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In August and September, members of the College’s incoming class arrive on campus for First-Year Trips, a five-day outdoor program run by students before orientation week. Trips, officially run by the Dartmouth Outing Club, involves over 90 percent of the incoming class and includes over 300 student volunteers. It has roots that can be traced to humble beginnings over 90 years ago. In the near-century that has passed, the program has undergone numerous changes to shape it into its current form.
This Wednesday, the newest Montgomery fellow Michael Denning ’76 arrived on campus to present at the two-day “Reflections on the Afterlives of 1969” Conference. Denning is a professor of English and American studies at Yale University and will be on campus for the duration of the conference. He is the first of a group of prominent alumni the Montgomery program is bringing to campus for the College’s 250th anniversary, music professor and director of the Montgomery Fellows Program Steve Swayne said.
Earlier this week, parking rates across Hanover were raised, including both in town-owned parking lots and the parking garage, as well as at meters throughout town. While not a flat raise across all spaces, some rates increased by over 50 percent and some even doubled. The town has also rolled out a mobile parking payment system called “ParkMobile” downtown.
A petition criticizing the College’s challenge to the granting of anonymity to three of the nine plaintiffs in the ongoing class-action lawsuit against Dartmouth will be delivered to College president Phil Hanlon today. The petition, which has garnered over 600 signatures, has been in circulation for a month and has gained the support of multiple prominent politicians including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand ’88, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; New Hampshire state Senator Martha Hennessey ’76; and Congresswoman Annie Kuster.
Xia Zhou is a computer science professor at the College specializing in mobile computing and visible light sensing. She was recently awarded the 2019 Association for Computing Machines SIGMOBILE RockStar award for “outstanding early-career contributions and impact on [the] field” this March. In 2017, she added a Sloan Research Fellowship to her other accolades, including having her work featured in a National Science Foundation-sponsored video. She co-directs both the Dartmouth Networks and Ubiquitous Systems Lab and the Dartmouth Reality and Robotics Lab at the College, and has taught several courses including COSC 60, “Computer Networks,” and COSC 50, “Software Design & Implementation.” Last weekend, she was a judge at “HackDartmouth.”
Students in the Class of 2021 may be happy to learn that they can sleep comfortably in their residence halls this upcoming summer term, without resorting to Dartmouth-provided cots in Sarner Underground. This past week, college officials announced that on-campus housing this summer for the Class of 2021 and other students would be located in the East Wheelock cluster, which consists of Andres, McCulloch, Morton and Zimmerman Halls. Should these residence halls be filled, Hitchcock Hall will open as overflow. All of the East Wheelock rooms are fully air conditioned, while Hitchcock only has air conditioning in the common room.
“One” long awaited dining event occurred last night at the Class of ’53 Commons, starting at 4:30pm in the afternoon and running throughout dinner until 8:00pm. The dinner was designed to expose members of the College community to local restaurants and eateries through the addition of dishes from various local restaurant menus to ’53 Commons for the night.
Following a long delay, construction officially began this past Monday on a new building on campus. Contractors began laying down hardpack to allow for the movement of heavy vehicles for the 70,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility to be located near Thompson Arena and Burnham Field, adjacent to the Boss Tennis Center.
Pamela Crossley is a professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies and is the Charles and Elfriede Collis professor of history. Her focus is on modern Chinese history and the Qing dynasty, but she has also researched and written about central Asian history, the Mongols and global history. Crossley has authored numerous books and two textbooks, and her work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal and the BBC among many others. She teaches several courses involving Chinese history and the Mongols. She taught History 74, “Intellectual History of East Asia,” last fall and is teaching History 72, “Late Imperial China in Global Context” this term. Her newest book, “Hammer and Anvil: Nomad Rulers at the Forge of the Modern World” came out last December.
On Sept. 18, Irvine, California based-nutraceutical company ChromaDex and the Trustees of Dartmouth College filed a patent infringement complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Elysium Health, another nutraceutical company and former customer of ChromaDex. The plaintiffs claim that Elysium is misrepresenting its products and using Dartmouth-ChromaDex intellectual property without proper compensation to its owners.
Dartmouth community members interested in energy will now have access to a new seminar series revolving around energy use in society.
Professor Ted Levin teaches courses about world music and interdisciplinary music topics at the College. His work focuses on ethnomusicology and the music of Central Asia and Siberia. Levin has traveled the world studying music and has published several books about his travels and studies. He throat sings and plays the banjo, bagpipes, celtic fiddle, durar, piano and tanbur. He also works with outreach programs to support music and musicians from other cultures and is currently the senior project consultant to the Aga Khan Music Initiative. Levin was the first executive director of Silkroad, whose Silk Road Ensemble included founder Yo-Yo Ma in a recent performance at Hopkins Center for the Arts.
Airline congestion is a perennial headache for airlines and millions of travelers around the world. Moreover, it cost the U.S. approximately $30 billion in 2007. However, a new study published in the journal “Transportation Science” by Thayer School of Engineering professor Vikrant Vaze and Carnegie Mellon University professor Alexandre Jacquillat sought to remedy these expensive delays by applying game theory to flight scheduling models at airports.
Dean of the College Rebecca Biron discussed and answered questions on the house communities at a town hall with executive vice president Rick Mills on March 21. Around 60 members of the Dartmouth community gathered in Spaulding Auditorium.
On Feb. 1, the Tuck School of Business announced that Paul Raether Tu’73 and his family had donated $15 million toward scholarships, matching the largest ever donation in the history of Tuck. Pledged in 2017, the donation increased Tuck’s endowment to over $100 million by the end of the calendar year.
An “All Access” meal plan — equivalent to 28 meal swipes a week — will replace the SmartChoice 20 this coming fall.
SpeakOut, an oral history project on past LGBTQIA+ students at the College, will be added to Rauner Library’s Special Collections in early 2019. The project was announced last November and is a collaboration between the library, the history department and the Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni/ae Association.
Computer science professor Prasad Jayanti began his career studying mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. While pursuing his master’s degree in the same field at the University of Delaware, Jayanti discovered a different calling: computer science, with an emphasis in concurrent algorithms. For over two decades, he has worked at the College, teaching nine different undergraduate courses. Currently Jayanti is teaching Computer Science 1, “Introduction to Programming and Computing.”