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How Your Cell Phone Could Tell When You're Depressed

Continued coverage of a study conducted by Dartmouth researchers which used mobile phone sensors to look into several aspects of students' lives, and found a number of their behaviors, including sleep, sociability, and physical activity, to be correlated with depression.

Read the full story, published on 8/5/15 by the Washington Post.

From Marzipan to Mathematics

An opinion piece by Daniel Rockmore, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science and director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, who relays his experience at a Santa Fe, N.M., cafe watching the bakers work on producing pastries, and how you don't need to travel to Pluto to see or think about math, you can observe it through simple things like going out for breakfast.

Dartmouth Contest Asks Whether a Software Program Can Write

Quotes Daniel Rockmore, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science and director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, in a feature article discussing the Institute’s recent launch of AI contests. The Turing-style tests challenge programmers to build computer code that can generate a piece of dance music, a sonnet or a short work of fiction that will pass as human before a human audience. Also quoted is Allen Riddell, postdoctoral fellow for the Neukom Institute for Computational Science.

Why Do We Love Grumpy Animal Memes? Science Explains.

Quotes Brad Duchaine, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, on why we can't seem to get enough of Grumpy Cat and now Earl the grumpy puppy. "When we look at a cat face we're applying the same things we do when looking at a human face," says Duchaine. "The eyes are narrowed and the mouth is curved downward. We read that as the cat having a kind of complex emotion like we have."

In Sign of the Times for Teaching, More Colleges Set Up Video-Recording Studios

Cites comments by Anthony Helm, head of digital media and library technologies, in an article on the recent studio-building boom at colleges, as more campuses work to support experiments in online and hybrid teaching. Dartmouth's new "Innovation Studio" (located in Baker-Berry Library's Jones Media Center) is also mentioned in the article, where instructors can either bring their own equipment or borrow some from the college's media center for filming, with as much or as little guidance as necessary.

3 Questions for Jonathan Rees

In his latest post for Inside Higher Ed's "Technology and Learning" blog, Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), interviews Jonathan Rees, a professor of history at Colorado State University Pueblo and critic of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Read the full story, published on 7/29/15 by Inside Higher Ed.
 

Think Like a Hacker: At the High-Stakes Junction of Humans and Computers, a Dartmouth Professor Asks the Right Questions

A feature story on Sean Smith, research director of Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology (ITSIS), and Society and professor of computer science, on the evolving relationship between humans and computers, and in particular how to design networks that are relatively secure. Quotes Smith, as well as Bill Nisen '73, associate director of ITSIS, and Sergey Bratus, research assistant professor of computer science and chief security advisor of ITSIS.

Going Online, Being Digital

Quotes Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), in an essay discussing how educational technology is beginning to change the way we think about education itself. "Places that really want to protect their brand—like Brown, Yale, Georgetown, Dartmouth—are experimenting with low-residency online programs in professional schools and they are having real success, which is driving some rethinking about what we need to be doing to improve our core product," says Kim. "At Dartmouth, it's a quality play.

LinkedIn Reverses Course After Backlash From Its Users

Paul Argenti, professor of corporate communication, comments on the recent reversal of LinkedIn's decision to take away the ability for users to download their LinkedIn contacts. "You're kind of training your constituencies (when you) say, 'I'm going to change my mind,'" Aregenti says. "Your credibility is now in question the next time."

Read the full story, published on 7/27/15 in the Washington Post.

A Failed iOS to Android Switching Story

In his latest post for Inside Higher Ed's "Technology and Learning" blog, Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), discusses an experience attempting to switch from an iOS to Android operating system for a cell phone, and how breaking our dependence on the companies that supply our technologies becomes harder by the day.

Read the full story, published on 7/27/15 in Inside Higher Ed.

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