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Published: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 21:59:19 -0400

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The website is published by the Office of Public Affairs, which is part of the Advancement Division. Our staff partners with colleagues across campus to tell Dartmouth’s story.

Dartmouth helps found a global network of universities

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 15:02:50 -0400

Dartmouth College is one of seven founding members of a new global network of universities, the Matariki Network of Universities.

Dartmouth moves to improve recycling rate

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 15:04:39 -0400

Dartmouth is launching a new sustainability initiative to increase its recycling rate and divert even more trash from the landfill. The new Waste Centralization program is a system for collecting trash and recycling from offices, classrooms, and conference rooms. It aims to heighten individual awareness of how much trash is produced, and calls on all employees to improve their recycling habits.

Podcast: Dartmouth baseball: 2010 Ivy League champs, with Head Coach Bob Whalen

Thu, 27 May 2010 13:53:25 -0400

The Dartmouth baseball team (26-17) won its second straight Ivy League title on May 9, beating Columbia two games to one in the best-of-three series in New York City. Led by six All-Ivy players, including Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year Chris O'Dowd, the Big Green will play in an NCAA Regional starting on June 4. In this podcast Head Coach Bob Whalen talks about the team's success, how he feels about breaking the record for most wins for a Dartmouth baseball coach, and what the renovated Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park has meant to the program.

Class of 1953 Commons dedicated

Thu, 27 May 2010 12:34:56 -0400

Members of the Class of 1953 gathered in Hanover on May 25 to mark the beginning of Thayer Hall's transformation into the Class of 1953 Commons.

Dartmouth’s Big Green Bus ready for 6th-annual cross-country educational tour

Wed, 26 May 2010 11:51:49 -0400

With the slogan “Vehicle for Change,” the Big Green Bus is back this summer for its sixth-annual cross-country tour. Twelve Dartmouth College students will again take up the environmental mantle in a 1989 MCI coach with an engine modified to run on waste vegetable oil to promote alternative fuel and sustainable living.

Rockefeller Center students to host New Hampshire/Vermont conference on homelessness

Fri, 21 May 2010 15:59:00 -0400

Dartmouth students working in the Policy Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences will share their analysis of the ways in which homeless shelters care for their guests in New Hampshire and Vermont at a conference on the issue.

Dartmouth's 2010 honorary degree recipients to be recognized at Commencement ceremonies on June 13

Fri, 21 May 2010 09:44:23 -0400

Seven honorary degree recipients will be recognized at Dartmouth College's 2010 Commencement on Sunday morning, June 13, on the Dartmouth Green. The academic procession begins at 9:30 a.m., and visitors are advised to be in their seats by that time. Commencement ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.

Students awarded funding for Projects for Peace

Thu, 20 May 2010 14:56:19 -0400

Two Dartmouth students, DeVon Mosley '09 and Mahmud Johnson '13, have recently received $10,000 Kathryn Wasserman Davis Project for Peace grants, which support grassroots efforts to promote peace. Mosley and Johnson will spend this summer carrying out their projects.

Enhancing science education with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Thu, 20 May 2010 12:05:38 -0400

Dartmouth has been awarded $800,000 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for a program aimed at retaining undergraduates in the sciences. It’s one of many new HHMI grants totaling $79 million that will help universities nationwide strengthen undergraduate and precollege science education.

Dartmouth selects leading firm to assist with Director of Athletics search

Thu, 20 May 2010 12:58:50 -0400

Parker Executive Search, an Atlanta-based firm that recently oversaw the search for a new president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), will assist Dartmouth College with its search for a new Director of Athletics and Recreation, Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears announced today.

Dartmouth Junior wins Beinecke Scholarship

Tue, 18 May 2010 11:10:15 -0400

Anise Vance, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2011, has been named a Beinecke Scholar, one of 20 college juniors nationally. The award, which supports the "graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise," provides $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school

Podcast: Dartmouth's Native American past and present

Tue, 18 May 2010 09:30:07 -0400

Before Dartmouth was an Ivy League school, it was an Indian school. Dedicated to educating Indians in the region, its mission was to aid Indians in assimilating into 18th century life. Did the college accomplish its goal? Colin Calloway's recent book, "The Indian History of an American Institution: Native Americans and Dartmouth," explores that question and the college's relationship with Native Americans now.

