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The academic citation, given for excellence in a class, remains an enigmatic goal in the typical Dartmouth student’s academic career. Only 2.4 percent of total grades recorded are citation grades, with 92 percent of those citations accompanying a grade of either A or A minus, according to an email statement from registrar Meredith Braz.
There is an increasing number of students majoring in quantitative social science, a subject that teaches students how to apply quantitative tools to social science problems, since the program’s establishment in 2015. While only two QSS majors graduated in 2017, 13 and 25 QSS majors are expected to graduate in 2018 and 2019, respectively, according to QSS program chair and government professor Michael Herron.
Seven Dartmouth Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows began Ph.D. programs this fall, studying a variety of topics, including African American literature, policing and incarceration and undocumented immigration.
The William Jewett Tucker Center and United Campus Ministers organized a Day of Peace on Oct. 30 to offer an opportunity to meet others of different backgrounds and create a space of healing through prayers for those impacted by mental health issues, natural disasters, immigration, racial injustice and gun violence. According to Dean and Chaplain of the William Jewett Tucker Center Rabbi Daveen Litwin, approximately 46 people gathered for the vigil on the Green, which took place at 5 p.m. This was the first time the event had occurred, according to Tucker Center multi-faith advisor and event organizer Leah Torrey.
On Oct. 24, the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault released its 2017 recommendations for increasing sexual assault prevention and response in the Dartmouth community. The SPCSA decided on six recommendations based on its own research, findings from research conducted by Mae Hardebeck ’18 and community feedback from the Sixth Annual Symposium on Sexual Assault in April.
Officers of the Alpha Delta Alumni Corporation are currently applying to use the former Alpha Delta fraternity house for office space, according to corporation president John Pepper ’91 Tu’97. The original application, submitted to the town of Hanover by Alpha Delta in July 2017, was denied, Pepper said.
The investigation of psychology and brain sciences professor Todd Heatherton is related to an “out-of-state matter,” Heatherton’s attorneys said in a statement Wednesday. The investigation of Heatherton is unrelated to the investigations of professors Bill Kelley and Paul Whalen, according to the attorneys.
Five students enrolled in Engineering Sciences 89, “Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation” have started engineering work on a project to build a walking trail connecting the Latham Works Lane neighborhood with downtown White River Junction. ENGS 89 and ENGS 90 are the first and second unit of a two-term course sequence, respectively.
Updated: Oct. 31, 2017 at 9:24 p.m.
A Dartmouth team presented four prototypes, including a modular smartphone and a calendar-linked smart ring at the 30th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium. The forum, which took place in Quebec City from Oct. 22 to 25, was a chance for researchers to show off their innovations in human-computer interfaces and featured over 400 teams, each presenting their own research topics, according to General Chair of the conference Krzystof Gajos.
On Oct. 17, a New Hampshire commission that will examine the potential impact that legalizing marijuana for recreational use met for the first time. The 17-member commission, created by House Bill 215 and led by Republican State Rep. Patrick Abrami, will meet bimonthly before submitting a final report on Nov. 1, 2018, Abrami said.
On Oct. 19, architects from Sasaki Associates, a firm based in Watertown, Massachusetts, led an informational presentation for students regarding the potential construction of dorms in College Park, a 35-acre open space near the center of campus. College Park is home to College landmarks such as Bartlett Tower, a bronze statue of Robert Frost and the Bema, an outdoor amphitheater used each year for class day and a candlelit twilight ceremony which ends Orientation each year.
Obstetrician-gynecologist and former Geisel School of Medicine professor Misty Blanchette Porter Med ’89 is suing Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, claiming she was fired from her position because of her disability and whistleblowing actions alleging poor practices at the hospital. Blanchette Porter lost her job in June after DHMC’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility program closed, though she alleges that she could have worked elsewhere at DHMC. Blanchette Porter filed a complaint on Oct. 11 against her former employer of over 20 years in the U.S. District Court of Vermont.
Physics and astronomy professor Robert Caldwell specializes in the field of cosmology, the study of the mechanisms of the universe. With the recent collision of two neutron stars at the speed of light, Caldwell contributed his insight regarding the significance of this event as his current research, with a primary focus in gravitational waves, is related to this occurrence. His present interests include various methods of detecting a cosmic gravitational wave background and the potential knowledge that could be obtained from this detection.
Dartmouth kicked off its annual giving campaign with Granite United Way, the New Hampshire branch of the global charity organization United Way on Oct. 17, aiming to raise $300,000.
In May, nine Geisel School of Medicine students received Albert Schweitzer Fellowships to pursue community service projects in the Upper Valley. As an organization, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship provides 250 first-year graduate students with $2,000 stipends to foster year-long projects that promote healthier communities and lives in under-resourced areas. As the fellowship recipients reach the halfway points in their projects, the Geisel students have made progress in their overall project goals.
Venmo, the PayPal-owned peer-to-peer payments application, is now estimated to have around seven million users, including many Dartmouth students. For these students, using Venmo has its trade-offs.
Dartmouth Dining Services and several partners organized this year’s Food Day programming, which ran from Oct.1 to Oct. 21. The programming, meant to highlight healthy and sustainable food, featured apple picking at Riverview Farm, a talk by activist and educator Malik Yakini, a screening of the movie “An Inconvenient Sequel” and a Harvest Dinner at the Class of 1953 Commons.