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In an effort to expedite the ongoing cleanup of Rennie Farm, a site where the Dartmouth Medical School disposed of test animal carcasses in the 1960s and 1970s, the College has obtained an easement that will enable the College to treat contaminated groundwater on an 11-acre property abutting the existing treatment site. The easement marks an additional step in a process initiated by the College in 2017 to reduce levels of 1,4-dioxane in the groundwater near Rennie Farm.
Coming to Dartmouth as the next step in a career that has spanned the private sector, government and academia, Alexis Abramson has been named the next dean of the Thayer School of Engineering. Abramson will assume the post on June 17. She replaces interim dean of Thayer Laura Ray, who took over the position when Joseph Helble assumed his current role as College provost.
Dartmouth will change its practices to protect the integrity of the admissions process for incoming athletes following a federal investigation that uncovered a widespread college admissions scandal and resulted in the arrest of 50 people.
Prosecutors trying the case against Gage Young, who was indicted in the non-fatal shooting of visiting Providence College student Thomas Elliot in Hanover last fall, are attempting to consolidate charges against the Lebanon resident in order to hold only one trial concerning the Nov. 2, 2018 incident. They are also attempting to add a new charge of falsifying evidence. Young has replaced his previous counsel with Richard Guerriero, who filed a motion to move the trials to July.
On Tuesday, the Center for Professional Development hosted 55 companies, firms and organizations at its Employer Connections Fair in the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts. The fair included representatives from the finance, consulting education and technology sectors; however, the fair offered comparatively few public policy or social science opportunities. This career imbalance in favor of finance, consulting, and technology jobs is reflected in the career paths of graduates. A survey conducted by the CPD of the outgoing class of 2018 found that 56 percent of graduates pursue careers in those sectors.
Hanover restaurant Orient Chinese and Japanese closed suddenly this week after it was discovered that the restaurant was pouring grease into a Hanover storm drain, according to Hanover town manager Julia Griffin.
College President Phil Hanlon announced yesterday that the College’s ongoing capital campaign has raised just over $2 billion toward its goal of $3 billion.
If you were stricken with the flu this winter, you were not alone on campus. Dick’s House diagnosed 63 cases of the flu in 2019 — over double the number of any of the previous three years — according to director of clinical medical services Ann Bracken.
Major changes to Dartmouth’s First Year Student Enrichment Program will soon be underway, according to an announcement made at a recent capital campaign event for the College. FYSEP — a pre-orientation program designed for first-generation and low-income students — will expand its programming from five days to four weeks beginning in August 2020. The expansion of FYSEP will be funded by $13 million in alumni contributions, $10 million of which were donated by A. George “Skip” Battle ’66.
Last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aiming to promote free and open debate on college campuses. A group of conservative student activists, including Dartmouth College Republicans president Joshua Kauderer ’19, was invited to witness the signing of the order, which took place on March 21.
For the second time in its 150-year history, the Thayer School of Engineering will be led by a woman. The College announced today that Alexis Abramson, a Case Western Reserve University engineering professor and former Department of Energy scientist, will become dean of the school on June 17.
Physics and astronomy professor Marcelo Gleiser describes his work as “flirting with the mysterious.” On March 19, Gleiser was named the 2019 winner of the Templeton Prize, an award that recognizes an individual who, in the view of a panel of external judges, has made an “exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” The prize carries a monetary award of £1.1 million, which is around $1.4 million.
Both houses of the New Hampshire legislature have passed separate bills establishing a state minimum wage of $12 an hour by 2022. New Hampshire’s minimum wage defers to the federal standard of $7.25 an hour. This makes New Hampshire the only state in New England with a minimum wage under $10.
In a collaboration between the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact and the Office of Residential Life, Allen House and East Wheelock House each took students on trips to aid hurricane recovery in underserved areas as part of an alternative spring break initiative.
Updated March 28, 2019 at 9:47 p.m.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is increasing its efforts to bring safety, equity and dignity to the workplace as part of the Time’s Up Healthcare campaign.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has delayed consideration of a bill that would allow state authorities to remove guns from potentially dangerous individuals. On March 13, the legislation was unanimously retained by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee until Jan. 2020, meaning that the legislature will delay a final decision on the bill until it is reintroduced at that time.
A team of eight Dartmouth students was one of five finalists for NASA’s Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing Idea Challenge, a competition that invites both undergraduate and graduate student teams to create aerospace design projects to solve real-world problems. The Team Dartmouth members — Thayer School of Engineering students David Dick TH, Alexa Escalona TH, Grace Genszler TH, Thomas Hodsden TH, Peter Mahoney ’19, Morgan McGonagle TH, Zoe Rivas TH and Christopher Yu ’19 — aimed to create a greenhouse that would support a crew of four for a 600 Martian-day mission on Mars. The team will be representing the College during the second round of the competition at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA on April 23 and 24.
Earth sciences professor Erich Osterberg grew up with an interest in weather and climate change. While completing his master’s degree at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, Osterberg conducted field research and studied ice core samples and their relationship to climate change. His most recent research on ice core samples from Mt. Hunter in Alaska led him to compelling evidence of global warming. Aside from research, Osterberg also furthers his passion for climate change study by teaching EARS 2, “Evolution of Earth and Life.” Since coming to Dartmouth as a post-doctoral fellow in 2007, Osterberg has taught EARS 2, EARS 14, “Meteorology” and upper-level courses in the earth sciences department.
Following the U.S. State Department’s designation of the College as a top producer of Fulbright scholars, Dartmouth students and alumni have also encountered success with other selective scholarship programs. Aaron Karp GR’19, and Rex Woodbury ’15 have been named recipients of the Luce and Knight-Hennessy scholarships, respectively.