In a Q&A, Professor Daniel Rockmore discusses a book he’s just edited, What Are the Arts and Sciences? A Guide for the Curious. It contains essays by 26 of his Dartmouth colleagues, who talk about their disciplines.
“How could the so-called ‘Christian Right,’ believed to vote according to a fiercely moral agenda, embrace the most impious presidential candidate in American history?” asks Dartmouth’s Jeff Sharlet in a story about evangelicals and politics.
Conan O’Brien’s 2011 speech at Dartmouth is one of five listed by The Muse as inspiring commencement speeches. “The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality,” he said.
A report coauthored by Professor David Blanchflower says wages will remain low for several years, writes the paper. “The Bank of England needs to gain a better understanding of what has been happening in the UK labour market,” say the authors.
“Truth is losing its value as society’s reserve currency,” writes the paper, citing research by Professor Brendan Nyhan that says offering someone who believes in a conspiracy theory evidence that it’s not true can reinforce his or her belief.
Dartmouth’s hometown this week voted to make the transition to “renewable electricity by 2030 and a 2050 goal of transitioning heating and transportation to run on clean, renewable sources of energy,” reports EcoWatch.
“Most people think of course you want to be screened—it’s the best thing since sliced bread,” says Dartmouth’s H. Gilbert Welch in a story about views of cancer screening. He says screening tends to “turn people into patients unnecessarily.”
An organization Rebecca Heller ’05 began eight years ago, which has helped more than 3,000 refugees resettle in the U.S., is working against the Trump administration’s plan to block certain refugees from entering the U.S., reports the paper.
“The removal of one square inch from Bears Ears National Monument will be seen as an assault on the home ground of Native Americans in the American Southwest,” writes visiting professor Terry Tempest Williams in an opinion piece.
In an op-ed about a Google doodle honoring Ghanaian entrepreneur Esther Afua Ocloo, linguist Laura McPherson says African nations are “filled with female entrepreneurs”—and Western media should do more to tell their stories.
In a story about how Facebook may collect and sell data to advertisers, Luke Stark, a postdoctoral fellow in sociology, describes how the social media site can track and analyze the emotions of users—including vulnerable teens.
In the Upshot, Professor Brendan Nyhan argues that the recent March for Science “may have widened the divide among liberals and conservatives in their views of scientists but not, crucially, toward the research they conduct.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper ’91 has “battled repeat accusations by the Trump administration that his home network is ‘Fake News,’ and, honestly, come out on top,” writes the magazine. Tapper will deliver Dartmouth’s commencement speech on June 11.
In a story about a tweet from the White House, Professor Douglas Irwin tells Marketplace that the president’s spending plans, if they result in more borrowing, are likely to make the U.S. trade deficit bigger.
President Phil Hanlon ’77 and the other speakers at the conference were selected for their accomplishments in improving STEM education and building a strong and diverse science and tech workforce in the U.S., notes the magazine.
The pound’s fall and uncertainty among employers has hit household budgets. “Support for Brexit is likely to be driven by how the economy performs and whether living standards hold up, and they aren’t,” Professor David Blanchflower says.
In her Dartmouth commencement speech, TV producer Shonda Rhimes ’91 said that “dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change,” notes India Today.
“He’s probably the best interviewer TV has these days, as unshakable as that diamondback that chases you in your dreams. His reporting seems to come from the heart,” says Politico’s Jack Shafer in a GQ profile of the alumnus.
About a video of the murder, Professor Hany Farid says, “we are not even close to a tool that can operate at internet scale and make fairly fine-grained distinctions between a guy killing someone in Cleveland and kids wrestling after school.”