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Recognition for Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students

Life at McMurdo Station, the scientific outpost in Antarctica, involves its own rituals and traditions, among which is the annual Scott's Hut race, held each year in early January. Running in the eight-kilometer dash for Dartmouth this year were Abigail Adams '06, Ian McKay '10, and Amber Morse '97 (who is working for Raytheon Polar Services). McKay, who deferred matriculation for a year to work at McMurdo Station for Raytheon as a field assistant, finished first overall in the race among roughly 50 runners. Adams, a research assistant to Dartmouth Professor of Environmental Studies Ross Virginia, was the second woman to finish the race. She is currently helping Virginia with research on the ecology and biogeochemistry of soils in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

Lori Alvord '79, assistant professor of surgery and associate dean for student and multicultural affairs at Dartmouth Medical School, is featured in Take a Closer Look: Opening Doors, Changing Lives, a new publication produced by the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE). Alvord was chosen because she is the first Navajo woman to become board certified in surgery, and because she has "demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the service of others." COFHE is a 31-member consortium composed of private colleges and universities, including Dartmouth, whose mission includes helping member institutions remain accessible and affordable for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

David Blanchflower, Bruce V. Rauner 1978 Professor of Economics, was recently offered an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from his alma mater, the University of Leicester, in recognition of his contribution to economics. Blanchflower has taught at Dartmouth since 1989, serving as chair of economics from 1998 to 2000 and as associate dean of the faculty for the social sciences from 2000 to 2001. He was also recently appointed to the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee. The degree will be conferred in July 2007.

Colin Calloway, professor of history, Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, and Native American Studies program chair, will serve as the general editor for a new series of books on Native American history. In July 2007 the Penguin Group will launch the Penguin Library of American Indian History with two titles, The Shawnee and the War for America and The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears. Penguin currently plans to publish at least eight titles. Calloway has taught at the College since 1990 and has published numerous books and articles on the history of Native Americans. His current research focuses on a study of the comparative experiences and interactions of highland Scots and Native Americans.

The Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) Urban Scholars program was recently awarded $25,000 by The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The Urban Scholars program provides opportunities for DMS students to gain experience working in urban areas. It is modeled after DMS's successful Rural Scholars program. Plans for Urban Scholars include sending DMS students to work with Boston Health Care for the Homeless, neighborhood clinics, and other venues for underserved populations in Boston and Manchester, Mass. The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation promotes health and prevents disease through community service, medical education, and research.

Jody Diamond, senior lecturer in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) program and the music department has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for 2007-2008 to prepare and publish annotated performance editions of the gamelan music of American composer Lou Harrison. Diamond also received an NEH fellowship in 1991. The NEH awarded the $40,000 grant as part of its Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars program. Diamond has taught at Dartmouth since 1990 and is currently teaching Global Music and a new performance lab in Indonesian Gamelan. She also regularly teaches History and Culture of Indonesia in the AMES program.

Hany Farid, Carl Pomerance, and Dan Rockmore will present this month at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world. Farid is an associate professor of computer science and will speak on "Digital Forensics" as part of the symposium "New Mathematical Methods in the Visual Arts." Rockmore is the John G. Kemeny Professor in Mathematics and will serve as organizer for the same symposium while speaking on "Digital Stylometry." Pomerance is a professor of mathematics and will speak on "Primal Screens" as part of the symposium "Prime Numbers: New Developments on Ancient Problems."

Kenneth R. French, the Carl E. and Catherine M. Heidt Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business, has been elected president of the American Finance Association (AFA) for 2007. He was also chair of the AFA's annual meeting held in January. The AFA, which publishes the Journal of Finance, is the premier academic organization devoted to the study and promotion of knowledge about financial economics. French, whose research focuses on empirical estimates of the cross-section of expected stock returns, the cost of capital, dividend policy, and capital structure, teaches the popular Investments course that nearly half of all second-year Tuck students elected to take last fall.

John A. Hall, professor and chair of sociology, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for 2007-2008 to prepare and publish An Intellectual Biography of Ernest Andre Gellner. Gellner was a modern polymath, at once philosopher, social anthropologist and liberal thinker, who ended his career directing the Centre for the Study of Nationalism at the Central European University in Prague. He died in 1995. The NEH awarded the $40,000 grant as part of its Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars program. Hall's research and teaching focus on nationalism, nation states, comparative politics, European integration, political sociology, and social theory.

Sergei Kan, professor of anthropology and Native American Studies, is co-organizing a major conference of Native American scholars in Sitka, Alaska, to be held in March. The conference, Sharing our Knowledge: A Conference of Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian Tribes and Clans, will feature presentations by over 90 Native and academic experts from the United States and Canada. It is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation; the Southeast Alaska Native Educators Association and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska are among its sponsors. Kan specializes in Native American (particularly Native Alaskan) ethnology and ethnohistory, the history of anthropology, and the anthropology of death and dying.

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, professor of philosophy and Hardy Professor of Legal Studies, recently sat on a panel titled "The Legal, Ethical, and Privacy Implications of Imaging" as part of an American Academy of Arts and Sciences symposium, "Is There Science Underlying Truth Detection?", held in Boston on Feb 2. The panel discussion focused on the legal and ethical questions raised by the potential uses of brain imaging to detect lies. Sinnot-Armstrong, who has worked previously on the moral implication of brain scanning, is currently focusing his research on the legal ramifications of rapidly evolving scanning technology.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08