Dublin School is pleased to announce that Paul Wardlaw has joined Dublin as our new Athletic Director. Over a 33 year career, Wardlaw has coached collegiate tennis and soccer, taught in the classroom and served as a mentor to other coaches around the country. He joins Dublin after a 14-year engagement as Head Coach of the nationally-ranked Brown University D1 Women's Tennis team. He has also served as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at the University of Iowa (D1) and Kenyon College (D3). At Kenyon, his teams won three D3 National Championships, and Wardlaw was named the 2000 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Coach of the Decade.
Cathie Runyon is a grandparent to two generations of two: her children L.P. (Laurance) and Grier Runyon attended Dublin in the 80s, and her grandchildren Nick and Liza currently attend Dublin; Nick is graduating in the spring. Cathie and her husband moved to Peterborough in 1974, and L.P. started at Dublin in 1984 with Grier close behind.
“When L.P. was in middle school at Peterborough, it was not a great experience for him,” notes Runyon. “We started looking around and decided that we really didn’t want to send him to a boarding school far away, so Dublin seemed like a good alternative. We had been hearing more and more positive things about Dublin, so we started to look into it.”
One of the large projects of the annual Introduction to STEM course taught to first-year students is a competition to design and fabricate the most efficient propeller blade. Course teacher Jesse Jackson introduces the students to some basic concepts related to aeronautic design and then turns the students loose to research, design and fabricate their masterpiece. The most efficient propellor is measured by connecting the blades to a small generator tower that then uses an Arduino based system to measure total electrical output.
This years' winning team, Sina Abraham (Cambridge, MA); Lindsey Gould (Sharon, MA); and Nicholas Kim (San Francisco, CA) said they followed a standard engineering protocol to achieve their result. They did research, studied both successful and unsuccessful prior year designs, and built a couple of iterations of the design. Concerning the design piece, all of the student teams used Solidworks, a very advanced CAD design program, starting with a blade template. The winning team altered the angle of the blade along its length beginning (from the attachment point) with a 25-degree angle, and tapering to a 20-, 17- and 14-degree angle toward the tip. Based on their observations, they believed that the angle of attack needed to be steepest near the hub and wanted to create a "belly" at that point.
Having completed the AP Environmental Science exam, the two sections of AP Environmental Science have been doing field work on the Dublin campus over the last week.
A central part of the curriculum in the Spring has been focused on water management. One of the topics was land management in controlling runoff. Plants both stabilize soil and help to keep the nutrients in the soil, bare ground allows nutrition to leach out and beneficial ions such as Ca2+ are replaced with H+ leaving the soil more acidic. These problems often occur after construction or as a result of clear-cutting. These types of disturbances often make soil less hospitable for re-growth and can cause over-nutrition problems down-stream. This is one of the reasons that construction sites are mandated to install silt fences and erosion barriers to keep sediment and nutrients out of the water system.
Taya Kerwin, ’18, is a person who describes herself as “in it for the long haul.” While some students may enjoy the opportunity to try different sports and programs across their time at Dublin, Kerwin is someone who picked her sports at Dublin freshman year, and, as a senior, she is still pursuing her careers in sailing, theatre, and tennis.
“I get involved, and I like to grow into what I am doing,” she describes.
“I like that you feel really committed to whatever you are doing,” says Kerwin. “You see yourself growing into a leadership program. You watch your leaders when you are young and think, ‘I can do that.’ And then you take time and practice to figure out how.”
The 2018 NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) is a national conference that attracts over 1,500 high school leaders every year. These high schoolers attend workshops and lectures centered around justice and equity; they learn new leadership skills that help them bring energy, agency, and creativity to their home institutions. This year’s conference will take place in conjunction with the People of Color Conference in Nashville, Tennessee from November 28 through December 1, 2018. The 2018 SDLC theme is "Listening for the Grace Note: Finding Harmony Amid Cacophony."
Senior Project offers students the opportunity to engage in year-long rigorous study centered around a question or topic that is of special interest to them. The course has both a scholarly and a creative, or applied, component and students are given college-level expectations of independence, time management, and advanced analytical and creative problem-solving.
Several weeks ago, Ms. Sarah Doenmez’s AP European History class took a trip to New York City. They spent two nights there; on the first day, they traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at, in particular, art between Impressionism and Cubism, visited the Morgan Library, and attended a screening of a film on Mary Shelley at the Tribeca Film Festival. They also enjoyed a ton of walking—they walked from 58th to 85th Street in Central Park—gloriously bright, colorful, and cool—that first day! The next day, they explored the United Nations and the 9/11 Memorial, by way of Wall Street and Federal Hall.
“The city itself and the places we visited were emblematic of what we’ve been studying in the late 19th century as the modern city took shape—parks, commuter trains, museums,” says Doenmez. “In relation to later the UN, for example, is one of those representations of transnational identity and the post-WWII order.”