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Jay DunlapJay Dunlap (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)
Carol FoltCarol Folt (photo by Megan Steven ’02)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elevated Dartmouth professors Jay Dunlap and Carol Folt to the rank of fellow. Dunlap is a Dartmouth Medical School professor, chair of genetics and a professor of biochemistry. Folt is the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences, acting provost, and dean of the faculty. Both Dunlap and Folt were elected fellows by their peers as part of the section on biological sciences. Dunlap was recognized for outstanding contributions to the genomics of the fungus Neurospora, in particular the genes involved in its circadian system and circadian clock control of cell behavior. Folt was honored for her groundbreaking limnological work on salmon restoration and conservation, and on metal toxicity in aquatic ecosystems and implications for human health. She was also recognized for advancing scientific education and literacy as dean of the faculty at Dartmouth. The 531 new fellows will be honored this month at the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting.

Deborah Garretson, associate professor of Russian, is translating documents to aid the United States and the Russian Federation as they negotiate a follow-up to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which she worked on as well. Garretson is a contract translator and interpreter for the U.S. State Department and will be based at the United States Mission in Geneva. “I’m one of the old-timers who still knows this stuff,” says Garretson, who served as an interpreter for First Lady Barbara Bush and the Soviet Union’s First Lady Raisa Gorbachev in 1991.

Michael Sporn and LibyMichael B. Sporn and Karen Liby (photo by Jennifer Durgin/DMS Publications)

Thanks in part to more than a decade of pre-clinical work by Dartmouth researchers, a Japanese biopharmaceutical firm is preparing to develop and market throughout Asia a drug for the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The drug belongs to a family of anti-inflammatory compounds called triterpenoids. Its development began with work by chemist Tadashi Honda, in the Dartmouth lab of Gordon Gribble, in 1995. Subsequent research was conducted by Dartmouth Medical School pharmacologist Michael B. Sporn and his lab team, including co-investigator Karen Liby. In a deal worth $272 million plus royalties, the firm Kyowa Hakko Kirin bought exclusive rights to the compound from Texas-based Reata Pharmaceuticals, which holds a licensing agreement with Dartmouth.

Power Grid

Computer Science Professor Sean Smith with his students and research staff are part of the national Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) team that has been awarded a five-year $18.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. As modernized power grids are connected to online systems to increase efficiency, they become vulnerable to malicious attacks and hackers. The TCIPG team will develop tools and technologies to protect power supplies.

Two new services make Dartmouth’s website and library collections easier to search. The search box on the Dartmouth home page now uses Google Site Search. Department and program websites supported by Web Services will also soon have the option of utilizing a custom search results page, in which the search results display using the same design as the department website. The Dartmouth Libraries new search service Summon offers comprehensive access to over 300 million separate items, via a single start box. It searches Dartmouth’s books, scholarly journal and newspaper articles (with full text access), videos, maps, manuscript collections, music scores, and more.


Last Updated: 2/1/10