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Three Dartmouth professors were appointed to endowed chairs on June 25, Vox of Dartmouth reported on July 21. Professor William Wohlforth was named the Daniel Webster Professor of Government and Jonathan Crewe, professor of English and comparative literature, was appointed as the Leon D. Black Professor in Shakespearean Studies. Professor Nancy Marion became the first George J. Record 1956 Professor in Economics, a chair established by a donation from the Record family. According to the Dean of the Faculty Office, the professors were selected for the positions after recommendation by the Dean of the Faculty and approval by the Committee Advisory to the President and the Board of Trustees. Crewe said he anticipated that his appointment would direct him to focus on Shakespeare more in his own work and in his teaching. "It's almost impossible to do research that doesn't immediately feed back into the classroom," he said.
Sandy Alderson '69, one of the four individuals running in the upcoming Board of Trustees election, spoke at a dinner at Alpha Delta fraternity on Wednesday evening. Alderson, the CEO of the San Diego Padres, discussed his success running Major League Baseball teams and went on to compare his past experiences to managing a college. He shared his views about the upcoming election and the hope he has for the College's future. The dinner gave the group of 30 students, mostly non-members of AD, a chance to ask the potential trustee member questions about what he could bring to the College. In a twist, he questioned the audience, asking the students about their Dartmouth experiences and what makes Dartmouth such a unique place. Later that evening, Alderson met with a group of Dartmouth women at the Canoe Club in Hanover to discuss women's issues at the College.
Yale University has announced plans to continue its on-campus interview program, the Yale Daily News reported Thursday. Yale will now be the only Ivy League institution continuing to offer this service to prospective students, in which seniors are trained by the admissions department to conduct interviews on campus. Yale believes that on-campus interviews allow for direct communication between prospective students and the particular school and sees no reason to change its current process. Last week Dartmouth announced that it was discontinuing on-campus interviews in order to spend more time and effort expanding on-campus programs for admissions visitors and to create a more fair admissions process. Harvard conducts on-campus interviews but places no evaluation in the applicant's file.
Dr. James Weinstein, an orthopedic surgeon at Dartmouth Medical School, was featured Thursday in a New York Times fitness article, "When It's O.K. to Run Hurt." The article focused on the recovery methods and advice physicians offer to patients with sports-related injuries. In the past, it was advised that resting was the best way to heal a sports injury but such advice is said to be outdated and many times can even prolong the recovery process if the injury is not too severe. A person recovering from a sports injury should exercise at a slower level or try different types of exercise like cross-training. Weinstein recommends his patients take an anti-inflammatory pill like aspirin before they exercise and ice the spot before and after working out, though advice differs from physician to physician.
Paul Christesen '88, assistant professor of classics at Dartmouth, was named the New Hampshire Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on Thursday. Each year CASE honors four professors nationally and several Aon the state level for their commitment to undergraduate teaching. They focus on criteria including professors' involvement with students, scholarly approach to teaching and learning, contributions to the undergraduate institution and recommendations from colleagues and current and former students. According to Dean of Faculty Carol Folt, Christesen is known for forming strong relationships with his students and for creating discussion groups and atmospheres that allow students to speak on academic and personal topics. "More than anything else, this award is a reflection of the fact that Dartmouth is an ideal environment for teaching and for learning and a recognition of the outstanding quality of Dartmouth's faculty and student body," Christesen said.
College campuses are becoming hot spots for the spread of mumps, whooping cough and tuberculosis, said an article in yesterday's Inside Higher Ed online magazine. While all three diseases have been on the decline in the United States for years, greater international populations at universities have partially led to an increasing number of cases. At the University of Virginia, 29 cases of the mumps were recently reported. All of the infected students had received the two-dose vaccination for the disease, which is only 90 percent effective. At Missouri Southern State University, a few students received positive test results for tuberculosis, a reminder of the disease's prevalence throughout the world. While all three diseases are treatable and do not pose a real threat to individuals, there is always the alarming possibility of it becoming plague-like and affecting the mass population.