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Alumnae Luncheon panel: "Oh the Places You'll Go"
Thursday, May 19 - Noon to 1:30 PM

Amy Palmer '94Amypalmer
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at UC, Boulder

Amy's primary research interests are to develop fluorescent sensors and probes to track molecules, ions, and chemical reactions in living cells.  These sensors allow researchers to track chemical processes in both healthy and diseased cells. Amy is a native of New Hampshire and during her time at Dartmouth she worked with Karen E. Wetterhahn on the toxicity of chromium compounds.  She received her Ph.D. in 2001 in chemistry from Stanford University. From 2001 to 2005 Amy was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Nobel Laureate (Chemistry) Roger Y. Tsien at the University of California, San Diego.  She is this year's keynote speaker at the Wetterhahn Science Symposium.

Erica Esrick '98
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (MD) at Children's Hospital, Boston/Dana-Farber


Erica's research focuses on developing new therapeutic options for hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease and thalassemia). Erica grew up in Evanston, Illinois just outside Chicago and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1998 with a degree in Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology.  She earned her MD at Harvard Medical School in 2004.  Her post-graduate medical training included a pediatrics internship at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a pediatrics residency in Boston and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Boston's Children and Dana-Farber.  Erica lives with her husband Dan, her two year-old daughter, Clara and her new baby Cole in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Anne Loomis Thompson '99
Research Software Development Engineer at Microsoft


 Anne develops systems that enable research in the area of situated interaction, with the goal of embedding interaction and computation into the natural flow of everyday tasks. Her primary focus is the     development of a virtual personal assistant. Anne grew up in North Florida and received her BA summa cum laude in 1999 from Dartmouth with a major in English and a minor in Engineering Sciences. After working for five years at Fidessa Corp., a financial software company in Manhattan, she returned to Dartmouth and earned her MS in Computer Science in 2006.  After graduating she joined Microsoft, where she worked on a variety of projects before taking a position in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group in Microsoft Research. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two parakeets.

Heather (Wakely) Healey '00
Senior Energy Engineer at TRC Energy Servicesheatherhealey

Heather develops technical requirements and performs quality control for energy efficient programs across the Northeast.  Heather's first research experience at Dartmouth was working with Professor Lynd at Thayer developing techniques for ethanol production. She graduated Dartmouth in 2000 with a degree in environmental engineering and took a position working in Human Health Risk Assessment while she trained with the US National Rowing Team. She did her Ph.D. in civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and is now a licensed Mechanical Engineer in New York. When Heather couldn't find the type of yoga in Ithaca that she preferred, she became a certified yoga teacher and opened her own studio, Mighty Yoga,  in 2009.

Gina Ferrie '04
Conservation Biologist for Disney Animal Kingdom and Ph.D. student

ginaferrieGina's research deals with incorporating new genetic techniques into the management of populations in captivity and in species with the potential to be reintroduced back to the wild. Gina's degree from Dartmouth in biology with a focus in ecology and evolution with a minor in Environmental Science. Gina received her master's at Columbia University in Conservation Biology in 2007 and was fortunate to be recruited for a position at Disney's Animal Kingdom working on animal behavior and managing small populations in captivity. She is currently merging her research with her Ph.D. studies in Conservation Biology.

Last Updated: 5/11/11