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In the Spotlight: New Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Dartmouth has added 55 faculty positions in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the last 10 years.

"It is a pleasure to welcome these new faculty to Dartmouth," says Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences Carol Folt. "Discovery and innovation are part of their everyday lives and they bring this spirit to their classrooms, laboratories, and studios."

Kathleen McGarry
Kathleen McGarry (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
Dale Mierke
Dale Mierke (photo by Kawakahi Kaeo Amina '09)
Eric Zitzewitz
Eric Zitzewitz (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Kathleen McGarry
Professor of Economics

Kathleen McGarry holds a B.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She comes to Dartmouth as the holder of the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professorship, which supports faculty who work to maintain an interdisciplinary learning environment.

Previously, McGarry was professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers from 2000 to 2001 and has a long-standing affiliation with the National Bureau of Economic Research as a research associate and a faculty research fellow.

McGarry's research interests include public economics, health economics, and the economics of aging. Her work looks at the interplay among market forces, tax and estate law, and intergenerational support and care. She is currently the principal investigator for a study titled "Non-Pecuniary Aspects of Retirement," funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dale Mierke
Professor of Chemistry

Dale Mierke holds a B.S. in chemistry and in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. He comes to Dartmouth from Brown, where he held a joint appointment in chemistry and in molecular pharmacology at Brown Medical School.

Employing spectroscopic and theoretical techniques to characterize structures, Mierke's research aims to determine the relationship between the structure of certain peptide hormones and how they interact with their receptors. This knowledge can make it possible to design molecules that interact with receptors with higher affinity, duration, and specificity. Mierke's explorations are relevant to the potential creation of therapies for osteoporosis, cystic fibrosis, drug addiction, and Parkinson's disease.

Mierke's work includes studies of parathyroid hormone, a key regulator of calcium levels in the blood, and of cholecystokinin, a peptide hormone active in both the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract associated with panic attacks, anxiety, and satiety. Another focus considers the protein PSD-95, which acts as molecular scaffold, enabling other proteins to come together and interact.

Eric Zitzewitz
Associate Professor of Economics

A graduate of Harvard with an A.B. in economics, Eric Zitzewitz holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He comes to Dartmouth from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Zitzewitz's research interests include industrial organization and agency issues, particularly in the financial and information industries. He is interested in prediction markets, which are increasingly being used by businesses as a tool for forecasting and decision-making. Zitzewitz explores the degree to which the prices set by prediction markets can be interpreted as probabilities, as well as what can be learned from how the prices of assets in financial markets vary with the probabilities of events such as wars and elections.

Zitzewitz was asked to give Congressional testimony, going before the House Judiciary Committee (in 2005) and the House Financial Services Committee (in 2003) to speak on the trading and management of mutual funds. He participates regularly in mutual fund industry conferences about compliance, trading practices, and fair value.

Sonu Bedi
Assistant Professor of Government

Sonu Bedi holds A.B. and A.M. degrees in philosophy from Brown, and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale. He works at the intersection of law and political theory, seeking to illuminate contemporary problems through normative and legal analysis.

Mark Borsuk
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Mark Borsuk graduated from Princeton with a B.S.E. in civil engineering and operations research. He holds an M.S. in statistics and decision sciences and a Ph.D. in environmental science and policy, both from Duke. Borsuk's research concerns the use of scientific information in complex decision-making processes.

Tanzeem Choudhury
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Tanzeem Choudhury develops machine-learning techniques for systems that can reason about human activities, interactions, and social networks in everyday environments. She comes to Dartmouth from Intel Research Seattle and holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Soyica Diggs Colbert
Assistant Professor of English

Soyica Diggs Colbert studies African American drama. Her research and teaching interests extend to 20th-century American literature and culture, including American drama, as well as performance studies, psychoanalysis, and gender studies. Colbert received her B.A. from Georgetown University and completed her Ph.D. in literatures in English at Rutgers University in 2006, concurrently earning a certificate in women's and gender studies.

Solomon Diamond '97, Thayer '98
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Solomon Diamond received both his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering sciences from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, his B.E. degree from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, and his A.B. degree in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College. Diamond works on the imaging, modeling, and analysis of human brain physiology.

