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New members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Vox of Dartmouth continues its series introducing the newest members of Dartmouth’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Dartmouth has a long tradition of recruiting leading scholars in every field. Each of our new faculty also bring to campus a desire and enthusiasm for teaching our excellent students,” says Carol Folt, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of biological sciences. “My faculty colleagues are as excited as I am to welcome these new faculty to Dartmouth. We look forward to all the new energy and ideas they will bring to our campus and to working with them on a shared vision of excellence in the coming years.”

Kathleen McGarry
Professor of Economics
Kathleen McGarry holds a B.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She comes to Dartmouth as the holder of the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professorship, which supports faculty who work to maintain an interdisciplinary learning environment.

mcgarryKathleen McGarry (Photos by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Prior to her Dartmouth appointment, McGarry was professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She was a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers from 2000 to 2001, and has a long-standing affiliation with the National Bureau of Economic Research, as a research associate and a faculty research fellow.

McGarry’s research interests include public economics, health economics and the economics of aging. Her work looks at the interplay among market forces, tax and estate law, and intergenerational support and care, especially at the ways in which those factors affect the elderly and their families. Her publications on these topics include “Private Information and its Effect on Market Equilibrium: Evidence from the Long-Term Care Insurance Market” (in The American Economic Review), and “Behavioral Responses to the Estate Tax: Inter Vivos Giving” (in the National Tax Journal). She is currently the principal investigator for a study titled “Non-Pecuniary Aspects of Retirement,” funded by the National Institutes of Health.

McGarry’s work has also appeared in The Social Security Bulletin, The Journals of Gerontology Series B, and the Journal of Public Economics. She is the author of numerous book chapters, including pieces in Working and Poor and Caring and Exchange Within and Across Generations, both forthcoming from Russell Sage, and the entry on “Inheritances and Bequests” for the forthcoming edition of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.

McGarry won numerous honors at UCLA for the quality of both her research and teaching. She received the Dean’s Marshal Award, which recognized her as the outstanding assistant professor in the social sciences, and is a four-time winner of the Warren C. Scoville Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the UCLA Department of Economics. At Dartmouth, McGarry will be teaching courses in microeconomics and public finance and creating a new course in health economics.

Tanzeem Choudhury
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Tanzeem Choudhury develops machine learning techniques for systems that can reason about human activities, interactions, and social networks in everyday environments. She comes to Dartmouth from Intel Research Seattle and holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

choudhuryTanzeem Choudhury (Photo courtesy Tanzeem Choudhury)

Choudhury works to build systems capable of perceiving natural variations in human activity, and able to model that activity independently while being sensitive to user privacy. She recently co-organized a multidisciplinary workshop on Modeling Social Dynamics, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and is leading an NSF-funded research effort that unites sensing and communications tools employed by ubiquitous computing with machine learning techniques, in order to study unobtrusively large populations of interacting humans over extended periods of time. The information gathered is being used to model social network dynamics in greater detail than previously possible.

Choudhury’s work has been widely published in refereed conference proceedings and journals in the area of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and ubiquitous computing. She is a frequently an invited participant in colloquia and seminars throughout the country and abroad. Her work has also been featured in the MIT Technology Review, and in television documentaries aired on PBS and the BBC.

Choudhury has co-taught graduate seminars on machine learning and artificial intelligence in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington (UW). Her position at Intel also involved working with UW undergraduate and graduate research interns.

Solomon Diamond ’97, Thayer ’98
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Solomon Diamond received both his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering sciences from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, his B.E. degree from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, and his A.B. degree in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College. Prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.

diamondSolomon Diamond ’97, Thayer ’98

Diamond is currently working on the imaging, modeling and analysis of human brain physiology. His work is directed towards clinical applications such as the early detection of Alzheimer's disease and the assessment of autoregulatory dysfunction in patients with traumatic brain injury and stroke. He has developed methods to track the interactions between heart rate variability and blood pressure fluctuations in studies using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS); future research plans include combining magnetoencephalography (MEG) with NIRS, as a noninvasive method of studying neurovascular coupling in humans, with a particular focus on understanding the aging brain.

