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

Ronald Shaiko

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

Looking for a Spring 2011 Public Policy Course? Explore Law, Health Policy, or Leadership

PBPL 26: Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Professor Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, 11S: 10

Health care in the United States costs more than in other countries, but is it better? Answering this question requires understanding a wide range of subjects, including the pathophysiology of disease, clinical decision making, epidemiology, and public policy. This course provides an introduction to these tools. We will also consider additional questions: Is more screening & early diagnosis the best way to stay healthy? Does more treatment always help people feel better? And how has the "Dartmouth School" of health policy contributed to the debate? Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

PBPL 28/GOVT 30.03: Law, Courts and Public Policy
Professors Serena Laws and David Glick, 11S: 2A

Professor Shaiko speaks to RLF about Leadership in Civil Society

Professor Ron Shaiko, Associate Director of Curricular Programs at the Rockefeller Center, led a discussion with Fellows entitled Leadership in Civil Society earlier this month.  Drawing upon the book Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam, Professor Shaiko opened by introducing Fellows to the concept of social capital. 

He explained the distinction between bonding social capital and bridging social capital, and provided statistics on the level of group participation in historical and contemporary society.  Fellows discussed the motivations behind joining a group and the value of group membership at the national level. 

Then the conversation turned to groups on the Dartmouth campus and Fellows broke into smaller groups to discuss the state of civil society among students.  Fellows concluded that although as a campus we are exceptional at fostering bonding social capital, and better than most at forming bridging social capital, there is still room for improvement in terms of connecting diverse communities.

-- Karen Doster '11

Former Board of Visitor, Leah Daughtry '84 chosen as Convocation Speaker

Dartmouth opened its 241st year with a convocation that featured an address by Leah Daughtry '84, a former member of the Rockefeller Center's Board of Visitors.  Shown here with Center Director Andrew Samwick and Center Associate Director and Senior Fellow Ron Shaiko, Daughtry encouraged the Class of 2014 to learn with "mind, body, and spirit engaged." 


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