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Faculty honored for teaching, scholarship

David Lagomarsino
David Lagomarsino

John Carey
John Carey

Theodore Levin
Theodore Levin

Ann S. Clark
Ann S. Clark

Barrett Rogers
Barrett Rogers

Ross Virginia
Ross Virginia

Annabel Martin
Annabel Martin

Dorothy Wallace
Dorothy Wallace

Coleen A. Fox
Coleen A. Fox

Charles Braun
Charles Braun

Ten faculty members were recently honored for their teaching and scholarship. Seven awards were presented by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences based on student recommendations and in consultation with the associate deans and others. In addition, the Arts and Sciences Graduate Division recognized three faculty members for mentoring graduate students.

Carol Folt, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences, said, "The work of these extraordinarily dedicated individuals plays a transformative role in the lives of our students and in the life and vitality of the College."

When asked to reflect on their awards, all of the recipients agreed that their classroom work is enriched by their scholarship and their student interactions rejuvenate their research.

David Lagomarsino, Associate Professor of History, led the field with three separate awards and an appointment as the inaugural holder of the Charles Hansen Professorship. "It would have been a surprise to receive any one of these," said Lagomarsino, "let alone three."

In addition to the Jerome Goldstein '54 Award for Distinguished Teaching, based on a vote by the senior class and presented at Class Day, the Student Assembly also named him Outstanding Faculty Adviser and gave him their Profiles in Excellence Teaching Award. Lagomarsino, who teaches courses on early modern Europe with particular emphasis on Spain, previously received the Goldstein Award in 1984 and, in 1980, the John M. Manley Huntington Award for Newly Tenured Faculty.

There were three recipients of the Huntington Awards. Professor of Government John Carey and Professor and Chair of Music Theodore Levin each received Huntington Awards for Recently Promoted Faculty. "I came to Dartmouth two years ago," Carey said. "The liveliness of the intellectual community has surpassed my highest expectations." Carey studies comparative and American politics, democratic institutions, elections and Latin American politics.

Levin, an ethnomusicologist, noted that funding from the Huntington Award and from a Melville and Leila Straus 1960 Faculty Fellowship will enable him to link his research to teaching through upgrading the equipment he uses to document music in the field.

Barrett Rogers, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, received the Huntington Award for Newly Tenured Faculty. Rogers, whose work involves theoretical and computational plasma physics, said, "I can hardly imagine a better occupation. I love both teaching and research and getting an award for the things I love feels like a windfall."

Annabel Martín, Associate Professor of Spanish, received the Karen E. Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Distinguished or Creative Scholarship. "This award means a great deal to me since it honors the late Professor Wetterhahn, who broke new ground for women in academia," she said. Martín studies the links between cultural memory and mass culture.

The Dean of the Faculty Award for Visiting and Adjunct Faculty went to Coleen A. Fox, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography. Fox teaches and conducts research on political and environmental geography, Southeast Asia and international river basins. "The unique nature of the Dartmouth experience," she said, "derives from a healthy balance of teaching and scholarship."

Ann S. Clark, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Ross Virginia, Professor of Environmental Studies; and Dorothy Wallace, Professor of Mathematics, received Graduate Faculty Mentoring Awards. The award was created by the Graduate Student Council and the Office of Graduate Studies to recognize how critical faculty mentoring is to graduate students. "We are grateful to all of the faculty members nominated by their students," said Charles Barlowe, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Biochemistry at Dartmouth Medical School.

Professor of Chemistry Charles Braun, who retired this year, received the Robert A. Fish 1918 Memorial Prize, which honors a lifetime of outstanding teaching and scholarship. Known for his pioneering work in photoconductivity and energy transfer in molecular materials, Braun came to Dartmouth in 1965. In a 1987 essay published in the Aegis, Braun wrote, "I am grateful to have what I consider to be the best job in the world." The Fish Award, according to Folt, "is one of the greatest honors we can confer. It is the capstone to a splendid career and reflects a lifetime of achievement and dedication to students."

By LAUREL STAVIS

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Last Updated: 5/30/08