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The dark side

Posted by Arjendu on April 21, 2010

This is only relevant if you aren’t on the Carleton campus, or aren’t a Facebook friend of mine. Below is an extract from an announcement that went out from the Dean of the Carleton College earlier today. I’ll follow this note up later with a different ‘what on earth was I thinking’ post.

It is my pleasure to announce that Associate Professor of Physics Arjendu K. Pattanayak will be our next Associate Dean, assuming the position that Associate Dean Liz Ciner will leave on July 1 to become Director of Student Fellowships.

<some nice words about my career before and at Carleton snipped>

Professor Pattanayak will assume the associate deanship on July 1, 2010, for a three-year term. Among his most important duties as Associate Dean, Professor Pattanayak will provide oversight and guidance in managing the curriculum; leadership on matters of educational policy and implementation of our new graduation requirements; and leadership in diversity issues. The qualities that make Professor Pattanayak such a terrific choice to take over the Associate Deanship are those that will make him sorely missed by his home department of Physics and Astronomy. I am deeply grateful to the Physics and Astronomy Department for the goodwill with which they have accepted his move to the Dean’s office.

Please join me in thanking and congratulating Professor Pattanayak on his new appointment. The College is very fortunate that he is willing to take on these responsibilities at such an important moment in our history.

Beverly Nagel
Dean of the College
Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Sociology, Science, Technology and Society

So. Leaving Carleton Physics after all, even if it is just temporary, and just across the Bald Spot (the “quad” at Carleton) to Laird (where the “dark side” resides).


3 Responses to “The dark side”

  1. Steve said

    Congratulations, Arjendu! The dark side isn’t really as dark as all that….

  2. arjendu said

    Thanks, Steve! Means a lot coming from you …

  3. arjendu said

    And a follow-up, just for completeness:

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