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Faculty members from the environmental studies program are working to develop a minor in "sustainability studies" over the course of the next academic year, which would aim to connect campus sustainability initiatives from the Organic Farm to the Sustainable Living Center under a common "umbrella," according to professor and environmental studies department chair Andrew Friedland.
The City Council in Liverpool, England has introduced legislation to prevent individuals under 18 from attending, renting or buying films featuring tobacco use based in part on research conducted by physicians at Dartmouth Medical School.
A group of entrepreneurs has created a new program, Safe Start, which aims to reduce fear of student loan debt that could potentially prevent students from applying to college, according to the New York Times. The service charges a fee of $40 to $70 for every $1000 a student borrows, and in return promises to lend the student money interest-free later to help prevent them from being late with their loan payments and damaging their credit rating, The Times reported. The service has been growing in popularity as alumni of colleges and universities buy SafeStart loans for incoming students as a way to, in effect, provide them with interest-free loans. Critics of the program argue that the approximately $1500 it extracts from students in fees could be put to better use, and some worry that the program could be a step toward taking away students' financial independence, according to The Times.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness about sexual assault, according to Chris Fletcher '11, a Sexual Abuse Peer Advisor who was a member of the Consent Day planning committee.
A Thayer School of Engineering professor has helped start a biotechnical company Adimab that is working to drastically reduce the time it takes to produce antibodies used in therapeautic drugs. Adimab, founded by Thayer Engineering professor Tillman Gerngross and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dane Wittrup has developed a new method of producing antibodies that can help the immune system target malignant cells, Gerngross said.
The standard triathlon course consisted of a half-mile swim, an 8.5-kilometer mountain bike ride and a 4-kilometer trail run. The XTERRA course was roughly twice that length.
Acclaimed editor Thomas Schroth '43 Tu'44, founding editor of National Journal and former editor of Congressional Quarterly, died July 23 of congestive heart failure in his home in Sedgwick, Maine at the age of 88, according to The New York Times.
Two Dartmouth Medical School immunologists have designed a new method of treating ovarian cancer through the injection of nanoparticles. The research, done by Jose Conejo-Garcia, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Dartmouth Medical School, and microbiology and immunology graduate student Juan Cubillos-Ruiz DMS '10, was published in the online Journal of Clinical Investigation July 13.
Working for an international commercial bank and as a corporate attorney have given Spikes the skills necessary to improve Atlanta's financial situation, he said in an interview with The Dartmouth.
College President Jim Yong Kim met formally with representatives from every Greek organization for the first time Wednesday evening, when he attended a meeting of the Greek Leadership Council in the Rockefeller Center. Kim stressed that he wanted members to be completely "frank" with him about Greek life at the College, promising in turn that he would be honest about what changes he could make.
Loeffler is currently serving as interim U.S. attorney in Alaska, a position she took in March after the previous interim U.S. attorney returned to his post in Pittsburgh, Pa., she said in an interview with The Dartmouth. Prior to her appointment, Loeffler had worked at the U.S. attorney's office for 21 years, most recently serving in the position of assistant U.S. attorney, she said.
Harper, the first female athletic director in the Ivy League, ascended to the post in 2002, after being a nationally-recognized women's lacrosse coach at the College since 1981. Harper cited her age and the retirement of former College President James Wright as factors in her decision to retire, The Dartmouth previously reported.
College President Jim Yong Kim has spent his first week in office touring laboratories, meeting with faculty and staff and even playing golf with undergraduates giving himself "a demanding schedule," Barry Scherr, College provost and the leader of Kim's transition team, said in an interview with The Dartmouth.
College administrators and Hanover Police officers clarified the College's alcohol policy for the Summer term at a panel discussion in Collis Commonground Wednesday afternoon. Nearly 200 students turned out for the discussion, which highlighted differences in the operation of the Good Samaritan policy that take place during the summer.
Mohammad Usman, a former member of the Class of 2010 who pled guilty in April to having committed $18,615 in financial aid fraud, was sentenced last week to three years of probation, including six months of home detention. Usman was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and $200 of additional "special assessment" charges and to complete 100 hours of community service, according to case manager Vinny Negron of the U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H.
Mohammad Usman, a former member of the Class of 2010 who pled guilty to $18,615 in financial aid fraud in April, was sentenced to three years of probation including six months of home detention on Wednesday. Usman was also ordered to pay a $2000 fine and $200 dollars of additional "special assessment" charges and complete 100 hours of community service, according to case manager Vinny Negron of the U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H.
The New Hampshire state government is taking steps to curtail algae blooms in New Hampshire, fearing that they could pose a health hazard, The Nashua Telegraph reported. A study conducted at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center suggested that increased algae blooms at Lake Mascoma in Grafton, N.H. might be linked to increased rates of Lou Gehrig's disease in the surrounding area. When cyanobacteria, the type of blue-green algae prolific in New Hampshire, bloom, they releases toxins into the air. The toxins irritate the eyes and skin and can cause liver, kidney and nerve damage over the long term, according to The Telegraph. One of the toxins has been linked to increased levels of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, in addition to Lou Gehrig's disease. The government of New Hampshire has shut down access to 32 ponds and lakes across the state in an effort to prevent algae blooms, The Telegraph reported.
