Emma S. Esterman - Class of 2020 Valedictorian

Emma S. Esterman, Class of 2020 valedictorian, biology major and environmental studies minor, research scholar, violinist, gardener, photographer, children's book author, and the Biology department pumpkin-rolling champion gave the valedictory speech to her graduating class on Sunday, June 14th.

Emma is one of six Dartmouth valedictorians this year.  In introduction to Emma’s speech, Dean Elizabeth Smith said that the faculty speech selection committee was "particularly impressed by her broad spectrum of achievements across our liberal arts curriculum."  Emma's coursework earned her 11 academic citations from 6 departments and brought her the Rufus Choate scholarship, Francis L. Towne Prize, Sophomore Phi Beta Kappa Prize, Best Showcase Portfolio prize and the Mina Warren Scholarship prize.

The Class of 2020

The Biology Department congratulates all members of the graduating Class of 2020!

We are proud of the hard work that our students have done during their time at Dartmouth.  We wish each of you all the best and we look forward to hearing from you about all of the exciting new adventures you pursue over the coming years!

Congratulations to our Ph.D. recipients:

Dr. Jingxuan Lei Cui from Prof. Lee Lynd's lab

Dr. Rebecca Finger from Prof. Ross Virginia's lab and Prof. Matt Ayres' lab

Dr. Timothy Gauvin from Prof. Erik Griffin's lab

Dr. Debora Goedert from Prof. Ryan Calsbeek's lab

Dr. Fiona Jevon from Prof. Matt Ayres' lab and Prof. Jaclyn Matthes lab (Wellesley)

Dr. Andrew Vacca from Prof. Kathy Cottingham's lab

 

Congratulations to biology majors receiving a Bachelor of Arts:

Prof. Guerinot's work is featured in PNAS and the Valley News

The work of Mary Lou Guerinot and her colleagues in unraveling how plants accumulate iron and respond to its deficiency was featured in an article in the Valley News (https://www.vnews.com/Dartmouth-Researchers-Find-Gene-Key-to-Regulating-Iron-Absorption-in-Plants-31219089). This news article was inspired by research recently published by Guerinot and her team in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Professor Mary Lou Guerinot is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and, because this was her inaugural article as a member, the journal also published a profile of her scientific work and career. You can read Professor Guerinot’s research article here (https://www.pnas.org/content/116/50/24933) and her profile here (https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/01/07/1921933117.short?rss=1).

Prof. Kathy Cottingham named AAAS Fellow

Professor Kathy Cottingham has been named as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Prof. Cottingham who is a Professor of Biological Sciences and the editor-in-chief of the Ecological Society of America's journal Ecology.  Prof. Cottingham was recognized for her "distinguished contributions to the fields of limnology and ecosystem science, and for applications of those basic science contributions to bettering human health."

 

Zhishan "Coco" Chu '21 awarded Frances L. Town Prize

Zhishan "Coco" Chu '21 has been awarded the Biology Department's Frances L. Town Prize.  The faculty selected Coco based on her academic excellence in her biology coursework.  Congratulations Coco!

The Francis L. Town Scientific Prize 

Each department of scientific study at Dartmouth awards the Town Prize to one meritorious and deserving student at the end of the sophomore year.  This prize was established by the bequest of Francis L. Town, a member of the class of 1856 from Lancaster, New Hampshire.

Previous Town Prize Awardees in Biological Sciences:

Emma Esterman '20

Arvind Suresh ‘19

Nicholas Norwitz ‘18

Hae-Lin Cho ‘17

Frederik Eriksson ‘16

Zachary Wood ‘15

Serena Liu ‘14

Marissa Lynn ‘13

Charles Governali ‘12

John Gerstenberger ‘11

Keng-Lou Hung ‘10

Kristine Specht ‘09

Ha Linh Vu ‘08

Frederik Hitti ‘07

Emma Lubin ‘06

Anna Nowogrodzki ‘05

A. Clare Gupta ‘04

Michael Ferrantino ‘03

Matthew Cheney ‘02

Miriam Ingber ‘01

Sheeram Akilesh ‘00

Sarah Piecuch ‘99

Brook Brouha  ‘92

Prof. Hicks Pries wins Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

Professor Caitlin Hicks Pries has received the Biogeosciences Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award from the European Geosciences Union.  The awards from the EGU honors scientists "for their important contributions to the Earth, planetary and space sciences."* 

Congratulations, Caitlin!

To read the EGU news release, please go to this link:  https://www.egu.eu/news/545/egu-announces-2020-awards-and-medals/

*EGU webpage

Kudos to Biology Major Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

Congratulations to Biology majors Emma Esterman '20 and Courtney Stump '20 on their induction into Dartmouth's Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa!  Dartmouth Phi Beta Kappa inductees must have one of the top twenty cummulative grade point averages after completing eight terms of study at Dartmouth.

To read the Dartmouth News article about the awards please go to the following link:  https://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2019/10/phi-beta-kappa-inductees

Prof. Caitlin Pries receives the S.A. Wilde Early Career Award

Professor Caitlin Pries is this year’s recipient of the S.A. Wilde Early Career Achievement Award.  The Soil Science Society of America gives this award in recognition of “significant accomplishment in forest, range, or wildland soil research by an individual up to seven years post completion of a terminal degree program.”*

To learn more about Professor Pries' work, please visit her lab web page:  https://sites.dartmouth.edu/hicksprieslab/

*https://www.soils.org/membership/divisions/Forest-Range-Wildland-Soils/Awards

Kudos to Biology Major Phi Beta Kappa Inductees & Sophmore Prize Winners!

Congratulations to Biology majors Connor Bodarchuk '19, Anant Mishra '19, Arvind Suresh '19 and Elizabeth Terman '19 on their induction into Dartmouth's Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa!  Dartmouth Phi Beta Kappa inductees must have one of the top twenty cummulative grade point averages after completing eight terms of study at Dartmouth.

Biology majors, Emma Esterman '20 and Armin Tavakkoli '20 received the Phi Beta Kappa Sophmore Prize. The Sophomore Prize recognizes students with the highest grade point averages after completing five terms of study.  Congratulations!

To read the Dartmouth News article about the awards please go to the following link:  https://news.dartmouth.edu/news/2018/10/phi-beta-kappa-inducts-21-class-2019?utm_source=vox_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vox_daily_2018_10_24

Photograph by Olivia Bewley '19.

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