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Recognition for Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students

Dartmouth's Chief Investment Officer David Russ has been honored with the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management Alumni Association's Distinguished Achievement Award for 2008-09. Russ, who received his Master of Administration degree with a concentration in finance and accounting from UC Davis in 1986, was recognized for his success in managing large and complex university endowments, and for his leadership role as a member of the school's Dean's Advisory Council. "Russ has made a career out of beating the market to benefit some of the most prestigious institutions in higher education," read the UC Davis statement. "In all, as a member of investment teams with several colleges and universities, he has helped accumulate an estimated $22 billion in support of higher education over the course of his career." Russ has been at Dartmouth since 2005, following a position as treasurer of the regents and vice president for investments for the University of California system.

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Robert Caldwell was recently awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Physical Society (APS). Caldwell is among the more than 200 new APS Fellows named in 2008. The citation recognizes Caldwell's "numerous contributions to theoretical cosmology, particularly those on pioneering ideas for dark energy." Dark energy is the unusual anti-gravitational substance thought to be causing the accelerating expansion of the universe. Caldwell says, "It's extremely gratifying to be able to work on such a fundamental problem."

James Igoe
Assistant Professor of Anthropology James Igoe spoke as a panelist on food sovereignty during the World Conservation Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, in October. Igoe's remarks drew on his research in Tanzania and post-Katrina New Orleans concerning conservation, land use and ownership, and food production. The World Conservation Congress brings together more than 8,000 leaders from government, non-governmental organizations, and business to address solutions for pressing environmental and development issues. View Igoe's remarks online: part 1 and part 2.

Professor of Computer Science David Kotz has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Kotz is among the 302 new IEEE Fellows worldwide named for 2009. Kotz was recognized for his "contributions to parallel and distributed systems and wireless networks." His work focuses on analyzing Wi-Fi computer networks, studying how people use them, how secure they are, and how to minimize vulnerabilities. The IEEE grade of fellow is conferred by the board of directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.


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Last Updated: 4/7/09