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News & Events Archive: April 2009

April 13, 2009

Congratulations to Alison Stace-Naughton '11 and Kathrym Holroyd '11!

Kathryn HolroydBoth Kathryn Holroyd '11 (pictured in photo) and Alison Stace-Naughton '11 were recently awarded one of this year’s Goldwater Scholarships from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Goldwater scholarships, of which only 278 were given out nation-wide this year, are given to those who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and demonstrate outstanding potential to succeed in those fields. Last year, Kathryn was a WISP intern, working with Donna Coch in the Education department to research "Brain and behavior in the development of reading skills." Alison is the president of the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Congratulations to both!

April 16, 2009

"The Impostor Syndrome" or How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are. A presentation by Dr. Valerie Young on what every woman and man needs to know about competence, the Impostor Syndrome and the art of winging.

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally known speaker whose work over the past 20 years is based upon studies by psychology professor Pauline Clance and psychologist Suzanne Imes called "The Impostor Phenomenon Among High Achieving Women" (1978). The work of Clance and Imes influenced Young to alter her own dissertation topic to find out why so many intelligent women--and men--set themselves up to fall short. For more information on The Impostor Syndrome and Dr. Valerie Young, go to For the The Dartmouth's coverage of the event, please visit:

April 16-19

WISP at Dimensions Weekend! Dimensions 2009 marked the official welcome of the Class of 2013, who spent the weekend exploring all of the opportunities and resources available at Dartmouth. WISP held two events for prospective students: an informal dinner with members of the Peer Mentor Program, and an information booth at the Student Activities Fair. For a recap of WISP's role in this exciting weekend, read on.

Many prospective students gathered at the activities fair to learn more about Dartmouth’s extracurricular programs. WISP volunteers offered details on the programs offered in our organization including the First-Year Research Internships, the Peer Mentor Program, and our informal lunches and dinners with Dartmouth faculty. We provided literature on these programs and offered prospective students a chance to meet actual WISP members in our Diner’s Club event. Overall, the students who visited our table were extremely interested in the opportunities we offer for women interested in science.

Our second Dimensions event, the Diner’s Club dinner, was held the following day and allowed prospective women in science to hear about the experiences of current WISP members. We were lucky to have an amazing turnout of active mentors and mentees from our Peer Mentor Program. These members were able to provide an informal outlook on life at Dartmouth and their role in the Women in Science Project. We attracted close to 30 prospective students for this event (as well as parents!) and many were able to have intimate conversations with our volunteers about the impact of the WISP program at Dartmouth College. A large number of prospective students mentioned that these opportunities were not available elsewhere and that the presence of WISP would definitely shape their future college decisions in the following weeks. It was great to see such a considerable amount of current and future members getting to know one another and I’d like to personally thank all those who contributed to this events success. WISP was grateful to have another successful impact in the Dimensions program this year and we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2013 in the fall!

Special thanks to all our Dimensions volunteers: Chelee John, Lisa Koenig, Jyotsna Ghosh, Tara Henn, Nicole Newman, Tara Kedia, Jessica Dong, Karola Jering, Shelley Maithel, Lauren Glover, Dana Malajian, Hannah Payne, Jingna Zhao, Morgan M. Covington, Whitney Ward, and Leslie Adams. Recap written by Leslie Adams '10.

April 20, 2009

Getting into Public Health School: Info Session and Student Panel. Interested in going to public health school after graduating from Dartmouth? Please join Dartmouth's Coalition for Global Health on Monday, April 20th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Baker Library Treasure Room for a fireside chat on preparing for a graduate degree in public health. Kimberly Haller from the Dartmouth Institute will give an overview of admissions to Dartmouth's own Masters of Public Health program, followed by a short discussion with two students recently accepted into schools of public health, Kat Andrews '09 and Laura Hester '09. Bring your own questions. Light refreshments served. Open to all classes.

