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Sarah Allan, the Burlington Northern Foundation Professor in Chinese Studies in Honor of Richard M. Bressler, received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support her translation and analysis of a set of fourth-century B.C. Chinese bamboo slip-texts that discuss the question of succession by merit versus heredity. Allan will present evidence that when the texts were written, Chinese philosophers were debating the idea that succession might be passed by the voluntary abdication of the king to a virtuous person of his choosing. With Allan's translation into modern Chinese, the development of Chinese political thought may acquire a new dimension.

Punam Anand Keller, Charles Henry Jones Third Century Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business, will be president of the Association for Consumer Research. Keller was also invited to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Marketing Science Institute. In her new roles she will act as a liaison between consumer researchers and corporations, facilitating the application of research on consumer decision-making on firm performance. Keller's research focuses on consumer information processing and choice behavior. She is currently examining retirement savings and health and designing and implementing communications programs that enhance employee well-being.

In September, the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center (DRTC) opened its doors. Gregg Fairbrothers '76, chairman of the DRTC board of trustees and director of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, and David Pyke, associate dean of the M.B.A. program at the Tuck School of Business, developed the business incubator, located in Centerra Resource Park in Lebanon, N.H. Its first tenants include Mascoma Corporation, which is working to develop the energy potential of cellulosic ethanol, a technology pioneered by the firm's cofounder Lee Lynd, professor of engineering at Thayer School, and Wellan Medical Solutions, a startup with connections to Thayer School and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.


Ernest Hebert, professor of English, won the 2006 New England Bookseller Award for Fiction and the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Award for the Best Regional Fiction, U.S. Northeast, for Spoonwood, his most recent novel. Spoonwood is the sixth installment in Hebert's Darby series focusing on the lives of the residents of a fictional town in southwestern New Hampshire. As in the earlier novels, Hebert explores classic New England themes in Spoonwood, such as the relationship between landscape and society.

C. Robertson McClung, professor of biological sciences and genetics and associate dean of the faculty for the sciences, is president of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). McClung's one-year term began in October. "I am excited about the challenges to ASPB in advancing the science of plant biology," says McClung. "The study of plants is vital for the long-term health of the planet, but plant science competes for attention and funding dollars with other compelling interests, including health care and lunar and interplanetary exploration. ASPB must continue to make the case for the importance of plant science."

Larry Polansky, Jacob Strauss Professor of Music, has been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. The six fellowships awarded this year recognize artistic excellence and professional commitment as judged by peers in each artist's field. Polansky is chair of Dartmouth's music department and codirector of the Bregman Electronic Music Studio. His teaching interests include electro-acoustic music, computer music, theory, and composition. The award will allow Polansky and composer Daniel Goode to complete a major electro-acoustic/instrumental work titled Eine Kleine Gamelan Computer Music. He has also received the inaugural Henry Cowell Award and a Barlow Commission for a computer-composed work for two pianos, and has been nominated for the prestigious Alpert Award in composition.

Researchers at Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth Medical School, and the biotechnology firm GlycoFi Inc. have achieved a significant advance in the production of therapeutic proteins. Reported in the Sept. 8 issue of the journal Science, the Dartmouth/GlycoFi team announced the complete humanization of the glycosylation pathway in the yeast Pichia pastoris. "We successfully completed one of the most complex cellular engineering endeavors undertaken to date," says Tillman Gerngross, chief scientific officer of GlycoFi and associate professor of engineering sciences at Thayer School. Merck & Co. Inc. purchased GlycoFi Inc., which is based in Lebanon, N.H., in June 2006 for approximately $400 million in an all-cash transaction.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08