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Dartmouth Commencement 2003

Posted 06/08/03

Honorary degree citation to Rita R. Colwell (Doctor of Science)
Rita R. Colwell

As the Director of the National Science Foundation, one of the most distinguished positions in American science, you have championed education and scientific inquiry in the United States and abroad. Moreover, you have demystified science and have made the field more accessible to a wider range of people.

The first woman to serve as head of the NSF, you are what your predecessor called a "civic scientist." Your sixteen books and hundreds of articles are an impressive gauge of your professional achievement. As a marine scientist and a leading expert on cholera you worked to understand and reduce the impact of that disease, so that even the poorest of the poor could be safe.

Dartmouth today is honored to recognize your work, your commitment, your continuing contributions, and to bestow upon you the degree Doctor of Science.

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