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Arvind Suresh '19 on Why Planetary Health Matters

Rockefeller Center Mini-Grant recipient, Arvind Suresh '19 was part of the planning committee for the 7th Annual Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) conference, which aims to look at the intersection of human rights with health issues each year. This year's theme was Planetary Health. The following is a recap of Arvind's experience at the conference.

In an era where humans are becoming increasingly interconnected to the environment, we must think more broadly about the implications of changes in the environment and how they impact our health and quality of life. This interdependence between humans, animals, and the environment has spurned a new field called Planetary Health, which was first defined by the Lancet in 2015 as “the achievement of the highest attainable standard of health, wellbeing, and equity worldwide through judicious attention to the human systems… that shape the future of humanity and the Earth’s natural systems.”

Danny Li '19 Attends the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point

Mini-Grant recipient, Danny Li '19 shares his experience attending the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) hosted by the United States Miliary Academy at West point.

From October 24-27, 2018, I represented Dartmouth at the 70th Annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) hosted by the United States Military Academy at West Point. The conference was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to engage with high-level policymakers, expand my breadth and depth of knowledge on U.S. foreign policy, and form relationships with exceptional student-leaders.

Sydney Kamen '19 Attends the 4th African Conference on Emergency Medicine

Mini-Grant recipient, Sydney Kamen '19, shares her experience attending the 4th African Conference on Emergency Medicine (AfCEM) in Kigali, Rwanda.

From November 7-9, 2018, I had the unique opportunity of attending the 4th African Conference on Emergency Medicine (AfCEM) in Kigali, Rwanda. This three-day conference convened leaders from across the African continent and globe to discuss, share, and collaborate on the theme: "Breaking Barriers in Emergency Medicine Education."

Attending AfCEM 2018 afforded me the opportunity to expand my sphere of knowledge, open my mind to new ideas and interventions, confronting cultural misconceptions in emergency medicine, and fill gaps in my baseline knowledge that are context-specific to the African continent and its diverse set of systems, expertise and geographic challenges, and build relationships with future mentors and colleagues.

Emmanuel Berrelleza '21 attends Adelante Conference 2018

Mini-Grant recipient, Emmanuel Berrelleza '21, shares his experience attending Adelante Conference 2018, a Latino professional conference hosted by the Latino Student Organization at Harvard Business School.

I had the privilege of attending the 2018 Adelante Conference hosted by the Latino Student Organization at Harvard Business School. The conference was jam packed with Harvard Business School Latino alumni speakers, panelists, and workshops. While I was able to gain valuable insight on Harvard Business School’s admissions requirements, I most enjoyed the opportunities I had to interact with many of the other conference attendees as well as the invited speakers. The Latino Student Organization hosted this event partially in response to the need of more minority representation at institutions of higher education. It was refreshing to see so many people from a similar cultural background as mine invested in the success of one another. I left the conference with a renewed sense of empowerment and higher purpose for the things I am involved with at Dartmouth.

Hamza Alsarhan T'18 attends the Emerging Markets Conference

Mini-Grant recipient, Hamza Alsarhan T'18, shares his experience attending the Tuck Emerging Markets Conference during winter term.

The inaugural Emerging Markets Conference brought the Dartmouth community together to explore how private and public sector leaders are driving innovation and growth in the developing world and beyond. This event – Leapfrogging the Developed World: Lessons from Emerging Markets – highlighted the successes of multinational and local organizations addressing both local and global challenges in emerging markets. 

I have always been intrigued by business in the emerging markets. Though it constitutes a large portion of the global growth, business in the emerging markets has not been discussed enough. Participating in the Tuck Emerging Markets Conference in the winter term provided me with several valuable insights. For example, I learned that, according to the International Monetary Fund, about 60% of global growth comes from emerging markets. I also learned that close to half of the world’s population will be living in emerging market cities by the end of the next decade.

Grace Thompson '19 attends the International Systems Dynamics Conference

Mini-Grant recipient, Grace Thompson ’19, shares her experience attending the International Systems Dynamics Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland during the summer term.

The International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) invites system dynamists of all levels from all corners of the world to share their work and learn from other contributors to the field. Practitioners hail from a breadth of occupations including teaching, consulting, research and policy making. The conference runs over the course of a week and is composed of sessions intended to demonstrate how system dynamics can unveil key insights in all fields.

At the conference, I attended multiple sessions where a speaker would deliberate the application system dynamics to society. Jorgen Randers delivered a particularly insightful presentation on the subsequent lessons learned from system dynamics failures. Each lesson captured the notion that solutions are not always embraced, no matter how clear their benefits may be. This is a big reason why problem-solving strategies, such as system dynamics, can help to find other alternative solutions to problems.

Julia Huebner '20 attends the International Systems Dynamics Conference

Mini-Grant recipient, Julia Huebner ’20, shares her experience attending the International Systems Dynamics Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland during the summer term.

This August, I attended the International Systems Dynamics Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, as one of a group of six female Dartmouth College presenters. The ISDC provides a formal space to discuss the current landscape of the system dynamics field and opportunities for experts to apply the System Dynamics method to the greatest social challenges facing our society. The method of System Dynamics thinking includes the consideration of a condition’s quantitative change over time, positive and negative feedback loops, and accumulated stocks.

Jesus Franco​ '20 attends the Critical Ethnic Studies Conference

Mini-Grant recipient, Jesus Franco​ '20, shares his experience attending the Critical Ethnic Studies Conference at the University of British Columbia during the summer term. 

Attending the Critical Ethnic Studies Conference at the University of British Columbia was life-changing. This year’s conference theme was “Critical Insurrections: Decolonizing Difficulties, Activist Imaginaries, and Collective Possibilities.” My academic interests revolve around Latin American studies, geography, Latinx studies, Chicanx studies, and queer studies. The conference sessions pushed me deeper into the field and introduced me to academics who are producing groundbreaking research within interdisciplinary research.

Lessons in Leadership and “Ideas Worth Spreading”

TEDxDartmouth organized its first annual independently organized TED event. Arvind Suresh ‘19​ shares his organizing the conference. 

Growing up, watching TED talks inspired me and gave me the courage and bravery to think big, break the rules, and broaden my knowledge. When I first learned about the TEDx university program, I therefore felt strongly about organizing a TEDx event at Dartmouth as a way of bringing the liberal arts curriculum to life. Planning this event allowed me to delve deeper into subject areas I would not have previously considered ranging from how we define greatness in education to fashion design inspired by marine life to how networking has changed in the digital age. The success of any TEDx event is derived from the interplay of ideas as they bounce between the speakers and the audience, with everyone feeling like they have learned something new by the end of the day. It is this passion for sharing knowledge and “food for thought” that made organizing this event a fulfilling experience for all members of our organizing team.

Arthur Benjamin Adapon​ '19 Presents His Research

Arthur Benjamin Adapon​ '19 shares his experience attending the American Association of Geographers Conference. 

This was my first time attending a conference in the discipline that I eventually I want to study through graduate school. The American Association of Geographers is the largest conference for geography in the world - so it was overwhelming at first for me to see and listen to so many people that spoke the lexicon that I learned in the Geography Department here at Dartmouth. It was exciting and intimidating: Eventually intending to pursue a PhD, I told myself that this was my way of exposing myself to key people in the discipline as well as exploring beyond the confines of my current research areas.

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