The 19th annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium, Dartmouth's annual celebration of undergraduate research, took place on Thursday and Friday, May 20-21, with 150 undergraduate students presenting 139 research posters to the Dartmouth community.
Faculty, students and family members filled all floors, and even some hallways, of Fairchild Tower to view yet another record number of posters created by first and second year WISP research interns, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellows, James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars, Senior Honors students, and many others. Research on display represented all college science division departments plus Anthropology, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, Psychological & Brain Sciences, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL), the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the following departments from Dartmouth Medical School: Biochemistry, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Genetics, Immunology, Medicine, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology, Psychiatry and Surgery.
With support from the NH NASA Space Grant, the Symposium began with Dr. Fran Bagenal's wonderful keynote address, "Erupting Volcanoes and Dazzling Auroras: Exploring the Planets" filled with spectacular visuals, fascinating science and humorous anecdotes. She concluded by offering some valuable advice to aspiring scientists and engineers: don't be intimidated by others' qualifications--pursue topics of curiosity with careful thought, good questions, and persistence; get away from electronic gadgets and take time for quality, deep thought and reflection; and, finally, always seek to understand and explain science on a relatable, human scale.
Dr. Bagenal is Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her primary research interests are the magnetic fields of planets, the charged particles trapped by these fields and their interactions with planetary moons. She has worked on several NASA space missions to the outer solar system, from Voyager's grand tour of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune to the New Horizons probe that will fly past Pluto in 2015. Dr Bagenal was born and raised in England and came to the US to earn her Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences at MIT.
The Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi , the Scientific Honor Society, once again organized the annual Christopher Reed Senior Honors Thesis Competition. Congratulations to the 2010 winners!
Katelin Bailey, Computer Science
Umair Siddiqui, Physics & Astronomy
Rebecca Strickfaden, Earth Sciences
Andrew Smith, Earth Sciences
Zieanna Chang, Biological Sciences
Our thanks to the dedicated Sigma Xi faculty judges: Chuck Daghlian, Ripple Microscope Facility; Eric Lambie, Biological Sciences, Tim Smith, Physics and Astronomy; Susan Taylor, Earth Sciences and CRREL; and Dean Wilcox, Chemistry.
The Women in Science Project is deeply grateful to all the faculty sponsors, assistant sponsors and other research advisors who guide, coach and mentor young emerging scientists in the WISP Research Internship Program. This year, WISP was pleased to honor three individuals for their commitment and dedication as long time WISP sponsors.
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