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Friday, January 20, 2012

O'Hara Discusses Problematic Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior from Adolescence to Adulthood at Winter SPRIG Faculty Workshop

Professor Ross O’Hara Discusses “Longitudinal Associations Between Problematic Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior from Adolescence to Adulthood" at SPRIG Faculty Workshop

On January 10, 2012, the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Ross O’Hara, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri. In his presentation, "Longitudinal Associations Between Problematic Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior from Adolescence to Adulthood," Dr. O’Hara discussed the effects of alcohol usage on an individual’s sexual behavior from adolescence into adulthood.

The Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) is supported by the Rockefeller Center and includes faculty from the 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.

For more information, please contact Jay Hull or visit our website.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dartmouth President Jim Kim Kicks Off Winter Term Sessions for Rockfeller Leadership Fellows

The first term of the 2012 RLF session began with a special presentation by Dartmouth's President, Jim Kim. Kim’s presentation centered on the leadership difficulties and leadership strides he has faced during his presidency and that others have faced before him. President Kim began with a brief history of Dartmouth’s founding and the great issues Dartmouth Presidents have faced since Dartmouth’s founding. Kim began by discussing Dartmouth founders, Eleazar Wheelock and Samson Occum, and their struggles, both internally and externally, to create Dartmouth physically and academically. He moved on to speak of William Jewett Tucker’s tremendous task of modernizing the Dartmouth curriculum and making scientific strides. Then there was were Ernest Hopkins and John Dickey who helped establish Dartmouth’s PhD program. Kim wrapped up his history lesson by talking about President John Kememy’s enormous contribution of allowing women to attend the college and the implication that had.

President Kim talked to fellows about he inherited his great history when he stepped into office, and now as a leader, he has to decide what his legacy will be. One of Kim’s main interests is maintaining Dartmouth’s unique relationship between teaching and research. All Dartmouth faculty members pursue outside research in addition to teaching, an idea that is rarely realized at other institutions. Kim believes it is crucial for students to have professors to have the proper time and monetary support to be on the cutting edge of their fields. Kim also discussed his deep devotion to making the world better. Kim’s lives by the ideals that you can build a better world, that the world’s troubles are your troubles, and that there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix. He states that his work at Dartmouth is all centered on getting Dartmouth students to be the best they can be, so they can go out into the world and make change. Kim ended the session by saying although he has inherited all of Dartmouth’s achievements and controversies, he must always look to Dartmouth’s future and make the tough, and sometimes controversial decisions that are best for the institution and all of the Dartmouth contingencies – faculty, staff, board members, students, and alumni.

Overall, the session left fellows understanding more about inheriting leadership issues of the past and how to deal with them while also forging your own way and being helpful to society. Kim used discussion, question and answer, and lecturing to clearly communicate his ideas to the Fellows and overall the session was a huge success!

-- Anna-Kay Thomas '12

Friday, January 13, 2012

2012 Student Forum on Global Learning Takes Place on Monday, January 16th

Join us at the 3rd Annual Student Forum On Global Learning, which will take place on January 16, 2012, as part of Dartmouth's 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

  • Cross-Cultural Lessons & Global Perspectives Remarks by Carol Folt, Provost at 11:30 AM in Kemeny 008
  • Opening Address by Daniel Noah Moses, Director of the Seeds of Peace Educators’ Program
  • Student Presentations and Panels throughout the day
  • Lunch available in 12:30 PM Session Rooms
  • Visit the Forum web site for full schedule, session locations (all in Kemeny and Haldeman), and presentation abstracts
  • Reception to follow with remarks by Dean of the College, Charlotte Johnson & Associate Dean of Faculty for International & Interdisciplinary Studies, Lynn Higgins
  • Read more about the event in Dartmouth Now
This is a collaborative effort by The Dickey Center, Institutional Diversity & Equity, Tucker Foundation, Rockefeller Center, Office of Undergraduate Advising & Research, Off-Campus Programs, Office of Pluralism & Leadership, and the Dartmouth College-American University of Kuwait Project.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rockefeller Center Faculty Called Upon for #FITN #NH Primary Analysis

The "First In The Nation" New Hampshire Primaries are over, and the attention of the campaigns and media have moved to states like South Carolina.  In the analysis stage of the NH Primary, Rockefeller Center staff and faculty have been called upon and quoted in several publications. 