Diamond’s work had been published in NeuroImage, the Journal of Biomedical Optics, the Journal of Applied Physiology, and the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He has presented papers at conferences and workshops in the United States and overseas, and serves as reviewer of scholarly articles for a broad range of journals in his fields. Diamond is also a founding member of the cross-disciplinary Dartmouth Brain Imaging Group (DBIG), which will bring together faculty in psychological and brain sciences, computer science, and medicine.

At Harvard, Diamond received the Derek Bok Center Award for Distinction in Teaching. At Thayer, his courses will include computer-aided mechanical engineering design, solid mechanics, and physiology for engineers.

Karl Griswold
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Karl Griswold received a B.S. in chemistry from Southwest Texas State University, where he studied as a Dow Foundation Scholar, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin (UT). He comes to Dartmouth following a postdoctoral fellowship at UT in the chemical engineering department.

griswoldKarl Griswold

Griswold’s work is in the field of protein engineering, with a primary focus on developing enzymes with therapeutic applications. In collaboration with researchers at Dartmouth Medical School, he is searching for enzymes for treating bacterial infections associated with cystic fibrosis. Future projects will examine modified proteins and genetically engineered bacteria as treatments for certain cancers. Griswold is also developing enzymes for production of ethanol from cellulosic biomass, work being done in collaboration with professor of engineering Lee Lynd.

In pursuit of proteins with new and desirable properties, Griswold employs a variety of techniques including an approach called directed evolution, so named for its parallels to natural selection. The process involves generating large combinatorial gene libraries followed by functional screening of the corresponding proteins. Carefully designed high throughput assays allow his group to identify new enzymes, which as a result of mutation, have developed characteristics that merit further exploration.

Griswold’s work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nucleic Acids Research, RNA, the Journal of Molecular Biology, as well as other peer reviewed and invited forums. As a result of prior work as an industrial chemist, he also holds a patent for novel compounds developed for the metalworking industry. Griswold is teaching Chemical Kinetics and Reactors at Thayer School this fall, and will be teaching a seminar course on protein engineering for winter 2008 term.

Christopher Hanscom
Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures and of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Chris Hanscom joins the Dartmouth faculty with a joint appointment in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (DAMELL) and in the College’s interdisciplinary program in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), where he is the holder of the first permanent faculty position in Korean studies. Hanscom has an M.A. in Korean language and culture, and a Ph.D. in Korean literature, both from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He comes to Dartmouth following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Korea Institute of Harvard University. Hanscom also holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University.

hanscomChristopher Hanscom

Hanscom’s current work centers on the Korean literature, philosophy, literary theory, and criticism of the 1920s through the 1940s, examining cultural production in the context of Japanese empire and the effect of colonialism on the status and use of the Korean language. His projects include a study of 1930s Korean modernist fiction, as well as translations from Korean into English of important critical and historical texts. Hanscom is also engaged in an interdisciplinary and multinational study of national language in East Asia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His research has been supported by a number of distinguished grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship.

While at UCLA, Hanscom taught and assisted in courses on Korean literature and film, and on East Asian culture. He also served as an instructional technology consultant with the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities. In addition to teaching upcoming courses at Dartmouth on Korean film and modern Korean literature and culture, Hanscom is working to establish a Dartmouth study abroad program in Seoul.

