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How to Think About Elizabeth Smith?
After making the rounds of several faculty members, the consensus seems to be that Elizabeth Smith (not “Liz,” please) is the real deal. While not everyone is convinced that she won’t be kissing up to Parkhurst (though other professors pointedly note her spirited independence), and in my cynical moments I wonder if Phil Hanlon is capable of making a good appointment (think fruit of the poisonous tree and all that), my contacts seem to admire her tough-mindedness, seriousness and thoughtfulness. As one faculty member in a position to know said, she will fight for the Arts & Sciences.
The Biology department is one of the College’s best, and Smith’s scholarly record, while far from extraordinary, seems to show accomplishment — though don’t look to me to understand her most cited paper: The radial spokes and central apparatus: Mechano-chemical transducers that regulate flagellar motility (187 citations in the works of other researchers). Check out her lab’s website.
As well, Smith has a background and interests in dance and the arts, which might translate into good relations with the Humanities faculty — many of whose members are skeptical of science faculty members’ respect for their division.
Most importantly, Smith will be filling a role in which she will receive little guidance. Phil is puttering about doing whatever it is that he does (though the somnolence of the capital campaign makes one wonder), and Provost Dever is interviewing furiously at other schools, so we can expect that Dever’s engagement in the life of the College will be only sporadic until some other institution of higher learning makes the same mistake that we did. The door is open for Smith to innovate — and maybe do a little cost reduction, too, among the 309 non-faculty staffers in the Dean of the A&S Faculty area (who are those people?).
So let’s welcome Elizabeth Smith with mild hopefulness. We might call her the Duthu Dividend.
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…
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