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Academic Cluster Initiative

As a pillar of President Hanlon's academic vision for Dartmouth, the cluster initiative extends Dartmouth's impact on the world through interdisciplinary faculty teams who collaborate at the leading edge of discovery.

Through faculty collaboration and targeted hiring, clusters will provide the critical mass and spectrum of expertise necessary to shape and advance the understanding of complex problems, emerging issues, and future societal challenges. Faculty hiring will improve the diversity of the faculty and establish cohorts of scholars focused on new intellectual themes or questions that cut across disciplines, departments, and schools. Cluster themes will provide the basis for new courses and curricula as well as new research opportunities. Clusters will draw on existing strengths and emerging areas of discovery to establish points of distinction, invigorating intellectual engagement and enhancing Dartmouth's impact in the world.

Arctic Engineering in a Period of Climate Change

Arts & Sciences | Thayer
Capitalizing on Dartmouth's strengths in engineering and polar studies, this cluster will focus on the societal and environmental impacts of increased energy production in Arctic regions.

Breaking the Neural Code

Arts & Sciences | Geisel
This academic cluster will advance humankind's understanding of how the mind is encoded in patterns of activity among billions of individual cells, leading to the neurological equivalent of decoding the human genome.

The Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization

Arts & Sciences | Tuck
As the world financial crisis of 2008 and its after-effects illustrate, the current forces of globalization present humanity with deeper and wider opportunities and challenges—and will have a profound effect on our future. Dartmouth's cluster initiative will study the far-reaching repercussions of globalization on world markets, governments, trade, and society.

Digital Humanities and Social Engagement

Arts & Sciences
Digital humanities research and teaching combine the longstanding concerns of the humanities with computing technologies. This cluster will delve into complex issues of the social and ethical dimension of digital technologies, including how to address the digital class divide between those with and without internet access, and the definition of "human" in an age of implantable and wearable computer devices.

Global Poverty Alleviation and Human Development

Arts & Sciences | Geisel
Nearly half of the world's population lives on less than $2 per day. Faculty in this cluster will focus on the causes and consequences of extreme poverty and develop solutions—particularly in hunger alleviation and public health—to benefit impoverished people around the world.

The Jack Byrne Academic Cluster in Mathematics and Decision Science

Arts & Sciences | Thayer | Tuck
This cluster will focus on creating mathematical modeling tools for leaders in business and public policy to address some of society's major challenges in fields such as health care, transportation, and manufacturing.

Meeting New Challenges of Cybersecurity

Arts & Sciences | Tuck
Every year, hundreds of millions of everyday objects—including automobiles, appliances, and home furnaces—are connecting to the Internet, and many of them lack adequate security to protect them from hackers. This cluster will address the challenge of securing our cyber future by focusing on information technology and how individuals and organizations use it.

Personalized Treatments for Cystic Fibrosis

Arts & Sciences | Geisel
This initiative will direct the development of cutting-edge, personalized treatments for cystic fibrosis and other fungal and bacterial lung infections.

The Susan J. and Richard M. Levy 1960 Academic Cluster in Health Care Delivery

Arts & Sciences | Geisel | Thayer
Health care represents one of the most pressing social challenges confronting societies here and abroad. Dartmouth's groundbreaking initiative will focus on health behaviors and patient engagement; improving care delivery and implementation science; and tracking medicine through measurement and reporting to treat our ailing health care system.

The William H. Neukom Academic Cluster in Computational Science

Arts & Sciences | Geisel | Thayer
This cluster focuses on using advanced computational techniques to address questions across the academic landscape, including analyzing networks to study complex interactions and exploring the nature of intelligence.

Last Updated: 1/19/16