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Caroline Robertson joined the Dartmouth faculty in July as an assistant professor in the psychological and brain sciences department. Working as a postdoctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Robertson was the lead author of a study which gained national attention as it found a link between the neurotransmitter GABA and autism. Robertson is serving as the principal investigator on the Dartmouth Autism Research Initiative, which seeks to understand the biomedical causes of autism and develop assistive care.
The Board of Trustees approved three projects in its fall meeting, including funds to proceed with the schematic design phase for the construction of a 350-bed dormitory at the intersection of Crosby and East Wheelock streets, across from Topliff Hall and next to the Alumni Gymnasium, where three tennis courts and House Center A, commonly known as “the Onion,” currently stand.
All incoming freshmen this year now have an opportunity to track their writing and composition progress throughout their four years at Dartmouth. DartWrite, a digital writing portfolio program for undergraduate students, was automatically offered to every member of the Class of 2022 upon the start of the academic year.
In the past, Dartmouth’s incoming freshman class has always been tasked with reading a text as their Shared Academic Experience, an annual orientation activity to encourage dialogue and reflection among first-year students. This year, however, the Class of 2022 was instead told to “read” a mural.
Combining matters of foreign policy with a message of citizen involvement, United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis delivered remarks to around 200 Dartmouth students, faculty and staff on Friday, speaking about his goals as Secretary of Defense and making a call to action that reaffirmed citizens’ role as the “connective tissue” between the military and “other parts of democracy” in the United States.
Dartmouth community members interested in energy will now have access to a new seminar series revolving around energy use in society.
International students may need to be even more careful in the coming months, following a new federal policy issued by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. The policy, which went into effect on Aug. 9, changes the way “unlawful presence” is calculated for students on the F, J and M visas.
H. Gilbert Welch, a professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, resigned on Sept. 13. His resignation follows a College-conducted investigation spanning over 20 months that found him guilty of having committed plagiarism regarding his authorship of a 2016 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Strong U.S. equity markets, venture capital and private equity returns were all factors that propelled positive returns on the College’s endowment for the 2018 fiscal year. Dartmouth’s endowment reached an all-time high value of $5.5 billion for the 2018 fiscal year. The endowment returned a net 12.2 percent, earning the College $591 million in investment gains, in addition to $183 million in gifts and other net transfers.
During peak meal hours, students frequently face long lines at Collis Café and Courtyard Café. However, these overcrowded dining establishments may soon see a thinning of crowds as DDS aims to draw more students to Class of 1953 Commons.
In response to criticism from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Dartmouth will update its Acceptable Use Policy for IT resources.
Across the nation, the use of paper straws as an alternative to plastic straws has risen exponentially as cities including Seattle, San Francisco and Miami Beach have moved to decrease or limit plastic straws’ use. This has led to a shortage felt on the Dartmouth campus since the College began using paper straws in May.
Though she was one of only a few Pueblo students at Stanford University, Sarah Palacios found a welcoming and supportive Native community. Now as the newly appointed director for the College’s Native American Program, she hopes to bring the same sense of community to Dartmouth.
Dartmouth aligned itself with the Ivy League and nine other private universities in the growing legal battle between Students for Fair Admission and Harvard University, co-filing an amicus brief over the summer reaffirming the need to maintain considerations of race in admissions.
The land currently containing the Topliff tennis courts and House Center A, better known as “The Onion,” will be the site of a new 350-bed residence hall, the Valley News reports. The announcement comes after three days of Board of Trustee meetings last week. The location, which lies at the intersection of Crosby and East Wheelock street, will house students as the College renovates other residence halls. Other sites considered were a small parking lot near Gilman Hall and the house of the secret society Dragon, located near the McLaughlin cluster.