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Professor Brian Pogue has been named chair of the National Institutes of Health’s new grant review panel for biomedical imaging technology. The panel will review applications in optical imaging, ultrasound imaging, X-ray imaging, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance imaging. Pogue also won the Light Path Award from the American Society for Photobiology for “substantial and innovative contributions to the fusion of photobiology with other disciplines, thus broadening the frontiers of photobiology.”

Professor Jifeng Liu has led a research team developing a process for creating less expensive solar cells that are up to twice as efficient as the current technology. Because current methods can harness only a “very small portion” of solar energy (less than 10 percent), the team’s findings could be “groundbreaking” in the field of renewable energy studies, Liu says. His team, which included Haofeng Li Th’15 and research scientist Xiaoxin Wang, developed a method of manufacturing single crystal thin films directly on ordinary glass over a large area, allowing for the commercialization of single crystal silicon thin-film solar cells for the first time.

Professor Eric Fossum delivered the keynote address, “Quanta Image Sensor: A Possible Paradigm Shift for the Future,” at the Image Sensors Conference in London in March. Fossum, who coordinates Thayer’s Ph.D. Innovation Program, invented the CMOS active pixel image sensor, which is used in cellphone cameras, webcams, digital-still cameras, and medical imaging.

Dartmouth’s Class of 2012 chose Professor Vicki May as the recipient of the College’s Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching. May, whose research focuses on engineering education, inquiry-based learning, and seismic engineering, says, “Teaching, to me, is about the students, connecting with them in ways that encourage them to learn and grow. I enjoy experimenting with different teaching approaches.”

Vermont Public Radio featured recordings from the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive. The treasure trove of 36,000 recordings, ranging from the UN announcement of the creation of Israel to comedy from Groucho Marx, was established in 2002 by Professor Alex Hartov Th’88 and Dartmouth Hebrew Professor Lewis Glinert as a resource for researchers and students.

Adjunct Professor Michael Mayor, a Dartmouth orthopedic surgeon and past chairman of the FDA’s Advisory Panel on Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Devices, discussed the issues surrounding hip-replacement surgeries on Alaska Public Radio’s “Line One” show.

The Big Green Bus kicked off its summer cross-country tour in June, stopping in Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The waste vegetable oil-fueled vehicle will travel through 30 states while its crew of 12 students and recent grads promotes sustainable living. “I am greatly looking forward to adventuring through the country in a way I never have before, all the while addressing the most important issues that face humanity and the Earth,” says engineering major Ari Koeppel ’15. The bus is scheduled to pull back into Hanover on September 5. Follow its progress at www.thebiggreenbus.org.

Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering has earned a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for its work in Rwanda. The project, which was also one of three finalists out of 1,800 applicants in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, involves using small-scale hydropower to generate electricity in Rwandan communities that are decades away from accessing the national grid.

M.S. candidate Rezwan Khan has been named a 2012-13 New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellow. As one of about 240 Schweitzer Fellows nationwide, he will organize a group of students from different disciplines at Dartmouth who will provide consulting services to nonprofits and social service organizations working to improve the health and well-being of people in the Upper Valley.

Thayer graduate students Yang Shen Th’12, Yicai Bao Th’12, Vedant Rathi Th’12, and Boyu Zhang Th’12 won first place in the Oliver Wyman Case Competition in March. The competition, organized by the Thayer Consulting Club, the Dartmouth Society of Investment and Economics, and the Graduate Consulting Club, rated student teams on how closely their strategic planning resembled that of an actual consulting firm. Second place went to Haider Syed Th’13, Saaid Arshad ’14, and Jonathan Pedde ’14. Judges included Tuck and Thayer faculty, Oliver Wyman consultant John Engstrom Th’10, and Axia consultant Mat Ackerman ’05 Th’06.

Engineering major Eric Packer ’12 was selected for a new elite professional ski team at Stratton Mountain School. Last winter he earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships, competed in the U23 World Championships in Turkey, and won the classic sprint at SuperTour Finals to cap off a strong final collegiate season.

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