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November 6, 2007 (Vol. 7, No. 1)
This Month's Top Stories . . .
University of Vermont began the 2007-2008 academic year with record-breaking enrollment numbers for the third consecutive year. Nearly 12,300 total students are attending the university this fall, including approximately 9,450 undergraduates, 1,370 graduate students, 410 medical students, 1,050 non-degree students, and approximately 800 ALANA (Asian-American, Latino, African-American and Native American) students. The campus community celebrated its 217th year with a convocation ceremony on Sunday, August 26, in the Patrick Gymnasium. Featured speaker was Ishmael Beah, human rights activist and acclaimed author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. After convocation, which also included remarks from campus leadership, participants processed down Main Street to a candlelight induction ceremony for first-year students on the Campus Green. More at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=News&storyID=10943.
New Student Center Opens (up^)
Campaign Closes Over Goal at $278.4 Million (up^)
$6.7 Million Grant for Lake Champlain Research (up^)
UVM Ranked Among Top Six "Green" Schools Nationally (up^)
Nicholas Kristof Delivers 32nd Aiken Lecture (up^)
A Farewell to Raul Hilberg (up^)
UVM Wins National Recycling Award (up^)
Professor Wins Poetry Book Prize (up^)
Record Year for UVM Fund (up^)
In Memoriam (up^)
Campus Kudos (up^)
Black Women's Intellectual Traditions, published by The University of Vermont Press, a member of University Press of New England, is winner of The Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize in the anthology category. The prize is awarded annually by the Association of Black Women Historians for the best book, anthology and article about African American women's history.
Joshua Bongard, assistant professor of computer science, was recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 for his work on a new generation of intelligent machines. Selected from more than 300 nominees by a panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, the TR35 is an elite group of accomplished young innovators who exemplify the spirit of innovation in business, technology and the arts.
Dr. John Braun, associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, received a Russell Hibbs Award at the Scoliosis Research Society's 42nd Annual Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland. Named in honor of orthopedics innovator Russell Hibbs, M.D., a chief of surgery at New York Orthopedic Hospital during the early 1900s, the award recognized Braun's paper, titled "The Effect of Two Clinically Relevant Fusionless Scoliosis Implant Strategies on the Health of the Intervertebral Disc," as the best basic science paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting.
Peter Callas, research associate professor of mathematics and statistics, Dr. Tania Bertsch, associate professor of medicine and director of clerkships, and Dr. Alan Rubin, research associate professor of medicine, co-authored a telemedicine paper titled "Effectiveness of Lectures Attended Via Interactive Videoconferencing vs. In-Person in Preparing Third-Year Internal Medicine Clerkship Students for Clinical Practice Examinations (CPX)" in Teaching and Learning in Medicine.
Kevin C. H. Chiang, associate professor of business administration, co-authored an article with Xiyu (Thomas) Zhou published in the Corporate Finance Review. The article, "Mutual Fund Post-Acquisition Management Retention and Its Performance Implications," is based on a study focusing on post-acquisition mutual fund management retention or separation and its subsequent performance implications.
Rocki-Lee DeWitt, dean and professor of management in the School of Business Administration, and co-authors Donald D. Bergh of the University of Denver, and Richard A. Johnson of the University of Missouri, had a paper published online in Strategic Management Journal titled, "Restructuring Through Spin-Off or Sell-Off: Transforming Information Asymmetries into Financial Gain."
Jeffrey Dinitz, professor of mathematics and computer science, discussed his work on on Vermont Public Radio in September.
Susan M. Dinitz, senior lecturer in English and coordinator of UVM’s Writing Center, won the 2007 Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting the Collaborative Learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing. The award was presented at the 24th annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) on October 20, hosted this year by Penn State University.
Connell B. Gallagher, library professor emeritus and former Head of Special Collections at the Bailey/Howe Library, has been appointed as an Archivist at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He is helping to create a plan for the archival preservation of the records of the committee.
John Gennari, associate professor of English and director of the ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program, is the winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for "Blowin' Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics" (University of Chicago Press, 2006). The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers presents the award annually. Gennari will receive the award in a ceremony at Lincoln Center on December 13.
Alex Hodges, postdoctoral associate in molecular physiology and biophysics, Elena Krementsova, senior researcher in molecular physiology and biophysics, and Kathleen Trybus, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, co-authored a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry titled "Engineering the processive run length of myosin V."
Christopher Koliba, assistant professor in Community Development and Applied Economics, recently had an article published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education titled, "Engagement, Scholarship, and Faculty Work: Trends and Implications for Public Affairs Education."
Bridget Taylor Kreger, a junior student majoring in medical laboratory and radiation sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, received the Dennis Weissman/Washington G-2 Reports Scholarship Award for Excellence in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the 25th Annual Lab Institute in Washington D.C. on October 11.
Ann Laramee, adjunct assistant professor of nursing, was the lead author of an analysis of the prevalence of low literacy among heart failure patients with diabetes titled "Relationship of literacy and heart failure in adults with diabetes" in BMC Health Services Research. Co-authors on the paper were Nancy Morris, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Benjamin Littenberg, Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine and director of general internal medicine.
