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Posted: 8/13/2013 10:30:04 AM

Eric RabkinWe have some news that is at best bittersweet: after more than 40 years in this Department, Eric Rabkin will be leaving us to become the Associate Provost for Online Education at Stony Brook University. Eric has long been a pioneer in the use of technology in education, and this new position offers him the chance to pursue in a much wider way his long-standing passion for pedagogic innovation.

We want to complement Stony Brook on their wisdom in choosing Eric to head this initiative, and we want to congratulate Eric on this remarkable opportunity and new intellectual adventure.

Eric will always be one of us, and we are pleased to note that there will be a reception in 3222 Angell on Friday, October 4, from 4-6 pm, in which we will have the opportunity formally to wish Eric well, and tell him how much we will miss him.

Gregg CraneWe are pleased to report, however, that Gregg Crane has agreed to serve as the Program in the Environment Director for a three-year term through 30 June 2016. Professor Crane has been teaching ENVIRON 377, History and Literature of the Rockies at Camp Davis since 2007.  He is a specialist in American literary and intellectual history, and his current research focuses on the importance of intuition to a collection of literary, philosophical, legal, and environmental writers. In a previous life, Professor Crane practiced law in San Francisco and Seattle.  His litigation experience included work on several major environmental cases in California and the State of Washington.

We congratulate Gregg, and wish him the best in this new administrative venture.

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