What Would a Good Electoral Map Even Look Like?

Everybody knows that gerrymandering is bad because it unfairly stacks the political decks. In addition to the lopsided electoral outcomes, a gerrymandered map is also objectionable because crazy, mangled voting districts in the shapes of corkscrews or tweezers don’t correspond at all to the relevant geographic units in which we actually live. People have emotional and political attachments to all sorts of geographic entities: jurisdictions like states and cities as well as culture regions like the Bay Area or Appalachia. But who ever introduced themselves a proud resident of NH-02, or got a tattoo with the outline of TN-03?

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Asaf Zilberfarb ’17 Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

A second Dartmouth alumni fellow has asked not to be listed in the College’s announcement.

“I am so proud that the College has two alumni who have shown courageous intellectual leadership at Dartmouth and beyond and will be among the first class of Knight-Hennessy Scholars,” says Interim Provost David Kotz ’86.

“The Knight-Hennessy scholarship is a real honor, not only for Asaf but for Dartmouth,” says Associate Professor of Government Benjamin Valentino, one of Zilberfarb’s closest mentors. “Asaf represents the aspirations we have for all our students—he wants to use the tools and opportunities he acquired here at Dartmouth to make the world a better place. I think the Knight-Hennessy scholarship will help him do that.”

Dan Lawson, Resident Scholar in Geography

Dr. Dan Lawson, Resident Scholar of Geography at Dartmouth, has been awarded an International Visiting Fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography in Urumqi, China. Dan will collaborate with Dr. Yaning Chen in researching the response of glaciers in the central Tien Shan Mountains to past and present changes in climate and its impacts on water resources in Xinjiang Province. Their field and laboratory investigations will continue and expand a study that was initially funded by a Porter Foundation Faculty Research Grant focused on water resources within the Kaidu River basin. Congratulations Dan!

UN Winter Youth Assembly

Based on the theme, “Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World,” Drooff joined nearly 1,000 delegates from 100 countries to attend lectures and workshops hosted by global leaders in the subjects of urban planning, water conservation, renewable energy, and food security. Hoping to ultimately pursue a career in international social entrepreneurship post-Dartmouth, Drooff entered the conference with a critical lens. 

Professor Attends U.N. Climate Talks in Germany, Shares Insights on Pathways for Student Involvement

A critical forum for addressing climate change globally is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Each year students, alumni, and faculty attend the Conference of the Parties (COP) to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on marginalized communities and younger generations, communicate important scientific findings, observe the global negotiation process, and advocate for global policy changes. This past winter, Assistant Professor of Geography, Jonathan Winter, attended COP 23 in Bonn, Germany as part of the American Association of Geographers observer delegation.

Polar Vortex Defies Climate Change in the Southeast




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Polar Vortex Defies Climate Change in the Southeast

Winters in the Southeast Have Been Getting Colder Instead of Warmer


HANOVER, N.H. – Feb. 13, 2018 – Overwhelming scientific evidence has demonstrated that our planet is getting warmer due to climate change, yet parts of the eastern U.S. are actually getting cooler.

According to a Dartmouth-led study in Geophysical Research Letters, the location of this anomaly, known as the “U.S. warming hole,” is a moving target. (A pdf of this accepted article is available upon request).


During the winter and spring, the U.S. warming hole sits over the Southeast, as the polar vortex allows arctic air to plunge into the region. This has resulted in persistently cooler temperatures throughout the Southeast. After spring, the U.S. warming hole moves north and is located in the Midwest.

Olympian Geography Major Patrick Caldwell '17

West Lebanon — Picture a wooded space so far off the beaten path, a Google search won’t definitively find it. Paddy Caldwell returns to that place, if only mentally, if he needs a reminder of the importance of cross country skiing in his life.

Earning his first Olympic invitation with the U.S. Nordic skiing team has carried a sense of inevitability for years, through undergraduate and postgraduate time at the Stratton Mountain School to this winter’s arrival on the FIS World Cup circuit. The Caldwell name carries with it an expectation of on-snow excellence given the family’s deep relationship with the sport.

The beginning point is a location called Green Woodlands, a tract of land in Dorchester where the Caldwells — Paddy, dad Tim, mom Margaret and sisters Heidi and Lucy — have often skied. Come the snow, the tract’s overseers groom miles of trails and set up warming huts, encouraging the public to traverse through a quiet wilderness.

Student spotlight: performer and activist Gricelda Ramos '18

Many talented and dedicated students come together during the month of February to support the cause and promote gender equity through V-February, Dartmouth’s version of the global movement. One of these students is Gricelda Ramos ’18, a geography modified with Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean studies major. As a student with passion in both theatrical performance and social issues, Ramos will be directing the V-Feb program. According to Ramos, despite the fact that she is not a theater major, her passion for theater is immeasurable. 

“No matter what I study, no matter what country I go to, no matter what I do, I’ll always end up at a theater, and I’ll always end up performing,” Ramos said.

Ramos said her focus is particularly in the performative aspects of the program — the direction of various student-run events including Upstaging Stereotypes, Vagina Monologues and Voices. The role is a large responsibility, and Ramos was hand-picked for the job. 


Olympian Geography Major Rosie Brennan '11

Rosie Brennan ’11 will make her Olympic debut with Team USA in cross-country skiing after placing 34th in the distance standings in the World Cup race in Val di Fiemme, Italy, this month. She has competed at the world championships in 2015 and 2017 and placed third at a World Cup relay in December 2015. Brennan studied geography at Dartmouth and says she would eventually like to pursue an advanced geography degree to work in dam removal. She volunteers with Fast and Female, a program dedicated to empowering young women through sport.