By Katie Paxton
Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program at The National Science Foundation awarded honors to Engineering professor Reza Olfati-Saber and computer science professor Fabio Pellacini, according to a Dartmouth press release. The awards honor beginning teachers who have integrated research and teaching into their career development and are considered emerging leaders in their fields. Olfati-Saber studies mobile sensor networks in relation to search and rescue, surveillance and disaster response. Pellacini plans to integrate computer graphics, design and animation to make synthetic imagery more accessible to non-professional computer users. Past recipients of this award include Dartmouth professors from the computer science, physics and astronomy, chemistry, linguistics and cognitive science program and psychological and brain sciences departments.
Roxanne Karimi received the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) in December, according to a Dartmouth press release. Karimi studied the movement and accumulation of metals like mercury in aquatic food webs and environments. The award honors chemistry professor Karen Wetterhahn, who served as the first director of Dartmouth's SBRP and died in 1997 from accidental chemical exposure. Wetterhahn also helped launch the College's Women In Science Project. Joshua Hamilton, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, director of Dartmouth's Center for Environmental Health Sciences and Wetterhahn's coworker, said, "I am especially proud of the strong students, both graduate and undergraduate, who have been trained in our program since it was established in 1995. I know Karen would consider that one of our top accomplishments." Past recipients of the award include Angeline Andrew, assistant professor of community and family medicine at DMS, and Anne Spuches, an assistant professor of chemistry at East Carolina University and a former postdoctoral fellow in the chemistry department.