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This last Tuesday at the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase reception on Berry Main Street, Dartmouth College Library presented its Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award to two undergraduate scholars for the second year in a row. Eligibility for the award is open to any student who writes a senior thesis and is majoring in the humanities, social science, and interdisciplinary fields. This award is analogous to the Library Research Award in the Sciences which has been awarded at the Wetterhahn Symposium since 2015.

Winners of the award demonstrated exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources (including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, collections, web resources, and all media) and to use them in the creation of a project. They also displayed evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a pattern of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.

This year, the winners of the Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award were Tyler Anderson and Kennedy Jensen, both members of the class of 2018.

Anderson's thesis was supervised by Ayo A Coly, Professor of Comparative Literature & African Studies. Titled, "#BlackLivesMatter, the Antithesis: #NoLivesMatter," Anderson's work applies an Afro-pessimist theoretical lens of analysis to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and concludes that, while the #BLM movement may be useful in actualizing the spiritual energy and social life of blackness, there needs to be an alternative hermeneutic for approaching revolution with a higher potential for change. The alternative Anderson posits is a new provocative lens coined #NoLivesMatter. #NoLivesMatter, as a lens, shifts priorities from constructing black power to deconstructing the power of anti-black privilege. It reorients the debate away from the language of black survivability and its negative impacts and towards the goal of throwing civil society into incoherence. This alternative does not discount the benefits of #BLM and black liberation strategies like it but rather gives attention to a more provocative analysis of black power, survivability, inter-, and intra- racial violence.

Jensen's thesis, titled "Running a Blurry Line Lived Experiences of Disordered Eating Among Female Distance Runners," pulls on macroscopic themes of American culture to expand the current models of disordered eating as constructed by existing academic approaches, specifically within the context of female distance runners. It seeks a point of entry for change by exploring the multitude of influences on these unhealthy behaviors, attempting to map the foundation upon which such pernicious attitudes are built in order to identify potential disruptive solutions to a self-perpetuating issue. As a ethnopsychological phenomenon, a complete understanding is necessarily predicated on an anthropological exploration of both the macro- and micro-contexts these behaviors are situated within. Rather than treating these illnesses as an anomaly among the very few, Jensen states that we must seek to understand the events, perceptions and pressures in athletes’ lives and subcultures that logically lead to these outcomes. After burying deep into the experiences of a small subset of individuals, her thesis reorients its view outward, using the psychopathology of a few to reflect on the western culture we ourselves are situated within — our assumptions, values, idols — a larger psychocultural patterning that, regardless of our awareness, guides our decisions and priorities. In this way, the behaviors we once recognized as deviant become a lens with which to more clearly view ourselves.

We congratulate Tyler and Kennedy for their excellent accomplishment and look forward to collaborating again with the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase to honor students who demonstrate exceptional research skills and a high level of intellectual inquiry with regard to their theses.

Winners of the Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award

2018

Tyler Anderson '18
Kennedy Jensen '18

2017

Emily Burack '17
Megan Ong '17

On May 23rd, Dartmouth College Library presented its fourth Library Research Award in the Sciences. The Award for Library Research in the Sciences is held in conjunction with the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium and presented in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Advising (UGAR).    All students who present a poster at Wetterhahn are eligible, and submissions are evaluated by a panel of librarians from Kresge Physical Sciences and Dana Biomedical Libraries.

This award, sponsored by the Friends of Dartmouth College Library, strives to recognize students that demonstrate an exceptional ability to conduct research in the literature of their field, and who have developed an outstanding pattern of research and inquiry.

In reflecting on their research process, the winners have displayed evidence of significant personal learning and a pattern of research that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future. Winners of the Library Research Award, as well as the winners of the Wetterhahn/Sigma Xi science poster competition, will have their certificates or posters displayed in Kresge Library for the coming year and will also be featured in brief video interviews where they will talk about their research experience.

We received several outstanding submissions this year, and are pleased to announce that the winners of the Library Research Award in the Sciences are Hannah Margolis, '20 and Saemi Han, '18.

Hannah is a Sophomore Research Scholar, and  does research in the Michael Ragusa (Chemistry) lab.  Her Wetterhahn poster title is Biochemical investigation of mitochondria autophagy initiation in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.  Hannah’s submission was notable for her connection of her literature review to the scientific process and its extensive bibliography reflecting diverse sources.

Saemi is presenting her senior honors thesis work from Professor Patricia Pioli’s (Geisel) lab.  Her poster is title CDDO-Me attenuates inflammation in healthy and Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) macrophages.  Saemi’s submission was notable for her sophisticated research strategies and techniques.

Winners of the Library Research Award in the Sciences

2018

Hannah Margolis, '20

Saemi Han, '18

2017

James Howe VI, ‘17

Jessica Kobsa, ‘20

2016

Alexandra Sclafani, ‘18

Yixuan He, ‘18

2015

Annie Fagan, ‘15

Mallory Rutigliano, ‘17

 

 

 

Photo of Hina HirayamaHina Hirayama is one of Rauner Special Collections Library’s New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. Hirayama is an historian of art and culture of nineteenth-century New England. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, she received her B.A. from Amherst College and Ph.D. from the American & New England Studies Program at Boston University.