Among them, Professors Ron Shaiko and Linda Fowler.  Shaiko is Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Curricular Programs at the Rockefeller Center, and Fowler is a former Director of the Rockefeller Center.  This winter term, Prof. Shaiko is teaching Introduction to Public Policy and Prof. Fowler is teaching Leadership and Political Institutions.

Here's a sampling of the recent media mentions:

Linda Fowler, Professor of Government and the Frank J. Reagan ’09 Chair in Policy Studies (interview)

Dartmouth professor explains New Hampshire primary” (Minnesota Public Radio, 1/10/12)
Linda Fowler, Professor of Government and the Frank J. Reagan ’09 Chair in Policy Studies (interview)

Linda Fowler, Professor of Government and the Frank J. Reagan ’09 Chair in Policy Studies (interview)

Linda Fowler, Professor of Government and the Frank J. Reagan ’09 Chair in Policy Studies (quote)

Groundwork, political good will pay off for Romney” (The Boston Globe, 1/11/12)
Linda Fowler, Professor of Government and the Frank J. Reagan ’09 Chair in Policy Studies (quote)

Economy, Electability Were Key to Romney Win” (Valley News, 1/11/12)
Ron Shaiko, Research Associate Professor; Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Curricular Programs at the Rockefeller Center (quote)

We also post media mentions on our Facebook page.  Connect with us.

Yale Professor of International Law to Give Lecture on Thursday, January 12th at 4:30 PM

Yale Professor of International Law to give the Timbers ’37 Lecture addressing a crisis of accountability and legitimacy in international lawmaking.

Due to the unchecked power of the presidency by Congress, the Courts, and the citizens of the United States, America faces a crisis of accountability and legitimacy in international lawmaking.

  • How have we allowed the president to attain this limitless power?
  • How can we pass laws legitimately under the procedures outlined by the constitution with the insurmountable political and legal hurdles?
  • How can we check the president’s power and legitimize effective international lawmaking? 
  • Does our constitution provide a solution to the current crisis or must we revise the procedures framed by our founding fathers?

Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at the Yale Law School. Under Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Wald she served as a Law Clerk and held fellowships at Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Center for the Ethics and the Professions.

Currently, she researches and delves into the intersection of U.S. constitutional law and international law, the enforcement of domestic and international law, and the law of war. She is a professor (by courtesy) of the Yale University Department of Political Science, professor of International Law and Area Studies at the Yale University MacMillan Center. She serves on the Executive Committee of the MacMillan Center at Yale University and is a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State. She has testified before Congress several times on legal issues surrounding the U.S. war in Iraq, and consults regularly with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on current issues of constitutional and international law.

Please join us to uncover the hidden discrepancies of international law that conflict with the American constitution and discover possible solutions at Room 002, Rockefeller Center at 4:30 pm, January 12, 2012 during "Our Foreign Affairs Constitution: The President, Congress, and the Making of International Law", with Oona Hathaway.

Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Winter 2012 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 17, No. 2 -- Winter 2012

The Rockefeller Center electronic newsletter is published at the beginning of each term, and is a summary of news and notes.

Approximately fifty Dartmouth staff, students, and faculty members collaborated with Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and WBIN-TV to bring the first Republican Presidential Debate about the economy to Dartmouth on October 11, 2011.

"I think [the debate] is a great opportunity to get students excited...It's important for participation, it's important for citizenship, it's important for instilling civic values."
- Barbara Richards '13

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick writes that "Public attention over the past several months has been divided between a lackluster Republican field of candidates and the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement." In his Winter 2012 Direct LineProf. Samwick shares thoughts on what he will be looking for as Occupy Wall Street transitions from a popular movement to a political movement.

What you might have missed during Fall 2011:

What to look forward to during the Winter 2012 Term:
  • Upcoming Public Programs this winter include David Walker, former US Comptroller General, who will give a Pre-NH Primary lecture on Monday, January 9th at 4:30 PM in Filene Auditorium.  We will also host programs regarding "Our Foreign Affairs Constitution: The President, Congress, and the Making of International Law" with Oona Hathaway on January 12th; "Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future" with Prof. Erica Chenoweth on February 3; and on February 8, we will welcome Dr. Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman of Global Banking, Citigroup, Inc., Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Contributing Columnist, Bloomberg View, and Former Director, Office of Management and Budget, Obama Administration.  See the full list of Winter 2011 public programs here, and on the Rocky Calendar.
  • Policy Research Shop (PRS) gears up for a busy Winter Term.  Read more...
  • Former Rockefeller Center Director, Professor Linda L. Fowler, teaches PBPL 52: Leadership and Political Institutions, for the first time.  Watch a video interview with Professor Fowler discussing the importance of institutional leadership and how it relates to the current political environment.

