September 2006 (Vol. 6, No. 1)
This Month's Top Stories . . .
Record Enrollment, New Facilities this Fall (up^)
UVM’s new academic year began Monday, August 28, with record enrollment and another new residence facility to house a growing on-campus student population. Nearly 11,900 students are attending the university this fall, including approximately 9,000 undergraduates, 1,350 graduate students, 400 medical students, and 1,075 non-degree students. This year’s student body also includes approximately 800 ALANA (Asian-American, Latino, African-American and Native American) students. Several construction projects and building renovations are newly completed or underway this fall. The University Heights South Complex, a new 400-bed dormitory housing the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community, offers students environmentally themed, interdisciplinary programming. Spinner Place, the off-campus housing opportunity in the newly renovated downtown Winooski, is also open this fall, as is The Global Village, a residential learning community located in the Living/Learning. An expanded Harris/Millis dining facility can now seat approximately 150 additional diners, the College of Arts and Sciences has a new home at a renovated 438 College Street, and construction of the Dudley H. Davis Student Center continues on track for a fall 2007 opening. More at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=News&storyID=8663.
UVM Climbs in Rankings (up^)
The University of Vermont moved up four places in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the nation’s top public universities, from 43rd to 39th place among over 500 public colleges and universities in the nation. UVM also rose in the magazine’s national universities ranking, from the 93rd to the 88th spot. “I am pleased that the quality of the educational experience at UVM is becoming increasingly widely recognized, both by prospective students and families and by our peers in higher education,” said John Hughes, UVM provost. “Our vision to be the nation’s premier small public research university gives us a strategic niche among colleges and universities in the U.S., and is clearly gaining traction. The publication’s college rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankindex.php.
Convocation Ushers in a New Academic Year (up^)
With the keen of bagpipes calling across campus and a long procession of faculty in full academic regalia marching along University Place, the University of Vermont welcomed the start of a new academic year at Convocation 2006. The event took place on Wednesday, August 30, and drew faculty, staff, and students to Ira Allen Chapel. In his first official address to the UVM community, Provost John Hughes urged new students to recognize the responsibility that comes with being among the 1/100th of one percent of the world’s population privileged to attend an institution of higher education in the United States. John Bramley, acting president of the university, delivered opening remarks. The former provost, who stepped in as acting president this summer during President Daniel Mark Fogel’s medical leave, noted that his being on stage at convocation was something he did not expect. He went on to describe the many mysteries and surprises that are often “some of the greatest rewards of higher education.” Full story at http://www.uvm.edu/theview/article.php?id=2081.
$1 Million Gift for Plant Science Building (up^)
A new plant sciences building planned as the next major capital construction project at the University of Vermont is a step closer to reality thanks to a $1 million pledge from the Lintilhac Foundation of Shelburne, Vermont. The building is a top university priority for new academic space to replace outmoded laboratories and classrooms in the Departments of Plant Biology and Plant & Soil Science. To date, a total of $8 million in state capital appropriations has been earmarked for the $40 million, 83,000-square-foot building, and the remainder will be funded through bonding and fundraising."We are deeply grateful to the Lintilhacs for their support of this essential project," said Rachel K. Johnson, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "I am convinced that a new era of scholarship in plant biology at the University of Vermont is imminent given the caliber of our scientists and the possibilities presented by this new facility." More at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=News&storyID=8356.
National University Transportation Center Launched (up^)
UVM formally launched the National University Transportation Center at a July ceremony that also served as an occasion to publicly thank retiring U.S. Senator James M. Jeffords for his efforts on behalf of the University over the years and his work to secure the National UTC designation for UVM in Congress last year. The event was held at the site of the new center in Farrell Hall. Senator Jeffords, U.S. Department of Transportation acting secretary Maria Cino, Representative Bernie Sanders, University of Vermont president Daniel Mark Fogel, Vermont governor Jim Douglas, and Vermont secretary of transportation Dawn Terrill were on hand for the event and delivered remarks. Full story at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=News&storyID=8386.
UVM Among Top Ten "Sustainability Stars" (up^)
UVM was named one of 10 “Higher Education Sustainability Stars” in the June 2006 issue of University Business in an article that praised the selected institutions for “their efforts to respect the environment and the communities that surround them in economically feasible ways.” UVM’s “key accomplishment,” according to the magazine, has been “institutionalizing environmental concerns,” which includes the university’s goal of becoming the leading environmental university in the country. Joining UVM on the list of “sustainability stars” are the California State University System, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Harvard, Tufts, the University of British Columbia, the University of California, Merced, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. More at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=News&storyID=8402.
Tech Incubator Graduates First Clients (up^)
The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), a university-affiliated small business incubator program designed to support fledgling high-tech firms, graduated its first two charter clients at a recent ceremony at Farrell Hall on UVM’s Trinity Campus. The send-off of Bulldog Entertainment Network, a family-friendly, on-line entertainment business, and ElectroCell Technologies, Inc., an animal waste treatment company designed to reduce farm odor and the environmental impacts from waste water run-off, marks the successful transition from early-stage entities to more mature companies ready to compete in the marketplace. It’s also evidence of VCET moving closer to its goal of helping diversify the state’s economy and boosting economic development while utilizing university and private sector resources. “This is a concrete symbol that this program is doing what we’d hoped: churning out businesses and creating jobs,” said Senator Patrick Leahy. “The demand for VCET is already outgrowing its available space. It has proven its worth in the Vermont economy.” Full story at http://www.uvm.edu/theview/article.php?id=2078.
