Eric Fanning ’90, secretary of the U.S. Army, tells “Here’s the Thing” host Alec Baldwin that the idea that the military is the first to want to go to war is a myth. In fact, the alumnus tells Baldwin, combat should be the last resort.
“Generals have one set of skills, and diplomacy is not in the top drawer of that tool kit,” says the Dickey Center’s Daniel Benjamin in a Washington Post story about the military leaders Trump is picking for high-level posts.
“They drain the resin that otherwise defends the tree. Then, the tree is toast,” says Professor of Biological Sciences Matthew Ayres in an ABC News story about the impact of some insects, such as the ash borer, on the nation’s forests.
In a CNN story about conspiracy theories and those who believe in them, Professor Brendan Nyhan says, “It’s not a reflection of mental illness or pathology. It’s a common thing that otherwise smart and well-informed people do.”
Postdoctoral fellow Garrett Nelson, a member of Dartmouth’s Society of Fellows, and a co-author have studied over 4 million commuter paths to identify “megaregions in the contiguous United States,” reports National Geographic.
“Fed officials can't simply dismiss the prospect of legislative reforms anymore,” Professor Andrew Levin tells Reuters in a story published by The New York Times that discusses the Fed’s future under the next administration.
“When you ask who is the secretary of the Treasury and what do they do, a lot of that answer depends on how well they get along with the president,” says Professor Andrew Levin, who spent 20 years at the Federal Reserve, in a Quartz story.
“The story speaks to all of us, makes us think about where we are in life, what we've been doing with the time we have,” writes Professor Marcelo Gleiser about the movie Arrival in his post for the NPR blog 13.7 Cosmos & Culture.
“A lot of students from underrepresented backgrounds, who will get their degrees in computer science and want to work in the tech industry, are not working in Silicon Valley,” says Kaya Thomas ’17 in a New Yorker story about bias.
As a bomber pilot in the Marines, Jonathan Mendes ’42 flew more than 100 missions in World War II and then more than 70 missions in the Korean War. This month he completed the New York City Marathon, reports Runner’s World.
President Phil Hanlon ’77 and at least 90 other college and university presidents have signed a statement calling for the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, reports Inside Higher Ed.
Professor Janice McCabe’s research resulted in a book, Connecting in College, in which she identifies “three categories of friendship groups: tight-knitters, compartmentalizers, and samplers,” notes Inside Higher Ed.
Cornell University trustees on Monday chose the provost of the University of Michigan as the Ivy League school’s new president. Martha Pollack ’79 will be the second female president of Cornell, reports The New York Times via the AP.
The student production of Intimate Apparel, which just ended its run, showcased some “enormous talent,” says VPR, including Nashe Mutenda ’20, who played a prostitute whose dreams of stardom were deferred because of her skin color.
There has been a “sufficient set of people in Washington that voice the argument for why trade—and globalization more broadly—do benefit America overall, on average,” Matthew Slaughter, dean of the Tuck School of Business, tells Marketplace.
The alumnus, who led the league in earned-run average (2.13) during the regular season and improved on that in the postseason, is a finalist for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Cy Young award, reports the Valley News.
“Despite all the hand-wringing, we do not seem to have entered a post-truth era. Sometimes people will change their minds about the facts,” says Professor Brendan Nyhan in a New York Times opinion piece about fact-checking’s impact.
Dartmouth’s James Feyrer “noticed something odd about a decade ago: Across a large set of countries, an economy’s productivity seemed to be connected to the proportion of fortysomethings in its labor force,” writes Bloomberg Businessweek.
With the World Series over and the Chicago Cubs crowned champions, TIME magazine takes a look at how the winning team was put together, including Kyle Hendricks ’12, who had the lowest ERA in the majors this year.