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February 22, 2008

NEWS:

usatodayTWO DARTMOUTH SENIORS ARE AMONG 20 STUDENTS NATIONWIDE TO BE CHOSEN FOR USA TODAY'S ALL-USA COLLEGE ACADEMIC FIRST TEAM. Zachary Kaufman '08 and N. Taylor Thompson '08 have led health initiatives in Rwanda, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Argentina. Along with having their pictures and brief biographies seen by USA Today's more than 2 million readers, the First Team members receive an award of $2,500. Laura Myers '08 and Jessica Ogden '08 were recognized as Honorable Mentions.

planetsDARTMOUTH RESEARCHERS PARTICIPATE IN DISCOVERY OF PLANETARY SYSTEM. "This is the first discovery of a multi-planet system that could be analogous to our solar system," says Alison Crocker '06, an author on the paper, which was part of a study that appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of the journal Science. As an undergraduate, Crocker worked with Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Brian Chaboyer on the collaborative effort. She is a Rhodes Scholar currently studying at Oxford University.

pearsonDIANA PEARSON HAS BEEN APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS. A seasoned communications executive who has held a number of senior strategic communications roles with leading media companies, Pearson says, "I look forward to joining this fascinating community, and to collaborating with President Wright, the Board of Trustees, leaders of the College, world-class scholars, and all who love Dartmouth to promote a truly great institution."

jamesGILMAN FOUNDATION GIFT ENDOWS HOPKINS CENTER DIRECTOR. A $5 million gift will endow the position of Hopkins Center director and provide venture funds for new Hop initiatives. "Howard Gilman was visionary in his support for the arts and for young artists," said President James Wright. "It's an honor to have his name associated with pursuits so important to a liberal arts education." Gilman '44 was a prominent New York arts benefactor whose family has made substantial gifts to the College. Jeffrey James, the Hop's director since 2005, will be the inaugural Howard Gilman Director of the Hopkins Center.

COURT DENIES REQUEST TO DISMISS ASSOCIATION OF ALUMNI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE LAWSUIT. A New Hampshire court has denied Dartmouth's request to dismiss the lawsuit filed against the College by the Executive Committee of the College's Association of Alumni, seeking to block expansion of the College's Board of Trustees. "We are disappointed that the motion has been denied," said Dartmouth General Counsel Robert B. Donin. "This lawsuit is not in the best interest of the College or its students and it is regrettable that it will continue to drain the College's time and resources. We remain confident that when the case moves beyond allegations to evidence, the suit will be shown to be without merit." Donin added, "Given the continued uncertainty created by the lawsuit filed against the College, the Board of Trustees has decided to suspend for now election of any additional trustees to its Board."

BILL TO REPEAL LAW AUTHORIZING DARTMOUTH TO AMEND ITS CHARTER VOTED DOWN. On Feb. 12, the New Hampshire House of Representatives' Commerce Committee voted 14-1 to recommend against passage of the bill (HB 1292) that would repeal the 2003 law authorizing the College to amend its charter without special legislative act. The full House of Representatives is expected to take up the committee's recommendation in the near future.

foltWRITING AND RHETORIC INSTITUTE LAUNCHED. The Office of the Dean of Faculty has announced the establishment of the Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. The Institute will combine the existing Writing Program with new courses in speech, rhetoric, and advanced writing. It will also continue to enhance writing support services for students. The Institute follows from recommendations made by a number of faculty committees and councils over the past six years. Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt said, "The expanded course offerings and the cross-fertilization of writing with speech is designed to provide Dartmouth students with an exceptional opportunity to develop vital skills that will last them a lifetime."

skiingTHE DEFENDING NCAA CHAMPION SKI TEAM HAS WON FIVE OF SIX WINTER CARNIVALS THIS YEAR. Building on recent momentum, the ski team heads to Middlebury College this weekend for the Eastern Championships, and they will compete in the NCAA National Championships in Bozeman, Mont., beginning March 5. Over on the ice, men's hockey goalie Mike Devine '08 was one of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd, and Andrew Owsiak '11 was named ECAC Rookie of the Week.

STAY CONNECTED:

houstonDISCOVER LUCY'S LEGACY WITH DARTMOUTH ON LOCATION. Join Professor of Geology James Aronson and fellow Dartmouth alumni, family, and friends in a private viewing of one of the top anthropological finds of the 20th century: the bones of Lucy, one of the earliest hominids, discovered in 1974 in the Hadar area of Ethiopia's Afar Depression. Aronson is reconstructing the Afar climate and vegetation by examining carbon and oxygen isotopes in the Hadar's ancient soils, and is discovering a dramatic history of cyclic climate change.

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BREAKING GROUND AND PUSHING THE GLASS CEILING.
From the pioneers of the earliest co-ed classes to today's iGeneration, Dartmouth women have shared their path-breaking spirit with the world in ways both extraordinary and everyday. Join fellow alumnae and friends, including keynote speaker Aisha Tyler '92, in San Francisco for a celebration of Dartmouth's daughters.

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