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President James Wright will throw out the first pitch at Boston's Fenway Park to kick off a Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers baseball game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. As Wright prepares to step down from the Dartmouth presidency after 11 years in that position and 40 years at the College, the Red Sox are honoring his leadership of Dartmouth and his leadership in helping military veterans attend college. Wright says: "The Red Sox are a remarkable institution and I admire their rich history, excellence on and off the field, and the commitment of their fans. This will be a memorable honor." Tickets to the game may be available by calling (877) REDSOX9.


Jill Mikucki (Courtesy of Jill Mikucki)

Jill Mikucki, research associate in earth sciences and a visiting fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding, is the lead author of a report published in Science on April 17. The study announced the discovery of hardy microbes that have lived in isolation for millions of years in a reservoir of briny liquid buried deep below the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica. Funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and Harvard's Microbial Sciences Initiative, the research team's work is relevant to Earth's geological past and to the search for life in similarly hostile environments, potentially including Mars and its ice-covered moon, Europa.

Dartmouth extended offers of admission to 2,184 applicants for its Class of 2013, from a pool of 18,130, the largest of number of applicants in the College's history, and a 10 percent increase over last year's record number of applicants. The overall rate of admission this year was 12 percent, down from 13.5 percent for the Class of 2012. Approximately 1,090 of those admitted are expected to matriculate in September 2009. The Class of 2013 was selected through a fully need-blind admissions process. Dartmouth projects that 55 percent of the entering class will receive need-based financial aid, totaling $21.8 million in scholarship assistance.

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Amma Serwaah-Panin '10, Christabell Makokha '11, and Motema Letlatsa '12 all attended the Harambe Bretton Woods Symposium. (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Harambe Endeavor, an alliance of African students attending leading colleges, held its second annual Harambe Bretton Woods Symposium April 10 through 12. The group, whose goal is to contribute to the development of sub-Saharan Africa, gathered on both the Dartmouth campus and at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H. Students met to learn from each other and from faculty and professionals who study or work in Africa. The meeting also saw the debut of the group's Virtual Platform, which will support a global network of African professionals as they collaborate and engage in building a coalition of support for Africa

The Centers for Disease Control has designated the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) as one of a network of national centers that will receive funding to improve population health. The Dartmouth Population Health Research Center, to be led by Elliott S. Fisher, director of Population Health and Policy for TDI and primary investigator for the Dartmouth Atlas Project, will focus on reducing cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in Vermont and New Hampshire. Partnering with TDI will be departments of health in Vermont and New Hampshire; a range of community organizations; educational partners at Dartmouth Medical School, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont; and primary clinical partner Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.


Jesse Larocque (Courtesy of Jesse Larocque)

A series of free workshops to be held May 7 and 8 will address "Traditions of the Ash Tree: Abenaki Ash Splint Working and Basket Making Traditions of the Abenaki: Ancient Way of Weaving a Life in the Modern World." Led by Jesse Larocque, Abenaki basket maker, and John Moody, an ethnohistorian, sessions will include demonstrations, discussions, and teachings on the practice and traditions of brown ash splint crafts in the Abenaki tradition from the N'dakinna region. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on both days, at the Dartmouth Organic Farm, 100 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H. To register, contact or (802) 649-8870.

Dartmouth Medical School researchers have discovered how to destroy a key DNA pathway in Toxoplasma gondii, an infection model whose close relatives are responsible for diseases that include malaria and cryptosporidiosis. Barbara Fox, senior research associate of microbiology and immunology, is the lead author and innovator of the study reported in the April issue of Eukaryotic Cell. Co-authors include team leader David Bzik, professor of microbiology and immunology, as well as Jessica Ristuccia, a former research assistant now at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and Jason Gigley, a former student now at George Washington University. The group's work makes T. gondii an effective model for understanding a globally significant parasite family and holds promise for speeding up vaccine and drug development to prevent or tame serious global diseases. 

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Mikul Sharmam and Cynthia Chen (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Results from research conducted by Mukul Sharmam, associate professor of earth sciences; Cynthia Chen, a graduate student in geochemistry; and Peter Sedwick of Old Dominion University show that the presence of the rare element osmium is on the rise globally. Their study was published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences during the week of April 20. The team traces this increase in osmium levels to the consumption of refined platinum, the primary ingredient in catalytic converters, equipment commonly installed in cars to reduce smog. A volatile form of osmium is generated during platinum refinement and also during the normal operation of cars, which is then dispersed through the atmosphere.


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Last Updated: 4/23/09