Kathleen Liang, associate professor of community development and applied economics, presented an article, "Exploring the Myths of Optimism and Realism in Entrepreneurship Related to Expectations and Outcomes" at the annual conference of Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The article, co-authored by Paul Dunn, professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at University of Louisiana at Monroe, won the 2007 Best Paper Award and will be published in the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Mark Levine, professor of medicine, is serving a four-year term as governor of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists.
Barbara McIntosh, professor of business administration, has been awarded a contract by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to develop learning modules on the aging workforce. Professor McIntosh is chair of MaturityWorks Alliance, a division of the National Council on the Aging.
Wolfgang Mieder, chair of the Department of German and Russian, has edited the 24th volume of Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship with various articles by proverb scholars from around the world. The book contains a contribution by his colleague Kevin McKenna, professor of German and Russian. Mieder's article deals with "'Bis dat, qui cito dat': A Global Distribution of Proverbial `Care Packages." Mieder is also the author of four articles. Two of them, "Proverbs in the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson" and "Proverbs as Cultural Units or Items of Folklore," appeared in Berlin in the massive two-volume publication Phraseology: An International Handbook of Contemporary Research. His paper on "Yankee Wisdom: American Proverbs and the Worldview of New England" is part of an essay volume on phraseology and culture in English, and the fourth essay, "'The Proof of the Proverb is in the Probing': Alan Dundes as Pioneering Paremiologist, " appeared in the journal Western Folklore. A book containing more than three decades of letters written between Mieder and folklorist and professor Lutz Röhrich has also been published. The letters deal primarily with their shared interest in international proverb scholarship.
Fayneese Miller, dean of the College of Education and Social Services, has been appointed by Governor James Douglas to a six-year term as a member of the Vermont State Board of Education.
Yogi Misra, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Animal Science, received a NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Yogi has taught in courses at UVM in Anatomy and Physiology; Nutrition, Metabolism & Feeding; and Endocrinology. His thesis research is in the area of breast cancer, and his advisor is Dr. Feng-Qi Zhao.
Anthony Morielli, associate professor of pharmacology, is lead author of an October 15 PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) Online Early Edition article titled "An essential role for cortactin in the modulation of the potassium channel Kv1.2." Co-authors on the paper include graduate students Michael Williams, Jonathan Markey, and Megan Doczi.
Garrison Nelson, professor of political science, was featured in a CNN segment titled "President Bush's Forgotten State." The report was about how Vermont is the only state the president has not visited during his time in office. Nelson told CNN National Correspondent John King that Vermont was a "photo opportunity (Bush) does not need." Nelson's thoughts on the matter appeared widely elsewhere in the media via the Associated Press and the Washington Post.
Jane Okech, assistant professor of counselor education and counseling, is lead author of an article co-authored with Deborah Rubel of Oregon State University, titled "Diversity competent group work supervision: An application of the supervision of group work model (SGW)." This article is published in the September Journal for Specialists in Group Work.
Robbie Pfeufer Kahn, associate professor of sociology, is a recipient of the The Humane Society of the United States' eighth annual Animals and Society Course Awards, which recognize academic excellence in courses focusing on the relationship between people and animals.
Sigma Theta Tau International has selected an article by Betty Rambur, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, titled "Education as a Determinant of Career Retention and Job Satisfaction Among Registered Nurses," as the 2007 recipient of the Best of Journal of Nursing Scholarship in the "Profession and Society" category.
Maria Ramos, assistant professor of pathology and general internal medicine fellow in clinical research, is the lead author on an analysis of the possible connection between certain diabetes medications and cancer titled "Association between cancer prevalence and use of thiazolidinediones (TZDs): results from the Vermont Diabetes Information System" published in BMC Medicine. Co-authors are Dr. Charles MacLean, associate professor of medicine, and Dr. Benjamin Littenberg, Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine and director of general internal medicine.
An article by Richard Single, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, and seven other researchers titled "Global diversity and evidence for co-evolution of KIR and HLA" appears in September's Nature Genetics. The paper is available online at http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ng2077.html.
James M. Sinkula, professor and John L. Beckley Chair of the School of Business Administration, had an article accepted for publication titled, "Does Market Orientation Facilitate Balanced Innovation Programs? An Organizational Learning Perspective" that will appear in an upcoming issue of The Journal of Product and Innovation Management. The article was co-written by William E. Baker, professor of marketing at San Diego State University.
Dr. Matthew Watkins, professor of medicine, was co-author of a September Journal of the American College of Cardiology article titled "Effects of Ad5FGF-4 in Patients With Angina An Analysis of Pooled Data From the AGENT-3 and AGENT-4 Trials."
Burton Wilcke, associate professor in the Department of Medical Lab & Radiation Sciences Pathology, served as co-director and was on the faculty for the first George Washington University-Association of Public Health Laboratories International Institute for Public Health Laboratory Management at George Washington University, October 15-26. The seminar was designed for senior public health professionals who are responsible for planning, managing and directing national public health laboratory systems.