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This winter break, the Dickey Center for International Understanding organized a trip to Ghana and Nigeria as part of their involvement in the Young African Leaders Initiative, a State Department-led program. The trip was designed to reconnect with YALI alumni who had previously attended programs at the College and to conduct a workshop for the Nigerian social enterprise Inspire Africa, which was co-founded by Cynthia Ndubuisi, a 2015 Dartmouth Mandela Washington Fellow.
As the United States struggles with an opioid abuse crisis, New Hampshire has faced unusually high rates of drug abuse. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 39 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the Granite State, the third-highest rate in the nation.
Researchers in the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program have been raising awareness about the effects of arsenic in private wells in New Hampshire through websites and community well testing events.
The Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences is unveiling a new master’s of science program for the 2018-19 academic year. The program, which will offer two different concentrations in health data and epidemiology, intends to accept 12 students for the first year.
Since 2011, researchers at the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have been conducting projects in Honduras that help citizens who lack medical care, in addition to furthering academic understanding of cancer there. This past winterim break, Dartmouth students also traveled to El Rosario, a rural village in Honduras, to educate Honduran teenagers on leadership and public health concerns with non-profit Americans Caring Teaching Sharing Honduras.
Last October, 31 female Dartmouth students traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest gathering of female technologists in the world. Around 18,000 women participated in this year’s conference, which featured career workshops, panel discussions and keynote presentations.
This fall, about 700 students submitted 6,929 applications for the 194 positions offered by 96 employers advertised through Dartboard, the Center for Professional Development’s online job portal. Compared to fall 2016, this past fall saw a similar number of positions available but a drop in the number of applicants, applications and employers.
A wave of cold weather struck the East Coast last week, setting record low temperatures in New Hampshire and nearby states like Maine and Vermont. Despite this, Hanover town manager Julia Griffin said she did not believe that Hanover itself broke any previous low-temperature record.
An upcoming Dartmouth Outing Club trip to the Swiss Alps will try to address gender discrepancies in the high-level outdoors. The trip, the first of its kind, will teach glacier travel and mountaineering skills to women, while focusing on risk management and gender dynamics in outdoors industry.
With the passage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of last year, many of the law’s provisions — including cuts to the corporate and individual income tax rates — have garnered significant attention due to the intense political fighting and maneuvering that occurred as the bill moved through Congress.
Over winter interim, 12 Dartmouth students traveled to Monrovia, Liberia, where they witnessed a historic Supreme Court ruling that preceded a runoff presidential election, marking Liberia’s first democratic, peaceful handover of power since 1944.
While bike riding is a quintessential part of childhood, it can often result in accidents and injury. But what if there was a way to protect children from breakneck speeds?
Melody Burkins A&S’95 A&S’98, an environmental studies professor and associate director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, has a rich background in the intersection between science and policy. She is passionate about applying science to solve global challenges and investing in the education of future generations to raise awareness of the importance of civil engagement and environmental sustainability. She has experience working in academia and government and has worked toward the attainment of the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in both fields. She was also the chair of the first majority-female U.S. delegation to the International Geological Council in South Africa in 2016. She earned both her M.S. and Ph.D at the college studying the antarctic ecosystem.
The Dartmouth Center for Service changed its name this month to the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact to reflect its broader opportunities available and show that there are ways to effect social change outside of community service, according to the center’s interim director Tracy Dustin-Eichler.
Over winter break, the College was victim to a cyberattack by a strain of WannaCry, a ransomware virus that President Donald Trump’s administration has attributed to North Korea. Students received six email updates throughout the day on Dec. 18.
The 4th annual Hanover Area Restaurant Week brought special menus and discounts to local restaurants from Dec. 2 to Dec. 10. Organized by the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, the promotional event aimed to introduce Upper Valley residents to restaurants in Hanover and Norwich.
The College honored 297 long-term employees at the annual Employee Service Awards banquets on Dec. 11. Associate director of the Office of Visa Immigration Services and international undergraduate advisor Marcia Calloway received the Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Service Award.
The New Hampshire Senate passed House Bill 372 yesterday 14-9, along party lines, redefining the term “resident” for New Hampshire inhabitants. Opponents have criticized the bill’s purpose statement, which says that “a person must be a resident of New Hampshire to vote or hold office in New Hampshire.” While some Republicans claim the bill only clarifies existing definitions, Democrats worry that voters, including students, may have to register cars and obtain in-state drivers licenses in order to vote in the state. The bill will now return to the House for consideration.
As energy company Great River Hydro undergoes relicensing procedures for local Connecticut River dams, conservation and recreation groups, including Ledyard Canoe Club, are raising concerns about the company’s water management techniques. Relicensing procedures with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission take place once every 30 to 50 years. This iteration of the relicensing process is affecting the Wilder, Bellow Falls and Vernon Dams.
Over 1,600 individuals have signed a petition expressing concern in response to the College’s announcement that it is considering building new dormitories for 750 students in College Park. The petition argues that acting on the proposal could result in the loss of the College’s only undeveloped parkland in the center of campus and Shattuck Observatory, which would threaten several ongoing scientific research activities.