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In Brief

Dartmouth in the Olympics

Shot putter Adam Nelson '97 leads another Big Green contingent into the Games of the XXIX Olympiad next month. The 2008 games will mark Nelson's third time competing for the United States. Rower Dominic Seiterle '98 will participate in his second Olympics, competing for his native Canada in the men's heavyweight eight event. Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker '04 earned the first spot on the U.S. men's track team with an 11th-place finish at the ITU BG Beijing World Cup. Shoemaker was recently featured on a limited-edition Wheaties box, just the second time a triathlete had appeared on the box. Soccer player Craig Henderson '09 competed on New Zealand's Under-23 National Team at the Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament last March, helping New Zealand seal its first-ever Olympic bid.

Trees removed from E. Wheelock, S. Park Streets

Recently, the College lost a 140-year-old elm near Wilson Hall. The tree had succumbed to Dutch elm disease and posed a threat to other elms around the Green. Similarly, a row of old pines in declining health was removed from South Park Street. The pines will be replaced with 15 new elms. The decision to remove one of Dartmouth's magnificent trees is never taken lightly. While Dartmouth's elms get special attention from College Arborist David DiBenedetto, similar care is afforded to other species as well.

College transfers land at summit of Mount Washington to State
Mt. Washington
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Earlier this month, Dartmouth officially transferred to the State of New Hampshire the deed to 8.2 acres of land at the summit of Mt. Washington. The property is located on the Northeast's highest peak. It directly abuts and will become part of the Mt. Washington State Park, which is surrounded by the 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. The property, which Dartmouth has owned since 1962, was subject to a 65-year lease signed in 1944 that granted a third party all broadcasting rights at the summit. In 2002, the State of New Hampshire acquired the interest in the lease. "We've been talking about this transaction since the state took over the lease; we've always thought that it was appropriate for the state to own this property," says Director of Dartmouth Real Estate Paul Olsen.

Connect with international students

Dartmouth's International Office Friendship Family Program seeks local families to serve as hosts for international undergraduates. Host families provide a home-away-from-home and an additional window on American culture for the students, who live on campus. Families may apply throughout the academic year. The program begins when first-year students arrive in the fall. To request an application form, click here or call 646-3474.

VOX Reader Survey

VOX of Dartmouth conducted a reader survey in June, and we extend our appreciation to all who responded. You asked for more staff profiles, employee news, and campus events. We're taking a fresh look at VOX-watch future issues for new developments. We also congratulate the prize drawing winners-Simi Delevett of the Dartmouth College Fund and John Gilman of BioInformatics at Dartmouth Medical School. Have something to say but missed the survey? Write us.

Employee News

Pain at the pump? College explores alternatives
Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69

A Dartmouth breakfast to discuss commuting options attracted 150 employees. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Attendees broke out into groups to brainstorm ways-individual and institutional-to make commuting easier, cheaper, and more efficient. Highlights included: a presentation on the College's existing incentives and programs to help commuters; information about Upper Valley public transportation; and discussions on slugging (which uses a designated pick-up spot for ad hoc carpooling), car and van pools, and flexible work options, including a four-day work week pilot program in the admissions office. For information on commuting and parking at Dartmouth, click here.

ArtWorks Festival accepting submissions

ArtWorks, the College's third annual employee arts festival, is accepting submissions for the September 17 event. The deadline is Monday, August 18. The public festival features art and performances. It will be held in Alumni Hall and the Top of the Hop. Last year's festival included the works of nearly 50 employees, including Bob Oxman, a graphic artist who is a night security guard at the Hood Museum of Art. "ArtWorks is a great event. I feel lucky to have such a venue to exhibit my work and meet other working artists," he says. Contact or 646-3411.


Tuck alumni break giving record

Tuck surpassed its own alumni giving record this year, both in terms of funds raised and the alumni participation rate in the 2008 Tuck Annual Giving (TAG) campaign. In 2007-08, 67.5 percent of all Tuck alumni made a financial contribution to the school. The total amount raised by Tuck Annual Giving was $5.9 million.

$5.5 million donation funds history professorship, Life Sciences auditorium
Life Sciences Building
Image by Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson

Two gifts totaling $5.5 million from Kathy and Rick Kimball '78, will advance teaching and learning at Dartmouth, funding important academic priorities in the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience. One gift will create an endowed chair in history, the other an auditorium in the new Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center.


Study reveals benefits of drug-releasing coronary artery stents

In the June 25 Journal of the American Medical Association, Dartmouth Medical School researchers reported that widespread use of drug-releasing coronary artery stents in routine practice is associated with a decrease in the need for repeat procedures to unblock heart arteries, and also does not appear to increase the risk of death, compared to bare-metal stents. Cardiologists David J. Malenka and Aaron Kaplan were lead authors on the study.

Seeing is doing

In a study titled "Sensitivity of the Action Observation Network to Physical and Observational Learning" published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, Dartmouth researchers determined that people can acquire motor skills through the "seeing" as well as the "doing" form of learning. Emily Cross, a graduate student in psychological and brain sciences, is the principal investigator.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08