Vermont Wins Second-Straight America East Academic Cup (up^)
The University of Vermont has been awarded the America East Academic Cup for the second-consecutive season and becomes the first institution in conference history to win the award three times. The 3.14 grade-point average among UVM student-athletes ties the Catamounts’ own record, set last season, for the highest in the 11-year history of the award. The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point averages during that academic year. More at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=News&storyID=8378.
Vermont Public Television to Broadcast UVM Panel (up^)
On Tuesday, September 26, at 9 p.m., Vermont Public Television will present highlights of a panel discussion called "The Media and the Public Trust" held at the University of Vermont last April. Participants explored the making and breaking of political heroes. They included: Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, whose run for president in the 2004 national election stands as a signal event in modern presidential campaigns for its innovative use of the Internet in grassroots organizing, and for the role of mainstream media in shaping public perceptions of a candidate's messages and style; Howard Fineman, chief political correspondent for Newsweek magazine and contributor of political commentary for national television and radio programs; Ron Kaufman, for the past 25 years an adviser to Republican presidents, governors, members of Congress and appointed officials including George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan; Dotty Lynch, former senior political editor of CBS News and currently fellow at the JFK School of Government at Harvard and a consultant to CBS News; Howard Wolfson, a former communications director for senators Hilary Clinton and Charles Schumer and currently a communications consultant. Moderator was Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Research. The panel was the second annual celebration of the life of the late Charlie Ross, a Vermonter who served under presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter before returning to the state in 1968. He taught public policy at UVM for two years in the early 1970s.
Campus Kudos (up^)
Christopher Allen, emeritus professor of chemistry, served as co-chair of the committee of visitors to review the major research instrumentation program and also served on a review panel for the membranes and transport program at the National Science Foundation. He was recently appointed to the editorial board of the journal Phosphorus, Sulfur Silicon and the Related Elements
John P. Burke, professor of political science, will have his paper "From Success to Failure? Iraq and the Organization of George W. Bush's Decision Making" published in a forthcoming book by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Lewis First, professor and chair of pediatrics and senior associate dean for educational and curricular affairs, and Dr. Christa Zehle, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, are chapter contributors in the recently released textbook Current Pediatric Therapy, 18th Edition.
Daniel Gade, professor emeritus of geography, recently published “Converging Ethnobiology and Ethnobiography: Cultivated Plants, Heinz Brücher, and Nazi Ideology,” in the Journal of Ethnobiology.
Blowin’ Hot and Cool: Jazz and its Critics by John Gennari, associate professor of English, has been published by the University of Chicago Press.
Dr. Anne Johnston, associate professor of pediatrics, Dr. William Raszka, associate professor of pediatrics and Dr. Paul Krusinski, professor of medicine, have contributed chapters to the recently released fourth edition of Oski's Pediatrics Principles & Practice.
Dennis Mahoney, professor in the department of German and Russian, had an article, "Old, New, and (Un)Known Worlds: History and Fiction in Achim von Arnim's Die Kronenwächter and Edward P. Jones's The Known World" published in Literatur im Spiel der Zeichen. Festschrift für Hans Vilmar Geppert (Tübingen: Francke, 2006).
Kathleen Manning, associate professor, higher education and student affairs administration, published a book, One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice, with Routledge Publishers in New York. The book was co-authored with Jillian Kinzie of Indiana University and John Schuh of Iowa State University.
Wolfgang Mieder, professor and chairperson of the Department of German and Russian, authored of an article on "Sprichwörtliche Gesellschaftskritik des Aphoristikers Klaus Koch" in Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Festschrift für Barbara Wotjak (München: Iudicium, 2005).
Brooke Mossman, professor of pathology and director of the environmental pathology program, is co-author of a Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Early Edition article titled "TNF-α inhibits asbestos-induced cytotoxicity via a NF-κB-dependent pathway, a possible mechanism for asbestos-induced oncogenesis."
Dr. George Philips was the lead investigator and UVM the lead site of a national study conducted through the Cancer and Leukemia Group B cooperative group, which is testing the value of a new drug called gefitinib (or Iressa) in bladder cancer.
Richard Single, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, was joint first author of "Signatures of Demographic History and Natural Selection in the Human Major Histocompatibility Complex Loci," published in the August edition of the journal Genetics.
Kathleen Trybus, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, is a lead author of an Advance Online Publication in the journal Nature titled, "Three-dimensional structure of the myosin V inhibited state by cryoelectron tomography." Elena Krementsova, senior researcher in molecular physiology and biophysics, was a co-author.
Richard Vanden Bergh, assistant professor in the School of Business Administration, co-authored a paper with J.P. Bonardi and Guy Holburn from the University of Western Ontario, to be published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management.
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