Three members of the Dartmouth faculty-experts in materials science, medical imaging technology and cancer therapeutics, and polar regions-have recently been appointed to existing or newly endowed chairs.
Dartmouth's endowed professorships represent the College's and the donors' shared commitment to honor and support the work of the scholars who hold them.
The Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering
|Ian Baker (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)|
Baker's scholarship focuses on both metals and ice. His most recent initiative involves the development of iron nanoparticles for cancer treatment. Additional ongoing projects in metals research include developing both a new series of high-strength spinodal alloys and novel permanent magnet materials.
Ian Baker and Keith Paulsen have both been speakers in Thayer School's Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society.
Click here to view Baker's lecture.
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"I chose the field of materials science because I liked physics, chemistry, and math, and it was a good way to combine all three," he continues. "Now, I investigate the relationship between properties and microstructure, using electron microscopy to reveal what's happening at smaller and smaller scales."
Baker obtained both his B.A. and D. Phil. in metallurgy and science of materials from Oxford University. He joined the Thayer faculty in 1982 and has served as both chair of the Engineering Sciences Department and director of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, and currently serves as the senior associate dean for academic affairs.
The chair was established in 1980 with a gift from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation. Fairchild was a pioneer in photography, aviation, and sound engineering. Previous Fairchild Professors were John Strohbehn, inaugural holder from 1983 to 1987, and Graham Wallis, who held the chair from 1987 until 2008.
The Robert A. Pritzker Professor of Biomedical Engineering
|Keith Paulsen (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)|
The Pritzker chair recognizes faculty scholarship at the intersection of engineering and medicine. Paulsen is the inaugural holder.
"My strongest academic and intellectual suits turn out to be in the engineering sciences," remarks Paulsen. "That said, I find nothing more fascinating than the way the human body works. In particular, the pathways through which diseases develop, the body's response to the onset and presence of disease, and the challenges in identifying and treating diseases are rich with opportunities to apply engineering methods and principles."
In addition to his primary appointment at Thayer, Paulsen is also professor of radiology at Dartmouth Medical School, director of the Dartmouth Advanced Imaging Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and co-director of the Cancer Imaging and Radiobiology Research Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Paulsen received his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke and his Ph.D. from Dartmouth.
Paulsen notes, "The Pritzker family has a long history of supporting the biomedical sciences. To include engineering explicitly as one of those sciences shows, in my opinion, remarkable foresight on their part in supporting a discipline that will give rise to many of the next generation of health care solutions."
Tony Pritzker '82 and his wife, Jeanne, endowed the professorship in honor of Tony's uncle Robert Pritzker. A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Robert Pritzker created The Marmon Group, an international association of businesses.
The Myers Family Professorship
|Ross Virginia (Photo courtesy Ross Virginia)|
Virginia's research includes ground-breaking work on desertification; the effects of climate change in Antarctica; and the interrelations between environmental law, policy, and culture in polar regions.
"The most rewarding part of my position is creating opportunities for students to go into the field and then share in their passion for finding solutions to environmental problems," says Virginia, noting that resources from the endowed chair will allow him to support more student participation in research.
"I've been fortunate to have Dartmouth students come to Antarctica with me for research in the polar desert ecosystem called the dry valleys. Our work," he explains, "is focused on how human accelerated climate change is altering this simple ecosystem where life on earth exists near its limits."
Since arriving at Dartmouth in 1992, Virginia has played a key role in the growth of the Environmental Studies Program, which he chaired from 1992 to 2000. From 1997 to 2004, Virginia was the Albert Bradley '15 Third Century Professor in the Sciences. In 2005 he received the Graduate Faculty Mentor Award from the Dartmouth College Graduate Student Association.
Virginia received his B.S. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis in Ecology, and has an honorary A.M. from Dartmouth.
The Myers professorship is funded by gifts from Susan and F. Gibson "Gib" Myers '64. "We have a long-standing interest in the environment and are delighted to have the opportunity to support the work of Ross Virginia," says Gib Myers. "We're pleased that an individual of his academic caliber has been selected for this professorship."
Complied by KELLY SEAMAN
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Last Updated: 3/2/09