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  • One of the last places you’d expect to find an environmental studies major is working on an oil refinery. But that’s exactly where Maya Johnson ’14 was this past summer.

    “It made me see things from the industry perspective,” Johnson says. “It was very interesting.”

    Count it among the many interesting challenges Johnson has taken on. An Alaska native, she’s studied abroad twice, in Hungary and Scotland. She’s on the equestrian team, works as a Sexual Assault Peer Advisor,...

  • When Sarah Alexander ’14 studied in Delhi, she was struck by how much cooking oil street vendors use in preparing traditional Indian dishes. But she was more taken aback after discovering what happens to the oil afterward.
    Many vendors sell their waste cooking oil to other vendors who can’t afford to buy fresh oil, Alexander learned. This practice is not only unsanitary, she says, but increases the amount of carcinogens in the oil. Oil that isn’t sold secondhand is often washed down...

  • Daniel Susman ’10 spent four years at Dartmouth majoring in environmental studies and biology and working on the College’s Organic Farm. He spent the past three years putting his Dartmouth experience to good use. Since graduating, Susman has produced and directed a documentary film exploring the role of urban farms in America. Susman collaborated with the film’s co-producer and director of photography, Andrew Monbouquette. Susman and Monbouquette are both from Omaha, Neb., and were childhood...

  • Several hundred Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) are currently swimming in tanks in the basement of Dartmouth’s Class of 1978 Life Sciences building. These tiny fish are part of an experiment being conducted by Anne Kapuscinski and her lab, which may lead to a more sustainable future for aquaculture.

    Tilapia are the second most important farmed fish in the world by volume, says Kapuscinski, the...

  • In 2004, almost a year into his PhD program in Public Affairs at Indiana University, Dartmouth Professor Michael Cox had a problem.

    “I knew something needed to change,” he says. His interests were diverging from the program’s standard curriculum.

    Soon thereafter, he enrolled in a course taught by the innovative political scientist Elinor Ostrom. The class served as the start of an eight-year relationship, as Cox became her student and later her postdoctoral fellow.


  • When Meegan Daigler ’14 enrolled at Dartmouth, she never thought she’d become a bus driver.

    “It’s a little wild. I’m really not the best at alley docking,” she says, referring to the maneuver of reversing down a side street.

    Daigler, who earned her commercial driver’s license last month, isn’t climbing behind the wheel of just any bus, though.

    Daigler is one of the student crew members piloting Dartmouth’s Big Green Bus on its annual trek across the country. Twelve...

  • "Hometown Security and Environmental Equality" 

    Thursday, May 2, 2013
    7:00 PM
    Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

    Majora hosts the Peabody Award winning public-radio series: The Promised Land. She has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 when few were talking about “sustainability”; and even fewer, in places like The South Bronx. Since 2008, her consulting company, The...

  • Spring is under way and with it, the award season for Dartmouth students. Three juniors were recently recognized by national foundations for outstanding academic achievement.

    “These three students are extraordinary examples of the deep academic engagement that is characteristic of Dartmouth’s student body,” says Kristin O’Rourke, assistant dean for scholarship advising. “We are delighted to see their hard work and commitment recognized.”

    Brandon DeBot ’14

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  • Can a girl wear her Manolo Blahnik heels in the field? Is being a scientist like, really a fun job, and can you meet good-looking guys?
    These are among the weightier questions alluded to in a one-minute video called Science: It’s a Girl Thing! Showing scenes of sexy babes in short skirts and spike heels interspersed with scenes of a James Bond-look-alike “real scientist,” the video was posted on a European Commission website this summer, met with a collective icy stare, and quickly...

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2012
    4:00 - 5:30 PM
    041 Haldeman

    Jennifer A. Dunne is a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and is Co-Director of the Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab. She received a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley in 2000 and held a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biological Informatics from 2000-2002. Jennifer's research interests are in analysis, modeling, and theory related to the organization, dynamics, and function of...