Terry Osborne Receives The Dean of Faculty Teaching Award

2017 Faculty Awards Honor Teaching and Scholarship

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences recognized 10 colleagues this year for their achievements as scholars, teachers, and mentors. “Every year, Dartmouth recognizes the accomplishments of faculty whose scholarship and teaching exemplify the highest values of the liberal arts,” says Dean of the Faculty Elizabeth Smith. “Dartmouth and its students are the richer for their contributions.”

Elizabeth Wilson Named Director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute

Elizabeth Wilson, a leading scholar who works at the intersection of energy, technology, law, business, and policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has been appointed the inaugural director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, President Phil Hanlon ’77 and Provost Carolyn Dever announced today.

Wilson, who will also hold the rank of professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth, will begin work on Sept. 1.

“I am delighted that Elizabeth Wilson has agreed to become the institute’s inaugural director,” says President Hanlon. “She will be an outstanding leader as Dartmouth prepares future generations to advance humanity’s understanding of the field, driving change in the intelligent production, supply, and use of energy with the potential to alleviate poverty and foster economic growth across the globe.”

GRAD Alumna Leading Women in Science Policy

In late August, Dartmouth graduate alumna Melody Brown Burkins, GR '98 (ENVS 80.08: Science Policy and Diplomacy), became the first woman to ever chair a U.S. delegation to the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) hosted by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Read the entire article here.

A Quest for Earth-Friendly Systems

With support of a $500,000 grant from the USDA, Professor Anne Kapuscinski, Research Assistant Professor Pallab Sarker, and their research team are working on how to solve some fundamental problems facing aquaculture, which is the world's fastest-growing good industry.

Read the entire Valley News article at http://www.vnews.com/AnneKapuscinksiDartmouthNewChairBoardUnionConcernedScientists-1692885.

Sneddon "Concrete Revolution" Wins Meridian Book Award

Christopher Sneddon's book, Concrete Revolution: Large Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and US Bureau of Reclamation, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Meridian Book Award.  This annual award recognizes a book that makes an unusually important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography.

Read the entire article at http://now.dartmouth.edu/2016/03/professor-christopher-sneddon-wins-2016-meridian-book-award.

Fulbright Arctic Symposium: Towards a Sustainable Arctic Future

The Fulbright Center in Finland is happy to announce that the international cohort of Arctic researchers participating in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative (FAI) Program held a one-week plenary meeting in Oulu, Finland, on 8-12 February 2016.

On Thursday, 11 February, 2016, the FAI scholars presented their ongoing research as a part of a broader public symposium that gathered together Arctic scientists, students, policymakers, industry and NGO representatives and other key stakeholders as well as the general public. The event was open to anyone interested in Arctic issues.

Watch US Secretary of State John Kerry's video greeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOUz-Og4_k0.

Check out all the Symposium activities at http://www.fulbright.fi/en/fulbright-seminars/fulbright-arctic-symposium.

ENVS 3, Sustainability, and the Dartmouth Organic Farm

Environmental Studies 3,  “Environment and Society: Towards Sustainability,” was my first class at Dartmouth. My daily walk to class was the only time which I’d ever happily walk from my dreaded River cluster dorm all the way to the Life Sciences Center.

Although I was interested in the topic, I was initially a little bit wary of the class. I think that I expected the curriculum would consist of putting depressing timestamps on earth’s future: X years until all the polar bears die; Y years until we have no clean water; Z years until fresh fruits and vegetables are a whisper of the past.

I felt like I might walk out feeling defeated and guilty for my existence on this planet as a fuel-burning, resource-consuming, waste-producing and toxic human being.

I was wrong. Instead, each class left me feeling energized. We learned about leverage points — places in a system’s structure where change can be best implemented; we realized how important it is to establish an economy that fits in a finite biosphere; we wrote papers on exciting opportunities for sustainability transitions and presented them to one another.

Backcountry Skiers Team Up With Green Mountain National Forest

For years, backcountry skiers have been illegally cutting trees and brush to open up trails. As the sport grows in popularity, officials with Green Mountain National Forest hope a new pilot program in Vermont could become a model to curb unsanctioned cutting, and expand terrain at the same time.  Professor Nick Reo and Dartmouth students are designing backcountry ski/snowboard trails that are as low impact on the forest and wildlife as possible and are monitoring for unintended ecological impacts.

Read the entire VRP news story here.

Vox Populi: Concerns About Genetically Engineered Salmon

By Anne Kapuscinski and George Leonard

Genetically engineered salmon: a turning point for the future of seafood?

If you care about your food and its environmental sustainability, you should be concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval, on Nov. 19, of a faster growing, farmed Atlantic salmon—the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption.

Read the Dartmouth Now article at http://now.dartmouth.edu/2015/12/vox-populi-concerns-about-genetically-engineered-salmon.