Colleges increasingly make roommate assignments, writes the magazine, citing comments from Dartmouth’s Bruce Sacerdote, who’s studied the impact of letting students decide. “Natural instincts do not always benefit us in the long run,” he says.
“It was pretty moving to see that love and dedication,” says Fred Frommer in a story about his parents, the writers and oral historians Myrna and Harvey Frommer, who died this month. They both taught oral history at Dartmouth.
A story about a new animated sitcom notes that Phil Lord ’97 and Chris Miller ’97 helped create it. The two are known for writing and directing successful films, including the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
“The Family is the oldest and arguably most influential, and strangely most secretive, Christian conservative organization in Washington,” Dartmouth’s Jeff Sharlet tells VPR in a story about the new Netflix series based on two of his books.
“Now more than ever we need to contend with what the ecological and evolutionary impacts of these storms will be for nonhuman animals,” says Dartmouth’s Matthew Ayres about the implications of a study on climate change and spider aggression.
Myrna Katz Frommer, who retired from teaching at Dartmouth in 2017, died Aug. 8, one week after her husband, Harvey Frommer, passed away. Both had taught oral history classes and collaborated on many books, a number of them about baseball.
The New England Foundation for the Arts says the work of Geo Neptune ’10 “narrates the journey toward embracing the sacred role of the two-spirit: a keeper of tradition, a teacher, and a role model for Passamaquoddy and other Wabanaki youth.”
Dartmouth ranks No. 1 for alumni who give back to their alma mater, according to a measure that looks at the median size of gifts per full-time students over seven years as well as the average percentage of all alumni who give any amount.
“The panther is a human / vision, interminable refusal, our common call to adore ourselves…” writes Dartmouth’s Joshua Bennett in a poem contributed as part of The New York Times’ “1619 Project” on the legacy of American slavery.
Dartmouth’s Memorial Field isn’t just any football field, but one where Head Coach Buddy Teevens ’79 eliminated live tackling in practice, and expects the game’s future—everywhere—will change, thanks to the Mobile Virtual Player, for starters.
The Netflix series The Family, based on a 2009 book by Dartmouth’s Jeff Sharlet, is “turning heads and making some viewers question the current state of the American government,” writes the online news magazine.
“You always carry your children with you, on your hip or in your heart. Motherhood is universal,” says Colleen Farwell ’92 in a story about her new children’s book, which has roots in a poem the alumna wrote more than 20 years ago.
“The takeaway is even if we don’t reduce (mercury emissions), we are going to be ingesting more mercury in the future if we look at just temperature alone,” says Dartmouth’s Celia Chen about a study on oceanic changes and mercury in fish.
Dartmouth’s Susan Brison and Shatema Threadcraft discuss a lecture series they organized on campus—on intersectionality and violence against black women and girls—and courses they are teaching this summer that relate to the lecture series.
“One of Morrison’s greatest contributions to literature was the kaleidoscopic vision with which she saw black people—and the rigorous compassion with which she wrote black characters,” says Hannah Giorgis ’13 of Toni Morrison, who died Aug. 1.
A story about neuromodulation systems says Dartmouth’s Rahul Sarpeshkar and a collaborator developed a “chip-type implant that harnesses glucose present in the body and converts it into electrical energy that can power a neurological implant.”
Author Harvey Frommer, who died Aug. 1, was a visiting professor in Dartmouth’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and wrote dozens of books about the Brooklyn Dodgers and other baseball teams, as well as a biography of Jackie Robinson.
A story about an Amazon system to predict and ship products customers are expected to buy quotes Dartmouth’s Praveen Kopalle as saying “anticipatory shipping” could allow “the data-savvy company to greatly expand its base of loyal customers.”
The Emmy nominations show that Hollywood has not addressed its diversity problem, says Dartmouth’s Monica White Ndounou. The problem is perpetuated not only by the entertainment industry but also by institutions of higher education, she says.
Dartmouth’s Marisa Palucis talks about using data from the Curiosity Rover to study lakes and other bodies of water on Mars. A big question she and fellow researchers want to answer is whether Mars ever hosted life, she tells NHPR.