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Alumni, Graduate Student Win NSF Awards

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded funding to five Dartmouth alumni and to one Dartmouth graduate student through its Graduate Research Fellowship Program. According to the NSF Web site, this program provides three years of support for graduate study that will lead to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. It is intended for students early in their graduate careers. Each year, approximately 1,000 awards are granted, and the winners represent a variety of disciplines, all relevant to the mission of the NSF.

John Bellows '04—Bellows is currently in his second year of a Ph.D. in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research concerns economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, he is involved in a project in Sierra Leone in West Africa that is looking at the residual impacts of recent civil war and at how the current labor market is structured for young men in urban areas.

Jana Schaich Borg '02—Schaich Borg has been studying moral decision making in clinical psychopaths at the Institute of Living at Yale University since graduating from Dartmouth. This fall, she will begin her Ph.D. in neuroscience at Stanford University. Her work focuses on the science behind the debate about whether moral judgments are based on emotion or on reason.

Ariel Dowling '05—Dowling is working on an M.S./Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. She is focusing on biomechanics with a project on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries of the knee. She is looking into the mechanism of an ACL injury, as well as how a person's gait changes before and after ACL reconstruction surgery, all working toward improving the surgical procedure.

Serin D. Houston '00—Houston is currently a master's student in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on the racial discourses of mixed-race households in Tacoma, Wash., a city where the rate of racial mixing exceeds twice the national average. For her dissertation, Serin plans on extending her current research through a transnational comparison of mixed-race households in Canada and the United States.

Crystal L. Piffath—Piffath is a graduate student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program at Dartmouth. She is interested in the biology of cellular signaling, and she focuses on the metabolic processes of a metalloproteinase, ADAM17.

Laura Trouille '03—Trouille is a second-year graduate student in astronomy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research involves using an infrared telescope in Hawaii and the Chandra X-ray Satellite to look at how galaxies are distributed in the universe. Her current work concerns what is known as the Local Void, which is the lack of galaxies (as compared to the average) in the nearby Universe.

This year's Honorable Mentions with a Dartmouth affiliation include: Justin E. Campbell '01, Erik M. Dambach '04, Adrienne R. Diebold '05, Tasha M. Francis '02, Kenneth T. Gillingham '02, Ian D. Holloway G'10, Dara Lee '02, Jodie Y. Lee '00, Richard L. Martin '05, Jaime K. Mazilu '05, Gabrielle A. Miller-Messner '01, Kara K. Podkaminer Th'09, Rachel E. Ramirez G'10, Nicholas O. Rule '04, Leah H. Samberg '03, Kathleen A. Theoharides '04, Annalies Z. Vuong G'10.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08