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Celia Chen, a principal investigator in the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program and biology professor, is an expert in ecotoxicology and aquatic ecology. She has researched the effects of metal contaminants on aquatic food chains both in freshwater and estuarine ecosystems over the last 15 years. Last month, she represented Dartmouth as a non-governmental organization at a United Nations conference. There, she advocated that scientists be involved in the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a United Nations treaty adopted in 2013 that aims to protect human health and the environment from the hazardous effects of mercury. At the meeting, Chen joined delegates of signatory countries of the treaty.
Last month, the Tuck School of Business placed fifth in Forbes’ biennial ranking of U.S. business schools, consistent with its 2015 ranking and an improvement from its 2013 ranking of sixth.
The American Council on Education sent a letter to top leaders in Congress on Oct. 19 urging them to protect those affected by the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. The letter was signed by nearly 800 colleges and universities, though Dartmouth, which is a member of ACE, was the only Ivy League institution that did not sign.
Baker-Berry Library will host an opening ceremony today for Dartmouth’s annual Open Access Week, an international celebration promoting unrestricted access to published scholarly research and academic journals online.
This year’s Homecoming bonfire security saw a major change in security — a chainlink fence placed around the bonfire in addition to a water-filled plastic barrier and an increase in security guards.
Last month, earth sciences postdoctoral fellow Ying Cui published a paper looking at carbon dioxide levels in the Eocene “super greenhouse” period, a time of extreme global warmth. The study found that Earth’s carbon dioxide content during hyperthermals 53 million years ago was at most 1,000 parts per million, half of what was previously thought. The findings could help provide insight into the dynamics of global warming.
An increased number of newly-recognized clubs through the Council of Student Organizations were related to science, technology, engineering and math during the 2016-2017 school year, according to Collis director of student involvement Anna Hall. Hall added that the rise in STEM-related clubs highlights an increase in student interest in new technology.
Provost Carolyn Dever will step down as provost at the conclusion of the fall term, ending her three and a half year tenure. She will continue to serve as a faculty member in the English department, according to an Oct. 1 press release.
The Native American community at the College celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day last Monday, Oct. 9. The celebration, planned by Native Americans at Dartmouth, began at midnight with a drumming circle on the Green and the lighting of a sacred fire, according to Kianna Burke ’12, the Native American Program interim director.
Dartmouth Information Technology Services has partnered with Vitalyst, a technology support company, to offer students, faculty and staff 24-hour support, starting this past Monday, according to Ellen Young, assistant director of campus IT support. According to Vitalyst senior account manager Daniel McLaughlin, the company received 14 calls as a result of this partnership on the first day of the program.
Latinx Heritage Month has been celebrating the Latinx community and identity on campus since mid-September and will continue hosting events until Nov. 1 despite decreased funding from the College, according to Latinx Heritage Month Planning Committee members Rosa Mendoza ’20 and Juan Laínez Iscoa ’20. This year’s theme is “our strength lives in our roots” with the goal of uniting everyone into a community motivated to push forward and proudly embrace their own culture, Mendoza said.
Biology professor Hannah ter Hofstede led a team of researchers through Panama this past summer in order to learn more about the process of evolution by examining the katydid species.
This fall, Dartmouth’s Society of Fellows welcomed seven new postdoctoral fellows to campus. Having recently earned their Ph.D.s in various disciplines across the arts and sciences, they will now spend three years at Dartmouth continuing their scholarship and teaching.
Government and quantitative social science professor Sean Westwood specializes in political partisanship and representation. According to Westwood, he examines the impact of legislator action and partisanship on individual behavior. Westwood is the lead researcher in a recent paper on affective polarization in the U.S., in which he found that those with similar political ideologies were more likely to trust each other than those who had differing ones. He found that this dichotomy was even stronger than that between people with different racial backgrounds.
Researchers in various fields of science from the College, the University of New Hampshire and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies are joining forces in a three-year research project on the prevalence of blooms in bacteria of lakes in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Led by David Lutz, an environmental studies research associate and lecturer at the College, the team is working under a grant of $1.47 million from NASA.
The College is in the final stages of considering a proposal to restructure the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies program and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures department, separating Asian studies and Middle Eastern studies.
The total number of security reports and arrests during this year’s Homecoming weekend decreased significantly from 2016, which both interim director of Safety and Security Keysi Montás and Hanover Police captain Mark Bodanza attributed to increased security measures during the bonfire, including a fence around the fire itself.
Beginning next fall, Dartmouth’s graduate program in quantitative biomedical sciences will offer a new master’s degree program in health data science. The creation of this degree is a response to the market’s increase in demand for data scientists, according to Todd MacKenzie, professor of biomedical data science and medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, and Kristine Giffin, curriculum director of Dartmouth’s graduate program in quantitative biomedical sciences and instructor of molecular and systems biology.
Carlos Polanco ’21, known by some at Dartmouth as one of the students who wrote a letter to University of Virginia’s Class of 2021 following the Charlottesville protests, was named National Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America on Sept. 26.
This Tuesday, the application for the new course Engineering Sciences 15, “Senior Design Challenge” went live on its website. Taught by design thinking lecturer Eugene Korsunskiy, “Senior Design Challenge” is a two-term capstone course available to seniors this winter and spring. With an expected class of 20 seniors, the course will sort students from a variety of academic backgrounds into interdisciplinary teams to design solutions to real-world challenges, Korsunskiy said.