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Pilot program seeks to streamline health care

(05/27/11 2:00am)

Five health care sites comprising the New Hampshire Accountable Care Organization pilot program, a health care system designed to increase cost efficiency, received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on May 20, according to Foster's Daily Democrat. The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice created the ACO program in order to streamline the health care process and increase the accountability of health care providers, Ned Helms, director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, said.

Profs. to protest Bush's degree in letter to Kim

(05/26/11 2:00am)

Seventy-five faculty members have signed a draft of a letter expressing dissatisfaction with the College's decision to award an honorary degree to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, the letter's author and history professor Walter Simons said in an interview with The Dartmouth. The faculty members claim that Bush's values are contrary to those of the College and that granting politicians honorary degrees can be construed as an endorsement of their political ideologies, according to a copy of the letter sent to The Dartmouth by a professor.

New course teaches sign language

(05/16/11 2:00am)

While some may learn French or Spanish in college, a class new to the College Courses department this spring has given a group of students the opportunity to learn to speak and translate American Sign Language and meet with the nation's top deaf poets and performers, while attending lectures by music professor Larry Polansky. Polansky said he developed the class American Sign Language Poetry and Performance in Translation to expose College students to ASL, deaf culture and accessibility issues.

Daily Debriefing

(04/28/11 2:00am)

Marissa Lynn '13 and Jeremy Brouillet '13 received honorable mentions from the government-funded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, which recognizes college students for outstanding accomplishments in science, math and engineering, according to a College press release. Giulia Siccardo '12 received an honorable mention from the Udall Scholarship, which honors students who plan to work in the environmental sector or who are Native American and plan to work in native health care or tribal politics, the release said. Lynn is a biology major who plans to work in microbiology and virology following graduation. Brouillet, an engineering and physics major, has worked with the College's theater department to improve the energy efficiency of the lighting system. Siccardo is an environmental studies and economics major who shared her work on Project GreenLite a program that aims to increase the College's energy awareness at the 2010 International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Cuenca, Ecuador, Siccardo said in an interview with The Dartmouth. "I've participated in a lot of sustainability campaigns on campus and I plan to go into green business, so I was so encouraged and pleased that the government decided to choose me as one of the students they honored with the award," she said.

College's disaster response varies

(04/20/11 2:00am)

While members of the Dartmouth community have come together twice in the past two years to respond to major natural disasters the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the Japan earthquake and tsunami last month the College's response to the situation in Japan has been more limited than its response to Haiti's crisis due to logistical challenges, according to Presidential Fellow Molly Bode '09, a coordinator and advisor for both relief efforts.

Daily Debriefing

(04/07/11 2:00am)

Recent survey results reveal that international students at American universities often face discrimination and feel dissatisfaction with student services as they transition to life in the United States, according to Inside Higher Ed. The survey, presented at the American College Personnel Association's annual convention and conducted by researchers at Ohio University, examined eight American colleges to understand the application process for international students and how their experiences compared to their perceptions before arrival. The 73 students from 32 countries who participated in the survey cited feelings of isolation, difficulty adjusting to new social and academic systems and unfamiliarity with racial and political ideologies. Increasing numbers of international students study in the United States, with a record-high 690,923 students recorded in 2009-2010. This increase pressures schools to offer support services to international students, but many students surveyed said these services were largely unhelpful. The survey also found that the "cold weather in the Northeast" proved to be a point of concern for many Asian students, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Gov. prof. receives media attention

(03/02/11 4:00am)

Whether Libyan ruler Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi will be removed from power is no longer a question, but experts are still speculating as to when the government will be overturned, and how many people will be killed in the process, government professor Dirk Vandewalle said. This past month, Vandewalle a leading expert on Libya's history has received significant international attention for his commentary on the current crisis in Libya in media outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal.

Daily Debriefing

(02/24/11 4:00am)

Yale University will no longer offer daytime door-to-door vehicle escorts after Feb. 28, the Yale Daily News reported. Door-to-door rides will still be offered to all students at night, and to those with disabilities at all times through a separate ride service. Although the daytime shuttle rides were never officially endorsed by the University, Yale Security frequently provided students and staff with rides when requests were made. Approximately two security employees managed the door-to-door service, but were unable to facilitate the daily volume of requests received. As a substitute for the daytime service, Yale administrators are encouraging students to use the University-operated shuttle routes to designated on-campus locations. Yale administrators said they hope that the elimination of the daytime door-to-door rides will allow for a more efficient use of campus security resources, the Daily News reported.

Dinner kicks off V-Time festivities

(02/15/11 4:00am)

Women should band together to achieve sisterhood and "leave men in the gutter," Jennifer Sargent, chief disciplinary counsel for the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office and former visiting writing professor at the College, said at the "Proud to be a Woman" dinner on Monday, soliciting laughter from the all-female audience. The dinner which was held in Alumni Hall and organized by the Center for Women and Gender, Link-Up and the V-Time committee marked the beginning of V-Time 2011, the College's annual campaign to end violence against women.

One year later, student board lacks participants

(01/31/11 4:00am)

In its first year, the Organizational Adjudication Committee student board has struggled to pull together the five-person quorum necessary to hold hearings, according to Director of Judicial Affairs Nathan Miller. The OAC moved to a student-run board in spring 2010 following direction from former Student Body President Frances Vernon '10, The Dartmouth previously reported.