Americans are more likely to spend money on a trip than on a new couch, reports a new study co-authored by the Tuck School of Business’ Eesha Sharma, who says the study “tells us more about when and why people are willing to borrow.”
As the huge ice sheet melts, it releases toxins—and microbes that eat them, reports the magazine, which turns for comment to Professor Ross Virginia. “It’s potentially good news that degraders are found in the melting ice ecosystem,” he says.
A profile of filmmaker Matthew Heineman ’05 says the alumnus’ Dartmouth education “instilled a deep appreciation for history in him. It also taught him how to analyze events and think critically, skills which have been evident in his films.”
Automated chat lines for customer service are showing up frequently as businesses try to cut costs. It may be helpful to some, says Luke Stark, a postdoctoral fellow in sociology. But many may still prefer to speak with a real person, he says.
Alta Motors, a startup co-founded by Marc Fenigstein ’01, Thayer ’03, Thayer ’04, is about to launch the second model in its lineup of electric motorcycles and has received backing from two of the original founders of Tesla, the paper reports.
The state’s first needle exchange program, run by two Geisel students, has opened its doors, reports NHPR. “We think that it’s really going to impact the number of opioid overdose deaths in the state,” says co-founder Louisa Chen ’20.
In a study, Dartmouth’s Janice McCabe looked at hundreds of books and found an imbalance among central female and male characters that contributes to a sense of “unimportance among girls and a sense of privilege among boys,” she says.
In a story about the state’s opioid crisis, the magazine turns for comment to Geisel’s Lisa Marsch, who says the drug fentanyl is so potent it can be transported in small quantities, and people are making it at home, using kitchen blenders.
In a story about currency, Dartmouth’s Andrew Levin says, “The central bank digital currency would be like a paper bill except digital.” For example, he says, “it would be representing a U.S. dollar, but it would be basically free to use.”
“Engineering, science, STEM grad students are the next generation of tech developers (and) leaders,” Thayer’s Dean Joseph Helble says. “If we cut that talent out, we’re starting far fewer companies, not offering economic growth opportunities.”
One book helped the National Down Syndrome Society; another the Autism Society. Gene Damm ’58 gives his book profits to charities, according to a story about the alumnus, who still volunteers as a swimming coach, and of course, writes books.
In a story about new research suggesting that patients with depression and anxiety use a disproportionate share of prescription painkillers, the newspaper turns for comment to the Geisel School of Medicine’s Brian Sites, leader of the study.
Reviewing Professor Misagh Parsa’s Democracy in Iran, the paper says, “Although Mr. Parsa barely discusses U.S. policy toward Iran, his book is easily the most important work in English on the Islamic Republic since the revolution.”
The online magazine presents a slideshow documenting Katie Bono’s trip up Denali, in which the alumna, a former Nordic skier at Dartmouth, set a record for women making the ascent up the highest mountain peak in North America.
In a story about the Posse Foundation program helping veterans connect with elite schools, the magazine notes that since Vassar enrolled its first Posse cohort, only two other schools, Dartmouth and Wesleyan, have become program partners.
In a story about Associate Professor Soo Sunny Park’s exhibit at New Hampshire’s Currier Museum of Art, NHPR says, “After decades of making everything herself, Sunny now has help turning her ideas into sculptures big enough to fill rooms.”
In a story about the troubled ride service, the newspaper turns to Tuck School of Business Professor Sydney Finkelstein, who says, “This is going to be a classic business school case study, there’s no question.”
In an opinion piece about partisan animus, the newspaper cites research by Dartmouth’s Sean Westwood and a Stanford colleague that indicated that party affiliation is the major divide in American society today.
“We’ve known that extremist groups have been weaponizing the internet for years,” says Dartmouth’s Hany Farid, who studies ways to eliminate extremist content from the internet. Why, he asks, has Facebook been so slow to deal with it?
“I’m not persuaded that the historical evidence actually shows that if leaders have military experience themselves, or if they have family members that served, it makes them less likely to go to war,” says Dartmouth’s Edward Miller.