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Dartmouth's Marcelo Gleiser Wins Templeton Prize

The John Templeton Foundation has awarded the 2019 Templeton Prize to Marcelo Gleiser, theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and a leading proponent of the view that science, philosophy, and spirituality are complementary expressions of humanity’s need to embrace mystery and the unknown. Gleiser, 60, the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has earned international acclaim through his books, essays, blogs, TV documentaries, and conferences that present science as a spiritual quest to understand the origins of the universe and of life on Earth. Read more

Three Dartmouth professors receive early-career recognition

Assistant professors of chemistry Katherine Mirica and Chenfeng Ke were among twelve chemists who received the 2019 Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation for Science AdvancementThe awards provide $100,000 to each recipient identified by the Cottrell award committee as "a leader in integrating science teaching and research at a top U.S. research university or a primarily undergraduate institution.”  Assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences Luke Chang received a 2019 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science. The award recognizes “new and cutting-edge ideas coming out of the most creative and promising investigators who embody the future of psychological science.” Read more.

Henry Luce Foundation awards Luce Scholarship to candidate at Dartmouth’s Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Study

Aaron Karp, Guarini ’19, has received a Luce Scholarship from the Henry Luce Foundation to work in Asia next year. Karp, who is earning his master’s degree in digital musics, is one of 18 scholars selected from among 162 candidates nominated by 70 U.S. colleges and universities, including Dartmouth. Through the program, Karp will receive a stipend, language training, and individualized professional placement with a professional arts organization and/or with artists working in his field in Asia. (The specific country and professional placement will be determined in the coming months.) “It’s a unique opportunity that’s incredibly tailored to your direction in whatever field you’re in,” Karp says. “It’s also a much more culturally immersive experience than a lot of other international fellowships, which is a big part of the excitement for me.” Read more

Black Heart Foundation matching up to $500,000 in gifts to Dartmouth.

Dartmouth has announced a $500,000, dollar-for-dollar match from the Black Heart Foundation, a U.K.-based organization that supports educational access for students around the world. Gifts of any size to Dartmouth’s International Student Scholarship Fund will be doubled until the $500,000 match is fully activated. The International Student Scholarship Fund was created to extend Dartmouth’s policy of need-blind admissions to international students, making a Dartmouth education possible for all prospective non-U.S. undergraduates, regardless of their family’s financial position. The Fund was launched with an anonymous $500,000 gift in early February of 2019. The new initiative is part of The Call to Lead: a Campaign for Dartmouth, a $3 billion effort to expand Dartmouth’s leadership in creating positive, global change.

Sherman Fairchild Foundation Pledges $10 Million to Foster Early-Career Research at Dartmouth

Dartmouth has announced a $10 million commitment from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to bolster the College’s efforts to recruit, nurture, and retain early-career faculty who will become world-class scholars—a major step toward the goal of becoming the unparalleled leader in undergraduate liberal arts education. “This gift will strengthen our ability to compete for highly sought-after scholars,” President Philip J. Hanlon ’77 said Tuesday in Washington, D.C. “Specifically, it will enhance the Burke Research Initiation program, which provides awards to junior faculty in the early stages of their careers, and establish a new endowment for high-potential faculty recruits.” Read more.

Dartmouth Students Explore Quantum Computing with IBM Experts

Faculty, students, and IBM representatives gathered on campus to share information about quantum computing and peer into the future of the developing field, in which Dartmouth is considered a serious player. Dozens of faculty and students—some new to the field and some seasoned veterans—attended the winter-term workshop, which included lectures and demonstrations of quantum computing throughout the day, followed by an evening of “Programming N’ Pizza” that enabled the students to test-drive IBM’s Qiskit, an open-source software development kit for quantum computing. Researchers from IBM Quantum were on hand to help participants get a sense of how to use Qiskit via the Python programming language to control prototype IBM quantum hardware. Read more.

 

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Amazon has awarded an inaugural Alexa Innovation Fellowship to Dartmouth in recognition of the College's commitment to entrepreneurship and to fuel faculty and student research that incorporates voice technology. Dartmouth—one of ten schools to receive an inaugural Innovation Fellowship from Amazon—will encourage its campuswide entrepreneurship community to develop innovative products and services that integrate voice technology. As conversational artificial intelligence advances, voice interfaces such as Amazon Alexa are rapidly transforming how humans interact with technology in their everyday lives. Amazon's Alexa Innovation Fellowship award will support Dartmouth Applied Leadership and Innovation (DALI) Lab projects that have voice technology integrated into their solutions and Pitch competition awards at the Magnuson Center and DALI that incorporate voice technology. 

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A research group led by Wojciech Jarosz, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been collaborating with Solid Angle/Autodesk researchers on problems of interest to producing realistic computer-generated images for visual effects and animated films. Realistic depictions of such substances are needed in film production, but accurately simulating their appearance is highly time-consuming. The Jarosz group has been looking at the challenges of rendering images of scenes containing volumetric media, which include elements such as smoke, clouds, and fog, but also lead to the translucent nature of our own skin and the foods we eat. "It [the collaboration] has been quite successful, and we consider Professor Jarosz to be a strategic research partner," says Iliyan Georgiev, a researcher at Autodesk

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With support from Facebook Research, Professor Lorenzo Torresani, of the Department of Computer Science, has been leading research in video understanding by machines. Projects include automatic action recognition, human pose estimation, tracking, and object detection in video.

