Seen & Heard

A selection of must reads about Dartmouth alumni making news around the world.
Theodore Green ’21

Explosive Theory

Green is the lead author of a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, asserting that volcanic activity may have been responsible for five mass extinction events in earth’s history—including the wipeout of the dinosaurs. Green began working on this research during his senior year at Dartmouth with earth sciences professor Brenhin Keller, who co-authored the study.

“Our results make it hard to ignore the role of volcanism in extinction,” says Keller.

Liya Shuster-Bier ’10

Hard Rest

Shuster-Bier, who double majored in geography and government at Dartmouth before earning an MBA from Wharton, is the founder and CEO of Alula, a startup that curates products and services for cancer patients. During her own experience undergoing chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, she gained a new perspective on work-life balance, but also saw a market opportunity: “No one was helping me manage my constipation, my headaches, my dehydration. I was motivated to start a place where this all existed.”

Joyce A. Sackey ’85, MED’89

Healthy Ambition

Stanford Medicine has hired Sackey to be its first chief diversity and inclusion officer, a role she is well suited for after 14 years at Tufts, where she was the dean for multicultural affairs and global health at its medical school and then associate provost and chief diversity officer for its health sciences schools. 

Naomi Heindel ’07

Experiential Educator

Heindel grew up in Vermont before majoring in geology at Dartmouth and attending the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She was the head of field education for the Teton Science Schools in Wyoming before accepting her new role as executive director of Vermont’s North Branch Nature Center, a highly-regarded hub for educating people in and about the outdoors.

Jessica Wolf ’14

Smart Seller

Wolf is the CEO and co-founder of Skye, a platform that connects ambitious individuals to career coaches. She raised $1.6 million in pre-seed funding earlier this year with a particularly slick pitch deck. Business Insider published the deck alongside quotes from Wolf about her motivations for starting the business. 

Steve Dettelbach ’88

Gun Control

Dettelbach is set to become the first Senate-confirmed director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives since 2013. According to the Washington Post, his biggest goals and challenges heading the agency will be around stemming gun violence in the U.S. 

Kalina Newmark ’11

Indigenous Character

In an expansive interview, Newmark spoke about her undergraduate years studying Native American history, working for president Jim Yong Kim, and setting her sights on the corporate world. Currently a brand manager for Starbucks instant coffee, Newmark says her goal is to become the first Indigenous woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She says that being Indigenous influences her day-to-day work in various ways. Among them: “Traditionally, we each had a role in the community that was viewed as valuable.

Lis Smith ’05

Master of Spin

“There’s nobody more fun to get spun by than Lis Smith,” writes New York. “A hard-rockin’, quick-draw political operative... She has a sharp answer for everything, and an unnerving nerviness. And yet … is she really tearing up when I ask her about working for Governor Cuomo during his ​​auto-da-fé last year?”

Yungsheng Wang ’03

What Is...Vermont?

Wang won the July 4th episode of the popular game show by wagering $11,000—almost everything he had—in the final round. The final clue was: “At its peak, this state had 6 seats in the House of Representatives; since the 1930s it has had just 1.” Wang was the only contestant to answer correctly, with "What is Vermont?" He won $22,800 total and will return as the defending champion in the episode airing July 5th. 

“I never win anything. Ever... This is unreal,” he said at the end.


Alumni Books
New titles from Dartmouth writers (July/August 2022)
To the Stars
Astronomy major Ann Kapusta ’07 expands the universe of accessible design.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Despite a life of hard knocks, Reggie Williams ’76 keeps on keeping on.

Eugene F. “Buddy” Teevens III ’79
A coach on helping athletes be great people

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