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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 1:00pm
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October 22, 2014  Dartmouth Now

Professor Ross Virginia, Director of the Dickey Center's Institute of Arctic Studies, was selected by the U.S. State Department as one of two distinguished scholar leaders of the newly established Fulbright Arctic Initiative. His work focuses on climate change and the effect of rapid warming on the polar regions.

Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, and Professor Michael Sfraga, a geographer and vice chancellor for university and student advancement from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will take lead roles in the... Read more.

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 8:52am
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Watch the video.

US Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski '87 led a panel discussion of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, 2015-2017, at the U.S. Embassy Sweden. A diverse range of guests discussed an important topic: sustainable development in the Arctic. The panel also included Gary Knell, President and CEO of National Geographic; Björn Dahlbäck, Director-General of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat; Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s Chief Science and Exploration Officer; Niila Inga, a reindeer herder and head of the Laevas Sami Village in Northern Sweden; and... Read more.

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 2:25pm
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September 23, 2014 

Research published by Lauren Culler, a Postdoctoral Arctic Fellow at the Dickey Center's Institute of Arctic Studies, shows fear as well as warming temperatures may encourage insects to "eat more and grow faster." 

Culler tells Entomology Today, "In other words, it's less about temperature and more about the overall environmental conditions that shape the growth, survival, and distribution of insects." Culler was lead author of the study, published in the journal Oecologia. 

Read about her research at Entomology Today, Nature World News, and Science... Read more.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:58am
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Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center, is a featured speaker in the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Snowy OWL video series. Virginia talks about how as the climate warms, the amount of carbon that has been permanently locked in frozen soils is coming to life. View his entire 3-minute talk on the UArctic website, along with talks by the former president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Aqqaluk Lynge, and Fran Ulmer, chair of the Arctic Research Commission, and others. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 8:34am
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September 9, 2014 |  Dartmouth Now

Download slides from a September 29, 2014, presentation (PDF).

As scientists and scholars grapple with shrinking research budgets and out-of-touch politicians, a group of Dartmouth graduate students have founded the Science Technology and Engineering Policy Society (STEPS), an organization working to engage students at the intersection of science and policy.

Founding members include IGERT graduate students Julia Bradley-Cook, a PhD student in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Ali Giese, a PhD student in earth sciences. Both... Read more.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 12:00am
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Three IGERT program graduate students are headed to Washington, D.C., to attended the 10-day American Meteorological Society (AMS) Summer Policy Colloquium, beginning June 1. IGERT Fellows Julia Bradley-Cook, Alexandra Giese, and Gifford Wong were chosen to attend.

“This is a highly competitive and select group of scientists who show promise in shaping climate and environmental policy,” says Ross Virginia, principal investigator on Dartmouth’s National Science Foundation-sponsored IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program.

Read their IGERT blog... Read more.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:00am
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According to a new Dartmouth study, record-high temperatures and soot from forest fires in Siberia and North America caused nearly all of the surface ice in Greenland to melt in 2012, reports LiveScience.The study’s findings, the article notes, suggest that continued climate change will result in nearly annual widespread melting of the ice sheet’s surface by the year 2100. “The middle of the ice sheet is now susceptible to melting, where previously it was not,” Kaitlin Keegan, a Thayer School of Engineering doctoral student and NSF IGERT Fellow, and lead author of the study, tells... Read more.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 12:00am
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May 8, 2014

A two-day polar safety training sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Earth Sciences Department, and the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center focused on staying safe and responding to emergencies, including encountering, or avoiding, polar bears.

Canadian bear expert Andy McMullen spent a day with two dozen Dartmouth graduate and undergraduate students and faculty who's research takes them into Greenland, Alaska, Canada and elsewhere.

Erich Osterberg, an assistant professor in Dartmouth’s Department of Earth Sciences, says global... Read more.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 12:00am
Ali Giese in Russia

A Week as an Arctic Council Delegate in Arkhangelsk, Russia (reprinted from ARCUS)

by Ali Giese, PhD Candidate, Earth Sciences

During the last week of February 2014, I had the privilege of representing the United States and Dartmouth College at the 2014 Model Arctic Council, a role-playing program with the same goals as the better-known Model UN: to expose students to high-level policy negotiations through experience and participation. The Model Arctic Council was held at the Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU) in Arkhangelsk, Russia. Thirty graduate students from more... Read more.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 11:32am
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Read the story in Dartmouth Now, October 28, 2013

Witness the Arctic, a publication of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., Oct 23, 2013

Lee McDavid, Arctic Program Manager, Dartmouth College, Dickey Center for International Understanding

A dozen teenagers from Greenland, Denmark, and the U.S. are twirling across the rolling tundra on the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet laughing, looking as though they're just fooling around. But Dartmouth graduate students Julia Bradley-Cook and Ruth Heindel are leading... Read more.

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