Elias Papaioannou
Assistant Professor of Economics
Elias Papaioannou comes to Dartmouth after spending two years at the Financial Research Division (Directorate General Research) of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. He holds an LL.B. from the law school of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, a Masters in Public Policy and Administration with a (concentration in international economics) from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a Ph.D. in economics from the London Business School.

papaioannouElias Papaioannou

Papaioannou’s research interests include international economics, political economy, development and growth. He has explored questions such as whether cutting red tape fosters entrepreneurship, and whether advances in a country’s financial development result in capital being reallocated more rapidly to where it is most productive. His paper “Democratization and Growth,” co-authored with Gregorios Siourounis, was recognized with the 2005 Young Economist Award by the European Economic Association. His current work analyzes the effect of product and labor market regulations on productivity. He also works on currency competition and reserve diversification.

Papaioannou’s published and forthcoming work includes articles in the Economic Journal, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of the European Economic Association (Papers and Proceedings) and the Journal of Japanese and International Economics. He has also contributed two chapters in Financial Institutions and Markets: A European Perspective (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), and working papers for the European Central Bank. He has been invited to speak at conferences and seminars throughout Europe, the United States, and in Japan, and serves as a reviewer for journals in economics and finance.

Papaioannou has taught and assisted in courses in the economics departments of Queen Mary College of the University of London, the London School of Economics, and the London Business School. He will be teaching Theory of Finance in the winter term at Dartmouth.

Ekaterina Pletneva
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ekaterina Pletneva holds an M.S. in chemistry from the Higher Chemical College of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. She received a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University, where her studies included work in recognition and electron transfer of metalloproteins. Following her graduate work, Pletneva held a postdoctoral position in Iowa State’s Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, studying protein-protein interactions that occur during signal transduction in T-cells. She comes to Dartmouth from further postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology, in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, where she conducted research on protein folding.

pletnevaEkaterina Pletneva

Pletneva’s research uses a variety of spectroscopic and kinetic approaches to observe and characterize structural changes during folding and function of signaling proteins. Her research seeks to understand how these flexible proteins reshape themselves to enable the transfer of biological information.

Pletneva’s graduate work has been recognized by the Iota Sigma Pi Society of Women in Chemistry for the design of original approaches to probe the dynamics of protein interfaces. Her work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and the Journal of Molecular Biology, among others. She is also a co-author of the chapter “Protein folding, misfolding, and disease” in Metal Ions in Biological Systems (Volume 1, Neurodegenerative Diseases and Metal Ions, Wiley 2006).

Pletneva’s work while a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech involved actively mentoring undergraduate students; she also taught recitation and laboratory classes in general and honors first year chemistry at Iowa State. She will be teaching biophysical and bioinorganic chemistry at Dartmouth.

Brad Taylor
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Brad Taylor is an ecologist, with a particular interest in stream ecosystems. He holds a B.S. in Entomology from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. Following his graduate studies, Taylor was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wyoming, and held an appointment as a research associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth.

taylorBrad Taylor

Taylor is currently engaged in two major research projects. The first considers the algae Didymosphenia geminata, commonly known as rock snot, which has recently grown to nuisance levels in some streams in the Rocky Mountains as well as nearby in the White and Connecticut Rivers. Taylor is investigating the algae’s impact on invertebrate communities, and its effect on the whole stream, particularly the algae’s influence on dissolved oxygen levels, which are crucial to the stream’s ability to support fish.

The second project studies how evolutionary changes in flight-related traits of insects, and insects’ dispersal into habitats are shaped by pressures from predators. An earlier project, which found that the absence of a single fish species degraded the health of a tropical Andean stream, was published in Science. That paper was recognized with the Hynes Award for New Investigators, by the North American Benthological Society, for an outstanding published paper. Taylor’s research has also been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Ecology, and Bioscience.

Taylor is an advocate for the pedagogical importance of a sense of place and field experiences for teaching and studying biology. He assisted in teaching courses in limnology and introductory biology at the University of Wyoming, and has been the program coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, where he has also served as an instructor. Taylor is teaching Aquatic Ecology this term.

