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On Sept. 26, the College released its latest massive open online course, or MOOC, called “Bipedalism: The Science of Upright Walking.” Taught by anthropology professor Jeremy DeSilva, this free five-week course, open to the public, is the newest addition to DartmouthX, a collection of Dartmouth MOOCs created over the past three years.
Founded in 2013 by George Boateng ’16 Th’17, Project iSWEST, which stands for Innovating Solutions with Engineering, Science and Technology, is a three-week summer program for high school students in Ghana based in part on the College’s curriculum for Engineering Sciences 21, “Introduction to Engineering.” The course serves as the flagship program of the Nsesa Foundation, a nonprofit founded and run by Boateng and six of his colleagues.
In late September, the College lost its appeal to the Grafton Superior Court to approve a plan for a new indoor practice facility. College spokesperson Diana Lawrence wrote in an email that the College is reviewing the court’s decision and considering its options moving forward.
The director of the faculty/employee assistance program James Platt will officially retire on Oct. 2. F/EAP, which is a college program that offers counseling and referral service for Dartmouth employees, will transition from the current internal model to a hybrid model operated under ComPsych, one of the largest providers of employee assistance programs.
Brace Commons, the common area space for the East Wheelock residential community, has been closed since mid-July due to water damage caused by heavy summer rainstorms. The snack bar and bathrooms are currently open to students, but the kitchen and main common area are scheduled to re-open only at the start of the winter term.
With the conclusion of men’s fall fraternity recruitment, fraternities have finished their rush processes, and new members are beginning to start a new segment of their lives as affiliates of Greek life. Interfraternity Council president Guillermo Amaro ’18 said that 341 men were offered bids at fraternities.
In July, Thai restaurant Kata Thai owner Janet Wong and Samosa Man owner Fuad Ndibalema began the process of merging their eateries into a single, cross-cultural restaurant that will replace what is currently Kata Thai. Ndibalema said that the transition will be complete on Monday. The merger comes as the second major change to Thai restaurants in downtown Hanover following the closure of Thai Orchid.
The College is studying the possibility of adding additional residence halls in a portion of College Park, a largely underutilized 35-acre green space east of central campus. The park is home to several monuments and iconic structures such as Bartlett Tower, a statue of Robert Frost, Bema and Shattuck Observatory. The plan stems from concerns about the long-term sustainability of the College’s student housing amid recent student-body size increases.
Elizabeth Smith began her tenure as dean of the faculty of arts and sciences on July 1, but she would have never imagined herself in the position just a few years ago.
Vice president for alumni relations Martha Beattie ’76 announced last week that she will retire to spend more time with her family, in what she called one of the “toughest decisions” of her life.
For Sydney Kamen ’19, the model of her nonprofit So Others Are Protected, which turns recycled soaps from hotels into new bars of soap and distributes them to under-resourced communities, has always been “win-win-win.”
In an email addressed to West House residents this evening, West House professor Ryan Hickox and assistant director of residential education for West House Ted Stratton wrote that a bias incident had been reported as of Sunday night.
On Sept. 12, a New Hampshire Superior Court judge allowed Senate Bill 3 — a bill that changes the proof of residency requirements for voters who choose to register same-day — to take effect but blocked a portion of the bill imposing fines on voters who are unable to produce the required documents.
Geography postdoctoral fellow Garrett Nelson recently won a Royal Town Planning Institute Research Excellence Award for his paper and map on the role of commuter patterns on the development of megaregions in the United States, titled “An Economic Geography of the United States: From Commutes to Megaregions” that he co-wrote with Alasdair Rae, an urban studies and planning professor at The University of Sheffield. Their paper was one of five winners of the award, given at the 2017 United Kingdom-Ireland Planning Research Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Nelson completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard College, where he studied social sciences and visual and environmental studies. He then went on to get his Master’s degree in geography, landscape and culture at the University of Nottingham and earned his Ph.D., also in geography, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the College, Nelson’s research focuses on the intersection between social change and geography.
From Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees had their quarterly meeting on campus contemporaneously with the annual Class Officers Weekend and a Presidential Summit meeting.
This year marks the fifth year that the fraternity ban for first-year students has been in place. The ban forbids first-year students from entering Greek houses during the first six weeks of term, or until Homecoming, whichever is later in a given year, Greek Leadership Council accountability chair Chris Huberty ’18 said.
This year, the First-Year Student Enrichment program saw a 22 percent increase in size, with 88 members of the Class of 2021 participating compared to the Class of 2020’s 72 participants, according to FYSEP director Jay Davis ’90. This number also reflects a 57 percent increase in class size compared to two years ago, when 56 members of the Class of 2019 participated in the program.
The Hanover Police Department is still investigating a spring breaking and entering incident at Kappa Delta Epsilon sorority. Although the investigation is still open, Hanover Police Chief Charlie Dennis said that all leads in the investigation have been exhausted.
After taking action earlier this year to stabilize the housing market around Rennie Farm, the College has purchased five properties in the area, totaling 98 acres and $3.4 million in value. Rennie Farm is a property in northern Hanover that the College used in the 1960s and 1970s to dispose animal carcasses accumulated from medical research, which contaminated groundwater surrounding the property.