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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Professor Thalia Wheatley's Research in the News

The Rockefeller Center supported the research of Dartmouth Professor Thalia Wheatley in 2009, and several recent articles mention Prof. Wheatley and her related work.  You can find quotes of her social neuroscience research in:


The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center supports a competitive research grant program open to Dartmouth College faculty for research and academic conferences on issues in public policy and all topics in the social sciences. The Rockefeller Center Director, the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, and the other members of the Rockefeller Center's Faculty Council review applications and select the most promising prospects for funding.

Grants typically range from $5,000-$25,000 in size. For all grants, the Project Director must be a tenured or tenure-track member of the Arts & Sciences Faculty. Visiting faculty are not eligible. Collaborators may be Dartmouth faculty or scholars from other institutions. Compensation for Project Directors and collaborators is not available.

Proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Council twice a year, with deadline dates for submission of October 1 and April 1.


For more information regarding Faculty Grants, please visit our webpage.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rockefeller Center Remembers Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Class of 1930 Fellow

Ambassador Holbrooke with students after a lunch discussion - November 12, 2008

The Rockefeller Center was pleased to host Ambassador Richard Holbrooke as a Class of 1930 Fellow in November 2008.  In honor of his dedicated service as a diplomat, we have uploaded the video of his public lecture, which can be found below and is part of our collection on YouTube






Richard C. Holbrooke
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
“United Nations: Past and Present, Successes and Challenges”
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Class of 1930 Fellow Lecture
A Nelson A. Rockefeller Centennial Series Lecture

Holbrooke receives plaque from Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick - November 12, 2008

Health Policy Talk by Dr. Ashish Jha on "The Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records"

"The Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records: The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead"

On December 9, 2010, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Ashish Jha, a national expert on the use of electronic health records by physicians and hospitals in the U.S.  His talk on the policies promoting the use of electronic health records gave rise to a lively discussion among the diverse audience members who came from the medical school, TDI, DHMC, and Tuck, as well as faculty from various departments around the College.  It was a great opportunity for frank interdisciplinary discussion of a major policy initiative in health care.

Health Policy Faculty Workshops are jointly sponsored by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

For more information, please visit our website.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Former NBC News Foreign Correspondent, Robert Hager '60, Leads RLF Session on Leadership During Crises

Robert Hager '60, former foreign correspondent for NBC Nightly News, shared with Rockefeller Leadership Fellows his experiences covering a variety of crises both domestically and internationally in a session on Wednesday, December 1.  The session opened with a presentation by Eric Durell on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg before Hager took the floor. 



Hager shared with Fellows a bit about his background, noting that even before his time as a student at Dartmouth he knew he was interested in journalism and actively worked to seek out opportunities in broadcast media.  Using actual footage from his live reports during crises around the country, Hager led Fellows through an examination of the strategies leaders employ to handle crises.  He highlighted the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 in the Prince William Sound and the Chicago poisoned Tylenol scare of 1982.  Fellows took away that in the midst of a crisis it is crucial that leaders respond timely, act transparently, and show consistency in their message.  He then opened up the discussion to questions ranging from the implications of the modern 24 hour news cycle to the increasing prevalence of opinion in journalism.

-- Karen Doster '11

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuck School's Dr. Kopalle Presents "Expectations and Culture: The Effect of Belief in Karma in India" at Faculty Workshop



Dr. Praveen Kopalle, Professor of Marketing at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, presented "Expectations and Culture: The Effect of Belief in Karma in India" at a Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) faculty workshop on Tuesday, December 7, 2010.

Here he examined whether belief in karma and, consequently, having a long-term orientation, counteracts the tendency to lower expectations in two studies that measure and prime respondents' belief in karma. Results show that the extent of belief in karma, operating largely through its impact on long-run orientation, does moderate (decrease) the effect of disconfirmation sensitivity on expectations. These findings suggest that it is important to tailor advertising messages by matching them with customer expectations and their cultural determinants.

The Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) is an interdisciplinary workshop devoted to research on social behavior.  It is supported by the Rockefeller Center and includes faculty and graduate students from Psychological and Brain Sciences, Sociology, Economics, the Tuck School of Business, the Dartmouth Medical School, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Government. These workshops are focused on empirical research devoted to understanding social behavior broadly defined.  The group has been convened by Jay Hull, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, since 2003 with the assistance of Jane DaSilva of the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences.

Learn more about Rockefeller Faculty Workshops.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Prof. Donna Coch Presents Research on "The Rhyming Brain in Beginning Readers"


Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Dartmouth College, Donna Coch, presented her research "The Rhyming Brain in Beginning Readers" at a presentation to faculty on Monday, December 6, 2010.  Her research was funded by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.  Professor Coch's research lab studies how reading-related skills develop in young children and how the reading brain works in both children and adults.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center supports a competitive research grant program open to Dartmouth College faculty for research and academic conferences on issues in public policy and all topics in the social sciences. The Rockefeller Center Director, the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, and the other members of the Rockefeller Center's Faculty Council review applications and select the most promising prospects for funding.

Grants typically range from $5,000-$25,000 in size. For all grants, the Project Director must be a tenured or tenure-track member of the Arts & Sciences Faculty. Visiting faculty are not eligible. Collaborators may be Dartmouth faculty or scholars from other institutions. Compensation for Project Directors and collaborators is not available.

Proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Council twice a year, with deadline dates for submission of October 1 and April 1.

For more information regarding Faculty Grants, please visit our webpage.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dan Reicher '78 To Lead New Energy Policy Center

Former Rockefeller Center Board Member, Dan Reicher '78, is moving on from his position as director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google to become the Executive Director at a new interdisciplinary center for energy policy and finance at Stanford.  Read more about it in the recent New York Times article, "Beyond Google: An Energy Policy Center."

Mr. Reicher was featured on the 2008 Rockefeller Center Environmental Issues Panel that was part of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Centennial Lecture Series.

Dan Reicher (far right), on a 2008 Rockefeller Center panel
“The Improbable Tree Hugger: Nelson Rockefeller's Continuing Environmental Legacy”