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Scott Smedinghoff GR ’17 could astound a room with his virtuosic musical talent, but he had a way of bringing out the best in everyone else around him as well, Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble director Matthew Marsit said. He was a kind, passionate, hard-working person with a goofy streak, and his exceptional musicianship and mathematical brilliance were obvious, Marsit recalled.
When Salman Khan, the founder of educational organization Khan Academy, came to the College to speak in April 2012, computer science professor Devin Balkcom was intrigued. After chatting with Khan over lunch, Balkcom volunteered his services to create content for the site and Dartmouth became the first and only undergraduate institution to partner with Khan Academy.
As part of the new Economics 70 “Immersion Experience in Applied Economics and Policy” course offered in the fall, students traveled to Poland and Peru over interim, complementing and expanding on the economic theory they learned in class.
In the last few years, the eating disorder cases treated by Dartmouth’s health services have increased in severity, College nutritionist and sports dietitian Claudette Peck said.
Alpha Delta fraternity is appealing the Hanover Zoning Board of Adjustment’s decision that forced members to vacate the house, AD chairperson Lionel Conacher ’85 said.
Some College faculty were startled by the results from the Association of American Universities campus climate survey data released last week, even as others said they were not surprised. Still, all agreed that professors have an obligation to create a safe campus community.
If the hospital’s reimbursement rates are not adjusted, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will take legal action against the state of Vermont. The state has paid the hospital 31 percent less in Medicaid reimbursements than hospitals located in Vermont, DHMC spokesperson Rick Adams said.
For Alexander Pruitt, working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center runs in the family. Six years ago, when he was in high school and looking for a job, he joined his mom at the hospital working for dining services. On Saturday, he stood serving baked goods behind a counter at DHMC. About a dozen people waited in line, and another dozen or so sat eating.
International applicants to the Class of 2020 will be considered under a “need-aware” policy, as opposed to the “need-blind” policy used for the past eight years, College spokesperson Diana Lawrence wrote in an email. The admissions office had been need-blind for international students from the Class of 2012 through the Class of 2019.
Orthodox Jewish students Eliza Ezrapour ’18, Matthew Goldstein ’18, Cameron Isen ’18 and Mayer Schein ’16 are circulating a petition asking the College to provide the kosher kitchen with an Orthodox certification.
In his inaugural State of the Medical School address Thursday evening, interim dean of the Geisel School of Medicine Duane Compton announced that Geisel is on its way to becoming financially stable after a year of budget adjustments. Before an audience of about 100, three faculty members also received lifetime achievement awards and nine were inducted into the Geisel Academy of Faculty Master Educators.
Founders Bob King ’57 and Dottie King donated $21 million to the King Scholar Leadership Program, which will be used to expand the program to include more students and fund additional internships. The Kings’ gift will raise their total investment in the scholarship program to $35 million.
The first time Akiko Okuda ’15 visited Dartmouth, she said her mother asked her, “Where are the Asians?” Last night this question was the defining theme of a panel, as six seniors — Carla Yoon ’15, Justin Sha ’15, Diksha Gautham ’15, Shweta Raghu ’15, Aditya Shah ’15 and Okuda — spoke to an audience of 150 people in Collis Common Ground about their experiences as Asian and Asian-American students at the College.
Last week the National Science Foundation awarded 16 alumni and students Graduate Research Fellowships for 2015 out of 2,000 recipients from a pool of 16,500 applicants nationwide. An additional 16 Dartmouth-affiliated students were awarded honorable mentions.
The Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations model, which focuses on value-based rather than fee-for-service care, is performing as well as or better than anticipated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and one of the ACO model creators Elliott Fisher said. The ACO model evidence indicates that the program is nearly universally improving the quality of care, he said.
Provost Carolyn Dever recently approved plans for two new centers — the Dartmouth Center for Service and the William Jewett Tucker Center — that will continue the work of the Tucker Foundation following the Board of Trustees’ approval to split the foundation last June. Dever proposed new mission statements and outlined preliminary plans for the organization of each center at the end of the winter term, Tucker interim dean Theresa Ellis ’97 said.
The Tuck School of Business will launch a new program this June that will focus on helping those from underrepresented communities capitalize on new digital technologies to grow their businesses.
Funding for medical research at Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has remained relatively steady despite recent declines in federal funding, Geisel interim dean Duane Compton said. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health received a five percent budget cut, equivalent to $1.55 billion, as part of a federally mandated sequester.
Geisel School of Medicine professor Tim Lahey will become the faculty director of the health professions program, replacing longtime program leader and biology and Geisel professor Lee Witters, who elected to step down. The program is currently undergoing restructuring and will expand to hire a staff member for the new position of associate director, associate dean of faculty for the sciences and computer science professor David Kotz said.
Though most College employees will receive a 1.5 percent increase in base pay for the next fiscal year, Geisel Medical School faculty and staff will only receive a one-time bonus, executive vice president and chief financial officer Rick Mills said. Geisel’s deficit, which is estimated to be about $20 million per year for the next five years, has put a strain on the medical school’s finances, chair of the faculty council and Geisel professor Harold Swartz said.