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New members of the faculty

This is the second installment in a two-part series on new faculty appointments. Click here to read profiles of the new arts and sciences faculty introduced in the Sept. 22 issue of VOX of Dartmouth.

This term, Dartmouth welcomes new faculty members in the arts and sciences to nine departments and two interdisciplinary programs. "Greeting new faculty each fall is a high point of our academic year," says Carol Folt, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences. "With each new member of the community Dartmouth is enriched by a scholar who is dedicated to creation, discovery, and to engaging their students in the pursuit of knowledge."

Opportunities for interdisciplinary study and independent research for students at the College are increased even further, Folt observes, through collaboration with faculty from the Tuck School of Business, Thayer School of Engineering, and Dartmouth Medical School, which also welcome new members to their faculties this year.

Arts and Sciences Faculty

Bruce Duthu '80

Professor of Native American Studies

Duthu is the author of American Indians and the Law (Viking 2008) and numerous scholarly articles published in law reviews and journals in the United States and abroad. Through his scholarship, Duthu says, he aims to build public understanding of tribal sovereignty: "American Indian tribes exist, not just as distinct cultural groups, but as distinct political bodies with powers of self-governance." That knowledge, he continues, "is crucial in terms of understanding the nature of political and legal relations among Indian tribes and the federal and state governments, both historically and in the modern era." Duthu also studies political pluralism.

Duthu
Bruce Duthu '80

Duthu holds a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and served on the faculty of Vermont Law School since 1991. He has remained associated with Dartmouth since his previous service at the College, which began in 1986 as director of the Native American Program and continued as associate dean of first-year students from 1989 to 1991. Duthu has also regularly taught the course "Native Americans and the Law" at Dartmouth, most recently as the Gordon Russell Visiting Professor of Native American Studies. He is a member of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana and serves as a consultant to several Indian tribes and federal officials on topics including federal recognition, jurisdiction, and the environment.

"As a Dartmouth undergraduate," Duthu says, "I valued the experience of studying with faculty members who cared deeply about our education and who obviously placed a high premium on teaching. When I prepare for class or a meeting with students, I have in mind a large constellation of model Dartmouth teachers whose examples I try to emulate." As a teacher, he continues, "I think that helping students develop their capacity for reflective, thoughtful discourse is a vital part of our mission in providing a liberal arts education."

James Igoe

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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James Igoe

Igoe is a cultural anthropologist with interests in political ecology, environmental justice, and conservation, as well as in globalization and indigenous people. He comes to Dartmouth from the University of Colorado at Denver. Igoe holds a Ph.D. from Boston University and a B.A. from Michigan State University, both in anthropology. Among the publications resulting from Igoe's field research in Tanzania and South Dakota are his books Conservation and Globalization: A Study of National Parks and Indigenous Communities from East Africa to South Dakota (Wadsworth/Thompson, 2004) and Nature Unbound: Conservation, Capitalism, and the Future of Protected Areas (Earthscan, 2008; with Dan Brockington and Rosaleen Duffy). He has recently begun a project on community-based neighborhood recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Andrew Kern

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Kern
Andrew Kern

Kern studies evolutionary genetics. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and comes to Dartmouth from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He also holds a Sc.B. from Brown University, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Fellow. Kern's work has been published in the journals NatureScience, and Genetics. His research at Dartmouth will employ both computational and empirical methods and explore how genetic variation is created and maintained in the genes of Drosophila (the fruit fly) and in humans.

Laurie Churba Kohn

Assistant Professor of Theater

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Laurie Churba Kohn

Kohn brings an extensive professional background in costume design for theater, television, film, and commercials. Her work debuted on Broadway in the 1999 revival of Arthur Miller's The Price, one of 80 theatrical productions she has designed across the country. Kohn's portfolio also counts design work for Oliver Stone's film Ground Zero. During 11 seasons at Saturday Night Live, Kohn designed costumes for the show's live skits, as well as acting as the stylist for SNL commercials and for photo shoots. Kohn has technical skills as a draper/tailor, milliner, mask maker, and in makeup design. She holds an M.F.A. from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, and a B.A. from Bloomsburg University, both in costume design.

Dartmouth Medical School

Mark Spaller

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Spaller's research program focuses on creating new compounds for use as cellular probes and therapeutic agents. In addition to investigating fundamental properties of protein-protein and  protein-ligand interactions, his research group seeks to discover drug leads for various disease states, including cancer, neurobiological disorders, cystic fibrosis, and bacterial infection.

Spaller
Mark Spaller

Spaller, who is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry and a member of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, holds a B.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and biochemistry, both from the University of Texas at Austin, and pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He comes to Dartmouth from Brown University, where he was a research professor in the department of molecular pharmacology. Spaller's work has appeared in publications including Biochemistry,Chemistry & Biology, and the Journal of Organic Chemistry, and is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Thayer School of Engineering

Kofi Odame

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Odame
Kofi Odame

Odame's research contributes to the pursuit of self-powered electronic sensors, which must operate with extraordinary energy efficiency. He develops mixed-signal nonlinear integrated circuits that extract information for devices operating in circumstances where very little power and very little space is available. Examples include remote sensors, and ones that process biological signals, such as in cochlear implants. Odame holds a patent for a "hearing aid adaptive filter"; his work has been published in journals and conference proceedings in the fields of circuits and systems, and signal processing. Odame comes to Thayer from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he completed a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. He also holds M.S. and B.Sc. degrees in the same field from Cornell University.

Tuck School of Business

Ron Adner

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Adner's areas of expertise include innovation, strategy, and technology management. His research and teaching focus on assessing and managing innovation within firms. His recent work explores the management of innovation in collaborative ecosystems, approaches to identifying and responding to changes in consumers' definitions of value and performance, and the resource allocation process for investments in innovation.

Adner
Ron Adner

Adner holds a B.S.E. and an M.E., both in mechanical engineering, from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science, as well as an M.A. in applied economics and a Ph.D. in management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He comes to Tuck from his position as Akzo-Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management and associate professor of strategy and management at INSEAD (France).

Adner is an associate editor of Management Science and a member of the editorial boards of the Academy of Management ReviewStrategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization. At INSEAD, Adner received the Outstanding Teacher Award five times.

Robert J. Resutek

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Resutek
Robert J. Resutek

Resutek's research focuses on valuation, market anomalies, and financial reporting; specifically, understanding how accounting information maps into stock price. His teaching interests lie in the broad area of financial accounting. Resutek joins Tuck from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Ph.D. in accounting. He holds a B.B.A. and an M.Acc. from the University of Michigan. Before entering the doctoral program in Texas, Resutek worked for four years as a corporate bankruptcy consultant for PriceWaterhouse Coopers and FTI Consulting Inc., where he specialized in assisting debtors who were restructuring under chapter 11. He also worked on several out-of-court debt restructurings, consulting for various Fortune 500 lenders and debtors.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08