The missing piece in health care reform: health care delivery science

Sun, 16 May 2010 23:53:22 -0400

Dartmouth College has received a $35 million commitment to establish The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, President Jim Yong Kim announced today. The anonymous gift will advance a new field of study, harnessing the knowledge and expertise of faculty across multiple disciplines from the arts and sciences as well as from the medical, business and engineering schools.

Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim receives honorary degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Thu, 13 May 2010 14:57:26 -0400

Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine today at its 41st commencement ceremony. Former President Bill Clinton was the commencement speaker at the mid-afternoon event in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

2010 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation

Wed, 12 May 2010 09:29:31 -0400

Thirteen Dartmouth alumni and three current graduate students recently received 2010 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award recognizes and supports graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the United States and abroad.

Researchers use entire islands in the Bahamas to test survival of the fittest

Mon, 10 May 2010 08:45:57 -0400

By using entire islands as experimental laboratories, two Dartmouth biologists have performed one of the largest manipulations of natural selection ever conducted in a wild animal population. Their results, published online on May 9 by the journal Nature, show that competition among lizards is more important than predation by birds and snakes when it comes to survival of the fittest lizard.

Dartmouth's annual Pow-Wow May 8-9 will honor Mankiller and Hanitchak

Fri, 07 May 2010 10:17:23 -0400

The 38th annual Pow-Wow will take place on the Dartmouth Green Saturday, May 8—Sunday, May 9. This year organizers will recognize two leading voices in the Native American community: Michael Hanitchak, director of the Native American Program at Dartmouth, who retired from his post last year after 17 years with the College, and Wilma Mankiller, Native American community activist, tribal chief and tribal legislator, who died of pancreatic cancer on April 6 of this year.

Researchers address security and privacy in healthcare as part of $15 million project

Fri, 07 May 2010 07:00:17 -0400

Two Dartmouth researchers are part of a new research endeavor funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focused on security and privacy in healthcare. The 12-institution consortium, led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of four projects funded by HHS as part of a $60 million initiative called Strategic Healthcare Information Technology Advanced Research Projects (SHARP). Dartmouth will participate in the SHARPS group focused on security.

Dartmouth's Career Services permeates whole campus

Wed, 05 May 2010 12:59:11 -0400

An alliance of some of Dartmouth's prominent campus centers has taken shape over the past 18 months, aiming to streamline and improve the college's delivery of career-related services. The Career Community Task Force, focused on services for undergraduates, includes representatives from Career Services, the Tucker Foundation, the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS), the Dartmouth College Athletic Department (DCAD), and the Women In Sciences Project (WISP).

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Carol Folt appointed Provost of Dartmouth

Wed, 05 May 2010 09:53:05 -0400

President Jim Yong Kim announced today that he has appointed Carol L. Folt as Dartmouth's Provost effective immediately.

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Dartmouth professor recognized with NSF Career Award

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 10:04:33 -0400

Lorenzo Torresani, assistant professor of computer science, was recently honored with an award from the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award recognizes and supports junior faculty who show strong commitment to research, teaching, and the integration of the two.

Annual Law Day event focuses on hate crimes

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 16:22:55 -0400

From Emmitt Till and Harvey Milk, to James Byrd and Matthew Shepard, hate crimes are part of our country’s past and present. This year’s Law Day is a two-day event that will examine hate crimes and the legislation on the state and federal level to prosecute it. The activities are sponsored by the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.

Dartmouth student blogger builds a following with political predictions

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:12:45 -0400

Harry Enten ’11 had his first experience with democracy in action when he tagged along with his father at age 4 to the voting booth in 1992. For many people, that experience might affirm the importance of voting or ignite a commitment to advocacy and activism. But for Enten of Riverdale, N.Y., it opened a door to the world of political prediction.

Pelzel and Spalding fill key roles in Dartmouth's new management structure

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:20:44 -0400

President Jim Yong Kim announced on April 15 a new senior management structure that introduces new roles for Carolyn A. Pelzel, as Senior Vice President for Advancement, and David Spalding, Class of 1976, as President Kim's Chief of Staff.

President Jim Yong Kim elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:06:29 -0400

Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a center for independent policy research that is one of the world's most prestigious honorary societies. The academy celebrates the 230th anniversary of its founding this year.

Dartmouth celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:15:22 -0400

Dartmouth’s true green nature shines as students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater community come together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with more than 10 days of programming. This year’s theme is “Building Bridges: Leadership and Activism during Times of Change.”

