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Student achievement honored with national scholarship awards

Bart Butler
Bart Butler '06
Emma Lubin
Emma Lubin '06
Bart Butler '06 and Emma Lubin '06

Bart Butler '06 and Emma Lubin '06 are the recipients of Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, established in honor of Senator Goldwater to promote the study of math, science and engineering. The scholarship supports tuition for the students' senior years.

Butler, a double major in physics and chemistry, hails from the small town of Amherst Junction, Wisc. He plans to attend graduate school in either physics or chemistry and says that he is "interested in the fine line between the two [disciplines]." Butler is also interested in alternative energy and spent last fall at the Hanford nuclear lab in Washington State working on a project developing containment methods for radioactive materials in soil.

This summer, Butler will remain on campus working on the development of quantum dot lasers at Dartmouth's Center for Nanomaterials Research. "Quantum dot lasers," he explained, "are so-called 'white lasers' which are tunable and can generate output at any wavelength." He plans to turn this project into a senior thesis. He credits Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Miles Blencowe and Albert W. Smith  Professor of Chemistry David Lemal with supporting his bid for the scholarship.

A heavyweight rower for the Dartmouth crew team, Butler is also a member of one of Dartmouth's co-ed a capella groups, the Dodecs.

Lubin, a Biochemistry and molecular biology major, plans to pursue her Ph.D. in molecular biology after graduation and is currently assisting with research in the laboratory of Victor Ambros, Professor of Genetics.

A native of Norwich, Vt., Lubin's research, under the direction of  Research Fellow Christopher Hammell of the Ambros lab, concerns two genes involved in the processing of microRNA precursors into the mature microRNAs.  MicroRNAs are tiny RNA molecules that regulate the expression of genes, and have been found to play critical roles in many fundamental biological processes.  Their existence was discovered in Ambros' lab.

Lubin said she was drawn to the molecular biology field in part thanks to her grandfather, a microbiologist who used to take her as a child to visit his lab.  When she is not engaged in genetics research, Lubin pursues her interest in ancient Greek, a language she said she reads "very slowly."

Taica Hsu
Taica Hsu '06
David Jiles
David Jiles '06
Joanna Lau
Joanna Lau '06
Taica Hsu '06, David Jiles '06 and Joanna Lau '06

Taica Hsu '06, David Jiles '06 and Joanna Lau '06 have been awarded Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Students of Color Entering the Teaching Profession. The fellowship is open to minority students who plan to attend graduate school and then teach in a public school.

Hsu, a Spanish major with math and education minors, will use the scholarship to attend graduate school in education and then teach high school students. He said that because he found high school "very awkward," he wants to "create a better, more encouraging, more relaxed atmosphere for students." He plans to teach math and Spanish and hopes to find ways of fusing the two disciplines. Teaching high school students, he said, will allow him to "develop stronger relationships" with his students.

Hsu has wanted to teach since he was a young boy growing up in Plantation, Fl. He said he used to make up lesson plans for neighborhood children. At Dartmouth, he's found a number of ways to serve as a teacher: as a Tang Soo Do martial arts instructor, as an undergraduate advisor and as part of "Lodj Croo," a welcoming committee for incoming first-year students. Hsu has studied in Madrid and been a student teacher in the Marshall Islands. Currently, he is observing a class of seventh graders at Richmond Middle School.

Jiles, a sociology major from Chicago, will use the scholarship this summer to work with high school students. He plans to pursue a master's degree in education administration and leadership.

Jiles will tutor students at his alma mater, Argo High School, who need help catching up to their peers in reading and writing. He will also develop an evening program for parents and students to help clarify the college application process. "I'll give information sessions to inform students and parents about college life, how to get into college and how to be successful in college."

Jiles said that his adjustment to Dartmouth was a hard one until a professor suggested that he get tested for a learning disability. When he was diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia, some of the pieces of his life seemed to fall into place. Jiles said that this experience makes him more empathetic to elementary school students, adding, "My whole philosophy is, education cannot be generalized for the masses. Different approaches work for different students and each child has a unique story."

Lau, a native of Brooklyn, plans to use the fellowship to pursue graduate studies in education and then teach in the public school system in New York City. This summer she will use some of the funding to support her work with Breakthrough Collaborative, a San Francisco based national educational program that helps high-potential, low-income middle school students prepare for college.

Lau developed a passion for education while teaching at academic summer camps and at Dartmouth while leading Italian language drills for her fellow students. Eventually, she plans to teach upper elementary school students, but currently she is busy observing a class of second-graders. Lau loves it because, "they're brilliant, but still so innocent."

