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Daily Debriefing

(11/12/09 4:00am)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology may increase the size of its student body by more than 300 students if it is able to construct more housing, according to The New York Times. MIT's dean of admission, Stuart Schmill, said higher enrollments could increase MIT's revenue, according to Bloomberg News. Schmill told The Times that the institution's main goal is to expand the 4,200-person undergraduate student body to the size it was in the 1980s and 1990s, or approximately 4,500 students. Classes have become smaller over the past two decades because housing options were limited when MIT began requiring that freshmen live in dormitories, according to The Times. An increase in the undergraduate enrollment might not affect freshman admissions, as increased numbers of transfer students can also expand enrollment, Schmill told The Times.

Scientists work to build list of research resources

(11/12/09 4:00am)

Research scientists often spend hours if not days hunting for the specific chemical, machine or genetically modified organism they need to perform experiments. This search may soon only take a matter of minutes, however, thanks to the creation of a multi-institution scientific database, called eagle-i, that will provide scientists with a list of all research resources available across multiple colleges and universities. At Dartmouth, eagle-i is being led by Dartmouth Medical School professors Jason Moore and Steven Fiering.

Panelists discuss childrens' health

(11/12/09 4:00am)

Almost nine million children under the age of five die of avoidable and treatable illnesses each year, according to Dartmouth Medical School professor John Butterly, executive medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Butterly, along with other global health experts, discussed how to address child mortality and other international health concerns at the sixth-annual Great Issues in Medicine and Global Health Symposium, a three-day program at DHMC that began Wednesday.

Wright speaks to vets. at Vietnam Memorial

(11/12/09 4:00am)

WASHINGTON Former College President James Wright urged Americans to remember fallen veterans not only as casualties of war, but as individuals with accomplished lives, at a Veterans' Day celebration here on Wednesday. Wright, himself a former Marine, spoke at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to a crowd that included many veterans who attended, despite the cold and rain.

Full Participants

(11/12/09 4:00am)

In her column "The Right Reasons" (Nov. 11), Emily Baxter attempts to castigate the recent decision by the Catholic Church to admit conservative Anglican priests into the fold. Unfortunately, in her eagerness to indict the Church, Baxter makes a number of theological and logical missteps. Above all, she makes the fatal mistake of assuming that difference inherently means inequality.

A Heart-Healthy Dartmouth

(11/12/09 4:00am)

At some point in the process of getting to know a new friend here at Dartmouth, I always end up having an awkward conversation explaining to him or her why I have a two-by-two-inch metal box in my chest. "It's like a pacemaker," I say. "Except it only monitors the heart, and if anything bad happens it'll shock me with 700V of electricity." If this fails to make sense, I try to make the connection between my device and automated external defibrillators. AEDs are clever devices designed for any Good Samaritan to use as a first response to sudden cardiac arrest, or heart failure. They are designed so simply that a child could use them; the machine prompts you to affix two pads to someone's chest, takes over and decides if there is a problem, and then administers a shock to correct one if there is. So my box is like one of those boxes; I just carry it around with me all the time.

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