There is something unique about the Dartmouth experience that fosters creative alliances. Partnerships that elsewhere would take shape between institutions, harnessing the power of distinct organizations, develop here from within, deriving strength and momentum from the community itself. An observer curious to know what that unique quality might be could point to Dartmouths location, perhaps its manageable size, or the emphasis placed on undergraduate teaching and interdisciplinary work as factors that nurture such historic partnerships as the Center for the Evaluative and Clinical Sciences (cover). And while these would be accurate observations, they would miss the real spark that motivates economists, artists, clinicians, sociologists and historians to reach across the boundaries of their disciplines on such a regular basis, with such dynamic results. That spark is in the Dartmouth community itself. Ann Flood, who advises students pursuing degree programs in the CECS, describes the power of bringing everyone together in one place. Diversity of expertise abounds at Dartmouth, from the faculty of arts and sciences to the professional schools and graduate programs to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Scholars in all of the fields across this broad continuum are eager to participate in collaborative work.
This issue of Dartmouth Faculty: Scholarship Today also explores collaborations in the life sciences, astronomy, environmental studies and more. Like the footpaths that traverse the Dartmouth Green, all paths eventually intersect, and it is in those intersections that the energy of the Dartmouth experience can truly be felt.