From Dartmouth College (US) : “Dartmouth Joins the Search for Earth’s Oldest Ice with New NSF-Funded Center”

From Dartmouth College (US)

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Professor Mary Albert conducts permeability measurements on a firn core in the field in Antarctica.

“Many of the nation’s leading universities in ice core science are involved in COLDEX,” said Albert, who is also Executive Director of the US Ice Drilling Program (IDP). “The NSF-funded Ice Drilling Program led by Dartmouth is the nation’s premier ice core drilling engineering enterprise; with years of experience drilling ice cores both in the Arctic and the Antarctic, we are happy to have the COLDEX drilling in our portfolio of ice coring projects for the coming decade.”

As part of the COLDEX funding, IDP will hold “School of Ice” sessions to provide faculty from minority-serving institutions across the country the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Earth’s climate record through analysis of ice core records collected by IDP.

In addition to Albert, Dartmouth Engineering’s COLDEX involvement will be supported by Louise Huffman, Education Program Manager, and Blaise Stephanus, Program Manager; in addition, several Dartmouth Engineering undergraduates will assist with “School of Ice” activities.

COLDEX is one of six new NSF Science and Technology Centers (STCs). NSF currently supports 12 centers, with the last group funded in 2016. The objective of the program, established in 1987, is to support transformative, complex research programs in fundamental areas of science that require large-scale, long-term funding.

University partners on the project include: Amherst College (US); Brown University (US); Princeton University (US); The University of California-Berkeley (US); The University of California-Irvine (US); The University of California-San Diego (US); The University of Kansas (US); The University of Maine (US); The University of Minnesota-Duluth (US); The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (US); The University of Texas (US); and The University of Washington (US). Additional COLDEX partners include the American Meteorological Society, Inspiring Girls Expeditions, the Earth Science Women’s Network, and the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program.

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Dartmouth College (US) is a private, Ivy League, research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Incorporated as the “Trustees of Dartmouth College”, it is one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. Dartmouth College was established in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, a Congregational minister. After a long period of financial and political struggles, Dartmouth emerged in the early 20th century from relative obscurity, into national prominence.

Comprising an undergraduate population of 4,307 and a total student enrollment of 6,350 (as of 2016), Dartmouth is the smallest university in the Ivy League. Its undergraduate program, which reported an acceptance rate around 10 percent for the class of 2020, is characterized by the Carnegie Foundation and U.S. News & World Report as “most selective”. Dartmouth offers a broad range of academic departments, an extensive research enterprise, numerous community outreach and public service programs, and the highest rate of study abroad participation in the Ivy League.

Following a liberal arts curriculum, the university provides undergraduate instruction in 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs, including 57 majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, and enables students to design specialized concentrations or engage in dual degree programs. Dartmouth comprises five constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, and the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. The university also has affiliations with the Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center, the Rockefeller Institute for Public Policy, and the Hopkins Center for the Arts. With a student enrollment of about 6,600, Dartmouth is the smallest university in the Ivy League. Undergraduate admissions are highly selective with an admissions rate of 6.17% for the class of 2025.

Situated on a terrace above the Connecticut River, Dartmouth’s 269-acre (109 ha) main campus is in the rural Upper Valley region of New England. The university functions on a quarter system, operating year-round on four ten-week academic terms. Dartmouth is known for its undergraduate focus, strong Greek culture, and wide array of enduring campus traditions. Its 34 varsity sports teams compete intercollegiately in the Ivy League conference of the NCAA Division I.

Dartmouth is consistently included among the highest-ranked universities in the United States by several institutional rankings, and has consistently been cited as a leading university for undergraduate teaching and research by U.S. News & World Report. In 2018, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (US) listed Dartmouth as the only “majority-undergraduate”, “arts-and-sciences focused”, “doctoral university” in the country that has “some graduate coexistence” and “very high research activity”.

In its history, the university has produced many prominent alumni, including 170 members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, 24 U.S. governors, 10 billionaire alumni, 8 U.S. Cabinet secretaries, 3 Nobel Prize laureates, 2 U.S. Supreme Court justices, and a U.S. vice president. Other notable alumni include 79 Rhodes Scholars, 26 Marshall Scholarship recipients, and 14 Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as numerous MacArthur Genius fellows, Fulbright Scholars, Schwarzman Scholars, Knight-Hennesy Scholars, Goldwater Scholars, and Truman Scholars. Dartmouth alumni also include many CEOs and founders of Fortune 500 corporations, high-ranking U.S. diplomats, scholars in academia, literary and media figures, professional athletes, and Olympic medalists.