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Biology major Nicholas Norwitz ’18 was recently awarded the Keasbey Scholarship, which will provide full funding for him to study at the University of Oxford for two years after he graduates from Dartmouth this June. Norwitz said that he will focus on studying muscular metabolism during his post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom.
Dartmouth offered 1,925 students admission to the Class of 2022, accepting a record-low 8.7 percent of the 22,033 students who applied this cycle. The Class of 2022 represents the lowest number of accepted students Dartmouth has seen since the early 1990s, selected from the largest applicant pool of the last five years. The acceptance rate fell from last year’s 10.4 percent for the Class of 2021 and beat the previous record-low of 9.8 percent for the Class of 2016.
Undergraduates will have greater access to The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice due to a donation by Eric Eichler ’57. The donation, the amount of which Eichler has stipulated will remain private, will expand the development of the Health Care Leadership Initiative.
Actress and writer Mindy Kaling ’01 will serve as the Commencement speaker for the Class of 2018.
Free shipping does not come cheap — at least not for online retailers. In a working research paper for the Tuck School of Business, updated in Jan. 2018, researchers found that free shipping promotions not only lead to lost shipping revenue for “a leading retailer,” but also result in higher rates of returns. The study was led by Edlira Shehu, marketing and management professor at the University of Southern Denmark; Dominik Papies, the chair of marketing at the University of Tübingen in Germany; and Scott Neslin, marketing professor at Tuck.
Martin O’Malley, former Maryland governor and 2016 Democratic primary presidential candidate, discussed the future of renewable energy in America on April in the Rockefeller Hall.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed House Bill 1264, which would modify the definitions of “resident” and “residence” and could potentially impact voting laws, on March 6. Voting predominantly on party lines, Republican representatives spearheaded the 171-144 vote, while Democratic members railed against the bill, calling it a de facto “poll tax.” On March 12, HB 1264 was introduced to the state Senate for debate.
Zaneta M. Thayer ’08 returned to Dartmouth in 2016 after eight years to teach as an assistant professor in Dartmouth’s anthropology department. After graduation, Thayer pursued a Ph.D. in biological anthropology as a presidential fellow at Northwestern University and worked as an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver from 2014-2016. At Dartmouth, Thayer conducts research in biological anthropology. Her studies examine how early life and prenatal environmental experiences influence biology and health across one’s lifespan.
Last fall, Dartmouth welcomed 35 new faculty members from a wide variety of academic backgrounds.
Former chair of the Committee on the Faculty and government professor Stephen Brooks resigned from his position on the Committee on Feb. 8 in protest of recent actions by College President Phil Hanlon, which Brooks said restrict his role as Chair, and faculty governance at large.
Classics professor Roberta Stewart’s Homer-for-Veterans program, which has veterans read and discuss Homer, recently expanded to the University of Vermont. In 2008, Stewart hosted a veterans-only reading group to examine Homer’s works in Hanover’s Howe Library, with the goal of providing veterans with a way to think and speak about their own experiences in combat.
The COVER Store in White River Junction recently launched a program called COVERBooks to sell donated books online to customers around the country, in addition to its current operations as a thrift store that sells donated materials such as furniture, appliances and building materials.
The board of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, which oversees grocery stores in Hanover, Lebanon and White River Junction, issued a statement on March 13 in opposition to the White House’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The statement opposed the proposal to cut allowances of SNAP recipients in half and provide the remaining half through pre-packaged, predetermined foods. Currently, SNAP gives around 46 million low-income Americans an average stipend of $126 per month to spend on food. The proposal would reduce 30 percent of the food stamp program’s budget if enacted. To compensate for these cuts, those SNAP recipients who receive more than $90 per month would get half of their benefits in the form of a food package.
Dartmouth and 48 other universities sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to revise a provision of the Tax Cuts and Job Act on March 7. The provision imposes a 1.4 percent excise tax on the net investment incomes of college and universities with more than 500 students and endowments greater than $500,000 per student. The tax could cost the College as much as $5 million annually. The College joins Harvard University, Princeton University and Yale University as one of only four Ivy League schools affected by the provision. Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania do not have endowments per student large enough to be affected by this provision, but Brown, Cornell and Penn signed the letter nonetheless.
Dartmouth has admitted 1,925 students to the Class of 2022 from a pool of 22,033 applicants — the largest application pool in five years — representing a record-low admission rate of 8.7 percent.
The Hanover Police Department recently received certification for a nationally-recognized sexual violence reporting program called You Have Options, the seventh agency nationwide to do so.
On March 9, more than 250 students and teachers at Hanover High School participated in a walkout to protest gun violence and fight for school safety. The walkout was organized by students in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School, which killed 17 students and staff members on Feb. 14.
A March 5 order handed down by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission granted Liberty Utilities permission to provide natural gas service to customers in Hanover and Lebanon. The decision comes after opposition from some town officials on environmental grounds and with regulations to protect ratepayers from large price increases.