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Recognition for Dartmouth faculty, staff and students

Kusum L. Ailawadi, Charles Jordan 1911 Tu '12 Professor of Marketing, Praveen K. Kopalle, associate professor of business administration, and Scott A. Neslin, Albert Wesley Frey Professor of Marketing, all from the Tuck School, recently received the John D. C. Little Award for their Marketing Science article, "Predicting Competitive Response to a Major Policy Change: Combining Game Theoretic and Empirical Analyses." The article details research in which the authors determine that a combination of game theory and empirical analysis can be successfully used to predict how a firm's competitors and retailers will react in the face of a major policy change, such as a significant price cut. The award is the highest honor of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences' (INFORMS) Society for Marketing Science.

Nanabah Allison-Brewer, women's volleyball assistant coach, Audra Freemont '06, and Shannon Lee '07, played on the gold-medal winning women's volleyball team at the 2006 North American Indigenous Games in July. Over 10,000 native athletes participated in the games, which were held in Denver, Co., and hosted by the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes of Colorado. Allison-Brewer (Navajo) joined the Dartmouth coaching staff in May 2006 after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Arizona. Freemont (Navajo and Lakota Sioux), from Ganado, Ariz., is a double major in Sociology and anthropology and plans to go on to study business in graduate school. Lee (Navajo), from Flagstaff, Ariz., is working towards a degree in anthropology. She plans to attend medical school and return to the Navajo Nation to work for her tribe. Both Freemont and Lee participate in intramural volleyball at Dartmouth.

Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) was one of eight schools to receive a Caring for Community grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges for the development or expansion of medical student-initiated community service programs. Funds from this grant will expand the scope of the Mascoma Valley Free Health Clinic in Canaan Village to include primary care services, more essential pharmaceutical resources, and additional health education programs. Since the summer of 2003, DMS students have volunteered at the Mascoma clinic under the guidance of doctors completing fellowship training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The Caring for Community grant program provides funding for service projects initiated, developed, and administered by medical students in collaboration with existing community agencies or other medical school outreach activities.

Roberto Onofrio, associate professor of physics and astronomy, was cited in Physical Review Focus and Nature Highlights (see Nature issue on 8 June, p. 671) for proposing an experiment that may be able to demonstrate the reality of quantum vacuum. Quantum theory holds that empty space is actually filled with
"virtual photons," particles of light that wink in and out of existence. In the proposed experiment, one end of a small, reflective cavity would be vibrated, converting the virtual photons into real ones, which then would accumulate in the cavity, become amplified by ultracold atoms and escape from the vibrating cavity in a measurable stream. If successful, the experiment could demonstrate that objects vibrating at an ultrahigh frequency do, in fact, create friction with the so-far hypothetical virtual photons. The result would be a step forward in verifying the theoretical underpinnings of quantum physics. The study also involves Research Assistant Professor James Hayden Brownell and graduate student Woo-Joong Kim.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08