The Graduate Forum will be running a series of articles profiling the new Graduate Student Council. The GSC elections were held back on May 1st. As the new board members get underway in their positions, we’d like to take an opportunity to congratulate them on their elections and to highlight their hopes for the year ahead. We’re getting started with Julia Bradley-Cook, the new President of the Graduate Student Council.
Julia is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department (EEB) who has already made a huge impact on graduate life at Dartmouth. Julia served as the Academic Chair on the exec board in 2011-12 and was the academic representative for the EEB Department in 2010-2011. Julia was instrumental in launching the popular “Nerd Night” events and the Graduate Pub Nights.
Originally from New York, Julia went to college at Grinnell College in Iowa, where she majored in Biology. Julia’s focus of study is carbon cycling in arctic soil. Julia explained that there is a high concentration of carbon in article soil, and that this carbon has a slow decomposition rate. This has serious implications for the way in which we see carbon cycles in relationship to climate change. Her research has taken her to the tundra in Greenland, where she’ll be for two months in the summer term.
Before coming to Dartmouth Julia worked in Nambia with an NGO, a job that exposed her to research and policy relationships. This was something she considers to be a valuable learning experience – one that encouraged her to enhance her research skills. Her ultimate aim is to work in the field, finding ways to push for policy that’s rooted in research science.
Julia is taking up her office in an exciting time of Dartmouth College’s history. Julia is ambitious about asserting the importance of the graduate community to the College’s administration while the Presidential transition is taking place. Among her primary policy initiatives are, to continue the pressure on the administration to provide dental care for graduate students, to lobby for day-care rights for graduate students, and to work with the administration on the on-going development of a graduate student space, which can be set aside for the enhancement of the graduate community.
In order to realize these goals, Julia intends to work closely with the college’s administration, encouraging dialogue and helping to facilitate the most effective means to meet graduate students’ needs. At the same time she wants to mobilize the graduate community to voice and take action to address their concerns. Reflecting on the importance of this aspect of improving services for students, Julia remarked: “I really value the graduate community. In many ways, we are our own best resource for advocacy.”
Outside of her studies and the GSC, Julia enjoys sports and outdoor activities. She plays center-back on her co-ed soccer team, Discofeet. She also tries to finds time to canoe and travel, as well as enjoying the company of her peers in the graduate community.
The Graduate Forum congratulates Julia on her election and wishes her the best for her term as president!
Article and picture by Dan Durcan