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Through faculty collaboration and targeted hiring, clusters will provide the critical mass and spectrum of expertise necessary to shape and advance the understanding of complex problems, emerging issues, and future societal challenges. Faculty hiring will improve the diversity of the faculty and establish cohorts of scholars focused on new intellectual themes or questions that cut across disciplines, departments, and schools.
Cluster themes will provide the basis for new courses and curricula as well as new research opportunities. Clusters will draw on existing strengths and emerging areas of discovery to establish points of distinction, invigorating intellectual engagement and enhancing Dartmouth's impact in the world.
Capitalizing on Dartmouth's strengths in engineering and polar studies, the Changing Polar Regions focuses on the complex societal and environmental impacts of climate change and increased energy production in Arctic regions and beyond. This cluster will capitalize on Dartmouth's interdisciplinary approach to study the science and engineering of shifting polar environments.
The Breaking the Neural Code Cluster advances understanding of how the mind is encoded in patterns of activity among billions of cells, leading to the neurological equivalent of decoding the human genome.
The Globalization Cluster represents one of the largest groups of scholars anywhere devoted to the study of globalization, a force with unprecedented growth in the cross-border movement of ideas, capital, products, and people. Globalization has created opportunities for billions of people while simultaneously threatening economic, political, and social systems.
The digital humanities at Dartmouth delve into the complex social and ethical dimensions of digital technologies, exploring questions that address the digital class divide and the definition of "human" in an age of implantable and wearable computer devices. The Cluster is breaking barriers between disciplines and furthering fundamental work in social justice.
Arts & Sciences | Geisel | Thayer | Tuck
About the Cluster:
The cluster will explore the development of technologies that foster improved care, empowering patients with personalized health insights and interventions, and enabling caregivers from the family to the clinician to provide better support for the patient.
Dartmouth is working at the forefront of new mathematical models to address a spectrum of real-world challenges—in health, science, engineering, public policy, and business. The Byrne Cluster seeks to bring international recognition to Dartmouth by building on existing strengths in decision-making through applied mathematics, creating a critical mass of academic excellence in the Department of Mathematics, Tuck and Thayer, and deepening collaboration across schools.
Cybersecurity spans a vast sweep of territory. Everything from software programs to networks, medical devices, utilities, and vehicles can—and will be—hacked. Responding to global cybersecurity challenges requires rigorous research and analysis. Dartmouth is uniquely positioned to lead in this arena through its deep expertise in the fields of computer science, engineering, government, neuroscience, and sociology.
With the establishment of the Personalized Treatments for Cystic Fibrosis Cluster, Dartmouth is leading the way in discovering and developing personalized medicine and treatments for cystic fibrosis and other fungal and bacterial lung infections. Cluster faculty and researchers are committed to developing more effective therapeutic strategies that will be made possible by breakthroughs in alleviating bacterial infections, microbiota dysbiosis, and generic errors in cystic fibrosis.
The Susan & Richard Levy Health Care Delivery Incubator is focused on providing rapid, scalable, and transformational redesign of health care services by creating more efficient, effective, and sustainable systems. World-class faculty are collaborating on solutions in informatics, implementation, and patient engagement. This multidisciplinary approach will deepen the partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and align health entities across The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI), Geisel, Tuck, Thayer, and Arts & Sciences.
Computational methods and tools are fundamental to scholarly endeavor—and they are enabling researchers in the Neukom Cluster, in collaboration with the Neukom Institute and colleagues across Dartmouth, to push the boundaries in the fields of physical and life sciences, engineering, and medicine.