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More than 100 interviews with members of the Dartmouth community who were on campus before, during, and following World War II—part of the Dartmouth College Library's ongoing "War Years" oral history project—are now available online. Click here to Listen to the audio interviews, view photos and a historical film, and read letters from the period.

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A Dartmouth ambulance sent to England for the war effort, summer 1941. (photo courtesy of Dartmouth College Library)

"We have approached this project with a sense of urgency," says Mary Donin, project editor/interviewer, noting that a number of the narrators have passed away since the interviews began in 2007. "One narrator died the evening following our interview," she says. "His daughter called me the next morning to tell us how happy she was that he had spent his last afternoon reminiscing about his time at Dartmouth and that his memories would be preserved for Dartmouth and for her family."

The project was inspired by President Emeritus James Wright's recent outreach efforts to veterans and by the Ken Burns documentary The War. The alumni voices supplement the College's collection of interviews with Presidents Ernest Martin Hopkins and John Sloan Dickey as well as numerous faculty and administrators from the World War II years.

visual arts centerThe Hanover Planning Board approved Dartmouth's plans for the Visual Arts Center (VAC) on July 21. This approval allows Dartmouth to move forward on its plans to strengthen the arts precinct on the southern edge of the campus. The College received a $50 million gift in June-the largest in its history-in support of the VAC, which will be home to the Departments of Studio Art and Film and Media Studies. Located on Lebanon Street, the center will be a cutting-edge educational space and the adjacent Arts Plaza will create a critical link between the Hopkins Center, the Hood Museum of Art, and the VAC.

Dartmouth researchers who were pioneers in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)—a system that secures and authenticates computer communications—are now playing leading roles establishing Internet standards and guidelines for security. Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) has received funding from the Department of Homeland Security to explore ways to make PKI more user-friendly. A new system developed at Dartmouth called PRQP, which stands for PKI Resource Query Protocol, is now in the pipeline with the Internet Engineering Task Force to become the universal way to easily implement PKI-enhanced computing security. Sean Smith, associate professor of computer science; Scott Rea, senior PKI architect; and Research Fellow Massimiliano Pala are leading the project. Click here to

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U.S. policy makers need to act quickly in order to save the Arctic, according to a report released this summer by Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Carnegie Endowment, and the University of the Arctic. The report is the culmination of discussions coordinated by the UArctic Institute of Applied Circumpolar Policy at Dartmouth last December. It states that the United States has environmental, political, and security interests and responsibilities in the North and should play a key role in preserving the Arctic ecosystem.

Dartmouth researchers have determined that movie characters who smoke, regardless of whether they are "good guys" or "bad guys," influence teens to try smoking. "Previous studies have confirmed a link between smoking in movies and the initiation of smoking by adolescents, and we wanted to dig deeper into the data to see if the type of character who is smoking matters," says Susanne Tanski, the lead author on the study and assistant professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS). Other Dartmouth authors on the study include: Keilah Worth, Jennifer Gibson, and James Sargent, all of DMS.

Last Updated: 1/11/10