After serving as a curator at the Boston Athenaeum for over two decades, she is now working on a biography of the American scientist Edward Sylvester Morse (1838-1925), which will pay particular attention to the American context of his life and career. She is the author of "With Eclat": The Boston Athenaeum and the Origin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2013).

Next Thursday, May 24th,  from 1:15-2:15, Hirayama will give a brief talk about her work on the Morse biography, which will be partially based upon research conducted at Rauner. The talk will be held in the Bryant Room at Rauner Library in Webster Hall and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

 

Every year, three Dartmouth College Library Fellowships provide opportunities for recent graduates to explore different types of careers in libraries and to gain practical experience.

The  Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or current graduate student of Dartmouth College to spend a year learning and contributing to aspects of digital library production, delivery, assessment and preservation. The fellowship may be tailored to the individual interests of the candidate where their skills support the mission of the developing Digital Library Program.

The Jones Memorial Digital Media Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or recent graduate of Dartmouth College to spend a year learning digital media technology as applied to the academic curriculum and careers in librarianship. The fellowship may be tailored to the individual interests of the candidate where their skills support the mission of the Jones Media Center.

The Edward Connery Lathem ’51 Special Collections Fellowship offers recent Dartmouth graduates an opportunity to work in Rauner Special Collections Library and gain valuable experience with archives, manuscripts and rare books. The fellow will work on a major project tailored to his or her skills and interests while gaining a general overview of special collections librarianship.

All three fellowships are one year, full-time paid positions with benefits. First consideration of applications will begin on March 21, 2018. To learn how to apply, visit the homepage of the fellowship(s) of interest.

Craig Gallagher, Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston College, is one of Rauner Special Collections Library's New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. This Friday, February 23rd, Gallagher will give a brief talk entitled, "Imperial Zealots: Scottish Missionaries and the British-American Frontier, 1763-1800," based upon research conducted at Rauner with the Samuel Kirkland Papers.

Few peoples living in eighteenth-century North America were as zealous about the expansion and security of the British Empire as the Scottish Presbyterian community. These Scots had overcome their status as excluded outsiders operating on the margins of the British Empire in the late seventeenth century to hold leading commercial, military, political, and religious offices in colonial North America in the eighteenth. Their community was bound together by transatlantic merchants and Presbyterian missionaries, many of whom served on British frontiers with Native Americans and Quebecois along the Connecticut, Hudson, and St. Lawrence Rivers.

The Rev. Samuel Kirkland, missionary to the Oneida in the late eighteenth century, was in many ways emblematic of the wider Scottish Presbyterian community because he saw his mission as a means to defend the British, Protestant borders of the Empire from its Catholic, popish neighbors. His mission carried on through the American Revolution, when his community’s relationship with Great Britain was sundered as the United States took its place as the last, best hope for Protestant liberty in the Atlantic World.

To learn more about Samuel Kirkland and the fascinating research that Craig Gallagher has been doing as a NERFC Scholar this year, join us this Friday from 3:30 until 4:30 pm in Rauner Library's Bryant Room for an engaging talk and following discussion. Please contact Morgan Swan at morgan.swan@dartmouth.edu if you have any questions.

At Rauner Library, we often have the chance to collaborate with professors from academic departments such as English or History who have become familiar faces in our classrooms over the years. However, every now and then we have the chance to interact with faculty and students from departments and disciplines that only occasionally have cause to visit us during the term. This last fall, we welcomed one of these classes from the Studio Art department.

Daniel Heyman, a Philadelphia-based artist and printmaker who is a lecturer at Dartmouth, brought his "Personal Iconography & The Public Debate" class (SART 017.16) to Rauner twice to explore a number of our early modern atlases. His objective was to provide his eight students with inspiration as they created their own works of art, which were then installed in the Hop Garage space as a pop-up exhibit. We had the chance to visit the reception and see some of the amazing original creations his students had made, some directly inspired by books from our collections.

                                   

As always, we are thrilled when Dartmouth students delve into our collections and use them to create new and original works. It's a testament both to the continuing relevance of our materials and the inexhaustible creativity of our undergraduates.

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The Dartmouth College Library is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of an exciting new oral history project dedicated to documenting the experiences of Dartmouth’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) alumni/ae. Beginning in Spring 2018, the project, titled SpeakOut, will train undergraduate students to conduct oral history interviews with members of the LGBTQIA+ alumni/ae community. The interviews will become part of the oral history collection at Rauner Special Collections Library, where they will be available for teaching and research. A dedicated project website will provide widespread access to audiences beyond the Dartmouth campus.

SpeakOut was first proposed by DGALA, the alumni/ae association for Dartmouth’s LGBTQIA+ community, and is a collaboration between DGALA, the Library, and the History Department. The project is based out of Rauner Library and funded with generous support from the Office of the Provost and Dean of Libraries. SpeakOut is an official part of Dartmouth’s 250th Anniversary celebration. The first interviews from the project are expected to be publicly available in January 2019, coinciding with the anniversary kickoff.