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A Look Back at the 2011 Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth #econdebate #fitn

As the First in the Nation NH Primary date draws near, the Rockefeller Center wanted to reflect on the ways students engaged with the candidates, debate partners, and the greater Dartmouth community last fall during the Bloomberg/The Washington Post/WBIN-TV Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth.

You can see more links to news, photos, and videos on the 2011 Debate web site.  You can also find an album of our behind the scenes photos and other media mentions on our Facebook page.

Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Winter 2012

It is January 2012 – the month of the New Hampshire presidential primary.   Apart from last October’s debate on economic issues hosted by Dartmouth in collaboration with Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and WBIN-TV, the campus has been as quiet as I have ever seen it in a presidential primary season.   In a recent blog post, I attributed this quiet to four factors: an aggressive national debate schedule, Dartmouth’s location in a Democratic part of New Hampshire, the lack of a natural campaigner (like John McCain in 2008) in the current group of Republican candidates, and the irrelevance of fundraising constraints in the campaign so far.

The absence of traditional activity associated with the New Hampshire primary is reflected more broadly in the national media.  Public attention over the past several months has been divided between a lackluster Republican field of candidates and the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Beginning in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s financial district on September 17, 2011, some representatives of the movement claim to be:

[F]ighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.

The diversion of attention from the formal institutions of government is reminiscent of the way that the elements of the Tea Party movement began within a month of President Obama’s inauguration in opposition to his proposals for economic stimulus and mortgage relief.  From February 2009 through November 2010, President Obama’s initiatives had to share the media spotlight with the novelty and growth of the Tea Party.  In part due to the Tea Party movement, the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections, further dividing the national government and making it next to impossible for President Obama to advance his policy agenda.  What will happen to the Tea Party in the 2012 presidential elections is an open question.  I have a hard time envisioning the Tea Party rallying around a Mitt Romney candidacy and a similarly hard time envisioning a President Romney working to implement the Tea Party’s agenda, even if the movement helps elect him to office.
The political and electoral prospects for the Occupy Wall Street movement are even less clear.  Unlike the Tea Party movement, there is at present no singular incumbent against which it can organize and sustain itself politically.  That may change if the Republicans take the White House in the November election.  As in 2010, all Representatives and about a third of the Senators are up for re-election, but to date, we have not seen the Occupy Wall Street movement get behind challengers to the incumbents in the same way that the Tea Party movement did in 2010.  Over the coming months, and particularly after the Republican nominee is determined, I expect that to change.

As it transitions from a popular movement to a political movement, I will be most interested in how true the Occupy Wall Street movement can stay to its founding principles articulated above.  I see two particular challenges.  First, given the prominence of the “major banks and multinational corporations” that wield the “corrosive power over the democratic process” in our political system, I am curious to see what candidates the movement can draft.  Few incumbents have the purity demanded – look for challengers and outsiders to carry the Occupy Wall Street movement’s message into the political realm.  Second, the Occupy Wall Street movement has defined itself in part based on inequality – the 99% versus the 1% -- and in part based on injustice – the use of one’s current elite position to distort the political system into maintaining that elite position at the expense of those who don’t have it.  Not all inequality is due to injustice, and not all injustice is the result of the most fortunate 1% exerting undue influence.  Making those distinctions clear to the American public will be important if the Occupy Wall Street movement is to build a coalition large enough to gain control of political institutions.

Andrew A. Samwick is the Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving '72a, P'10 Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2003 and 2004, he served as chief economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Since joining the Dartmouth faculty in 1994, his scholarly work has covered a range of topics, including pensions, saving, taxation, portfolio choice, and executive compensation. Professor Samwick has been published in American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Public Economics, and a number of specialized journals and conference volumes. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He blogs about economics, politics, and current events.

