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Superfund Researcher Named Dartmouth Provost

By Eddy Ball
June 2010

Carol Folt, Ph.D.
Folt, above, has been a part of Dartmouth's SRP since it started in 1995. (Photo courtesy of Dartmouth College)

NIEHS grantee ( and biologist Carol Folt, Ph.D., now holds the second highest position at Dartmouth College, according to a May 5 press release issued by the college announcing her appointment as provost.

Among her many accomplishments, Folt served as the associate director of Dartmouth's interdisciplinary Superfund Research Program (SRP) ( Exit NIEHS from 1995 to 2010. She is a leading researcher in metal toxicity and the effects of dietary mercury and arsenic on human health, and she co-authored a significant number of the 133 publications associated with the college's NIEHS grant, "Toxic Metals in the Northeast: From Biological to Environmental Implications."

Earlier this year, Folt was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) in recognition of her work in biology - the most recent in a long list of awards and honors. At Dartmouth, she also served as the dean of graduate studies, dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences, and acting provost.

When he learned of his colleague's prestigious appointment, Bill Suk, Ph.D., director of the NIEHS SRP, described it as a great honor bestowed on a deserving individual. "Carol is an outstanding researcher and teacher, who received the Dartmouth Huntington Prize for excellence in teaching and research," he said. "She is also a good friend with a warm and engaging personality."

As provost, Folt will be directly responsible for overseeing the academic integrity of educational and research programs of the institution, including the three professional schools and School of Arts and Sciences, and for those operations that transcend the work of a single faculty, such as libraries, the museum, and the performing arts center.

In his announcement of Folt's appointment, Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., said, "As Dartmouth's chief academic officer, Carol will play a crucial role in the institution-wide strategic planning process we are now launching. She brings an impressive record of academic leadership and vision and has the strong personal skills needed for this role."

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