“After 20 minutes of gameplay, you’ve got some kind of measurable transformation with a player,” says Professor Mary Flanagan in a conversation about Buffalo and other games she and fellow researchers designed to fight racial and ethnic bias.
In the film, says Professor Marcelo Gleiser, “The balance of the Force demands love and hate, gratitude and entitlement. The fans are just playing out the inescapable dynamics of the Force, the tug-of-war that so aptly defines our humanity.”
A new study led by Dartmouth doctoral student Dominic Winski indicates that climate change has resulted in dramatically increased snowfall in parts of Alaska. The study was published Dec. 19 in the journal Scientific Reports.
In the Arctic, beavers seem to be worsening the effects of climate change by creating new water channels that affect the permafrost, writes the Times, and Dartmouth’s Matthew Ayres says, the story “sounds completely plausible to me.”
In a column about the Vietnam War, Dartmouth’s Edward Miller says that in the U.S., “where the body politic now appears more divided than at any time since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, the need for reconciliation is especially acute.”
A new climate change study is important in part because it connects the human impact on the environment with “changes in societal benefits from the environment through climate and ecosystem responses,” says Dartmouth’s Jonathan Winter.
If sitting meditation makes you restless, how about moving meditation? “Modern neuroscience fully supports the basic premise of meditative movement,” says Peter Payne, a researcher at the Geisel School of Medicine.
“For the third consecutive year, through the Turing Tests in Creative Arts, researchers at Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute are soliciting submissions of Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnets drafted using artificial intelligence,” says the website.
Laura Braunstein is “one of those people who can take your one pretty good idea and turn it into three great ideas,” says Erik Agard, co-creator of Sunday’s crossword puzzle with Braunstein, a librarian at the College. It was her debut puzzle.
The magazine ranks Professor Douglas Irwin’s new book, Clashing over Commerce, among the best books of 2017, writing that Irwin “sets the record straight, and in the process elegantly debunks a host of trade-policy myths.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ’88 (D-N.Y.) yesterday called for the resignation of her colleague Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota), who has been accused of sexual misconduct. “Enough is enough,” she wrote on Facebook, the newspaper reports.
As a first-generation college graduate, Alexandra Bernadotte ’92 wanted to help others like her, so in 2009, she founded Beyond 12, which helps first-generation, low-income, and minority students stay in college and graduate.
“Out in the Valley! Queer Happy Hour and Mixer” is co-hosted by Spectra, Dartmouth’s LGBTQIA+ alliance, to provide “a safe place for people of all ages to meet new friends, socialize, and listen to live music in a welcoming environment.”
With the increasing popularity of electronic-payment methods, the Fed is considering whether to create its own digital currency. “It’s urgent for the Federal Reserve to move forward” on this, Professor Andrew Levin tells the newspaper.
In a story about the proposed tax cuts, Professor Andrew Levin says even moderate pickup in wage growth could “give the Fed breathing room to make a few more modest hikes next year, but keep rates relatively low compared to historical norms.”
NPR profiles Selassie Atadika ’98, a Ghanaian chocolatier who had a career with the U.N. until 2014, when she moved back to Ghana and started her own company, Midunu Chocolates. It is “telling the African story through chocolate,” she says.
“To me what it means to be successful in the trades is to do good, lasting work that people will use and enjoy and find beauty in. That’s what it means to be successful,” says Jane DeWitt ’99 in a video about her career as a stonemason.