Policy Research Shop Gears Up For Busy Winter Term

Offered in the fall term, Public Policy 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research, taught by Professor Ron Shaiko, Associate Director of the Rockefeller Center, and Professor Ben Cole, a Rockefeller Center post-doctoral fellow and co-manager of the Policy Research Shop (PRS), included a record number of 27 students and produced a record-breaking nine PRS projects that will be completed in the winter term in the PRS.   

The nine projects are substantively diverse and address policy questions and issues raised by Vermont and New Hampshire legislators.  Two PRS projects focus on Vermont; the first addresses the possibility of creating an Office of Ombudsman for the State of Vermont.  Currently five states have such offices, while each of the fifty states has a federally mandated Long-Term Care ombudsman created by 1975 amendments to the Older Americans Act.  The second Vermont PRS project addresses river management in Vermont in the wake of the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene this past summer.  Seven PRS projects will focus on policy issues in New Hampshire. These projects include: voter identification requirements for registered voters in the state, the role of the state in mandating or sanctioning concussion prevention guidelines for K-12 athletic programs, alternative methods for modifying cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) in the state retirement system, an analysis of state fees to determine whether such fees are statutorily mandated by the legislature or created by executive actions, the limits and possibilities of the state opting out of the federal Medicaid program, the impacts of implementing performance-based budgeting in the Department of Public Safety, and an analysis of the telephone referral system currently utilized by the state wide Legal Aid Referral Center.           

In addition to these projects, PRS veterans Marissa Greco '12, Rick D'Amato '13, and Michael Sanchez '13 completed a PRS project for the Grafton County, NH Board of Commissioners and testified before the Commission on November 1, 2011. The policy brief,  "Grafton County Correctional Facility: An Analysis of Options for the Old Grafton County Jail," (PRS Policy Brief 1112-01), provides the commissioners with a variety of options for the now closed Grafton County Correctional Facility. 

During the winter term, several new PRS projects will be introduced to students in Public Policy 48: Policy Analysis and Local Governance, taught by Professor Andrew Samwick, director of the Rockefeller Center, and by Professor Margaret Post, a Rockefeller Center post-doctoral fellow and co-manager of the PRS.  In addition to these PBPL 48 projects, several new PRS projects will be undertaken by students working in the PRS during the winter and spring terms who have completed one of the nine projects that were initiated in PBPL 45 in the fall term.   

For the 2011-2012 academic year, the PRS seeks to complete at least 17 projects and engage at least 40 students in the PRS enterprise.  Professors Samwick, Shaiko, Cole, and Post as well as PRS graduate fellow Kemi Adedokun serve as mentors on the PRS projects throughout the year.  The PRS is currently supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Rockefeller Center Student Profile: Julius Bedford '12

We meet and get to know a number of Dartmouth students over the course of the academic year.  Students involved with the Rockefeller Center don't fit a particular mold - they have a broad variety of interests and passions.  The following is a snapshot of one of those students.  

Learn more about
Julius Bedford, Class of 2012

Julius gives a presentation during Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, Fall 2011.
"I decided to come to Dartmouth because of its great academic reputation, its study abroad programs, and its strong alumni network. I was also afforded the opportunity to visit Dartmouth for three days the summer before my senior year high school with a program called Destination Dartmouth. This program was my first look at the college; I was able to walk the campus, sit in on classes, and meet students. Everyone seemed so happy and proud to be at Dartmouth and I really saw myself being a part of this community.

While Rocky was not much of a factor in my decision to come to Dartmouth, I was impressed by the programs presented at Rocky’s Open House. I was particularly interested in the First-year Fellows and Civic Skills Training (CST) programs. They were clearly great opportunities to accrue work experience and learn about a policy area that interested me. My participation in the First-year Fellowship is easily one of my fondest Dartmouth experiences; I received professional knowledge in boot camp-style fashion at CST and I loved spending time with other students. During the summer, I worked for a regulatory attorney in the power and utilities industry and in keeping with First-year Fellowship policy, I had completed a summer-long project from which my supervisors continued to benefit after I had left.

During sophomore winter, I participated in the Management & Leadership Development Program (MLDP). Like CST I appreciated the focus on leadership and professionalism. Each week, the material from the session somehow related to my internship and on-campus leadership experiences; I believe MLDP made me a better fraternity president, a better Undergraduate Adviser, and a better employee. I later worked for MLDP as a Student Program Assistant, gaining a greater appreciation for all of the planning and effort that Rocky’s program coordinators put into creating these great experiences for students.

