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.

One Woman's Quest To Tell 'The African Story Through Chocolate

Food History & Culture

November 28, 20177:00 AM ET

When I meet Ghanaian chocolatier Selassie Atadika, the first thing she does is pull a box of chocolates out of her bag. Then, introductions aside, she launches into a story.

It's a story of melding chocolate and spices, of straddling Africa and America, and of connecting cultures and people through taste.

Atadika opens the box of chocolates and points to a powdery green confection in the middle. "This is moringa with white chocolate. Moringa is a leaf, it's known to have medicinal properties." The inside looks like a pale green marzipan, but the taste is mild and grassy, and the mouthfeel is of a dense ganache.

Geography Class Is Overtaken by Two Historic Hurricanes

Dartmouth News

September 26, 2017  by Bill Platt

Two hurricanes of historic proportions overtook Professor Frank Magilligan’s first “Geography 3” class of the term, providing an epic case in point for his overview of “The Natural Environment.”

Harvey had rained down an estimated 27 trillion gallons on Houston less than two weeks before, and Hurricane Irma was slamming the west coast of Florida even as Magilligan’s students were finding their seats in the Steele Hall classroom.

The first class is normally a broad overview of the materials to be covered during the term, highlighted with a few examples of natural events from recent history, said Magilligan, a professor of geography and the Frank J. Reagan ’09 Chair of Policy Studies. In prepping for this class, he had been furiously downloading images and satellite animations of Harvey. Then Irma cropped up and broke the record for consecutive hours as a Category 5 hurricane just a day or two before his introductory lecture, sending Magilligan into a scramble to update.

Undergraduate Saves Lives With Her Nonprofit, SOAP

Handwashing saves lives. That’s why Sydney Kamen ’19 founded a nonprofit organization that recycles used soap from hotels and distributes it to under-resourced communities around the world.

Her advocacy work has won accolades, including the 2017 Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) Award from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the Daily Point of Light Award, and the Robert Sheppard Leadership Award. Her work has also come to the attention of People magazine, in an article and video interview.

Kamen says she’s grateful for the public attention, but wants the spotlight to be on the problem she is trying to solve. “Over 1.8 million children die every year from diarrhea,” she says. “But mortality from infectious diseases can be cut in half through handwashing and by improving basic hygiene.”

The hurricane of 1938 was a disaster – would it be more of a disaster today?

From the Concord Monitor (


Frank Magilligan of Dartmouth can help you picture it: “Imagine a bigger, windier, slower-moving Irene.”

You remember Hurricane Irene, which moved up the Connecticut River valley in late August of 2011 after doing damage along the Eastern Seaboard.

Even though it had been downgraded to a tropical form by the time it arrived, Irene rampaged through Vermont, killing six people, cutting off all access to 13 separate communities, and causing tens of millions of dollars worth of damage to build ings, roads and the power system, some of which was not fully repaired for years.

New Hampshire was much less affected because of the way hurricanes work. Since hurricanes change as they interact with the jet stream in the Northeast, and produce much more rainfall on the western side of the storm – in Irene’s case, on the Vermont side. Almost all of the damage was caused by flooding rather than high winds.

New commuting map of USA wins top planning research award

A ground-breaking map of the United States that defines mega-regions by commuting patterns has won the UK’s top planning research award.

It is one five winners at yesterday's RTPI Research Excellence Awards ceremony, held during the 2017 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference.

Mega-regions in the USA have long been understood in geography as cities connected by their economies and infrastructure, but this way of conglomerating places are increasingly unable to reflect what is happening on the ground

Instead, the researchers analysed the daily work journeys of more than 130 million Americans over five years to better understand the changing economic interdependence between cities and their surrounding areas.

The study illustrates the value of big data such as commuting data in helping to understand how places really work, which can be highly useful for policy makers and planners to make strategic decisions, from infrastructure and transport investment to how boundaries should be drawn up for elections.

Lisa V. Adams to Oversee Dartmouth’s Global Strategy

In the part-time position as director of global initiatives, Adams, who is a physician, will manage global strategy for the College, including work with the Matariki Network of Universities, an international consortium of seven institutions, including Dartmouth. She will also work on the College’s immigration working group, which began meeting in January, to share information and resources in the face of changing federal policies regarding immigration, and on international agreements for research partnerships between the Dartmouth and other universities.

“Lisa has a strong background in international research and medicine and is a welcome addition to my team,” says Dever. “Her years of leadership in the field of global health will be invaluable in deepening Dartmouth’s engagement in this vital work.”

Intense Rainfall More Common in last 20 Years

Intense rainfall events, like the one that triggered flash floods throughout the region and a mudslide in southern Vermont on Monday, have become much more common in the last 20 years, according to researchers at Dartmouth College.

Though the jury is still out on whether climate change is behind the trend, the findings, which were published last month, do suggest that what we think of as 100-year flood events might actually be much more likely to happen than conventional wisdom suggests, said Jonathan Winter, who joined Dartmouth colleagues Huanping Huang and Erich Osterberg on the research team.

Winter found that intense rainfalls — generally thought of as 2 or more inches of precipitation in a 24-hour period — are 53 percent more likely to happen than they were before the mid-1990s.

And current conditions in the Upper Valley are likely to increase the impact of those heavy rains.