Elise Temple
Assistant Professor of Education
Elise Temple studies educational and cognitive developmental neuroscience. She holds a B.S. from the University of Oregon, with majors in psychology and biology, and a minor in chemistry, and a Ph.D. in neurosciences from the Stanford University School of Medicine. She comes to Dartmouth from Cornell University, where she had appointments in the Departments of Human Development, Psychology, and Cognitive Sciences. She was also a faculty fellow at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

templeElise Temple

Temple uses brain imaging, fMRI, to study differences in brain function as they relate to learning disorders. An expert on dyslexia, she explores the biological basis of reading disorders, and how brain function and learning can be changed with targeted training. At Dartmouth, Temple intends to expand this work into the study of mathematical understanding, including how different methods of teaching math affect the ways that mathematical concepts are processed in the brain. Temple has also studied the effect of trauma on the brain, another aspect of her interest in how experience alters brain function and structure.

Temple’s work has been published in journals including Brain Research, Emotion, Neuropsychologia, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She also contributed two chapters to the Neuro-Mathematics Education Handbook, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Temple is a frequently an invited speaker at academic conferences, as well as at outreach programs designed to bring her research to educators and the public. She has also served as a reviewer for numerous journals, textbook publishers, and grant-making organizations, including Autism Speaks and the National Science Foundation.

Temple is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, and neuroanatomy at Cornell and Stanford. Her teaching at Dartmouth begins with The Mathematical Brain, for winter term 2008.

Yuliya Komska
Instructor of German
A native speaker of Russian and Ukrainian, Yuliya Komska counts English and German among the languages she speaks fluently, and possesses working skills in seven others, including Italian, Yiddish, and Old Church Slavonic. She holds an M.A. in German studies from Cornell, where she is a Ph.D. candidate. Komska has a B.A. in German and art history from Colby College, and has studied modern German literature at Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität, Munich, Germany, as well as English at Lviv State Ivan Franko University, Lviv, Ukraine.

komskaYuliya Komska

Komska has published and spoken on the topic of her dissertation, “Heimat in the Cold War: Sudeten German Expellees and Minority Reconstitution in the Federal Republic of Germany after 1949.” Conference papers she has presented in the United States and abroad reflect the expanse of Komska’s research interests, which include 20th-century German, Austrian, and German minority literature; tourism and pilgrimage; visual studies; and iconography. Komska has also worked as a research assistant at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her work in progress includes studies of images of Cold War destruction, and of postwar diasporas in West Germany.

Komska’s studies have been supported by a number of grants, including a German Academic exchange (DAAD) Graduate Research Fellowship, and an Andrew D. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowship, as well as many travel grants. At Dartmouth, Komska is teaching introductory German, and a seminar on 20th-century German generations.

Victoria Somoff
Assistant Professor of Russian
Victoria Somoff studies Russian stories, from folktales to literary fiction. She comes to Dartmouth from the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures. Somoff also holds three M.A. degrees, in Slavic languages and literatures, and in folklore, both from Berkeley, and an M.A. in Russian language and literature from the Donetsk State University, Ukraine. She is a native speaker of Russian, and speaks Ukrainian as well.

somoffVictoria Somoff

Somoff’s work has been published in Voprosy litratury, and in Western Folklore. She has also authored online learning activities to accompany the Russian language textbook V Puti (Prentice Hall 2006). In addition to completing a book on the emergence and development of Russian prose fiction and the rise of the Russian realist novel, based on her dissertation, “From Authority to Author: Russian Prose on the Eve of the Novel,” Somoff is engaged in a study of transgression in folk and literary narratives, including fairy tales, fables, and novels. Her research interests also include narrative theory, the representation of consciousness in the novel, and translation.

Somoff was recognized as an Outstanding Graduate Instructor at Berkeley, where she taught Russian language, including a course in Russian for heritage language speakers in which the students collaborated on an epistolary novel. That project was recognized with a Teaching Effectiveness Award. She has also taught college-level courses in Russian literature and folk narrative in Ukraine. At Dartmouth, Somoff is currently teaching a course in Slavic folklore, entitled Vampires, Witches, and Firebirds.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08