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The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded on Oct. 2 for research in the field of laser physics. American physicist Arthur Ashkin received half of the prize for his discovery of real-life optical tweezers, while the other half was shared by Canadian physicist Donna Strickland and French physicist Gerard Mourou for their method of generating high-intensity optical pulses that can move matter.
This fall, a new club will join the wide range of Dartmouth Outing Club activities: the Biathlon Club. Not to be confused with a triathlon, a biathlon combines cross-country skiing with accuracy rifle shooting.
On Oct. 8, the Native American Program at Dartmouth kicked off a week-long celebration of the Indigenous community on campus, beginning with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a nation-wide holiday that initially began in 1992 as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day.
Taxpayer rights and individual privacy are on the ballot this November. In addition to electing local, state and federal representatives, New Hampshire voters will have the chance to approve two new amendments to the state constitution. Question 1 would amend the constitution to allow any registered voter to sue the state over alleged misuse of taxpayer dollars, and Question 2 would add language to the document establishing the right of all individuals to “live free from governmental intrusion in private or personal information.”
Parents may need to better monitor children who enjoy playing violent video games. A recently published meta study by Dartmouth researchers found a statistically significant link between playing violent video games and adolescent aggression. The study analyzed previous research on the subject in the hopes of offering definitive evidence that violent video game play can increase aggressive tendencies in teens.
Sergi Elizalde is a math professor whose research focuses on enumerative and algebraic combinatorics. He came to the College in 2005 as a postdoctoral fellow and was hired as a professor in 2007. Elizalde is currently the East Wheelock house professor. He lives on campus with his wife and two children.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2018 at 2:45 p.m.
On Sept. 29, men’s fall fraternity rush came to a close. 356 new members bids were extended, compared to the 341 bids extended last fall.
Economics professors Douglas Irwin and Nina Pavcnik appeared in a video entitled “How Trade Advances Global Prosperity” at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on Sept. 26, discussing the socioeconomic and political benefits of international trade. Over 70 heads of state and 200 business leaders attended the conference. According to Pavcnik, the event took place after the General Assembly of the United Nations and was attended by many heads of state as a result.
Joseph Asch ’79 was a “passionate, complicated son of Dartmouth,” said executive director of Chabad Rabbi Moshe Gray, a friend of Asch’s who last saw him the day before Asch died. He was 60.
The national board of directors of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity announced that it has reached a unanimous decision to pull the charter of Dartmouth’s Sig Ep chapter, closing the fraternity effective immediately. The decision comes several months after the national board initially suspended the chapter’s charter and conducted a membership review that removed around 80 percent of its members.
On Sept. 28, the Interfraternity Council announced a new financial aid initiative, though not all fraternities were in agreement.
While Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is typically common among children, the illness has taken a foothold on the College’s campus.
On Oct. 9, former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Sheila Bair spoke with former undersecretary of the Treasury and current Tuck Business School professor Peter Fisher as part of a public lecture entitled “Ten Year Anniversary of the Financial Crisis,” sponsored by the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy.
This primary election, Eddie Edwards, former South Hampton police chief and a Navy veteran, won the Republican primary for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District. Edwards will face the Democratic nominee, Chris Pappas, at the polls on Nov. 6. If elected, he would be the first black representative in New Hampshire’s history.
Becca Heller ’05 has been named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow for her work defending the rights of refugees and other at-risk populations. As director and co-founder of the International Refugee Assistance Project, Heller explores creative ways to provide legal representation to refugees and displaced people and help them reach safety. According to the organization’s website, the project is built on a model of partnering law students with pro bono lawyers, which maximizes the usage of student or volunteer resources and minimizes business costs.
Updated 10/10/18 at 6:54 a.m.
Members of the Class of 2022 will have to find a new source of exercise during Homecoming this year. The College is “truly on probation,” according to associate professor of engineering Douglas Van Citters; bonfire and surrounding festivities have been redesigned to respond to safety concerns after the town of Hanover denied the College’s permit request in late May. Following changes, the permit was approved on Sept. 28.
The Thayer School of Engineering and the College’s department of computer science sponsored 25 students’ attendance at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computer Science from Sept. 26 to 28, providing women in computer science opportunities for networking, professional development and recruitment.
It is not every day that people get to see their idols face-to-face. But for Shannon Sartain ’21, that was her reality when she had the chance to meet Rebecca Moore, who works on the team of creators of the Google Earth Engine, at the Google Earth Engine User Summit this summer in Dublin, Ireland.