TEDx at Dartmouth on Saturday, April 17

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:02:48 -0400

The organizers of TEDx Dartmouth aren’t quite sure how many hours they’ve put into this groundbreaking event.

“It’s not one of those extracurriculars you can quantify,” Clark Moore ’13, vice president of TEDx at Dartmouth, said. “It’s definitely a life event.”

Despite the immense workload, the three-person management team of this special event has been thrilled to see the project take shape. TEDx is based on the popular TED Talks, and TEDx events have cropped up on a few campuses nationwide. Dartmouth’s TEDx will follow the format outlined by the TED organization. Presentations will be very compact, lasting no longer than 18 minutes, and each presentation will be accessible to the average listener. Organizers plan to post video of the event on YouTube.

Dartmouth Professor of English to be presented prestigious award for literary criticism April 16

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:16:36 -0400

Peter W. Travis, the Henry Winkley Professor of Anglo-Saxon and English Language and Literature at Dartmouth, is the winner the 2009 Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism, for his book Disseminal Chaucer: Rereading the Nun’s Priest’s Tale (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009).

Dartmouth Board of Trustees elects new Chair and two new members

Sun, 11 Apr 2010 14:27:15 -0400

During its spring meeting, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees elected Stephen F. Mandel Jr. ’78 as the new Chairman of the Board, succeeding Charles E. Haldeman Jr. ’70, effective at the conclusion of Haldeman’s three-year term June 13, following the College’s Commencement ceremonies. The Board also elected two alumni-nominated members, Morton M. Kondracke ’60 and John B. Replogle ’88.

Dartmouth Board of Trustees elects two new alumni-nominated members

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 11:39:58 -0400

The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has elected Morton M. Kondracke ’60 and John B. Replogle ’88 as new members of the Board following a nomination vote by Dartmouth’s alumni. They both will join the Board on June 13, following Commencement ceremonies.

News: Dartmouth junior Hannah Payne wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 12:10:56 -0400

Hannah Payne, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2011, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2010–2011 academic year. A neuroscience and engineering science double major from Huntington, N.Y., Payne is one of 278 current sophomores and juniors recognized by the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, which seeks to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these field.

A conversation with Montgomery Fellow Bill T. Jones

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 08:32:11 -0400

Bill T. Jones—dancer, choreographer, theater director, and co-founder of the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company—concludes his Montgomery Fellow residency at Dartmouth with a public lecture Saturday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Moore Theater.

News: Dartmouth researcher contributes to genome sequencing project

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 12:20:56 -0400

A recent study published in the March 14 issue of the journal Nature features the work of Dartmouth's Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Kevin Peterson. The study outlines the genome sequence for Hydra magnipapillata, a simple freshwater animal distantly related to the jellyfish, and compares the genome to other simple, early animals, like the sea anemone. The research contributes to ongoing studies on regeneration, stem cells, and patterning.

Dartmouth awarded $2.5 million to work with middle schools to foster science interest and creativity

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 13:51:28 -0400

Dartmouth has been awarded $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to give Dartmouth graduate students opportunities to work with middle school teachers in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. The program promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among middle school students.

Dartmouth admits 11.5 percent of applicants for the Class of 2014

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:36:09 -0400

Dartmouth College will extend offers of admission to 2,165 applicants for its Class of 2014, from a pool of 18,778. This year’s applicant pool is the largest in the College's history – and represents a 3.5 percent increase over last year’s record number of applicants. The overall rate of admission this year was 11.5 percent, compared to 12.5 percent for the Class of 2013.

Dartmouth admits two Haitian students for spring term

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:45:48 -0400

Dartmouth College has admitted two undergraduate students from earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Daphnée Charles and Ronel Lefranc, who are both students at Université Quisqueya (UniQ) in Port-au-Prince. They will begin spring term classes on March 29, and will be taking courses primarily in environmental studies and economics.

Institute for Writing and Rhetoric receives three-year, $200,000 grant to study best practices in writing instruction

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:51:18 -0500

Dartmouth College’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric has received a $200,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to research and assess the best practices for writing instruction across diverse disciplines.

Independent study project takes Dartmouth senior to Africa

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:15:35 -0500

Samoneh Kadivar, a ’10 hailing from Shiraz, Iran, loves the intricacies of biology, but a recent independent study project showcases her talent and passion for social justice. She spent the fall of 2009 in Mozambique, researching some of the heaviest subject matter around. Kadivar, a biology modified with philosophy major, worked with a friend, Reggie Schickel ’09 from Charlotte, N.C., to create a documentary and work on a research paper on child trafficking, talking to Mozambican children who had been trafficked and abused.

