I am pleased to announce the appointment of Erika T. Brown, PhD, as Geisel’s new Dean of Faculty Affairs, effective December 13. Dr. Brown, who currently serves as the Sr. Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, is a nationally recognized leader in faculty development with nearly 10 years of experience in faculty affairs and professional development and 20 years in academic medicine. I’m excited to have her leadership as we expand our Office of Faculty Affairs to best meet the needs for the advancement and professional development of all our faculty.
I am pleased to announce that Frederick “Erick” Lansigan, MD, associate professor of medicine and of dermatology, has agreed to serve as our Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADDEI). In this role, Dr. Lansigan will oversee Geisel’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) and will work closely with leadership at the medical school, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the VA Medical Center, and the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, as well as Geisel’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, to support our school’s continuing efforts to build a diverse and inclusive community of students, residents, postdocs, staff, and faculty.
As Dartmouth welcomes more than half of the undergraduate student body back to campus this week, we want to be clear on Geisel’s policy regarding the resumption of undergraduate research activities in our laboratories.
We want to echo President Hanlon’s statement condemning the violence in the Atlanta area, which left eight people dead, including seven women, six of whom were of Asian descent. While this tragic event is still being investigated, we do know that throughout the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in violence and racism against Asians and the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the United States. We must also recognize that violence against women is a serious ongoing problem in this country.
UPDATE: The Valley News has published an obituary for Dr. Nugent, which you can find here.
Please see the note below regarding the passing of William C. Nugent Jr, MD, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, of Community and Family Medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute.
Dan Rockmore, director of Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science, invites faculty to submit their ideas of what the new Wright Center for the Study of Computation and Just Communities within the Neukom Institute could be and what issues, challenges, questions, connections (internal or external) that they could imagine included within the new center.
As we begin a new academic year, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the recent promotions of our faculty and research scientists. We hope that you, like all of us on departmental promotions committees, the Dean’s Office, and the APT Committee, are also amazed at the breadth and depth of accomplishments in teaching, clinical care, research, scholarship, and engagement of our academic community.
I would like to thank the many people who volunteered or provided nominations for membership on the new Geisel Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The response that we received was exceptional from staff, students and faculty, and there were far more nominations/volunteers than we could accommodate on the initial committee composition.
I’m excited to share the good news that the government has decided to rescind their recently announced policy that would have barred international students taking online-only courses from residing in the United States. The speed at which the government rescinded this unjust and arbitrary policy in the face of legal action highlights just how indefensible it was. I’m pleased that Dartmouth supported this fight to protect our students and learning environment.
Colleagues, I am writing to share and endorse the following statement from Dartmouth College regarding the recent announcement from U.S. Immigration, and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and modifications to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP): https://www.dartmouth.edu/press-releases/fed-guidance-international-students.html We recognize that the ICE/SEVP new guidance is a cause for concern in our community. We want to assure you […]