In a story about Thailand’s long-tailed macaques and their use of stones to open up shellfish, the magazine turns for comment to Professor Nathaniel Dominy. “It’s been shown that systematic predation causes prey of smaller size,” he says.
In a column, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Stephanie White writes that “since our profession believes strongly in prevention and early intervention, we must talk about racism just as we do about vaccination, exercise, and healthy eating.”
Apologizing can backfire, reports The Huffington Post. It cites research by Dartmouth’s Gili Freedman suggesting the word “sorry” isn’t always helpful. Saying “I’m sorry” to someone you’re rejecting can make rejection feel worse, she says.
Saying “sorry” to someone being rejected “puts them in a situation where they feel like they have to respond by saying, ‘Oh, it's OK,’ even if they don’t feel that way at all,” says Dartmouth postdoctoral researcher Gili Freedman.
In the magazine’s “2018 Best Colleges” rankings of American colleges and universities, Dartmouth is second in the best undergraduate teaching and best colleges for veterans categories, and 11th in the best national universities category.
In an opinion piece, Dartmouth’s Sergey Bratus, a research associate professor of computer science, and Anna Shubina, a postdoctoral researcher of computer science, talk about what constitutes “safe” email.
A Dartmouth study found that since 1996, the Northeast has been much wetter than in previous years. Dartmouth’s Jonathan Winter, one of the authors, says the “next line of work” is to understand what has caused the increased precipitation.
“Clearly, we need to learn to make email work for us and re-frame it as a tool for executing on our priorities,” writes the Tuck School of Business’ Paul Argenti, who offers tips for thinking strategically about communication—and efficiency.
Dartmouth is among the top 10 U.S. colleges for “best value” in a preview of the magazine’s 2018 rankings. The 10 are the top 10 Best Value Schools among those in the National Universities category, the magazine reports.
In a Sept. 1 letter, President Phil Hanlon ’77 urged the Trump administration to maintain the DACA program, saying those affected at the College include “exceptional individuals who have persevered through unprecedented challenges.”
“This is the 32nd year that audiences in the Upper Valley have been able to take a sneak peek at what often turn out to be classics,” writes the newspaper, “and this year’s slate of films at Dartmouth should be no exception.”
Bloomberg features research by Dartmouth’s David Blanchflower and a coauthor that offers proof of the existence of the much-discussed midlife crisis. Their study indicates that people experience a decline in happiness from about 30 to 50.
Associate Professor of History Rashauna Johnson, author of Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans During the Age of Revolutions, talks with the paper about the hidden slave landmarks of her native city of New Orleans.
A new study indicating that the southern pine beetle is marching northward as temperatures rise could be used as a model to predict the movement of other insects and plants, Professor of Biological Sciences Matthew Ayres tells the newspaper.
Cornell University inaugurated its new president, Martha Pollack ’79, on Friday, and President Phil Hanlon ’77 spoke, praising the alumna’s abilities as a leader and an educator and discussing the challenges of the role.
The Geisel School of Medicine’s Tim Lahey discusses the human papillomavirus and addresses myths about it. “HPV is actually an infection that afflicts both men and women and causes cancer in both men and women,” says Lahey.
In a column, the Tuck School of Business’ Sydney Finkelstein says “any firm with the temerity to lie to millennials, whether directly or indirectly, runs the risk of falling foul of its customer base and compromising its corporate image.”
Associate Professor of History Rashauna Johnson has been nominated for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize for Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans During the Age of Revolutions. The winner will be announced this fall.
“I think the Confederate statues should be removed. The notion that removing them means we’re changing or getting rid of history is not true,” says Dartmouth trustee and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed ’81.