Dartmouth to Hold 28th Annual Wetterhahn Science Symposium

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The symposium will be held Wednesday, May 22, at the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center.

Students check out the research posters at the 2017 Wetterhahn symposium.
Students check out the research posters at the 2017 Wetterhahn symposium. (Photo by Lars Blackmore)

The 28th Annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, with the kickoff keynote event taking place in the Oopik Auditorium at the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center.

Keynote speaker Paulina Jaramillo, an associate professor of engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, will speak on “Energy for Development in a Carbon-Constrained World: A Researcher’s Story.” Jaramillo’s work focuses on issues related to energy access and development.

Her address will touch on her multidisciplinary approach to understanding the social, economic, and environmental implications of policy-driven changes in the operation of the U.S. energy system. Through this work, she says, “there is an opportunity to build innovative modern energy systems that benefit from decades of technological development and experience elsewhere.”

At 5:30 p.m., undergraduates from first-year to senior will present their scientific research in spaces throughout the Class of 1978 Life Sciences building. The students have participated in a wide variety of programs, including the Women in Science Project (WISP), Sophomore Research Scholars, Junior Research Scholars, Presidential Scholars, First-Year Research in Engineering, and Senior Honors Thesis. Students have faculty mentors from a wide range of scientific disciplines.

Posters will be on display in various classrooms and in the main corridors of both the first and second floors of the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center. Students presenting senior honors thesis research can participate in the Christopher G. Reed Science Competition, sponsored by Sigma Xi, a scientific research society.

Posters of the 2019 Sigma Xi winners will be available after the symposium in the Kresge Physical Sciences Library in Fairchild Hall.

Poster session entrants may also compete in the Library Research Award for the Sciences, sponsored by the Dartmouth College Library and the Friends of the Dartmouth College Library.

In addition, the 2019 Women In Science Project awards will be given to WISP interns who have exhibited sustained engagement and enthusiasm about learning through research.

Awardees will be announced after the keynote address.

Named in honor of the late Karen E. Wetterhahn, a professor of chemistry and co-founder of WISP at Dartmouth, the event is free and open to the public.

Partners for the 2019 symposium include:

William Platt can be reached at william.c.platt@dartmouth.edu.

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