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Graduate Teaching Award: Justin Lopchuk

June 10, 2014 by Grad Forum

Justin Lopchuk is one of the winners of the Graduate Teaching Award this year. Lopchuk recently defended his dissertation in chemistry and is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, working with Professor Phil Baran.

New Graduate Student Council-recognized Groups

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During this academic year, six new graduate student groups have come into existence and were offered recognition by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) thus far. Recognition allows student-run groups to apply for annualblock funding from the GSC (up to $1000/year). This financial sponsorship from the GSC helps the student groups plan interesting and exciting events and programming for the broader graduate student body. The groups that were offered GSC recognition this year are very diverse and are already very busy organizing events for the whole graduate community. This article highlights four of those newly formed student groups.

Women in Academia Panel

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On January 16, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE), in collaboration with the Graduate Studies Office, hosted a “Women in Academia” panel. The panel was comprised of four Dartmouth faculty members, including: Professors Mary R. Albert (Thayer School of Engineering), Mary K. Hudson (Department of Physics and Astronomy), and Kathryn Cottingham (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Program), and Assistant Professor Meredith A. Kelly (Department of Earth Sciences). These women are very successful in their respective fields, with more than 70 publications combined in the last decade.

Communicating Science Class Held at Dartmouth

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This past fall, 15 Dartmouth graduate students took part in Communicating Sciencea term-long class to learn how to communicate their research more effectively, drawing on improvisation and storytelling techniques. The course was based on a model pioneered by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. As reported previously, Alan Alda visited campus and led a session for the class on October 11.

Graduate Alumni Research Award, Sadik Antwi-Boampong

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Chemistry PhD student Sadik Antwi-Boampong describes how he used the Graduate Alumni Research Award to assist him in his research.

Formaldehyde is a dangerous chemical that is found in many common materials. The Graduate Alumni Research Award supported my group’s work in developing a sensor that can detect the presence of formaldehyde in real time so that people can be warned about immediate exposure.

Letter from Dean F. Jon Kull

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Dear Graduate Community,

Greetings from Hanover!

I have had a really fantastic year in my role as Dean of Graduate Studies. It has been extremely rewarding to be able to work with the Trustees, President Hanlon, Dean of the Faculty Mike Mastanduno, and the other senior leaders on a regular basis. As you no doubt have heard, one of President Hanlon’s aspirational goals is to set up a freestanding Graduate School. I feel that creating a Graduate School will be a clear signal that Dartmouth is committed not only to maintaining its excellence in undergraduate education, but also to supporting and expanding the research and scholarship of its graduate students and faculty. A Graduate School is a way to acknowledge the essential and distinctive role of graduate students within the broader Dartmouth community, and it will definitely strengthen Dartmouth’s national and international reputation.

Graduate Student Leaders Attend Networking Event

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Every term the Graduate Studies Officeorganizes events that help graduate student leaders build new skills, the most recent of which was a networking event held on November 21. At the event, the leaders of graduate student-led organizations on campus were given tips on how to be successful during networking events. Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs Kerry Landers hosted the evening, and Graduate Studies Dean Jon Kull and Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Diversity Jane Seibel were also in attendance and offered their advice and insights as well.