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2014 Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium

The 23rd annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium, Dartmouth's annual celebration of undergraduate research, took place on Thursday, May 22 where 184 undergraduate students presented 155 research posters to the Dartmouth community. The Symposium took place in the 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 scholars, Presidential scholars and Senior Honors thesis students competing in the annual Sigma Xi Christopher Reed competition. Research on display represented all college science division departments plus Anthropology, Education, Environmental Studies, Psychology and Brain Sciences, and many departments from the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Keynote Address

Ayorkor korsah-keynote speaker

The keynote speaker was G. Ayorkor Korsah, Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Ashesi University in Ghana, where she teaches courses in programming, algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) robotics. The title of her talk was Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Education: Fostering Innovation in Africa. Professor Korsah  graduated from Dartmouth in 2001 with a modified major in Computer Science and Engineering, completed a B.E. and M.S. at Thayer School of Engineering in 2003, and went on to do a Ph.D. in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Korsah's research and professional interests range from designing algorithms for robotics planning and coordination to exploring the role of technology in education in developing communities.  In 2012, she co-founded the African Robotics Network (AFRON) to promote communication and collaborations that will enhance robotics-related education, research, and industry on the continent.  She also established the annual Ashesi Robotics Experience (ARX), a pre-college enrichment program aimed at inspiring high school students to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering. Professor Korsah is a recipient of the Ideas 2012 Award, recognizing "Ghanaians under age 40 who invest significantly in a project or organization that enriches the lives of Ghanaians," and a 2013 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award (TDIA) for her work with AFRON.

To view the full video of the keynote address preceded by the symposium opening remarks (including Reed Competition winners and WISP faculty recognitions),  go to 2014 Wetterhahn Address on YouTube 

To learn more,  please visit the following websites:

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 2014 competition winners:

  • 1st prize - Laurel Anderson, Advisor: Chandrasekhar Ramanathan, "Physics Experimental control of spin chain dynamics"
  • 2nd prize - Kali Pruss, Advisor: Kathy Cottingham and Ron Taylor, "Biology Linking Vibrio cholerae chemotaxis in the aquatic environment and human host"
  • 3rd prize - Saara-Anne Azizi, Advisor: Ivan Aprahamian, Chemistry, "A light-driven chiral molecular switch in liquid crystal"
  • 3rd prize - Nejc Zupan, Advisor: Dorothy Wallace, Mathematics, "Seasonal fluctuation in tsetse fly populations and human African Trypanosomiasis: a mathematical model"

Thanks to the dedicated Sigma Xi faculty judges: Chuck Daghlian, Ripple Microscope Facility; Robyn Barbato, CRREL; Meredith Kelly, Earth Sciences;  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 young 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 10 years participation

  • Rebecca Irwin, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Hans Mueller, Research Associate Professor of Physics

For 15 years of participation

  • Ian Baker, Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering
  • Susan Taylor, Adjunct Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Research & Research Physical Scientist , US Army Cold Regions and Research Engineering Laboratory

For 20 years of participation

  • C. Robertson McClung, Professor of Biological Sciences, William B. Hale 1944 Professor in the Arts and Sciences

Last Updated: 7/31/14