Dartmouth College

I am lucky enough to spend the holidays in one of the most beautiful places in the United States - the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Surrounded by stunning natural beauty on all sides - it is incredibly cold, the roads are covered in ice, and the living is uncomplicated. But, when something does happen - such as 50-year-old toxic waste from the ivy league institution down the road creeping into people's backyards - it is big (BIG) news up here.

And, that is exactly the story that the neighbors of Dartmouth College are trying to bring everyone's attention.

My first experience in a lab was also at an ivy league institution, and stories were commonly shared by senior faculty about the 'good old days' in the 60s and 70s when they would smoke cigars in the lab. But,...