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The Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences has announced new appointments to three endowed chairs. The Daniel Webster Professor: William Wohlforth, professor and chair of government;the Leon D. Black Professor in Shakespearean Studies: Jonathan Crewe, professor of English and comparative literature; the George J. Records 1956 Professor in Economics: Nancy Peregrim Marion, professor of economics.

Thayer School of Engineering also announced three appointments to endowed chairs: Ian Baker, the Fairchild Professor of Engineering; Lee Lynd, the Paul E. and Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering Design; and Keith Paulsen, the inaugural holder of the Robert A. Pritzker Chair in Biomedical Engineering.

Hany Farid
Hany Farid, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor in Computational Science, has been named director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science. Farid brings 15 years of interdisciplinary research on topics including computer science, digital forensics, and human perception. The Neukom Institute aids Dartmouth students and faculty in integrating computational technology into their curriculum, scholarship, and thinking.

Several Dartmouth faculty have received Fulbright awards: Christiane Donahue, director of the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and associate professor of linguistics; Ursula Gibson '76, professor of engineering; Pamela Jenkins, associate professor of community and family medicine and of pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School; David Kotz '86, professor of computer science; and Michael Mastanduno, the Nelson Rockefeller Professor of Government, were named Fulbright Scholars by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which is part of the U.S. Department of State.

fulbrightAdditionally, Ioana Chitoran, associate professor of French and of linguistics and cognitive science, and Jonathan Smolin, assistant professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, each received Fulbright-Hays fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education to pursue teaching and research abroad. Chitoran is studying in Azerbaijan and the Republic of Georgia; Donahue will study in France; Kotz and Jenkins, who are married, are working in India; Mastanduno lectured in Japan; Gibson is doing research in Finland; and Smolin is studying in Morocco.

Kawiaka's prototype for a solar-powered light wall
Karolina Kawiaka, senior lecturer in studio art and a practicing architect, has received a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant for the design and construction of two solar-powered sculpture installations.

Mary Flanagan
Mary Flanagan, inaugural holder of the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Digital Humanities and professor of film and media studies, is a partner in the Games for Learning Institute (G4LI). G4LI is a joint endeavor of Microsoft Research, New York University, and a consortium of universities, including Dartmouth, which has received $3 million in funding. G4LI seeks to provide fundamental scientific evidence to support games as learning tools for middle-school students of math and science.

Denise Anthony is the new research director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS), formerly the Institute for Security Technology Studies.

Toxic Metals Research Group wins grant renewal: Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) scientists were awarded a renewal grant of $14.5 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) through the Superfund Basic Research Program to understand the human health impact of exposure to arsenic and mercury. The renewal grant carries through 2013 and supports one of the longest running, continually funded interdisciplinary science projects at Dartmouth. Four Dartmouth faculty members have conducted research with the group since its inception in 1995: Carol Folt, associate director on the grant and the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences; Margaret Karagas, associate director and professor and chair of Community and Family Medicine at DMS; Celia Chen '78, research associate professor of biological sciences; and Dean Wilcox, professor of chemistry. Josh Hamilton, currently the chief academic and scientific officer of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., is also one of the original members, a principal investigator on the renewal grant, and was the director of the program from 1997 to 2007. Other principal investigators include Bruce Stanton, program director and professor of physiology at DMS; Mary Lou Guerinot, the Ronald and Deborah Harris Professor of Biological Science, who joined the program for the first time with this renewal; and Core Leaders Nancy Serrell, director of outreach; Jason Moore, associate professor of genetics; and Brian Jackson, research assistant professor of environmental studies and director of the Trace Elements Analysis Laboratory.

tr35Tanzeem Choudhury, assistant professor of computer science, has been named to the 2008 TR35, an annual listing from Technology Review magazine that features the world's top innovators under the age of 35.

pnasA team of researchers from Thayer School of Engineering, working with Mascoma Corporation in Lebanon, N.H., have genetically engineered a bacterium that makes ethanol as the product of its fermentation. The study was published online during the week of Sept. 8, 2008, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Thayer School authors on the paper include Sunil Desai, Lee Lynd, Kara Podkaminer, Stephen Rogers, and A. Joe Shaw (lead author).

  • Eight faculty members received teaching and research awards for 2008 from the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences:
  • The Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching, awarded by a vote of the Class of 2008: John Rassias, the William R. Kenan Professor of French and Italian
  • Dean of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Advising: Richard Wright, the Orvil Dryfoos Professor in Public Affairs and professor and chair of geography
  • John M. Manley Huntington Memorial Award for Newly Promoted Faculty: Margaret Graver, professor and acting chair of classics
  • The Karen E. Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Distinguished Creative or Scholarly Achievement: Paul Whalen, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences; and Leslie Butler, associate professor of history
  • John M. Manley Huntington Memorial Award for Newly Tenured Faculty: Celia Naylor, associate professor of history; and David Bucci, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences
  • Dean of the Faculty Teaching Award for Visiting and Adjunct Faculty: Douglas Moody, senior lecturer in Spanish
Ross Virginia

The Dickey Center for International Understanding, through its Institute for Arctic Studies, was awarded nearly $3 million by the National Science Foundation through its Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program. The five-year grant supports the development of an interdisciplinary doctoral program in the polar sciences and engineering with a focus on rapid environmental change. Ross Virginia, professor of environmental studies and director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, is principal investigator of the project.

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Last Updated: 11/26/08