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The College has experienced yet another record-breaking year, with 18,007 applications for the Class of 2013, a nearly 9 percent increase from last year's record 16,538. Early decision applications were also up 9 percent over last year. With the continued growth in its applicant pool, Dartmouth expects its acceptance rate to be between 11 and 12 percent, the lowest in the College's history. "Our admissions staff will have their work cut out for them over the next six to eight weeks reading and studying all of this material, and then we'll have some difficult choices to make," says Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris '84. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions in late March. Laskaris also expects the number and amount of financial aid requests to increase. Click here for more.

Thayer School of Engineering has been awarded a grant to support two women as Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellows in Thayer's new Ph.D. Innovation Program, starting in fall 2010. The goal of this award is to encourage full participation of women in the nation's first doctoral-level engineering innovation program that addresses the rising need for engineers with both technical and entrepreneurial expertise. The award will support students for their first two years in the program. The Clare Boothe Luce Program, which is funding the grant, is a component of the Henry Luce Foundation. Click here for more.

slcThe Sustainability Initiative at Dartmouth has received $200,000 through a $135,000 grant from the Morgan Family Foundation of Los Altos, Calif., and a $65,000 gift from Mary Morgan Finegan '86. The foundation grant will fund efforts to weave sustainability into all aspects of Dartmouth's operations. The Finegan gift will support student initiatives in the Sustainable Living Center residence hall. "Reducing our footprint must be a collective effort," says Sustainability Manager Kathy Lambert '90. The Morgan Foundation funding will support a campus-wide sustainability assessment and a series of workshops to establish goals for energy and greenhouse gas reduction, waste minimization, water conservation, and other sustainability indicators. Click here for more.

Dartmouth rose this year from 11th to 10th in rank among small colleges and universities (less than 5,000 undergraduates category) that produce Peace Corps volunteers. As a percentage of participation among undergraduates, Dartmouth ranks number one among Ivy League schools. "Dartmouth graduates have a strong legacy of Peace Corps service," says Monica Wilson, associate director of employer relations at the Office of Career Services. "Our ranking is evidence of the importance Dartmouth alumni place on international service and volunteerism." Click here for more.

researchersSam Backhoum, Sarah Thompson, and Duane Compton (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)
Researchers at Dartmouth Medical School have published findings relevant for treating solid cancerous tumors that lose the ability to accurately segregate their chromosomes. The study, published in the January 2009 issue of Nature Cell Biology, found two proteins that work in concert to ensure proper chromosome segregation during cell division. Tumors that shuffle chromosomes, a process called chromosomal instability, are known to have a poor prognosis. "These results give us insight into the overall mechanisms of cell division in tumor cells compared to normal cells, and we may be able to exploit that, leading to new therapeutic strategies or treatments," says Duane Compton, senior author on the paper and professor of biochemistry. Co-authors include Samuel Bakhoum, Sarah Thompson, and Amity Manning, all with DMS and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Click here for more.

Pharmaceutical companies and health organizations should tailor their advertising messages by gender, age, and race, according to a new study by Tuck School of Business Professor of Management Punam Anand Keller and Visiting Professor Donald R. Lehmann. The study "Designing Effective Health Communications: A Meta-Analysis" was recently published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. It provides a guide to designing effective health communication messages, indicating what types of messages are most effective for different groups. Click here for more.

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Last Updated: 1/29/09