A Romance Languages major, Lau is fluent in four languages and said her language studies have influenced her approach to teaching. She credited Janet Zullo, Visiting Instructor in Education and Elementary Education Certification Program Supervisor and Andrew Garrod, Professor of Education and Director of Teacher Education, with inspiring her to go for her certification in elementary education and encouraging her to apply for the fellowship.

Jonah Kolb
Jonah Kolb '06
Joy Shockley
Joy Shockley '06
Jonah Kolb '06 and Joy Shockley '06

Jonah Kolb '06 and Joy Shockley '06 are recipients of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy.

Kolb was awarded the scholarship for demonstrating outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing a career in environmentalism. For Kolb, the most meaningful part of the award is not the funding but, "the resources that go with it and the networking opportunities with other environmentalists." He expects to pursue a career in environmental activism with an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating land management, scientific research, and environmental outreach into business practices and policy-making.

Kolb, of Topsfield, Mass., previously received an environmental scholarship provided by the Massachusetts-based Henry David Thoreau Foundation. He is using that scholarship to work for a farm management company in Illinois. There, he gets equipment ready for planting, develops business strategies and presents his research to local college students.

Shockley, a Koyukon Athabascan of Interior Alaska, was awarded the  scholarship for her outstanding work in promoting tribal land management and environmental stewardship of the Yukon River Watershed.

Shockley, who was awarded the scholarship for the second year in a row, and who was chosen as a Udall Intern as a freshman, has worked closely with her own and affiliated tribes, both in Alaska and Washington, D.C., to promote tribal sovereignty and stewardship over the Watershed. Shockley explained that the issue of tribal sovereignty is important to her and that she hopes to help develop "a fresh view of native sovereignty. [Tribal] resource management programs are a way of showing sovereignty in practice."

Shockley plans to use the Udall Scholarship this fall for an environmental studies program in South Africa where she will split her time between the University of Pretoria and field work in nearby countries. When she returns to Dartmouth for her senior year, she will complete her thesis on tribal resources management and the Yukon River Watershed. Shockley, who is majoring in Native American Studies with an Environmental Studies component, writes poetry when she can find the time and plans to pursue her Ph.D. after graduation.

Ingird Nelson
Ingrid Nelson '05
Ingrid Nelson '05

Ingrid Nelson '05 is the recipient of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and is pursuing a master of philosophy in geography at Cambridge University. She is a geography major modified by environmental studies and is primarily interested in the intersection of politics and the environment as they relate to Africa. Her research proposal for the scholarship focused on women's roles regarding a proposed hydroelectric dam in Mozambique.

During her senior year, Nelson will focus on issues closer to home; her thesis looks at lawn care in Hanover and Lebanon. Although this may seem far afield from a dam in Africa, Nelson explained that she's really looking at many of the same issues. "[Both topics] deal with the power dynamics of who controls and reaps the benefits of environmental resources, and who suffers the externalities of their use." When she's not engaged with issues of geography and the environment, Nelson serves as an Undergraduate Advisor and Sexual Abuse Peer Advisor.

The East Chatham, N.Y. native attended St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. and credits the school chaplain, Reverend John Thompson-Quartey, with sparking her interest in African resource issues. She also credits the Dartmouth faculty who have continuously supported her with guidance and friendship, in particular Visiting Assistant Professor Coleen Fox, Assistant Professor Benjamin Forest and Assistant Professor Christopher Sneddon of the Geography Department and Professor and Senior Fellow of the Dickey Center Jack Shepherd of the Environmental Studies Department.

Patrick Ward
Patrick Ward '05
Patrick Ward '05

Patrick Ward '05 has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship, one of only eleven such scholarships awarded annually. As a recipient, Ward will attend Cambridge University in England where he will pursue a year-long master's degree in his field, clinical biochemistry.

Ward's current research examines metabolism and the effects of  AMP-activated protein kinase on microscopic worms, working with Lee Witters, Eugene W. Leonard 1921 Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry at Dartmouth Medical School. After earning his master's degree at Cambridge, he plans to apply for an MD-Ph.D., a degree program offered by some medical schools that will put his research interests to work with a medical degree. Ward said he chose this path because it offers "a rigorous, scientific approach" to medicine. He hopes to continue studying metabolism, which has possible applications for diabetes and obesity-related health issues.

A member of the Dartmouth cross-country and track teams, he runs between 90 and 100 miles per week. Ward said he's learned a lot of lessons from running about taking the long view, and added, "I've found that the longer the distances I run, the better my performance is."

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08