University of Toronto
January 17, 2014
3:00 pm 021 Fairchild
Ohio State University
February 20, 2013
4:00 pm 021 Fairchild
Daniel Bornstein '14 is interested in the globalization of food and agriculture. His thesis research focuses on global food safety standards and their potential to strengthen food safety infrastructure in developing countries. He spent the summer conducting fieldwork in The Gambia, whose peanut crop has been subject to stringent regulations by the European Union for aflatoxin levels (which contribute to liver cancer). Although Gambia has established a new Food Safety and Quality Authority, this institution is more focused on ensuring exporters' compliance with global standards than on regulating the local market. Daniel plans to take a critical perspective toward the EU-funded technical assistance program for food safety in the Gambia. The program has merely installed laboratory equipment at an agricultural research institute, suggesting its narrow intent to target exporters and its neglect of a comprehensive food safety strategy. He also observed how the global standard is leading to differentation among farmers. The farmers' organization he visited has been excluding from its main marketing channel those who fail to satisfy the aflatoxin standard, largely in an attempt to sustain its reputation among exporters.
Daniel has also enjoyed engaging in journalistic work on global food security. He has written for the Christian Science Monitor, the Worldwatch Institute, and PolicyMic.com.
Drs. Xun Shi, Frank Magilligan, Jonathan Chipman, Chris Sneddon, and Dan Lawson received the Porter Faculty Research Grant at Dartmouth (2013) to study" Maintaining Environmental Flows and Sustainable Water Use Strategies in a Rapidly Developing Watershed: Tarim Basin, China."
Assistant Professor Sharlene Mollett has recently published in the discipline's flagship journal, Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Her article is titled "Mapping Deception: The politics of Mapping Miskito and Garifuna Space in Honduras."
On September 16, Professor Xun Shi delivered a plenary talk "A High-Throughput Computational Approach to Environmental Health Study Based on CyberGIS" at the NSF CyberGIS Project All-Hands Meeting in Seattle.
Professor Susanne Freidberg delivered keynote addresses at the Anglo-American Conference of Historians in July in London, and the International Conference on Life Cycle Management in Gothenburg, Sweden in August.
Antipode published Postdoctoral Fellow Paul Jackson's article "The Crisis of the 'Disadvantaged Child': Poverty Research, IQ, and Muppet Diplomacy in the 1960s." The journal also asked him to put together a video abstract that connects his historical research to current events in the United States.
A paper co-authored by Professor Richard Wright and Czech colleagues Eva Janská and Zdenek Čermák. "New Immigrant Destinations in a New Immigrant Country: Settlement Patterns of Non-natives in the Czech Republic" has been accepted for publication in Population, Space, and Place. Supported by both NSF and the Czech Science Foundation, the scholarship grows out of the Dartmouth Geography Department's long-standing relationship with geographers at Charles University, which hosts the department's FSP in Prague.
In September Economy and Society published Professor Susanne Freidberg's article "Calculating Sustainability in Supply Chain Capitalism."
Welcome Jessica De La Ossa, Caesar Chavez Scholar
Jessica De La Ossa is a PhD candidate in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, completing a yearlong tenure as the César Chávez Dissertation Fellow at Dartmouth College. She is a social geographer studying the emotional and affective dimensions of citizenship along the US-Mexico border. Her research comprises three research areas: (1) the ethics of care for distant others, (2) the politics and practices of citizenship, and (3) the relationship between affect, emotion and security objects. Her research advances geographic knowledge of the relationship between landscapes, objects, and emotions that better account for the spatial imaginaries of border citizens and the new orientations taken towards "illegal" immigrants and securitized landscapes.
Jessaca was recently featured in Dartmouth Now.
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