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New Employment Verification Service

Dartmouth employees in need of employment or income verification-when applying for a loan, for example-now have the benefit of an automated service. The College has contracted with the Work Number, a company that serves more than 1,700 employers and 100 million employees, to provide automated verifications. It enables Dartmouth employees to quickly provide proof of employment or income. Employees also benefit from having control of the process, since they authorize access to the information. The Work Number can be used anytime, and from any location. To learn more, contact Employee Information Services/Payroll at 646-2697. 

Live from Antarctica

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Becky Ball (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Becky Ball, a postdoctoral fellow in environmental studies at Dartmouth, uses her blog, to reveal the work of a field researcher in Antarctica. Last year,  people from all over the country followed her work, including a second grade classroom in Thetford, Vt. Ball will blog again during the field season in January and February 2009. "Becky's outreach to young people is exactly what our funder, the National Science Foundation, likes to see," says Ross Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science. "She is teaching students that science is exciting, and that it might be a career for them." Learn more.

Neukom Institute Seeks Grant Proposals

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science announces its CompX Grants Program. The program's goal is to support computational research across the campus, funding the development of novel computational techniques as well as the application of computational methods to the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Awards are up to $20,000 for one-year projects. Grant applications are due on Jan. 15, 2009. More details available online. Contact Hany Farid, Neukom Institute director, with questions. 

I3P and U.S. Senate Committee Partner on Security Forums

Dartmouth's Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) partnered this fall on a series of three high-level forums with a U.S. Senate Committee that brought focus to the major information security challenges facing our nation. The forums, which drew top-tier executives, government officials, and nationally prominent researchers to Washington, D.C., meshed analysis of cyber security research and development with the realities of the for-profit world. Information gathered during the events will be delivered in a report to the Obama administration. Martin Wybourne, vice provost for research at Dartmouth, says, "Our involvement is a testimony to the I3P as a highly respected organization that can bring prominent leaders together to discuss the multi-faceted challenges posed by information security." Learn more.

Institute Links Arctic Science and Public Policy

Dartmouth and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks have partnered with Urbana University to create an institute to examine scientific research about the Arctic and its effect on policy-making. The new Institute on Applied Circumpolar Policy is headquartered at Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding. "Polar regions are at the forefront of research on global change,"says Kenneth Yalowitz, director of the Dickey Center. "It is here that the human dimension of environmental change is evident. The circumpolar region is a unique opportunity for science to influence policy issues." Learn more.

Lawsuit Filed Against College

Another lawsuit challenging the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees' September 2007 decision to expand the Board has been filed in Grafton County (N.H.) Superior Court. The new action, filed by seven alumni, seeks to require Dartmouth to seat equal numbers of trustees nominated and elected by the Board (charter trustees) and trustees nominated by alumni and elected by the Board (alumni trustees).

A previous suit, brought in fall 2007 by the executive committee of the Association of Alumni, was dismissed this past summer after an overwhelming majority of alumni voted for a new association executive committee, which pledged to withdraw the suit.

"This new action is an effort to renew a lawsuit that the Court dismissed with prejudice last summer, barring the plaintiffs from filing it again," says General Counsel Robert Donin. "It is disappointing that these seven alumni seek to revive a lawsuit that 60 percent of voting alumni decided should be dropped. Dartmouth believes that this action, like its predecessor, has no merit. The lawsuit is an unnecessary drain on College resources, particularly in this economic environment, and should be withdrawn."

Click here for the text of the lawsuit and other materials.

Geithner '83 Nominated Treasury Secretary

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Timothy F. Geithner '83

Timothy F. Geithner '83, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to be the country's next secretary of the Treasury. Pending Senate approval, Geithner will succeed Dartmouth alumnus Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Jr. '68, who has been at the center of efforts to contain the financial crisis.

In a Nov. 24 announcement, President-elect Obama said, " ... Tim Geithner offers not just extensive experience shaping economic policy and managing financial markets, but an unparalleled understanding of our current economic crisis, in all of its depth, complexity, and urgency. ... He will start his first day on the job with a unique insight into the failures of today's markets-and a clear vision of the steps we must take to revive them."

Geithner majored in government and Asian studies at Dartmouth, and pursued a master's in international economics and East Asian studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He received a Nelson Rockefeller Public Service Award from the College's Rockefeller Center in 2006.

New Website for Dartmouth Engineer

Dartmouth Engineer, the award-winning magazine of Thayer School of Engineering, recently launched its online version, dartmouthengineer.com. Using a blogging platform, the magazine offers Web 2.0 capabilities, including easy ways for readers to comment on articles, download pdfs of the print version of the magazine, and link to Thayer School's Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn sites. It is produced by editor Karen Endicott, assistant editor Kathryn LoConte, online manager Alison Findon, and contributing editor Catharine Lamm.

College Closed on Christmas Eve

Dartmouth will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve. This is in addition to the previously scheduled winter break. The College will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, through Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, except for essential services as determined by divisions. The College will observe Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day as paid holidays. The other regular work days (Dec. 26, 29, 30, and 31, 2008, as well as January 2, 2009) will be designated as "break days."

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Last Updated: 12/17/08