Posted April 21, 2009

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Tanzeem Choudhury Interviewed by the National Science Foundation. Assistant Professor of Computer Science Tanzeem Choudhury was recently interviewed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a piece entitled, “Computer Science--A Growing Field That Needs a Few (More) Good Women.” In the article, Choudhury says, “There are lots of stereotypes, and stereotypes take awhile to go away. Just take the notion that women aren't good at math and computer science, which is just not true.” She advises young women to ignore these stereotypes and talk to women working in computer science to get an idea of what the field is truly like. Choudhury was recently named one of the top 35 innovators in science and technology under the age of 35 by MIT's Technology Review. Her work focuses upon developing machine learning techniques that analyze how humans interact with each other. Adapted from this NSF article. Photo credit: Rajeev Raizada.

April 22, 2009

Poster Prep Session for Wetterham Undergraduate Science Symposium. A poster prep session is being held to guide any undergraduate who intends to present their science or engineering research in the annual Wetterhahn Science Symposium (May 21-22).  Resources for poster preparation and information about the Symposium can also be found at

April 25, 2009

Parkinson's Symposium at DHMC. The event seeks to educate those with Parkinson’s as well as their caregivers on communication techniques and the importance of exercise, and includes an afternoon dance workshop.  The Symposium seeks approximately four volunteers to aid in registration, organization, and Q & A sessions.  Volunteers would be needed mainly from 9:15 to 12:45 but are welcome to stay for the afternoon session.  If interested, please contact Diane Church at Diane.L.Church@Hitchcock.ORG as soon as possible.

April 28, 2009

Sarah Jones '04 Presents Seminar on her Research. Sarah Jones, who graduated from Dartmouth in 2004, has been invited to give a seminar on her research on the pulsating aurora phenomenon.  Sarah, currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Hampshire, is only the second woman physics major to be invited back to Dartmouth to present such a seminar. While an undergrad, Sarah was a WISP intern, so we are particularly excited to celebrate her success!

April 28, 2009

WISP Lunch with Dartmouth Sustainability Manager Kathy Lambert. Come meet Dartmouth’s Sustainability Manager Kathy Lambert over lunch!  Kathy is a graduate of Dartmouth (BA) as well as the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (MS).  She has 15 years of experience in the field of environmental impacts of electricity generation from hydropower dams and coal-fired power plants.  While Executive Director of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Kathy co-authored a series of papers on acidic deposition and mercury hotspots in the New Hampshire region. Kathy is a Switzer Fellow, Leopold Shepp Scholar, and a recipient of the EPA Environmental Merit Award.  When not working as Dartmouth Sustainability Manager, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and six sheep at their home in Hartland, Vermont!

April 30, 2009

Society of Women Engineers Lunch with Female Engineering Profs. Interested in engineering or the female experience in the sciences?  If so, the Society of Women Engineers invites you to join them for lunch.  Five female engineering professors will be in attendance (Professor Ray, Professor McGrath, Professor Srinivasan, Professor Gibson, and Professor Vlahovska) to discuss their perspectives on women in engineering.  Lunch will be catered by the Orient!

April 30, 2009

Mathematical Morsels from the Simpsons and Futurama. Lecture given by Sarah Greenwald, Associate Professor of Mathematics and a Women's Studies core faculty member at Appalachian State University.

Did you know that The Simpsons and Futurama contain hundreds of humorous mathematical and scientific references? What curious mathematical object is used as a bottle for beer in the 31st century? What happens when Homer tries to emulate Thomas Edison? What is the significance of the number 1729? The only prerequisite for this talk is an open mind, so come find out!

We'll explore the mathematical content and educational value of some favorite moments along with the motivations and backgrounds of the writers during an interactive talk. Popular culture can reveal, reflect, and even shape how society views mathematics, and with careful consideration of the benefits and challenges, these programs can be an ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts and to reduce math anxiety. In the process we'll look at related, recent work in geometry and computational number theory so a calculator and writing utensil will be useful.

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