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Kapuscinski named the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor

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Posted 09/24/09 • Media Contact: Public Affairs (603) 646-3661

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Anne R. Kapuscinski
Anne R. Kapuscinski (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Dartmouth College Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt has announced the appointment of Anne R. Kapuscinski as the inaugural endowed chair holder of the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Sustainability Science.

“Professor Kapuscinski is a pioneer in the field of sustainability science, and she cares deeply about training tomorrow’s leaders in this rapidly developing area,” said Dean Folt, who is also a professor of biological sciences. “Anne is going to be a tremendous asset to Dartmouth. She is already working with students and colleagues on innovative programming that will help solidify Dartmouth’s leadership role in this emerging field.”

Kapuscinski is a world-renowned environmental scientist known for her research on fisheries management and genetically modified fish. Her scholarship has been published in a range of highly regarded journals, she has received grants from the National Science Foundation, and she has written several influential scientific reports for the US government, the National Academy of Science, the World Health Organization and other UN agencies, and the State of Minnesota.

Kapuscinski comes to Dartmouth from the University of Minnesota where she was a professor of fisheries and conservation biology since 1994. Kapuscinski was also the founding director of the Institute for Social, Economic and Ecological Sustainability, where she launched collaborative research among scholars and practitioners on adaptability to possible future scenarios and a new undergraduate minor in sustainability studies. She has served on four National Research Council committees and has received several honors including the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Conservation Biology, a Star Faculty award from the University of Minnesota, a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, and the Honor Award from the US Secretary of Agriculture.

“This appointment is a great honor, and I sincerely thank the Sherman Fairchild Foundation for its far-sighted support of the emerging field of sustainability science,” said Kapuscinski. “I plan to interact with Dartmouth’s stellar students, faculty, and staff across the campus to study and address sustainability challenges via a deeply interdisciplinary approach. My teaching in and out of the classroom is a shared process: I guide students through the learning process, and their scholarship sharpens my understanding and often opens new areas of inquiry.”

This professorship was established through the generosity of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, a long time benefactor of the College. With a gift of $10 million, the Foundation has endowed two Distinguished Professorships in Emerging Fields in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In 2008, Mary Flanagan was appointed to be the inaugural holder of the first chair, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in the Digital Humanities. These professorships were designed to attract and support faculty who show exceptional promise and are positioned to make significant advances in new and emerging disciplines.

Kapuscinski received her Ph.D. in fisheries with a concentration on genetics from Oregon State University in 1984. She received her M.S in fisheries with a concentration on aquaculture in 1980 and a B.A. in biology from Swarthmore College in 1976.

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