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Constance Brinckerhoff to be acting provost

Posted 05/05/98

Constance Brinckerhoff, the Nathan Smith Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry at Dartmouth Medical School, has been appointed acting provost of Dartmouth, effective August 1.

In making the announcement Dartmouth President James O. Freedman said, "I am particularly gratified that Professor Brinckerhoff will serve as acting provost. Her eminence as a researcher and her distinguished service as an administrator have earned her enormous respect not only at the medical school, but throughout all of Dartmouth."

Brinckerhoff will replace James Wright, who will become the college's 16th president in August.

A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1972, Brinckerhoff is associate dean for science education and director of the medical school's MD/PhD program. "This a wonderful opportunity -- a real honor and a privilege," Brinckerhoff said. "I'll do my best to serve the needs of the college and the professional schools and I look forward to working with the faculty and administration."

Brinckerhoff, who received her bachelor's degree from Smith College and her doctorate in microbiology from SUNY Buffalo, has focused her research on the causes of arthritis. Her recent work has looked into the regulation of collagenase, the enzyme that breaks down collagen, the body's most abundant structural protein. The degradation of that protein in the cells lining the body's joints plays a role in the tissue degradation and destruction that can cause pain and deformity.

Author of numerous research publications, Brinckerhoff is also involved in a variety of professional activities. She is on the editorial board of Arthritis and Rheumatism, a member of the Pathological Chemistry Study Section of the National Institutes of Health and is a past member of the NIH's recombinant DNA advisory committee as well as a blue-ribbon panel of the Arthritis Foundation to assess research goals.

In 1996 she gave Dartmouth's annual Presidential Lecture.

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