Posted for Caitlin Birch, Digital Collections and Oral History Archivist

Renzo Baldasso, Assistant Professor in Arizona State University's School of Art, is one of Rauner Special Collections Library's New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. This Tuesday, October 17th, from 12:15-1:15 pm, Baldasso will give a brief lecture, "The Coming of the Book: Graphic Notes from Rauner,"which will explore the graphic dimension of early printed books, from the Gutenberg Bible through the early 1480s, using the incunabula holdings in Rauner. His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period and an open exploration of the primary sources he is examining while at Dartmouth. The session will be held in the Bryant Room at Rauner Library in Webster Hall.

Trained in Art History and History of Science, Renzo Baldasso is a historian of Renaissance and Baroque art. He studied mathematics and physics for his bachelor, and history of science and history of art in graduate school. He received his PhD from Columbia University, and his research has been funded by fellowships, including at the Folger Institute, the Huntington Library, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Newberry Library, and the Smithsonian Institution. His research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary, including art theory, naturalism, early prints and printing, and the relationship between art and science. Currently he is working on a monograph on the emergence of the visuality of the printed page during the incunabular period. He has published several articles in edited collections and journals, including The Art Bulletin, Arte Lombarda, La Bibliofilia, Centaurus, and the Gutenberg Jahrbuch.

For the past several years Baldasso has been researching the efforts of early printers to become masters of the page and to develop an independent print aesthetics. His resulting monograph will offer a detailed analysis of the design choices made by influential early printers -- from Gutenberg to circa 1485 -- whose books shaped the rise of the visuality of the printed page and set the basis for the graphic grammar of print culture. At Rauner, Baldasso is exploring two of our incunables (books printed in Europe before 1501): the only surviving copy of Ovid’s De Arte Amandi, known today as the Ars Amatoria or Art of Love, printed circa 1472; and Johannes Balbus’s Catholicon, printed sometime in the early 1470s.

Please join us next Tuesday at 12:15 pm in Rauner Library for an engaging discussion and exploration of both Baldasso's work and Rauner's materials. Please contact Morgan Swan at morgan.swan@dartmouth.edu if you have any questions.

One hundred years ago, the October Revolution initiated a social and political experiment that unleashed waves of hope, optimism, angst, and horror across the globe. The initial excitement of artists and intellectuals eager for a new world turned to despair as the realities of a new form of tyranny became manifest.

“Revolution!” draws on Rauner Special Collections Library’s rich collections to show how the products of the Russian Revolution expressed the varied reactions to the rise of communism.

The exhibit was curated by Jay Satterfield and Wendel Cox and will be on display in the Class of 1965 Galleries from September 19th through November 10th, 2017. To learn more about the exhibit, visit its webpage: https://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/rauner/exhibits/revolution.html.

This last Tuesday at the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase reception on Berry Main Street, Dartmouth College Library presented its first Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award. Eligibility for the award is open to any student who writes a senior thesis and is majoring in the humanities, social science, and interdisciplinary fields. This award is analogous to the Library Research Award in the Sciences which has been awarded at the Wetterhahn Symposium since 2015.

Winners of the award demonstrated exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources (including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, collections, web resources, and all media) and to use them in the creation of a project. They also displayed evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a pattern of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.

This year, the winners of the Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award were Emily Burack and Megan Ong, both members of the class of 2017.

Emily’s thesis was supervised by Jennifer Miller in the History department. Its goal is to understand why the Jewish Defense League (JDL) emerged in 1968 as a Jewish militant group in Brooklyn, New York. Her thesis contributes to the existing scholarship on Jewish extremism by examining the factors that combined to pave the way for the formation and success of the JDL from 1968 to 1972.  Above all, the JDL believed that America in 1968 was a time of crisis for American Jews and they saw their group as filling a dire need in the American Jewish community: going at any length necessary to fight for Jewish survival. Emily’s thesis hopes to fill a current knowledge gap in scholarship by presenting a comprehensive look at the emergence and self-construction of the JDL. For her research, Emily found Dartmouth’s Summon search tool to be the most consistently helpful and dependable resource that she used, and she also relied heavily upon the library’s resource sharing programs such as DartDoc and BorrowDirect.

Megan’s thesis was supervised by Jeffrey Friedman in the Government department. Her research question was, “Can a more predictive model of terrorist attack rates during interstate war be formed if more specific factors are added? If so, which factors have the most effect?” Her thesis hypothesizes 26 potential risk factors, broken into categories describing the country itself, the opponent country, and the relationship between the two, and tests all hypotheses against a dataset of directed dyads at war from 1972 to 2008. Megan’s thesis has important implications for political scientists and policy makers. Not only does it provide a predictive model that can be used to better inform policy-makers’ decisions, it provides important insights into common assumptions that have often shaped political thinking. Megan utilized numerous electronic databases as well as a statistical analysis package that she learned to use by relying on free guides on the library websites and consultation with James Adams, the liaison librarian for the Government department.

We congratulate Emily and Megan for their excellent accomplishment and look forward to collaborating again with the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase to honor students who demonstrate exceptional research skills and a high level of intellectual inquiry with regard to their theses.