Tuition for private colleges and universities in the United States will increase by an average of 4.3 percent this year, Bloomberg.com reported. The increase, which is the smallest in at least 37 years, comes from a survey conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Many institutions chose to limit tuition increases because the economic crisis has made it more difficult for families to pay tuition, organization spokesman Tony Pais told Bloomberg.com. The College Board, which collected information regarding both tuition and other fees, reported that tuition and fees together rose 5.9 percent for independent colleges and universities. Princeton University's tuition and room and board will rise by 2.9 percent, while tuition and fees at Harvard University and Yale University will increase by 3.3 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively. Dartmouth's tuition and fees will increase by 4.9 percent next year, according to an admissions department press release.
Harvard University will lay off 275 employees and alter the work hours of approximately 40 others, according to The Harvard Crimson. The layoffs, announced on Tuesday, will primarily affect administrative and professional personnel and eliminate many clerical positions. The layoffs are one of several cost-cutting measures Harvard has implemented in the past months in response to a projected 30-percent decrease in the University's endowment. Other budget-cutting measures include cutbacks in student services and the implementation of an early retirement incentive program for the university's staff, which has contributed to the retirement of over 500 employees, The Crimson reported. Employees affected by the layoffs will be notified over the next week.
In making decisions, people often consider all relevant information and attempt to predict future outcomes. According to Harvard University professor Daniel Gilbert, author of the New York Times bestseller "Stumbling on Happiness," these people are wrong. The best decision-making method is instead to ask another person who has experienced the same situation, Gilbert said in a lecture in Moore Hall on Friday. "In many domains of life, the experience of one randomly selected other person can beat your own best guess by a factor of two," Gilbert said. Gilbert's lecture, "Prospection: Why the Brain Talks to Itself," examined ways in which the brain is unreliable in processing the variables involved in predicting future happiness. Along with other researchers, Gilbert conducted a study in which women participated in individual five-minute "speed dates" with the same man. Before going on the date, the women were asked to predict how much they would enjoy it on a scale from one to 10. To make the prediction, some women were given a profile of the man, which included a photograph and basic information about the man's hometown, hobbies and interests. Others were instead provided with ratings from other women who had gone on dates with the same man. The data showed that women who relied on another's evaluation of the date to predict their own satisfaction were twice as accurate as the women who saw the profile, Gilbert said. In general, human beings make decisions by imagining, or "simulating," what will happen in future situations, Gilbert said. By simulating an experience, the brain can make inferences based on the brain's reaction to the simulation, he said. The problem is that the brain's simulations are often inaccurate, Gilbert said. "Imagination is a great tool, but like any tool, it comes up against obstacles it can't solve," he said. "There are features of mental simulations that make them imperfect guides to your own experiences in the future." The way people imagine events is often "unrepresentative" of the way they have experienced them in the past, Gilbert said. "The least likely events tend to be the most memorable, and the most likely events tend to be the least memorable," he said. "You probably can't remember who actually cleaned your teeth the last time [you went to the dentist], but you'll never forget the face of the person who pulled them out." Mental simulations of future events also tend to be "essentialized," Gilbert said. People often remember only the main feature of an event, Gilbert said. They remember their teeth actually being cleaned, but the smaller, more commonplace details of driving to the office, parking and time spent in the waiting room are not considered when people imagine their next appointment, he said. "People misforecast negative events much more extremely than positive events," he said. People also often fail to consider how they will adapt to situations, Gilbert said. "The day your spouse leaves you, you break down and weep, and it's about three months later that you're telling everybody, This is the best thing that ever happened to me,'" he said. "Mental simulations tend to ignore processes that evolve over time." Mental simulations are also often used to make comparisons that ultimately have an insignificant effect on the actual experiences, Gilbert said. In one study, subjects were given a bag of potato chips and asked to predict how much they would enjoy it. Some subjects were in a room that also contained chocolate, while others were in a room with less appetizing foods like Spam, Gilbert said. The subjects in the "chocolate room" predicted they would enjoy the chips less than the subjects in the "Spam room," but both groups were shown to enjoy the chips similarly when they rated their enjoyment afterward, Gilbert said. Because mental simulations tend to be so untrustworthy, Gilbert said, the most accurate method of predicting future happiness is to utilize the experiences of others. Even though people may seem different, their general reactions to stimuli are basically the same, Gilbert said. "We all like a trip to Paris better than gallbladder surgery; everybody would rather have a compliment than have their thumb nailed to the floor," Gilbert said. "The differences between you and other people are so unimportant that you would do better predicting how you are going to like something simply by asking one randomly chosen person how they like it"