Alumni Stories

Ian Speers '17 awarded fellowships to work with Americares in Africa

Ian Speers '17 is the recipient of funding from two fellowships to continue his anthropological work after graduating from Dartmouth.

Speers was awarded the Richard D. Lombard '53 Public Service Fellowship and the Paul L. '83 and Neil McGorrian Fellowship to complete a global health and emergency response fellowship with Americares. The Lombard Public Service Fellowship is administered by the Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Dartmouth Center for Service and the Paul and Neil McGorrian Fellowship is administered through Scholarship Advising.

Americares is an NGO that focuses on emergency response, community health, access to medicine, and clinical programs - a great opportunity for Speers to merge his passions for global health programs, medicine, emergency response, and medical anthropology.

Behind our Diplomas

When interviewing staff, I took note of symbols perhaps before taking note of stories. While a Dartmouth-crested polo commands uniformity in a way that makes a staff member seamlessly blend into the background, a wedding ring, Boston Red Sox hat and wrist tattoo reaffirm personhood and individuality.

I learned a great deal about perspective in these interviews. Consider the Green. We see a space where students lounge between classes, where tours traverse with visitors, where a farmer’s market gathers in warm months. On the other hand, staff see a space where underground sprinkler systems cross like road maps, where re-seeding is done frequently, where constant maintenance is needed to keep up appearances.

Read the full article in The Dartmouth.

Quote of the Day - May 9, 2017 Zaneta Thayer '08

Racism may not be a disease, exactly. But a growing body of research finds that it has lasting physical and mental effects on its victims.

Physicist and social justice crusader Albert Einstein once referred to American racism as a "disease of white people." He was speaking metaphorically, but a host of research in recent years has shown that racism, like a disease, can harm the physical health of both its victims and its perpetrators. Now, the results of a national survey find that children who experience racism appear to be at higher risk of anxiety and depression, and tend to have poorer health in general.

Read the article in the Smithsonian.

Vivek Venkataraman receives Hannah T. Croasdale Award

Dr. Venkataraman has been selected as one of this year's two recipients of the Hannah T. Croasdale Award. The award is made to graduating Ph.D. students who best exemplify the qualities of a scholar. The committee selected this year's recipients as scholars who possess intellectual curiosity, a dedicated commitment to the pursuit of new knowledge, a strong interest in teaching, and a sense of social responsibility to the academic community. These are all qualities that characterized Dr. Croasdale's exemplary life and career.

The Award was established in honor of Dr. Hannah T. Croasdale who studied and taught for more than 40 years in what is now the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth. She began at Dartmouth in 1935, worked her way up through the ranks, and retired at the rank of full Professor in 1971. She pioneered the role of women faculty at Dartmouth by being the first woman to move through the ranks to the level of full Professor.

We wish Vivek the very best as he departs for his new role as College Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Vivek Venkataraman, PhD Student in EEB, Receives NGS Waitt Grant

Vivek Venkataraman (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Ph.D student) and Jeff Kerby (Visiting Arctic Fellow at Dartmouth College) received a National Geographic Society - Waitt Grant for $15,000 for a project entitled "The living library of primate faces: developing 3-dimensional facial mapping to link behavioral ecology and morphometrics in a wild gelada monkey population."  The size and shape of morphological traits are fundamental aspects of animals that have been shaped by natural and sexual selection. Consequently, the measurements of physical attributes in wild animals is essential for testing evolutionary hypotheses. Yet in most taxa this task is difficult due to logistical challenges and the ethical problems associated with live capture. Remote measurement of individual morphological traits via photogrammetry has become popular in recent years, although current implementations of this technique remain relatively crude and are largely confined to two dimensions.   The study involves developing a portable multi-camera array to characterize the morphological traits of wild primates in three dimensions.

Colin Walmsley '15 Named Rhodes Scholar

Colin Walmsley ’15 of Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada has been named a Rhodes Scholar for 2015—the 78th Rhodes Scholar in Dartmouth’s history.

The Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and best-known award for international study, is widely considered to be the most prestigious postgraduate academic award available to college graduates.

Colin is completing a double major in Anthropology and Government and conducted research as a senior fellow on "Queer Youth Homelessness in New York City," with his advisor, Sienna Craig, an associate professor of Anthropology. His research was supported with funding from the anthropology department’s Claire Garber Goodman Fund for the Anthropological Study of Human Culture.

The Anthropology Department extends its warmest congratulations to Colin as he prepares for his journey to Oxford to pursue a master's degree in Social Anthropology.

Karolina Krelinova '14 Wins Runner-Up Chase Peace Prize

The Anthropology Department congratulates anthropology major Karolina Krelinova ’14, who has been awarded the 2014 Runner-Up Prize by the John Sloan Dickey Center’s Chase Peace Prize committee. Each year, the Dickey Center awards the Peace Prize and Runner-Up Prize to senior theses or culminating projects that address “the subject of war, conflict resolution, the prospects and problems of maintaining peace, or other related topics”

As an Anthropology major, Karolina conducted independent ethnographic research among young activists in Belgrade, Serbia. Her research, advised by Professors Sergei Kan and Lourdes Gutierrez-Najera, culminated in an honors thesis titled “Challenging The Mythical Nation: Liberal Youth Activism in Belgrade, Serbia.”

Miriam Kilimo ’14 Named Rhodes Scholar

Miriam Jerotich Kilimo ’14 of Nairobi, Kenya, has been named a Rhodes Scholar for 2015—the 76th Rhodes Scholar in Dartmouth’s history.

The Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and best-known award for international study, is widely considered to be the most prestigious postgraduate academic award available to college graduates.

While at Dartmouth, Miriam majored in Anthropology and conducted research as a senior fellow on "Inter-Ethnic Friendship Among Youth in Urban Kenya," with her advisor, Sergei Kan, a professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies.

The Anthropology Department extends its warmest congratulations to Miriam as she heads to Oxford to pursue a master's degree in Women's Studies.

Emily Fletcher '13 Works as Presidential Fellow

For a group of recent graduates, the transition from college to the workforce means moving from the ranks of Dartmouth undergraduates to Dartmouth staff members.

Eight alumni began work last month as Presidential Fellows for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Presidential Fellows Program, run by the Office of the President, was launched in 2009 and provides graduates with the opportunity to play key roles in Dartmouth’s administration.

One of the Presidential Fellows, Emily Fletcher '13, double majored in anthropology and neuroscience. See her profile below, and read about the other seven fellows on Dartmouth Now.