, a senior fellow at Tuck’s Center for Global Business and Government, has been instrumental in organizing the series, which has also hosted Republican presidential hopefuls Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former New York Gov. George Pataki, as well as Democrat presidential candidate former Senator Hillary Clinton.

Words & Their Consequences: Civil Discourse in 21st Century, Leah Daughtry '84

On Friday, January 15, 2016 Rev. Leah Daughtry '84, CEO of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, Principal of On These Things, and Pastor of The House of the Lord Church presented "Words & Their Consequences: Civil Discourse in 21st Century." The talk, which took place in Room 003 from 4:00-5:30 pm, focused on how to engage in an elegant civil discourse on issues of significance at a local and global level and how people should think about the impact of their words, their behaviors, and their actions. The program was part of the Dartmouth College Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016

The United States have federally observed the third Monday of January as Martin Luther King Jr. day since 1986, and all 50 states have observed it since 2000.  Then president Ronald Reagan first signed the holiday into law in 1983, although it wasn’t observed until 3 years later.   The holiday falls near or on King’s January 15th birthday and serves to honor his devoted activism with the Civil Rights Movement until his 1968 assassination. 

Recognizing Tori Nevel ’16, Internship Program Student Assistant

Tori Nevel ’16 is a Government major and French minor, who started working at the Rockefeller Center this past fall term as the Student Program Assistant for the Rockefeller Internship Program. Tori’s work at the Center includes writing and editing blog posts related to internship opportunities, organizing the historical data of students who have receive internship funding from the Rockefeller Center, and answering questions from current students seeking funding.

“Tori has been an incredible addition to the Rockefeller Student Staff. Having performed multiple internships herself, she has contributed significantly to the Rockefeller Internships blog with helpful tips and internship opportunities. In the upcoming months, we are looking forward to having her advise students seeking public policy internships,” says Sam Williamson, Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs at the Center.

Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, lead a town hall discussion at Dartmouth in an event hosted by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences and the Tuck School of Business.

Before Sander's appearance, Madeline Cooper '16 and Jordyn Turner '16, gave a short speech that urged students to be politically active.

The discussion officially began at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. but the line to get in started forming well before that time. It was estimated that over 1900 people showed up to hear the Senator from Vermont talk about his vision for tuition-free higher education, as well as his plans to address climate change and take on a corrupt political system holding in place a rigged economy.

The views and opinions expressed and any materials presented during a public program are the speaker’s own and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center or constitute an endorsement by the Center.

Using Your Strengths for Effective Professional Communication

On January 12, 2016, Jennifer Sargent, Visiting Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, facilitated a Management and Leadership Development Program session on the importance of understanding personality types and how to effectively communicate with other personality types.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test, which each participant took before the session, indicates individual thought preferences, and Professor Sargent explained to students how to use that information to their communication advantage.

She also demystified the notion that there is some ideal leader personality type. There are traits that have nothing to do with your personality preferences, such as active listening, balancing ideas, and recognizing the importance of every idea in a group, which enables strong leadership and management.


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