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Mike Gazzaniga ‘61 Elected to NAS
The College’s Office of Public Affairs ran a splashy press release noting that former Dean of the Faculty Mike Gazzaniga had been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his work in cognitive neuroscience and split-brain research, as well as research on how the brain enables the mind. The NAS was described as follows:
Election to the NAS is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. There are a total of 2,113 active members and 418 foreign associates.
Gazzaniga ‘61 was Dean of the Faculty from 2002-2004. In the latter year, he received a vote of no-confidence from the College’s Committee of Chairs, and though he had broad support from the College’s top scholars, he left the deanship shortly thereafter. He departed Hanover for UC Santa Barbara the following year.
The College’s faculty is rather thinly represented on the NAS as compared to our Ivy League sister schools.
Addendum: The nation’s most prestigious group of research universities, the Association of American Universities (A.A.U.), recently voted to expel the University of Nebraska. The New York Times reported :
For several years, Nebraska has lagged behind most others on the criteria for membership — primarily competitive research financing and the share of faculty in the National Academies, which issues policy reports and advice…
Although membership in the association — which now will have 61 members, including most Ivy League institutions and many of the top state schools, like Texas A&M and the University of North Carolina — brings no specific benefits, many campuses see it as a proud indicator of their status. [Emphasis added]
The Ivy members of the A.A.U. are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Brown, Penn and Columbia.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…