Dartmouth Economics Professor Wins Sloan Foundation Grant

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded Erzo Luttmer, The Dartmouth Professor in Economics, a grant to study how consumers make decisions about insurance products like annuities. The grant funds work by behavioral economists Luttmer and Dmitry Taubinsky from University of California, Berkeley. They are analyzing how behavioral biases might explain the annuity puzzle—the observation that annuities, as a financial product, are not nearly so popular as economic theory and people’s stated preferences would predict them to be. Of the many possible explanations for the annuity puzzle, behavioral biases are not easy to study. Read more

Researchers at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine to Receive $5.3 Million Award to Study Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders in Pregnant Women

A research team led by Sarah Lord, PhD, and Daisy Goodman, DNP, MPH, at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, has been approved for a $5.3 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to conduct comparative clinical effectiveness research on medication-assisted treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorders.  Read more 

Dartmouth's Katherine Mirica Wins 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

Katherine Mirica, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, was recently awarded a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, one of 21 recipients out of more than 100 nominations from over 60 academic institutions. The award, which provides $45,000 of unrestricted funds over three years, recognizes outstanding young faculty who excel in research, academic leadership, and experience and is intended to help young faculty achieve tenure while teaching and conducting research. 

ACLS Fellowships for Lions and Medieval Manuscripts at Dartmouth

Medievalist Michelle Warren and art historian Katie Hornstein have been named 2018 ACLS Fellows by the American Council of Learned Societies. They are among 78 fellows selected this year from about 1,150 applicants nationwide to receive the fellowship, which is one of the most prestigious honors awarded in the humanities.  Read more 

Dartmouth Professor Brendan Nyhan Named 2018 Carnegie Fellow

Professor Brendan Nyhan has been named a Carnegie Fellow in recognition of his research on increasing media trust and countering misinformation in the era of fake news. He is one of 31 scholars and writers chosen this year by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support significant research, writing, and publishing in the humanities and social sciences.  Read more 

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards Sydney Kamen '19 a graduate scholarship

Sydney Kamen '19 wants to help people around the world lead healthier lives. Her career plan just got a big boost from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, which has given her a scholarship to pursue graduate study.  Read more 

Dartmouth Professor Wins New Directions Fellowship from the  Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Julie Hruby, an assistant professor in the Department of Classics, has received a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to train in advanced forensic techniques that will allow her to match fingerprints from ancient objects and apply computational analysis to determine, for instance, the gender and age of an object's maker.  Read more 

Three Dartmouth Professors Win John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships

Michelle Warren, a professor of comparative literature, Sienna Craig, an associate professor of anthropology, and choreographer John Heginbotham, a lecturer in theater and director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, have been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  Read more 

Dartmouth Professors Win Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Katherine Mirica  and Treb Allen, the Distinguished Associate Professor of Economics and Globalization, and have each won 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships.  Read more 

Ford Foundation and Walton Family Foundation Make Grant to Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art

The Hood Museum of Art is among the first art museums in the country to receive a newly announced Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative joint grant of $6 million from the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The Hood received a grant in the amount of $313,529.  Read more 

Dartmouth Chemist Awarded Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship

Associate Professor of Chemistry Ivan Aprahamian has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship that will support his travel to Germany and long-term collaborative research at the University of Kiel and the Humboldt University of Berlin, his host institutions. Read more 

Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards fellowship to student at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine

Alyssa Flores '19 has been awarded a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellowship. She is among 79 medical, dental, and veterinary students selected to receive support for one year of mentored and in-depth training in biomedical research.  Read more 

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and National Institutes of Health award fellowships to Geisel students

Lye-Yeng Wong '18 and Freddy Vazquez '18 will each be spending one year conducting research in their areas of interest, compliments of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, respectively. An advocate for global health issues, Wong is heading to South Africa this summer as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow. This fellowship funds students interested in global health by giving them an opportunity to conduct research in an international setting. Vazquez is among 42 talented students, selected through a competitive process, by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to participate in this year's Medical Research Scholars Program. The year-long residential enrichment program located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, represents the organization's commitment to training the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers.  Read more 

Dartmouth Cosmologist Wins a Simons Foundation Fellowship

Professor of Physics and Astronomy Robert Caldwell has received a fellowship designed specifically to support sabbatical work. He is one of 13 American theoretical physicists to have been awarded a 2017 Simons Foundation fellowship.  Read more 

American Council of Learned Societies Awards Dartmouth's Sackeyfio-Lenoch a Burkhardt Fellowship

Associate Professor of History Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch has been awarded the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, to support completion of her book, "Global Ghana, Itinerant Citizens and the Making of a New Nation."  Read more