As a current Rockefeller Leadership Fellow I have participated in the fall retreat and speaker sessions. The list of speakers and presentations we are exposed to on a weekly basis and the intimate forum in which we may share our thoughts on leadership are very impressive. RLF has helped me develop my public speaking ability and my thoughts on leadership beyond Dartmouth. For example, I know that I will remember lessons on managing supervisors and decision-making in the professional world.

At Dartmouth, I exercised leadership through my extracurricular activities; what Rocky programs provided me most were incredible forums to reflect and better understand my leadership style. Dartmouth is full of opportunities for students to practice leadership, but too many of us have a passive attitude to the study of leadership and how it relates to us."

Julius Bedford is from Naperville, Illinois and attended Neuqua Valley High School. He is pursuing a major in economics modified with English and a minor in public policy. On campus, Julius is President of Alpha Phi Alpha, an Undergraduate Adviser, a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow, and a member of Palaeopitus. Julius spent his junior winter, as an intern in Exelon Corporation’s Federal Affairs Office and his junior summer as an investment banking intern at Barclays Capital. He plans to pursue a career in finance and will return to Barclays Capital as a full-time investment banking analyst after graduating from Dartmouth.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Former U.S. Comptroller General to Discuss “America at a Crossroads: The Fiscal Challenges and a Way Forward” on Jan. 9th at 4:30 PM

America is at a critical crossroads. The choices that U.S. elected officials make in connection with the role of government and its finances over the next 5 years will largely determine whether America’s collective future will be better than its past.
  • What are America’s fiscal facts?
  • What are sensible solutions to America’s fiscal challenges?
  • How will these solutions work to make America stay great?
  • How can the American Dream stay alive for today’s families and future generations of Americans?

Presidential candidates have been invited.

David Walker is the Founder, President, and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI), where he leads CAI's efforts to promote fiscal responsibility and sustainability by engaging the public and assisting key policymakers on a nonpartisan basis to help achieve solutions to America's federal, state, and local fiscal imbalances. Previously, he served as the first President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Walker served as the seventh U.S. Comptroller General and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (1998-2008). This was one of Walker's three presidential appointments, each by different Presidents during his 15 years of total federal service. He also has more than 20 years of private sector experience, including as a Partner and Global Managing Director of Human Capital Services for Arthur Andersen LLP. He has authored three books, with the latest one entitled Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility (2010). He is a frequent writer and media commentator, and is a subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A.

We hope to see you at this exciting time in New Hampshire, January 9, 2012 – the day before the “first-in-the-nation” primary – at 4:30 pm in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth College for “America at a Crossroads: The Fiscal Challenges and a Way Forward.”

Friday, January 6, 2012

GOP Presidential Candidate Fred Karger at Dartmouth TODAY - Friday, 1/6/12

Fred Karger, the first openly gay presidential candidate, will be in Collis today (Friday, January 6th) from 10am to 12pm.  

Fred has been a fierce advocate for gay rights, filing the complaint that got the Mormon Church convicted of 13 counts of elections fraud for the Church's involvement in repealing gay marriage in California. Fred has positioned himself as the protest vote in the 2012 Republican Primary. As the only Moderate Republican, Fred is the only candidate who supports gay marriage, who is pro-choice, who supports marijuana legalization and wants us out of Afghanistan now.  According to the Karger campaign staff, Fred is tied with Rick Perry and Rick Santorum in the newest New Hampshire polls.  

Read about a past Karger event on campus here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Rockefeller Center Funds 13 Students for Winter 2012 Public Policy Internships

The Rockefeller Center is one of several Dartmouth Centers that grants funding support for unpaid internships to undergraduates.  Rockefeller Public Policy Internship Grants are designed to enable students to work in an unpaid non-profit or governmental agency on issues of public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities that help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state or national level. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to students through a competitive application and interview process each term.

Congratulations to the 13 interns funded by the Rockefeller Center, and working in a variety of host organizations during the Winter 2012 term. 
TIP:  Expand the slideshow above to full-screen (the button on the bottom right), then click "show info" to view the student's bio.
Did you know that we post a variety of internship opportunities for students to consider?  Click here to see all posts related to internships.  You can see what our funded interns, and their supervisors, have to say about our program: