House Professor’s Teas 17W

A regular feature of life in West House is House Professor’s Teas, in which we get together refreshments and discussions on a wide range of topics of interest to our community. We’ll often host distinguished guests or our expert faculty and staff. Unless otherwise noted the House Professor’s Teas will take place in Fahey 1st Floor Lounge on Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30pm.
Friday, January 13, 4:30-5:30pm
Prof. Ryan Hickox: Black Holes: Monsters of the Universe
Prof. Hickox is the House Professor for West House and an astrophysicist, with expertise in the cosmic evolution of galaxies and black holes. He teaches several astronomy courses at Dartmouth and is involved in multiple NASA space observatory missions. His research is funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation.
Friday, January 20, 4:30-5:30pm
Prof. Brendan Nyhan: A perspective on the Inauguration

Prof. Nyhan is a Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His research, focuses on misperceptions about politics and health care. He is a contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times (March 2014-).

Friday, January 27, 4:30-5:30pm


Prof. Kotz is the Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College and an affiliate of West House. He recently served as Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences for six years and as the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies for four years. During the 2008-09 academic year he was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Indian Institute of Science, in Bangalore India. His research interests include security and privacy, pervasive computing for healthcare, and mobile computing.  He has published over 100 refereed journal and conference papers and obtained over $65m in grant funding. He is an IEEE Fellow, a Senior Member of the ACM, a member of the USENIX Association, and an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Friday, February 3, 4:30-5:30pm

Scott Listfield ’98 is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott grew up in Boston, MA and studied art at Dartmouth College. After some time spent living abroad, Scott returned to America and, shortly before the real life, non-movie version of the year 2001, began painting astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.

Scott has been profiled in Juxtapoz, Wired Magazine, the Boston Globe, New American Paintings, and on at least one local television station. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, and many other nice places.


At the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Matthew J. Slaughter is the Paul Danos Dean and the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business. Dean Slaughter’s area of expertise is the economics and politics of globalization. Much of his recent work has focused on policy responses to the World Financial Crisis; on the global operations of multinational firms; and on the labor-market impacts of international trade, investment, and immigration. From 2005 to 2007, Dean Slaughter served as a Member on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President. In this Senate-confirmed position he held the international portfolio, advising the President, the Cabinet, and many others on issues including international trade and investment, currency and energy markets, and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.

Friday, February 24, 4:30-5:30pm
Medical School Q&A organized by Resident Fellow Sophie Leung

Thinking about going to med school? Deciding between getting an MD, PhD or both? Then come to our informal Q&A where we will discuss:

  • Pros and cons of a career in medicine
  • Can you be a doctor and have a personal life? (Travel, family, kids, hobbies, fun)
  • How hard is it to pay off all that debt?
  • What is the work load really like? How much sleep will I get?
  • Are you sacrificing your 20s to get that degree?

Panelists will include Dr. Leslie Henderson, PhD and PhD and Dean of Faculty Affairs at Geisel, Dr. Martha McDaniels, MD, a vascular surgeon, as well as dual degree med students working toward their MD/MPH, MD/MBA, or MD/PhD. Event will be from 4:30-5:30pm in Fahey 1st floor common room. Feel free to bring friends. RSVPs to are appreciated to get an approximate head count but not required.

Friday, March 3, 4:30-5:30pm
Prof. May is a Professor in the Thayer School of Engineering and an affiliate of West House. Her research includes studies of engineering education and seismic engineering. At Dartmouth her courses include the popular introductory courses ENGS 11: The Way Things Work – A Visual Introduction to Engineering, and ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering.