July 2010 – June 2011

by inielsen on January 12, 2012

Harvard National Model UN

HNMUN students, Todd Lecture speakers, Board Fellows members and Norwich faculty

HNMUN students, Todd Lecture speakers, Board Fellows members and Norwich faculty

Twenty-four Social Sciences majors attended the 57th Harvard National Model UN(HNMUN) in Cambridge, MA on February 17-20 which attracts 3,000 students from all over the US. The Norwich students made up two teams representing Oman and Panama. Before their departure they had breakfast with members of the Social Sciences Board of Fellows, panelists from the Todd Lecture Series, and some faculty members. Faculty advisor C. Dart Thalman accompanied them.

Todd Lecture Series

For the Todd Lecture Series on February 17, the School of Social Sciences presented a panel discussion on Lean “Green” Fighting Machine: Sustaining Our Energy & Environmental Security. Expert panelists were Mr. Oliver Fritz III,   Deputy Director for Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans & Programs, Mr. Louis Hutchinson III, Senior VP of Public Sector Sales, Constellation NewEnergy and Ms. Eryn Robinson, Dept of Energy Advisor to the United States Southern Command USSOUTHCOM). A lively Q & A period was followed by breakout sessions on individual topics including Operational Energy, Unified Energy Management and Energy Security.  Board of Fellows member Jon Allen ’94 helped organize the event.

CSI Symposium

The 4th Annual CSI Symposium was held March 23-24 in Dole Auditorium and featured seven renowned experts in the field of crime scene investigation. Topics include computer forensics, crime scene processing, digital media, child abuse investigations, WMD’s and forensic ondontology. Board of Fellows member Rob Appleton ’92 did a presentation and helped organize the event which included speakers Ryan Kubasiak, Dr. Lowell Levine, Gary Kelly, James Kennedy and George Maclarty of the NY State Police. Featured speaker Detective Inspector Anne Lawrence, who heads a team of terrorist detectives at New Scotland Yard presented Operation Theseus, the investigation of the 2005 London bombings.

Colby Symposium

The 16th Annual William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium was held throughout campus March 30-April 1, 2011 with the theme An Uncertain Future in Afghanistan: Assessing the Conflict Ten Years On.  This event featured six authors from the military, political, journalism, and medical fields giving presentations on the current state of the American military presence in Afghanistan.  The authors included Dr. Christopher Coppola, Donna McAleer, Doug Stanton, Jack Segal, and James Hornfischer.  The featured speaker was the 2011 William E. Colby Award Winner Karl Marlantes, a decorated Vietnam veteran who recently published his semi-autobiographical novel Matterhorn. Dr. Steven Sodergren, Program Director for Studies in War & Peace, was this year’s Colby Symposium Director.

Honor Societies

Phi AlphaTheta (History Honorary Society) inducted six students on April 12 and Beta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences Honor Society) inducted seven students on April 20.  Alpha Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (CJ Honor Society) also held their ceremony on April 20 and inducted 21 students: Shawn Baker, Lillian Balasco, Emily Chandler, John Gucci, Karissa Doyon, Seth Jon-Paul Elmo, Amanda Granitic, Justin B. Hopkins, James King, Daniel Lockwood, Amanda Morash, Alisha Dawn Nowicki, Andrew O’Grady, Jaimes Plamondon, Elizabeth Jean Randall, Ross Hunter Reid, Devin P. Robbins, Mark Alan Siegel, Adam Simoneau, Samuel Weiner and Abigail A. Windley.

Author Tom Powers

Author Tom Powers, award-winning journalist, spoke to the Norwich Community about his book The Killing of Crazy Horse on April 21.

Speaker Helen Benedict

Guest speaker Helen Benedict spoke about her book The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, visited classes, and met with faculty and students April 25. The event was co-sponsored by the Schools of Humanities and Mathematics & Sciences.

Methods of Research classes

Criminal Justice professor James Ryan had his Methods of Research classes act as test subjects and statisticians for a study of the effects of using a high tech, red dot optic scope compared to using a traditional iron sight. Pete McGrath ’05 who served with the Marines and now works for Trijicon, a leading weapons optics company gave the students the opportunity to design a test like the ones used for law enforcement recruits learning to use their weapons.

  • For CJ 431 Cyberlaw and Cybercrime, Bradley J. Guinen, a Business & Computer Security Information Assurance major, collaborated with Professor Mich Kabay on three articles on the Russian Cybercrime Mafia that have been accepted for publication in the journal Network World Security Strategies.
  • The PO 331 State and Local Politics class focused on poverty this semester and had a great schedule of speakers coming to class including the executive director of the VT Food Bank, the executive director of Central VT Community Action Council, the Chief of the Barre Police Dept as well as speakers from VT Housing Finance Authority, VT Substance Abuse Services, and VT Victim’s Service. Dr. Cynthia Newton Combs taught the class.
  • The PO 324 Civil Liberties classes held an oral argument in the Snyder vs. Phelps case at the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose room on April 25 & 27. Dr. Jason Jagemann helped organize the event.
  • HI 108 History of Civilizations class members Kate O’Brien and Caitlin Trepess (photo on next page) represented China at the simulation of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Students represented different countries and negotiated deals on territories, financial reparations, and the creation of a League of Nations to end World War One.

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