Kudos: Excellence in Music, English, Biology, and Chemistry

Honors go to Cottingham, Ke, Mirica, Pease, and Swayne.

Kudos is an occasional column that recognizes Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff who have received awards or other honors. Did you or a colleague recently receive an award or honor? Please tell us about it: [email protected]

Kathryn Cottingham, the Dartmouth Professor in the Arts and Sciences and a professor in biological sciences, has been named editor-in-chief of Ecology, the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America, of which Cottingham is a fellow. Ecology, which celebrates its 100th anniversary next year, publishes “research and synthesis papers on all aspects of ecology, with emphasis on papers that develop new concepts, test ecological theory, or lead to an increased appreciation for the diversity of ecological phenomena,” according to a press release announcing Cottingham’s appointment. ESA president Laura Huenneke says Cottingham’s “broad research experience in ecology and its applications to environmental health, her leadership background, and her engagement in scientific outreach all make her an excellent choice to oversee Ecology.”

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Assistant Professor Chenfeng Ke and Assistant Professor Katherine Mirica in the chemistry department have each received a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Ke’s award includes a grant to support his research on the development of smart materials for use in 3D printing. Mirica’s award will support her work developing specific crystalline materials for use in electroanalytical devices. There is also an education component to the Cottrell Scholar Award, which both chemists will use to provide opportunities for undergraduates to participate in the research and for curriculum development.

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Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, has been named an honorary member of the Bavarian American Academy, an international network of researchers working on North America and inter-American relations in the fields of cultural studies and in the social sciences. “An inspiring keynote speaker, a dedicated adviser, and the editor of influential and programmatic volumes on the past, present, and future of the field, Professor Pease plays an outstanding role in fostering transatlantic academic exchange. He has opened new paths in American cultural studies for over three decades and is a shining example of scholarship,” says Heike Paul, director of the Academy.

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Steve Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music and director of the Montgomery Fellows Program, has been elected president of the American Musicological Society (AMS), a member of the American Council of Learned Societies. AMS’ mission is “to advance scholarship in the various fields of music through research, learning, and teaching,” according to the society’s website.