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Researchers win EPA grant for watershed research

(02/24/17 7:00am)

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $797,000 grant for a team of researchers to look at public opinion relating to environmental policy in the Great Bay watershed on the New Hampshire coast. The grant went to five researchers, including Dartmouth environmental studies professor Richard Howarth and biology professor Celia Chen.

Faculty petition calls for changes to the tenure process

(05/26/16 9:49pm)

A group of roughly 20 faculty members have drafted and circulated a petition calling for a review of the tenure process, which 113 faculty members signed as of press time. The petition cites concerns about candidates being recommended for tenure by their departments ultimately being denied by the College’s Committee Advisory to the President. The petition also raises questions of unconscious bias and a lack of transparency in the tenure process. In particular, the petition’s authors raise the use of quantitative metrics as a concern.

STEM and humanities fields see gender disparity

(05/20/16 12:44am)

The liberal arts experience promises a well-rounded education to students. Despite exposure to multiple fields of study, majors are often broken up along gender lines. As the evidence shows, 44 years after Dartmouth went coeducational, certain undergraduate majors are still heavily skewed towards men or women. In an undergraduate student body evenly split between men and women, men still make up the disproportionate share of science, engineering and mathematics majors while women still make up a disproportionate share of arts and humanities majors.

Students and faculty react to Bahng’s denial of tenure

(05/18/16 11:55pm)

The College’s Committee Advisory to the President’s decision to deny tenure to Aimee Bahng — an English professor who is also affiliated women‘s, gender and sexuality studies, comparative literature and African and African American studies — has been met with criticism from students, faculty and alumni in the Dartmouth community. The decision came in spite of many positive assessments of Bahng by leading scholars in her field and her own departments.

145 courses over-enrolled in past year

(05/02/16 10:12pm)

When Earth science professor Robert Hawley offered his “Environmental Change” course for the first time in the fall of 2009, 47 students enrolled. Hawley was excited the next time he offered the class and had 78 students sign up. But the third time the course was offered, Hawley was less enthused to learn he would be teaching a class of 297 students. The class had so many difficulties due to size that Hawley capped the course enrollment, which now stands at 150 students. Nonetheless, this past fall, Hawley allowed 171 students into the class. Next time he offers the course, Hawley said he will cap it at 130 students.

Enrollment minimums a potential source of grade inflation

(04/13/16 10:28pm)

Last May, the five faculty members on the ad-hoc committee on grading practices and grade inflation proposed eliminating the Registrar’s minimum five-student enrollment for courses in order to counteract the College’s swelling course medians. The consequences of having a course cancelled and being forced to teach in a later term, they argued, motivated faculty to lower rigor to make sure enrollments are sufficient.

History professor Udi Greenberg wins book award

(04/04/16 10:26pm)

History professor Udi Greenberg’s own family history helps to explain why he chose his field of study. His grandparents were refugees from Nazi Germany who fled to South Africa. In the process, his family went from racially persecuted Jews under the Nazis to elite whites under the apartheid regime. His parents, objecting to the racism in South Africa, then left for Israel. Growing up in Israel, Greenberg himself never thought of himself as white, as race was not talked about because people mostly divided themselves by religion, he said.

Hanover primary results vary from state’s

(02/25/16 12:22am)

The Feb. 9 New Hampshire primaries saw Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump claim decisive victories in their respective Democratic and Republican contests. However, the statewide results were not reflected in Hanover. In Hanover and surrounding towns, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich received the most votes in the Republican primary. At the same time, in the Democratic primary, Sanders’ margin of victory over Hillary Clinton was smaller in Hanover than it was statewide. Sanders won with 2,286 votes to Clinton’s 2,005 in Hanover. Statewide, Sanders swept Clinton with 60.4 percent to her 38 percent.

Q&A: Sydney Finkelstein talks ‘superbosses’

(02/18/16 12:07am)

Sydney Finkelstein, management professor at the Tuck School of Business, has a longstanding interest in what makes exceptional leaders. His new book released this month, Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent” (2016), looks at the different traits of “superbosses,” people who have had great success in managing talent and transformed entire industries. The Dartmouth conducted an interview with Finkelstein discussing his research and his book.

Feeder line failure leaves main campus in the dark

(02/09/16 12:35am)

From approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night to approximately 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning, parts of the College campus and the town of Hanover suffered a power outage. The blackout was concentrated around the central area of campus, including all buildings around the Green, the Class of 1953 Commons, Massachusetts Row as well as southern and eastern parts of campus. The Choates cluster also lost power as well as some restaurants and stores in downtown Hanover.

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