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Carol Folt

Carol Folt (Photo by Megan Steven ’02

Carol Folt, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences, has been appointed acting provost. “We are very fortunate to have someone of her academic and administrative caliber who is willing to take on this additional responsibility at this critical time for Dartmouth,” says President Jim Yong Kim. “With her deep understanding of our mission and her experience across academic, administrative, and financial affairs, Carol has been a key advisor since my arrival in Hanover.” “Her guidance will be valuable as we work together as a community to address financial challenges and discuss our future.”

An internationally recognized environmental scientist, Folt is associate director of Dartmouth’s interdisciplinary Superfund Basic Research Program, which has received over $40 million in federal research awards. She has been dean of the faculty since 2004 and previously served as dean of Graduate Studies and associate dean of faculty from 2001 to 2004.

 

Hany Farid

Hany Farid (photos by Joseph Mehling ’69 unless otherwise indicated)

Computer Scientist Hany Farid has new evidence about an iconic image of accused John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. In a forthcoming issue of the journal Perception, Farid confirms that a frequently questioned photo of Oswald holding a rifle and Marxist newspapers was almost certainly not altered. “Those who believe that there was a broader [assassination] conspiracy can no longer point to this photo as possible evidence,” he says. Watch Farid discuss his findings in this video.

 

Darly G. Press

Daryl G. Press

Nuclear deterrence may become more difficult, argues Daryl G. Press, associate professor of government, in the October 22 issue of Foreign Affairs. Press and co-author Keir A. Lieber of Georgetown University recommend that the U.S. retain its smallest yield weapons, and improve their accuracy, bolstering its ability to make credible retaliatory threats. Otherwise, they argue, “the United States’ adversaries might conclude—perhaps correctly—that Washington’s nuclear strategy rests largely on a bluff.” Click here to read more.

 

Todd Heatherton

Todd Heatherton

Todd Heatherton, the Champion International Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has been elected president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). His research interests include the neural basis of social cognition, interpersonal aspects of self-esteem, and media influence on substance use by adolescents.

 

Michael Ermarth

Michael Ermarth (Photo courtesy of Michael Ermarth)

Professor of History Michael Ermarth was interviewed for North Face 1967, a documentary highlighting the most technically difficult rescue to date on Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain.  Ermarth took part in that 1967 rescue, which involved lowering an injured victim 2,000 feet from the mountain’s north face and earned the rescue team the Interior Department Medal of Valor.

 

Annamaria Lusardi

Annamaria Lusardi

Annamaria Lusardi, the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor of Economics, will direct a new center dedicated to improving the financial literacy of the American public. The Financial Literacy Center, a partnership between the RAND Corporation, Dartmouth, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will receive more than $3 million in its first year from the U.S. Social Security Administration to develop educational materials and programs that foster saving and retirement strategies.

 

Eric Z

Eric Zitzewitz

Eric Zitzewitz, associate professor of economics, received the 2009 Commonfund Prize at the annual meeting of the European Finance Association. Zitzewitz and co-authors Martijn Cremers and Antti Petajisto, both of the Yale School of Management, were recognized for a study of how endowment asset managers are evaluated. The paper was named the best original research on endowment and foundation management.

 

Amy Allen

Amy R. Allen

Amy R. Allen, the Parents Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities, has received the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The fellowship will enable Allen to spend two semesters in Germany, where she will work on a book project exploring the relationship between power and reason in the Frankfurt School critical theory tradition.

 

Kevin Peterson

Kevin J. Peterson

Kevin J. Peterson, associate professor of biological sciences, has been awarded the President’s Medal by the Palaeontological Association. The medal acknowledges contributions to the field of paleontology and the anticipation of further significant work. Peterson is a molecular paleobiologist whose research has focused on the Cambrian explosion, the sudden appearance of a diversity of complex animals about 520 million years ago.

 

Eleven faculty were honored this year with Dartmouth’s annual Faculty Achievement Awards, presented by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, in recognition of outstanding scholarship and teaching.

• Susan Ackerman ’80, chair of religion and the Preston H. Kelsey Professor in Religion

• Miles Blencowe, professor of physics and astronomy

• Amit Chakrabarti, associate professor of computer science

• Andrew Garrod, professor and chair of education

• Marlene Heck, senior lecturer in art history and history

• Nelson Kasfir, professor of government

• Francis Kennedy, professor of engineering

• Christopher MacEvitt, associate professor of religion

• Bruce Nelson, professor of history

• Nina Pavcnik, professor of economics

• Jeremy Rutter, the Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities

Last Updated: 1/12/10