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Presidential Search Committee Asks For Nominations

Members of Dartmouth's Presidential Search Committee invited students, faculty, and staff to submit nominations in an on-campus open forum Oct. 3. Community members posed questions and expressed interest in recruiting a president who would advance sustainability, diversity, and financial aid. Trustee and Committee Chair Al Mulley '70 discussed the recently released Leadership Statement and emphasized three commitments made by the Board of Trustees regarding the process: making the best use of institutional learning that comes with a leadership transition, conducting a transparent and confidential search, and conducting as active a search as possible by ensuring every member of the committee solicits nominations and recommendations. Click here to read the statement and submit feedback. 

United Way Campaign Under Way

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Dartmouth's annual United Way campaign is under way. Peter Glenshaw, director of Community Relations and campaign chair, emphasizes that "It's important to remember that the Upper Valley United Way (UVUW) has successfully funded several startup nonprofits through their Response Grant Program. These include COVER, Bonnie CLAC, and 10 Bricks-all of whom received some of their earliest funding from the UVUW. The United Way continues to innovate to meet the emerging needs of our community. Your support for the 2008 Dartmouth campaign will help ensure that the UVUW's role as a 'vital capitalist' can continue." Learn more.

Researchers Crack DNA Code

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Michael Cole, Seth Brown, and Albert J. Erives (l-r) (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69).

Dartmouth researchers have cracked an ancient DNA code for genes activated by the protein MYC, a known cancer instigator. They discovered that the code evolved in an ancient, pre-animal ancestor that eventually gave rise to both animals and choanoflagellates, unicellular organisms thought to be living relatives of animals. Their study, titled "Evolution of the Holozoan Ribosome Biogenesis Regulon," was published in the Sept. 24 issue of the BMC Genomics. "This result will lead to a better understanding of the processes occurring both during normal embryonic development and in the development of tumors," says Albert Erives, assistant professor of biological sciences. "This finding also greatly increases our knowledge of early animal evolution." Erives worked with Seth Brown and Michael Cole, both from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Dartmouth Medical School. Learn more. 

Hany Farid Appointed Neukom Institute Director

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Hany Farid

Hany Farid, the David T. McLaughlin Professor of Computer Science, has been named director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science. Farid brings 15 years of experience in cutting across disciplinary lines to engage in collaborative inquiry on topics including computer science, digital forensics, and human perception. The Neukom Institute, established in 2004 by former Chair of the Board of Trustees William H. Neukom '64, serves to strengthen the College's legacy of leadership in computing application and theory. Professor Carol Folt, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, says, "I know that Hany's energy and enthusiasm will serve the institute well, and I look forward to watching it flourish under his leadership." Farid also directs Dartmouth's Image Science Group. His research with digital media is at the crossroads of computer science, engineering, mathematics, optics, and psychology. "Technology is changing our world, and we seek to be at the forefront of this trend, helping researchers advance their fields and educating students to be technologically fluent," says Farid. Learn more. 

Participate in Paradise Lost Read-a-Thon

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John Milton (Photo courtesy Milton Reading Room).

To commemorate the 400th birthday of John Milton on Dec. 9 and to honor his literary contributions, members of the Dartmouth community will read Paradise Lost, aloud, for approximately seven hours on Sunday, Nov. 16. The reading will take place in Collis Common Ground, and the general public is invited to listen and participate. Written more than 340 years ago, Paradise Lost delves into many controversial theological issues of its time and grapples with the moral values of good and evil. Professor of English Thomas Luxon says, "Milton framed and re-framed his theories of liberty, government by consent of the governed, divorce and civil marriage, and the origins of tyranny, formulations that inspired the founding of the United States as a republic." Click here to contact Luxon to read a portion of the poem. Learn more. 

Email Phishing Scam Alert

We all get them: emails that ask for your password. They often look legitimate. But if you see one of these messages, be suspicious. These "phishing" scams regularly target the Dartmouth community and routinely net a handful of people into responding. As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Adam Goldstein, security engineer in Computing Services, recommends you delete any email that asks for passwords, social security numbers, or birth dates. Click here for more information on keeping your email safe.

 

 

 


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Last Updated: 12/17/08