Seth Dobson
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Seth Dobson is a comparative anthropologist whose research interests in primatology, functional anatomy, and paleoanthropology cluster around facial expression, communication, and the origins of language. He holds A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

Sergi Elizalde
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Sergi Elizalde received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has a B.S. in Mathematics from the Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. His research interests are in enumerative and algebraic combinatorics and their applications to other fields such as computational biology.

Karl Griswold
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Karl Griswold received a B.S. in chemistry from Southwest Texas State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Griswold's work is in the field of protein engineering, with a primary focus on developing enzymes with therapeutic applications.

Christopher Hanscom
Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, and of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Christopher Hanscom holds a joint appointment in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (DAMELL) and in the College's interdisciplinary Program in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES). Hanscom has an M.A. in Korean language and culture and a Ph.D. in Korean literature, both from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a B.A. in English from Cornell. His current work centers on the Korean literature, philosophy, literary theory, and criticism of the 1920s through the 1940s.

Robert Hawley
Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences

Robert Hawley holds a B.S. in geological sciences and a Ph.D. in geophysics, both from the University of Washington. Hawley's research in glaciology focuses on the firn layers of polar ice sheets, which are composed of granular, refrozen snow. He studies the physics of changes in firn density, the mass balance of large ice sheets, and the interpretation of ice core records.

Jerald Kralik
Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Jerald Kralik received A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Harvard. His research seeks to understand the neural mechanisms that make inhibitory control possible, with implications for suggesting methods of treating clinical disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or substance abuse.

Catherine Norris
Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Catherine Norris completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Chicago, earning B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in psychology. Her research on emotions and the brain includes mapping neural responses to social and emotional stimuli.

Thomas O'Malley
Assistant Professor of English

Thomas O'Malley is the author of the novel In the Province of Saints (Little, Brown & Co., 2005). He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Elias Papaioannou
Assistant Professor of Economics

Elias Papaioannou holds an LL.B. from the law school of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; a Masters in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in international economics from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; and a Ph.D. in economics from the London Business School. Papaioannou's research interests include international economics, political economy, development, and growth.

Ekaterina Pletneva
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Ekaterina Pletneva holds an M.S. in chemistry from the Higher Chemical College of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University. Her research uses a variety of spectroscopic and kinetic approaches to observe and characterize structural changes during folding and function of signaling proteins, seeking to understand how they reshape themselves to enable the transfer of biological information.

Victoria Somoff
Assistant Professor of Russian

Victoria Somoff has a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. She also holds three M.A. degrees, in Slavic languages and literatures, and in folklore, from Berkeley, and in Russian language and literature from the Donetsk State University, Ukraine. Somoff is completing a book on the emergence and development of Russian prose fiction and the rise of the Russian realist novel.

Brad Taylor
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Brad Taylor holds a B.S. in Entomology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. An ecologist who studies stream ecosystems, his current research projects include a study of evolutionary changes in flight-related traits of insects and how their dispersal into habitats is shaped by pressures from predators.

Elise Temple
Assistant Professor of Education

Elise Temple holds a B.S. from the University of Oregon, with majors in psychology and biology and a minor in chemistry, and a Ph.D. in neurosciences from the Stanford University School of Medicine. An expert on dyslexia, she explores the biological basis of reading disorders and how brain function and learning can be changed with targeted training.

Jimmy Wu
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Jimmy Wu holds an A.B. in chemistry from Princeton and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard. Wu researches organocatalysis, including enantioselective SN1 reactions, hydrogen-bond promoted asymmetric Claisen reactions, and the development of C2-symmetric urea and thiorea catalysts.

Michelle Tolman Clarke
Instructor of Government

Michelle Tolman Clarke studies the history of political thought, with a specific focus on Machiavelli. She received a B.A. degree in philosophy and political science from Tufts University and M.A. and M.Phil degrees from Yale, where she will receive her Ph.D. with honors this month.

Yuliya Komska
Instructor of German

Yuliya Komska holds an M.A. in German studies from Cornell, where she is a Ph.D. candidate. She has a B.A. in German and art history from Colby College. Her work in progress includes studies of images of Cold War destruction and of postwar diasporas in West Germany.

Laure Marcellesi
Instructor of French

A native speaker of French, Laure Marcellesi holds an M.A. and a M.Phil. in French from Yale University, where she expects to receive her Ph.D. in French in May 2008. Marcellesi's current research includes preparing scholarly editions of texts considered in her dissertation "From Noble Savage to Colonial Subject: Tahiti in Eighteenth-Century French Literature."

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Last Updated: 5/30/08