Skip to main content
Home >  Symposium

2007 Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium

An array of undergraduate research work filled all four floors of Fairchild Tower on May 24 and 25, 2007, as more than 100 students — first year through senior year — shared their research with members of the Dartmouth community at the 16th annual Wetterhahn Science Symposium. Just prior to the poster session, invited keynote speaker Dr. Lisa Graumlich gave a terrific talk about research evidence for the rate of climate change and the opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches to address our urgent global issues of sustainability.

If you strolled through the 102 undergraduate posters, you would have seen research representing all of the science departments as well as Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Psychological & Brain Sciences, the Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab (CRREL), and many Dartmouth Medical School departments.  You would have been struck by the professionalism of the posters but by the WISP interns, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellows, senior thesis students and other student researchers filling the Tower with explanations of their work.

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Graumlich

This year's keynote speaker is Professor and new Director of the School of Natural Resources within the College of Agriculture at the University of Arizona-Tucson. Dr. Lisa Graumlich combines her career-long interest in global climate change with the emerging issue of how to best manage natural resources in an uncertain future. As a researcher, she investigates the nature of human-environment interactions by melding records of severe and persistent climate episodes, such as mega-droughts, with historical accounts of social adaptation vs. collapse. In addition, Dr. Graumlich has developed innovative interdisciplinary science programs that address issues of sustainability of ecosystems and livelihoods. Graumlich received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1985 and is a co-editor along with Robert Costanza and Will Steffen on the recent book, "Sustainability or Collapse? An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth" (MIT Press, January 2007). She was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 1999 and was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004.

Christopher G. Reed Science Competition

Cash prizes and nomination as associate members in Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Society, were awarded to the top four seniors participating in the annual Christopher Reed Science competition sponsored annually by Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi. Gwen Rudie captured the top award with the research she has conducted with Professor Robert Fesen in Physics & Astronomy since her days as a WISP intern in her first year at Dartmouth. Second place went to Biological Sciences major and recent Fulbrght Scholarship awardee Katherine Amato. Katie's research culminates four motivating years in the lab of Professor Rob McClung (and also started with her WISP internship). The honors for third place in the Reed Competition were shared by Christina Behrend, an Engineering Sciences major, and Kale Bongers, a Biological Sciences major. Christina's work represents her interdisciplinary research in the labs of Professor Jim Leiter in Physiology at the medical school and Professor Alex Hartof at the engineering school. Kale's work culminates his senior thesis with Professor Kathryn Cottingham.

First prize:

     Gwen Rudie, Advisor: Robert Fesen, Physics & Astronomy
     "Discovery of circumstellar material in the Galactic supernova remnant 3C 58"

Second prize:

     Katherine Amato, Advisor: C. Robertson McClung, Biological Sciences
     "Natural variation and selective pressure in the Arabidopsis thaliana PRR7 gene"

Third prizes:

     Christina Behrend, Advisor: James Leiter, Physiology, and Alex Hartov, Thayer School of Engineering.
     "Understanding deep brain stimulation as a treatment for Parkinson's disease"

     Kale Bongers, Advisor: Kathryn Cottingham, Biological Sciences
     "Scientific power: A history of Vibrio cholerae ecology"

Warm appreciation is extended to the dedicated Sigma Xi faculty judges Kathryn Cottingham, Eric Lambie, Christopher Levey, Susan Taylor and Dean Wilcox and to all of the unsung "cast members' who helped to create a successful symposium.

Faculty Recognition

Special tribute was paid to two faculty for their long-term dedication and support of undergraduate education through research advising and mentoring in the WISP Research Internship Program

For 15 years:

  • Robert Norman, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics
  • Velez, Professor of Biological Sciences

Last Updated: 8/23/13