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Jedidah Isler is a first-year professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth. She studies particle acceleration and blazars — enormous black holes that shoot high-energy jets of particles — and is dedicated to furthering the positions of women of color in STEM fields. In addition to being the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Yale University, she is the founder of Vanguard STEM — a live, monthly web-series that features a panel of women of color in STEM discussing anything from research to advice.
In the first week of January, the Dartmouth Title IX Office announced it launched a mandatory sexual violence prevention training course for school faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars.
Four fraternities welcomed a total of 23 members over the winter rush that took place on Jan. 18 and 19. Compared to last winter’s 16 bids, six more bids were offered this winter, with Sigma Nu accepting the greatest number of brothers.
“One” long awaited dining event occurred last night at the Class of ’53 Commons, starting at 4:30pm in the afternoon and running throughout dinner until 8:00pm. The dinner was designed to expose members of the College community to local restaurants and eateries through the addition of dishes from various local restaurant menus to ’53 Commons for the night.
Those who appreciate downtown Hanover’s charm might be distressed this winter by the recent closures of several long-time small business staples. The Dartmouth Bookstore, Canoe Club restaurant, and the clothing retailers Folk and Rambler’s Way have all permanently shut their doors in the past few months, falling victim to a trend that has made some Hanover merchants uneasy about the future.
Over 75 athletes gathered at the Dartmouth Skiway for the 17th annual Upper Valley Special Olympics on Jan. 26. This year, 140-plus total volunteers – over 75 of them Dartmouth students – supported the athletes.
A lawsuit was filed in New Hampshire federal district court against the Trustees of Dartmouth College on Jan. 7, 2019, alleging the College’s “unjust” and “unlawful” expulsion of a student accused of perpetrating sexual violence against a classmate.
Margaret Olivarez, a third-grade teacher at Copperfield Elementary School in Austin, Texas, wanted to get her elementary school students to be involved in the school district’s “College Shirt Wednesdays,” an initiative designed to frame higher education as a real possibility for underprivileged students. The Dartmouth registrar, along with more than 30 other universities, helped make this task a little easier by donating a much-needed supply of t-shirts.
Students reading the new translation of Homer’s "Odyssey" in their Humanities 2, "The Modern Labyrinth" course had the rare opportunity of meeting the translator in real life when University of Pennsylvania classics professor Emily Wilson came to Dartmouth last Thursday. As this year’s annual Hoffman lecturer, Wilson shared her experience as the first woman to publish a translation of Homer’s "Odyssey" into English, both during a public lecture and with students in several classes.
A pretrial conference is set to be held on Feb. 19 to establish a schedule of events as proceedings continue in the $70 million sexual misconduct lawsuit against the College. Dartmouth will continue to “defend itself as an institution” according to a College press release addressing its answer to the allegations. The statement added that the College will not defend the actions of the three former faculty members in the psychological and brain sciences department named in the suit — Todd Heatherton, William Kelley and Paul Whalen.
A Dartmouth research team has found that a compound discovered at Yale University to treat Alzheimer’s disease could be a potential therapy for prion diseases — a family of neurodegenerative diseases.
On Tuesday afternoon, democratic Washington governor Jay Inslee spoke to Dartmouth students on the importance of combating climate change. Inslee is “very close” to making a decision about running for president, he told the gathered students and community members.
The College released a plan this week to build a new campus heating facility by 2025, marking one of the first steps toward achieving the sustainability goals laid out in College President Phil Hanlon’s 2017 pledge.
On Jan. 15, the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning announced that design thinking lecturer Eugene Korsunskiy and Thayer School of Engineering professor Peter Robbie won the 2018 Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching for their “Senior Design Challenge” course. The new two-term course, Engineering 15.02, “Senior Design Challenge,” provides students with the opportunity to create solutions to real world issues, forge connections in industry and hone professional skills.
Updated Jan. 23 at 8:22 p.m.
On Monday night, comedian and social justice activist Franchesca Ramsey delivered the keynote address at the College’s 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Feature Presentation. Over the weekend and in the upcoming weeks, Dartmouth held and will hold events ranging from presentations on topics such as mental health and sexual assault to films centered around social justice.
Due to Hanover’s chilly temperatures and fewer outdoor activity options, winter term means extended hours for campus facilities such as the Alumni Gym. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the gym stays open for an extra hour until 10 p.m., as opposed to 9 p.m. during the fall, spring and summer terms.
The current border wall between the U.S. and Mexico — constructed over the last 13 years under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 — barely affects migration patterns between the two countries and harms the U.S. economy, according to a working paper recently published by Dartmouth professor of economics Treb Allen and his colleagues at Stanford University.