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Dan Rockmore, a professor ot mathematics and computational science at Dartmouth College, is promoting a test of computer creativity. He and colleagues are seeking computer-generated poems, stories and music, to see if software can imitate human creators. (Eli Burakian photograph)

Dartmouth Contest Asks Whether a Software Program Can Write

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hanover — What breeds creativity? For Dan Rockmore, a Dartmouth College professor who is taking a stab at this question, a little physical pain doesn’t hurt. Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute at Dartmouth College, enjoys spinning classes, workouts that take place on stationary bikes with pumping music and the shouted encouragement of a spin instructor. One day, during a …

Cornish to Combine K, Pre-K

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cornish — The School Board during an emergency meeting Monday night voted to open half-day kindergarten to pre-K students to boost the program’s enrollment after two families with kindergarten-aged students left the district in recent days. The departures, including one family who switched the affiliation of their home on the Plainfield-Cornish town line in order to send their children to Plainfield Elementary School, …

Dartmouth Expert Cheers Release of Seuss Book

Thursday, July 23, 2015

For Donald Pease, a veteran English professor at Dartmouth College, this year’s discovery of a new book by Theodor Seuss Geisel, the 1925 Dartmouth alumnus better known as “Dr. Seuss,” is a welcome chance to make more of the late author’s work available to his original audience: children. Since Geisel’s death in 1991, …

Young Writers’ Thoughts Turn to Spring, and to Scars That Run Deep

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and …

Vermont Law School Holds 40th Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Above: Dean Shirley Jefferson, left, and Dean Melissa Scanlan, right, place hoods for the juris doctor and master’s of environmental law and policy degrees on Adam Schmelkin during Vermont Law School’s 40th commencement on the South Royalton green …

Young Writers Project: Where a Child Can Feel Truly Safe

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The …

Mock Accident in Thetford

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Every four years, the Thetford Fire Department demonstrates a mock car accident at Thetford Academy, in an effort to make students aware of the consequences of impaired and distracted driving. The demonstration in these photographs by Jennifer Hauck, …

Thetford Academy Considers Reducing Staff to Cut Costs

Monday, May 11, 2015

Thetford — Thetford Academy is considering a workforce reduction to meet the financial challenges posed by an education-reform bill working its way through the state Legislature, a shrinking student population and a change in state education regulations that could force it to reduce its tuition rate. Thetford Academy …

Dartmouth College Students Petition for Professor

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hanover — Nearly 800 students at Dartmouth College have signed a petition that demands the reinstatement of a chemistry lecturer whose teaching and lab supervisory positions are disappearing as her department moves toward employing more tenure-track faculty. The …

Dancing to the Tune of Tradition: Girls Gather for Annual Apple Blossom Cotillion

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Showtime was 7:30 p.m., but by 6:45, a standing-room only crowd filled the Riverside Middle School gym, awaiting the start of the Apple Blossom Cotillion. Audience members, many clasping bouquets for the contestants, sat hip …

Unified Prom Called ‘Amazing’

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hanover — A unified prom, themed “Under the Sea,” was held last weekend at Hanover High S chool. The prom, supported by the Byrne Foundation, brought together about 40 Hanover and Hartford high school students with and without …

Colby-Sawyer Graduates: Be Mystical

Sunday, May 10, 2015

New London — Tales of rock and roll, mythical creatures and sentimental inspiration prevailed at Colby-Sawyer College’s commencement ceremony early yesterday afternoon. Before 312 students crossed the outdoor stage, faculty and students told stories to the soon-to-be graduates …

Meeting Expectations: Longtime Educator Bob Scobie Produces Guidebooks Aimed at Improving Special Education Sessions

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bob Scobie has witnessed from all angles the challenges faced by special education students. After decades as a classroom teacher, education researcher, principal and learning specialist, as a parent of two sons with learning issues and as a …