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Hany Farid, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science, has new evidence regarding a photograph of accused John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Farid digitally analyzed an iconic image of Oswald holding a rifle in one hand and Marxist newspapers in the other. Oswald and others had claimed the incriminating photo was a fake. But after analyzing it with modern forensic tools, Farid says the photo almost certainly was not altered. “If we had found evidence of photo tampering, then it would have suggested a broader plot to kill JFK,” says Farid, who is also the director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth. The study will appear in a forthcoming issue of the journal Perception. As of November 24, more than 30,000 people had viewed a video about the study on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel.

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Jason Moore (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Jason Moore, the Frank Lane Research Scholar in Computational Genetics, is part of a new multi-institution research team called the eagle-i consortium. The group will create an enormous database that enables biomedical scientists from anywhere in the United States to search resource inventories at all participating sites and request access to data that will assist in their work. The effort is funded by a $15 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources (part of the National Institutes of Health), and it is led by Lee Nadler at Harvard Medical School. Moore will be responsible for Dartmouth’s contribution to the national infrastructure that shares these research resources across the country.

Dartmouth has received a $330,936 grant from the New Hampshire Green House Gas Reduction Fund to help implement a Campus Energy and Sustainability Management System. The new system, which will measure and monitor energy use around campus, supports Dartmouth’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030. Stephen Shadford, energy engineer in FO&M, and Sustainability Manager Kathy Lambert ’90 are key members of the team working to make the campus more sustainable. 

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Susanne Freidberg (photo by Marilyn Humphries)

Associate Professor of Geography Susanne Freidberg recently won the prestigious Berkshire Conference Article Prize for 2008, awarded by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, for “The Triumph of the Egg.” Published last year in Comparative Studies in Society and History, Freidberg’s article considers the consequences as eggs shifted from a seasonal food to one available year-round. Freidberg is the author of Fresh: A Perishable History (Harvard, 2009), which traces how developments in technology have changed the meaning of “fresh” food. Read an interview with Freidberg.

The Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN) and the Tuck School of Business will again offer members of the Dartmouth community an evening mini-course focusing on the fundamentals of launching a successful new business. Anyone eligible for a dartmouth.edu, hitchcock.org or dartmouth.alum.org email address may audit the course at no cost. The class will be held Wednesday evenings during winter term. The application deadline is December 10. Contact sandy.rozyla@dartmouth.edu.

Last Updated: 11/28/09