Jennifer Chen




Construction workers deemed “essential,” west end projects continue

Construction on the west end of campus — which includes projects related to the Thayer School of Engineering, the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and the computer science department — has continued this term in light of an emergency order issued by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) deeming construction an “essential” sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. 



184 students remain on campus for spring term

Though many Dartmouth students will spend the spring term scattered across the world, 184 students remain on campus, according to an email statement from associate dean of residential life Michael Wooten. As campus facilities are mostly closed, these students are living solitary lives on Dartmouth’s usually bustling campus.

Russian official warns of biological weapons

Biological weapons present a current international threat because they are easier to develop and use than nuclear weapons, a former high official in the Soviet biological weapons program warned last night. In the inaugural speech of a series titled "Russia and the West," Dr. Kenneth Alibek explained the dangers of biological weapons in a post-Cold War era to approximately 70 people in the Hinman Forum of the Rockefeller Center. Unlike nuclear weapons which mainly involve political issues and are not considered weapons of real war, Alibek said biological weapons are thought of as "doomsday weapons" because they have the ability to wipe out an entire population. In his speech, Alibek quoted a popular Russian expression: "If you want to destroy something, make it big." Consequently, Russian scientists have been working for years to develop new technology in an effort to combat its enemy, the United States, he said. Alibek said the world now faces the threat of biological terrorism in the form of viral and bacterial epidemics and said he believes Ebola will be an especially preferred virus to spread since it currently has no cure. Besides the high mortality rate, he said the advantages of biological weapons include the ability of agents to escape from a country completely undetected after administering the toxin and the inability of countries to protect themselves from these weapons. Alibek said it is also comparatively easy to start and spread epidemics.

Byfield talks on textiles

History Professor Judith Byfield spoke to a small group of students last night about the evolution of the craft of adire, a tie-dyed African textile used in America for knapsacks, shoes and wall-hangings. Byfield's speech, the second in the Black Caucus Lecture Series, detailed the history of adire in Abeokuta, a city in the Nigerian city-state Yorubaland.

Head of the Charles on tap for crew

Some go for the races, some go for the free apple cider and some for the thrill of being part of a crowd larger than any ever found in Hanover. Every October about 100 Dartmouth students make the two-hour trek to Cambridge, Mass.

Thayer names Lynch endowed prof

The Board of Trustees rewarded Daniel Lynch's commitment and contributions to the Thayer School of Engineering with an endowed professorship last July. Carol Muller, assistant dean for administration at the Thayer School, said an appointment to an endowed professorship or chair is the highest honor a professor can receive. "They select a senior faculty member whose work is exceptionally done," she said. A 15-year veteran of the Thayer School, Lynch said his new appointment to the MacLean Professorship has given him more confidence to pursue new research at his discretion. "It's a great honor to be named to an endowed chair," he said. His future research may explore global management of industrialization, Lynch said. Lynch, who teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in environmental engineering, is currently working to simulate ocean movement with computers. Dean of the Thayer School Charles Hutchinson said he was pleased with Lynch's appointment and praised Lynch for his contributions to the school. "He has been involved in developing a lot of new opportunities for students in the area of environmental engineering," Hutchinson said. Christopher Naimie, who is in the fourth year of his doctorate studies in environmental engineering, has been a research assistant for Lynch for nearly two years. "Being an extremely intelligent person, [Lynch] has a tendency to speak about the important concepts of his research and not the day-to-day details that you don't learn very much from," Naimie said.

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