Nathan Yeo


Although Gaddafi's regime may soon fall to Libyan rebel forces, the future stability of Libya is highly uncertain, Dirk Vandewalle said.

Vandewalle discusses Libyan peace

Ashley Blum / The Dartmouth Staff While the recent capture of Tripoli by Libyan rebel forces may soon spell the end of the Muammar Gaddafi's regime, Libya will remain volatile in the years to come due to weak state institutions, government professor Dirk Vandewalle said Monday in a lecture titled "Solving Libya's Civil War: International Intervention and Local Realities." The talk, which took place in the Haldeman Center, focused on Libyan history both before and after the beginning of the civil war in February, as well as the difficulties that Libya will face in the future. Vandewalle began by discussing his work as the political advisor to Ian Martin, the United Nations Special Advisor on Libya.

Campus hosts cyber security events

Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology and Society co-hosted "Securing the eCampus 2011: Building a Culture of Information Security in an Academic Institution" along with Peter Kiewit Computing Services on July 19-20, according to ISTS associate director Thomas Candon. The fifth annual conference brought together chief information officers and chief information security officers from many universities to discuss ways to protect research data, as well as other information security issues.

SmartChoice to replace dining plan

The incoming Class of 2015 will be the first group of freshmen to experience this year's changes to Dartmouth's dining system, which include the renovated Class of 1953 Commons and the new SmartChoice meal plan. The Class of 1953 Commons, formerly Thayer Dining Hall, has been under construction since Winter term 2011, but is on schedule to be completed by this Fall term. The new dining area will feature various types of seating on the upstairs floors, including booths, circular tables and rectangular tables, according to director of dining services David Newlove.

DMS team publishes SIDS research

Using research on mice with temporarily deactivated serotonin neurons, a team of researchers at Dartmouth Medical School, Harvard Medical School and the University of Iowa hope to develop tests and treatments for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, according to DMS physiology professor Eugene Nattie. The group's study, "Impaired Respiratory and Body Temperature Control Upon Acute Serotonergic Neuron Inhibition," was published in the latest issue of "Science" magazine on July 29.

Tuck to join new international study group

The Tuck School of Business has joined with four business schools from around the world to create a collaborative aimed at examining current business issues that affect society, such as healthcare, corporate management and sustainable development, according to Tuck dean Paul Danos. Tuck will partner with Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales outside of Paris, the University of Mannheim in Germany, Shanghai's Fudan University and Keio Business School in Toyko to form the Council on Business and Society: A Global Alliance of Schools of Management.

Daily Debriefing

A group of 47 doctors, nurses and administrators arrived in Hanover on Tuesday to participate in the first class session of the Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree program at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, according to a Tuck School of Business press release.

DDS finalizes changes to SmartChoice plans

In response to student feedback, the College has modified its controversial SmartChoice dining plan to allow for greater flexibility in meal choices, according to Director of Dartmouth Dining Services David Newlove.

ALS linked to water, researchers find

A toxin present in blue-green algae and consumed by sealife may be a cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease and other neurological diseases in humans who ingest contaminated water or seafood, according to research conducted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center neurologist Elijah Stommel. Stommel's research, which began in 2000, is still ongoing and was recently featured in Discover Magazine. Beta-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA), a compound found in cyanobacteria such as blue-green algae, has been thought to cause neurological defects since the 1960s, when foods containing the compound were linked to a neurological disease outbreak in Guam. Stommel and students at Dartmouth Medical School plotted the addresses of about 800 ALS patients onto a computer map of northern New England and found that they were heavily concentrated around lakes and other bodies of water.

Young appointed to VP position

Roderic Olvera Young was appointed the College's vice president for communications on Tuesday and will assume his role on June 10, according to a College press release.