Dartmouth grad students in Greenland, on the front lines of climate change

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 14:53:55 -0500

On the front lines of climate change, Greenland harbors a unique convergence of indigenous communities, research field stations, and policy debates about the future of the Arctic. It is an ideal location for Dartmouth’s new Polar Environmental Change program, offered through a grant by the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. Dartmouth’s IGERT is designed to facilitate collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and considers the human dimensions of climate change.

Dartmouth researchers find that lizard moms choose the right genes for the right gender offspring

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 12:26:42 -0500

Two Dartmouth biologists have found that brown anole lizards make an interesting choice when deciding which males should father their offspring. The females of this species mate with several males, then produce more sons with sperm from large fathers, and more daughters with sperm from smaller fathers. The researchers believe that the lizards do this to ensure that the genes from large fathers are passed on to sons, who stand to benefit from inheriting the genes for large size.

News: 2010 Dartmouth Idol to be crowned Friday night

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 16:24:12 -0500

When the six finalists in the Dartmouth Idol singing competition take the stage on Friday night, the group will include a woman’s hockey player (Katie Horner ’11), a defensive end on the football team (Michael Tree ’13), two members of the a cappella group Dodecaphonics (Andrew Purpura ’11 and Dan Van Deusen ’11), and two members of X.ado (Jamie Hwang ’10 and Kevin Oh ’12), Dartmouth’s Christian a cappella group.

News: Dartmouth President Emeritus James Wright will receive lifetime achievement award on March 5 from the New England Board of Higher Education

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 08:56:10 -0500

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) will present Dartmouth President Emeritus James Wright one of its 2010 New England Higher Education Excellence Awards on Friday, March 5 at an event in Boston.

News: Final Olympic tally: one gold, one bronze, nine terrific performances

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 15:27:16 -0500

The XXI Olympic Winter Games are now history, but once again Dartmouth has distinguished itself on the international athletic stage. Dartmouth's medal count for the Vancouver Games includes a gold medal shared by Gillian Apps '06 and Cherie Piper '06, members of the Canadian women's hockey team which beat the United States 2-0; and the surprise bronze medal won by Andrew Weibrecht '09 in men's Super G skiing.

News - Apps, Piper earn Olympic women's hockey gold as Canada beat US 2-0

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 20:57:18 -0500

Cherie Piper '06 won her third consecutive Olympic gold medal and classmate Gillian Apps '06 earned her second straight as Canada beat the United States 2-0 in the championship game of the women's ice hockey tournament at Vancouver Thursday night.

Tuck Professor Paul Argenti on Toyoda's Appearance Before Congress

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 15:28:26 -0500

Failing grade – The appearance Wednesday by Toyota Motors company president Akio Toyoda before members of Congress was a "huge mistake," says Tuck School of Business Professor Paul Argenti. Commenting on "The Wall Street Journal This Morning" Thursday, Argenti gives Toyota Motors an "F" for its communications strategy in the wake of a worldwide recall of its cars.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Dartmouth

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 14:54:33 -0500

Chad Goller-Sojourner brings his acclaimed one-man show, “Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy,” to campus on Thursday, February 25, as part of Dartmouth's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This performance is one of three events sponsored by Dartmouth’s Eating Disorder Peer Advisors that are designed promote awareness, education, and understanding of the eating disorders that affect over 10 million Americans.

Dartmouth Olympic Update: Tuesday, Feb. 23

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:42:22 -0500

Tommy Ford '12 and Patrick Biggs '06 finally got on the snow at Vancouver, while Sara Studebaker '07 and Laura Spector '10 wrapped up their Games ...

Study shows physicians are working less hours, says Dartmouth professor

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 16:16:34 -0500

After remaining stable for two decades, a study done by Douglas O. Staiger, the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth, and his co-authors reveal that the average hours worked by physicians has decreased by about 7 percent from between 1996 to 2008. The findings from the study and its possible implications are featured in the February 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA.

Dartmouth researchers create new nano switch

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 12:25:17 -0500

Dartmouth researcher Ivan Aprahamian and his team have developed a new molecular switch that changes its configuration as a function of the pH of the environment. This discovery might someday help lead to targeted drug delivery systems, molecular-level data storage, and molecular electronics - all important objectives in nanotechnology.