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Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Harish Tekriwal

As a First-Year Fellow, Harish Tekriwal ’21 interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the mentorship of Nancy Bowler ’82. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which regulates the transmission and wholesale of electricity, natural gas, and portions of the oil market. The Office of Enforcement (OE) is tasked with enforcing the regulations that FERC sets for market participants. Within the OE, I worked in the Division of Analytics and Surveillance (DAS), which uses data analytics to identify market manipulators.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Eileen Brady

As a First-Year Fellow, Eileen Brady ’21 interned at the American Wind Energy Association under the mentorship of Tom Kiernan ’81. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I worked for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry. AWEA represents the interests of roughly 1,000 member organizations including wind power project developers, parts manufacturers, utilities, and researchers. The association promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers through education and advocacy on the local, state, and federal levels. This includes public outreach, grassroots and grass tops organization, and lobbying efforts.

Notes From the Field: Catherine Rocchi '19

Catherine Rocchi '19 interned at the Crag Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm based in Portland, Oregon, during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Crag lawyers provide clients—usually other nonprofits—with free or low-cost legal services in line with the organization’s mission to protect and sustain the Pacific Northwest’s natural legacy. In addition, Crag may supplement these legal services with assistance on campaign strategies, communications, community organizing and media relations.

Policy Matters with Professor Francis Magilligan

Our Policy Matters series highlights faculty, students, and staff who are studying the issues that shape and are shaped by public policy.

When Francis Magilligan took his first water policy course, his professor told the class that “when it comes to water and water management, nobody ever said it had to make sense.” This statement stuck with Magilligan, as he eventually pursued a master’s degree in Water Resources Management along with another master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Geography.

Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy

In the early hours of March 28, 1979, a valve problem in Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pa., launched a chain of events that led to a partial meltdown—the worst nuclear accident in American history. Two weeks later, amid widespread anxiety, President Jimmy Carter empaneled a special commission to investigate the accident. He asked then-Dartmouth President John Kemeny to lead it.

A March 28 symposium at Dartmouth marks the 35th anniversary of the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

On Friday, March 28, Thayer School of Engineering, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance will hold a one-day event, “Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy.”

Joseph Helble, dean of Thayer, says the symposium will bring together experts from government, industry, and academia, some of whom were involved in the Kemeny commission, to review and discuss the past, present, and future of nuclear energy nationally and internationally.

How to Become Climate Problem Solvers and Leaders - Free, Open Event on 7/18/13 at 12:30 PM

Have you ever wondered how to influence change and become a leader in climate science? Find out more at a free, public event co-sponsored by the Climate Institute and the Rockefeller Center!FREE Light LUNCH will be available. When: Thursday July 18,2013 - 12.30 – 2 pmWhere: Rockefeller Center, Morrison Commons, Dartmouth College.

RSVP REQUESTED FOR FOOD ORDERINGThe Climate Institute and its Dartmouth Interns are here on campus to present ways in which you can become active in climate problem solving and become leaders in the field. The Climate Institute is the world’s first NGO based solely on addressing climate change. Formed in 1986, its primary aim is to empower students through research and the communication of climate awareness. We are now looking to spread the word of how to become involved in the dynamic world of climate science. 

Ursula Rick TH'03 Presents: "An Engineer Goes to Capitol Hill" on May 24 at 3:30 PM

An Engineer Goes to Capitol Hill:  The role of science and engineering in policy and politicsJones Seminar Friday, May 24
3:30 pm

Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall 
Ursula Rick TH’03
Regulatory Affairs Analyst
Western Energy Alliance

PRS Students Present Findings at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

William de Chatellus ‘16, Peter Kim ‘13, Michael Sanchez ‘13, and Michael Altamirano ‘13 testify before the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in Concord, NH, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.      

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, four PRS students, Michael Sanchez '13, Michael Altamirano '13, Peter Kim '13, and William de Chatellus '16 from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, made a presentation in Concord, NH to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), including Commissioner Thomas Burack, Dartmouth Class of 1982, Craig Wright, Director of the Air Resources Division, and Michele Roberge, Administrator, Permitting and Environmental Health Bureau. 

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.

Dan Reicher '78 To Lead New Energy Policy Center

Former Rockefeller Center Board Member, Dan Reicher '78, is moving on from his position as director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google to become the Executive Director at a new interdisciplinary center for energy policy and finance at Stanford.  Read more about it in the recent New York Times article, "Beyond Google: An Energy Policy Center."

Mr. Reicher was featured on the 2008 Rockefeller Center Environmental Issues Panel that was part of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Centennial Lecture Series.

Dan Reicher (far right), on a 2008 Rockefeller Center panel
“The Improbable Tree Hugger: Nelson Rockefeller's Continuing Environmental Legacy”
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