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Policy Research Shop

Policy Research Shop Gears Up For Busy Winter Term

Offered in the fall term, Public Policy 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research, taught by Professor Ron Shaiko, Associate Director of the Rockefeller Center, and Professor Ben Cole, a Rockefeller Center post-doctoral fellow and co-manager of the Policy Research Shop (PRS), included a record number of 27 students and produced a record-breaking nine PRS projects that will be completed in the winter term in the PRS.   

PRS Student Presents Research on Renewable Energy Incentives to the Lebanon, NH Energy Advisory Committee

 

 

Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop student Brian Freeman '11 speaks with a member of the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee in Lebanon, NH on May 19, 2011.

 

 

PRS Students Present Carbon Tax Research to the Bi-State Upper Valley Sierra Club

On May 11, 2011, four students from the Policy Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center were the invited guests for the bi-monthly meeting of the Bi-State Upper Valley Sierra Club comprised of citizens from both Vermont and New Hampshire interested in environmental justice issues. The students, Alexi Pappas '12, Lindsay Brewer '13, Marissa Greco '12, and Zachary Schwartz '11 presented the results of an analysis of carbon tax implementation strategies, reviewing New Hampshire's current energy policies as a part of a comprehensive climate change plan. Engaging with case studies where carbon taxes were implemented at the producer and consumer level, the students demonstrated ways a climate tax could be designed and effectively utilized in a New Hampshire setting.
The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

Students meet Rockefeller Center Faculty and Learn about Public Policy Minor, Other Curricular Opportunities

Public Policy Minor Open House - Friday, September 16, 2011

Students and Professors Present Policy Research Shop Model at SPPC Academic Conference

Alexandra Mahler-Haug: 2011 Winner of the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship


Though she graduated from Dartmouth in June, Alexandra Mahler-Haug '11 has continued her engagement in both academics and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College as a 2011 winner of the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship. The Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship allows Alexandra to continue to work on her Honors Thesis in Government with members of the Dartmouth faculty and ultimately, pursue publication.
“The opportunity to work towards achieving publication of my research through the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship is a wonderful culmination of my involvement with the Rockefeller Center,” Alexandra said. “I am truly honored to have the chance to continue to work on my research and take it one step further.”
Alexandra’s thesis, entitled “Going Corporate: Investigating state use of Privatized Military Companies in the post-Cold War era”, was also the recipient of the Rockefeller Prize in International Relations for 2011.

PRS Students Testify Before Claremont, NH Committee

On the evening of May 24, 2011 four Dartmouth students from the Policy Research Shop at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center traveled to Claremont, New Hampshire to present and discuss their research into methods for conducting an inventory of residential properties in Claremont. Travis Blalock '12, Kelsey Clark '11, Austin Major '14, and Eric Yang '14 met with Claremont's "City Center Project" Steering Committee, several town officials, and interested citizens during the monthly meeting of  the Steering Committee.

PRS Students Testify Before New Hampshire Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee

On May 24, 2011, three Dartmouth student researchers from the Policy Research Shop at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center traveled to Concord to testify before the Health, Human  Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Catie Burkhard '11, Karen Doster '11, and Hope McIntyre '11, presented their PRS report, "Shared Decision Making: Background Information and Policy Options for New Hampshire," that describes, summarizes, and analyzes shared decision making in doctor-patient relationships.

Dartmouth PRS Students Testify About NH Mental Health and Budget Cuts

Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students Caroline Buck '13 and David Lumbert '12 posing with Representative James MacKay,  Chair of the New Hampshire Behavioral Health Caucus, at the PRS Mental Health Testimony in Concord, NH on March 29, 2011.

On March 29, 2011, two students from the Policy Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center testified before the New Hampshire Behavioral Health Caucus, comprised of State Representatives, State Senators, and other stakeholders interested in behavioral health issues. The students, Caroline Buck '13 and David Lumbert '12, presented the results of an intensive study of the current status of mental health services in New Hampshire and the consequences of a series of budget cutbacks.

Policy Research Shop Year Begins with Several Testimonies

Thus far in the 2010-2011 academic year, four groups of Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students have testified before state policymakers in Vermont and New Hampshire.  On September 9, 2010, Travis Blalock '12 of the Policy Research Shop (PRS) gave testimony before the Vermont Child Poverty Council at the State House in Montpelier, VT. The Council, chaired by Rep. Ann Pugh and Sen. Douglas Racine, is a working group composed of legislators, nonprofit leaders, and representatives from executive agencies who deal with child poverty issues in Vermont. Travis's presentation was part of the report by the Families in Deep Poverty Working Group of the Council, headed by Legislative Counsel Robin Lunge. Travis's presentation outlined the characteristics of the deep poverty population in Vermont compared to the nation as a whole, and highlighted some of the challenges posed by its different characteristics. He then offered recommendations for reaching the deep poverty population, including addressing compounding issues and improving public transportation in rural areas.

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