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2012 Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium

The 21st annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium, Dartmouth's annual celebration of undergraduate research, took place on Thursday, May 24 with 167 undergraduate students presenting 146 research posters to the Dartmouth community.  For the first time the symposium took place on two floors of the new Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center. Faculty, students and members of the public came to view posters created by a record number of participants, including first and second year WISP research interns, Sophomore Science Scholars, 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, Psychological & Brain Sciences, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL), and many departments from the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Keynote Address

Mary Lou Guerinot

Mary Lou Guerinot, the Ronald and Deborah Harris Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College, was the symposium keynote speaker.  She is a molecular geneticist whose principal expertise and research interests are in the area of metal transport and regulation of gene expression by metals.  Dr. Guerinot earned her bachelor's degree in biology at Cornell University and her Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University, followed by postdoctoral studies at the University of Maryland and at the DOE-MSU Plant Research Laboratory. She is currently serving as Chair of the Biological Sciences section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), and as associate editor for Plant, Cell and Environment.

Dr. Guerinot kicked off the Symposium with her wonderful keynote address, "Metals, Mutants and Mayhem", which described her "not so linear" career path in the sciences, from marine biologist to her current cutting edge work as a molecular geneticist whose principal expertise and research interests are in the area of metal transport and regulation of gene expression by metals.  For most of the world, plants are the major point of entry for essential metals into the food chain, so her work is laying the foundation for crops that offer solutions for malnutrition.

Christopher G. Reed Science Competition

The Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Society, once again organized the annual Christopher Reed Senior Honors Thesis Competition. Congratulations to the following 2012 winners:

1st prize:    Hannah Baranes               Advisor:  Meredith Kelly, Earth Sciences
2nd prize:   Elise Wilkes                     Advisor:  Ivan Aprahamiam, Chemistry
3rd prize:   Michael Funaro                 Advisors: Barjor Gimi, Geisel School of Medicine, and F. Jon Kull, Chemistry
3rd prize:   Suzanne Kelson                Advisors: William Ardren & Anne Kapuscinski, Environmental Studies; Matt Ayres, Biology; F. Jon Kull, Chemistry

Our thanks to the dedicated Sigma Xi faculty judges: Chuck Daghlian, Ripple Microscope Facility; Rebecca Irwin, Biological Sciences; Tim Smith, Physics and Astronomy; Susan Taylor, Earth Sciences and CRREL; and Dean Wilcox, Chemistry.

Faculty Recognition

The Women in Science Project is deeply grateful to all the faculty sponsors, assistant sponsors and other research advisors who guide, coach and mentor the emerging scientists who participate in the WISP Research Internship Program. This year, WISP was pleased to honor the following individuals for their commitment and dedication as long time WISP faculty mentors:

For 5 years:

  • Elsa Garmire, Sydney E. Junkins 1887 Professor of Engineering
  • G. Eric Schaller, Professor of Biological Sciences

For 20 years:

  • Mary Lou Guerinot, Ronald and Deborah Harris Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Robert Z. Norman, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
  • Samuel J. Velez, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Below WISP's Assistant Director, Kathy Scott Weaver, presents Bob Norman (Mathematics - emeritus faculty) a certificate for his 20 years of mentoring WISP students.  Bob holds the record for the number of WISP students mentored - 54.

Certificate presentation



Last Updated: 11/3/15