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Class of '64 Policy Research Shop Students Testify in Spring 2020

Two groups of Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students recently testified before committees in New Hampshire and Vermont remotely over Zoom.

The first Zoom testimony occurred on May 22 when PRS students Sam Selleck, Katie Smith, and Jacob Zarkower presented their findings in “Juvenile Justice System Spending in New Hampshire and across the United States,” PRS Policy Brief 1920-09, to the NH Juvenile Justice Working Group and the NH Office of the Child Advocate.

Their team began work on this project in the fall as they met as a group weekly to discuss their work. This spring they moved to working remotely. Jacob Zarkower said, “At our weekly zoom meetings, the four of us discussed flaws to be targeted the following week, in addition to checking in on each other. This was truly a team effort, and I am excited to see the impact our work can have on the youth and families of New Hampshire.” After the committee meeting, which was attended by over 30 people, Sam Selleck shared, “It was definitely rewarding to have the chance to present our research today to the people at the forefront of juvenile justice reform in New Hampshire.”

Rocky hosts field hearing for NH Service Year Workforce Commission

On Monday evening, March 2, 2020, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College hosted the first field hearing of the New Hampshire Service Year Workforce Commission, chaired by New Hampshire Rep.

Policy Research Shop Testifies in Concord

On Monday, March 2, 2020, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students Andrew Culver '22, Paul Hager 22', and Tyler Work '20 traveled to Concord to testify before the New Hampshire House Committee on Science, Technology, and Energy, chaired by Rep. Robert Backus.  The students have spent the past several months researching the implementation of California regulatory standards for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and hybrid vehicles in several states to provide evidence to the committee on the possible impacts of H.R. 1444, a bill to adopt the California Clean Cars Program in New Hampshire. Andrew, Paul, and Tyler, spent more than an hour presenting their findings to the members of the committee and responding to a wide variety of questions from virtually all of the committee members.  Their policy brief, “Considerations for the Implementation of the California Clean Cars Program in New Hampshire,” PRS Policy Brief 1920-03, was circulated to the committee prior to their testimony.  The team also provided printed copies of their Powerpoint slides to committee members.  Chairman Backus thanked the team members for their hard work and for their excellent presentation.  As H.R.

Policy Research Shop Takes On the ‘Really Tough Questions’

When students from the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop (PRS) testified before the New Hampshire House Children and Family Law Committee in Concord last month, they brought the number of nonpartisan policy research reports presented by Dartmouth students to state policymakers in New Hampshire and Vermont to 200 since the program started in 2005.

Compiling the policy briefs—which present relevant legislative history, case law, social science research and other data on all sides of an issue without making any recommendations—helps undergraduates apply classroom learning to the real world of policymaking and legislation, says program creator Professor Ronald Shaiko, senior fellow and associate director of curricular programs at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, which runs the PRS.

ADUs in Norwich, Vermont

CLASS of 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENTS TESTIFY BEFORE THE NORWICH PLANNING COMMISSION ON MAY 24, 2019

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Testimony, May 8, 2019

CLASS OF 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENTS TESTIFY BEFORE THE ENERGY COMMITTEE OF WOLFEBORO, NH ON MAY 8, 2019.

On May 8, 2019, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Eitan Darwish ‘21, Maria Smith-Lopez ‘21, and Harish Tekriwal ’21, traveled to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to present key findings from their research report, "Net Metering Policy Options for Wolfeboro, NH." In attendance were members of the Energy Committee of Wolfeboro, selectmen, the head of the Municipal Electric Department, and other interested citizens.

The students’ research drew on expert interviews and site visits they conducted throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Their findings explored the costs, benefits, and feasibility of several policy options that Wolfeboro might consider incorporating into its net metering policy going forward, such as simple value of solar tariffs, battery technologies, and purchasing power agreements.

Rocky and Me: Estephanie Aquino ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

When I was deciding between colleges during the spring of my senior year of high school I remember checking out Dartmouth’s website and instantly being drawn to the Rockefeller Center after reading about students only two years older than me being actively involved in the policy-making process, conducting research, and meeting legislators. As a student who was exposed to the intricacies of environmental policy and regulation through my high school’s Energy and Utilities Academy, I knew that I needed to enroll at an institution that could cater to my curiosity and would allow me to be directly involved in the policy-making process.

Rocky and Me: Ray Lu ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

I made the long journey from Austin, Texas — where I was born and raised — to Dartmouth knowing I wanted a new, challenging environment. My interest in economics derived from my father’s background as an economist, and the time I spent with the U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholars Program the summer before college inspired me to explore the policy realm.

Rocky and Me: Abhilasha Gokulan ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Rocky and Me: Jimmy Fair ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

I grew up visiting Dartmouth every summer because my grandparents retired to Hanover 25 years ago. Dartmouth became my first choice by the beginning of high school, and I was surprised by how receptive professors were to my requests to sit in on classes and chat with them during a visit my junior year of high school. Coming from Colorado, I also wanted to go to college where I had immediate access to the outdoors. 

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