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iUVM App Debuts (top)
If you’re looking for a little hand-held guidance around the UVM campus there is now, indeed, “an app for that.” iPhone users have computer science major Christopher Tucci ’12 to thank for his central role in putting the university at their fingertips. President of the computer science student association, Tucci was a likely candidate to answer CS faculty member Robert Erickson’s call for a student to do the programming work for the app. Tucci signed on and was soon at work with Megan Hack, a member of the university’s Web team, and others involved with the project. Read more here.
Two Students Honored in Udall Scholarship Competition (top)
Two UVM students have been recognized in the 2011 Udall Scholarship competition. Tyler Wilkinson-Ray '12 was named a 2011 Udall Scholar, and Colin Arisman '12 was recognized with Honorable Mention. The nationally competitive scholarship acknowledges sophomores and juniors who have been outstanding leaders and have demonstrated excellence in the classroom. In recent years, 57 UVM students have won or been finalists in the country’s most prestigious and competitive competitions, including the Fulbright, Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, Udall, Truman, Madison, Gilman, and Boren Overseas scholarships. Read more here.
UVM, UVa Examine Vaccine Failure in Developing Countries (top)
Oral vaccines for paralytic polio and life-threatening rotavirus have been a miracle of modern medicine for millions of children around the globe. Yet these same vaccines aren’t always protecting thousands of children in poor and less developed countries — and scientists don’t know why. One key to solving this challenge lies in understanding what’s different in the biological makeup of children whose bodies reject the protection they so desperately need from these diseases. Thanks to a $14.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, scientists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and University of Virginia School of Medicine now have the opportunity to investigate why oral vaccines fail in the very children who need them the most. Read the full story here.
Through the Looking Glass, Compassionately (top)
As a professor and anthropologist in UVM’s College of Medicine, as well as an artist and writer, Dana Walrath advances ideas about what world cultures can teach doctors and other caregivers about nurturing patients and their families. Walrath put herself in that caregiver role when she moved her mother, Alice, who has Alzheimer’s disease, to live with her and her husband. In response to that experience, she began work on her sketchbook, Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass. When Alice saw things others didn’t , the visions became real, in a way, to Dana, too. Her response was not to correct but to soothe – and to bridge an inevitably increasing divide. Read the full story here.
Alumna Keeps An Eye on Eruptions (top)
Cynthia Gardner ’77 is familiar with the letters of Pliny the Younger. In 79 AD, the Roman author was perplexed by a towering cloud rising above Mount Vesuvius. Soon, in nearby Pompeii, a wall of super-heated air and ash rushed in, killing all in its path. Gardner would like to make sure nothing like that happens in the United States. A senior geologist at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, she’s just finished a six-year rotation as scientist-in-charge: responsible for keeping an eye on the for-now-quiet Mount Saint Helens — and dozens of other volcanoes in a 600-mile chain from Mount Baker in northern Washington to Lassen Peak in California. Full story here.
Making Mangrove Pay (top)
“It’s one of Costa Rica’s best preserved wilderness areas,” says the University of Vermont’s Azur Moulaert of the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands, the largest mangrove forest in Central America. Here, eight species of mangrove trees tie together a maze of swamps and rivers stretching over some 66,000 acres. It is a place of nearly inaccessible beauty, providing at least $300 million each year in value, he says, “and maybe a billion or more,” in the form of ecosystem services like hurricane protection, commercial mussel habitat, clean water, healthy fisheries, tourist-attracting birds and carbon sequestration. But not all is peachy in paradise. The national government has been pushing to build an international airport nearby. A large hydroelectric station has been proposed that would dam the river feeding the wetlands. And the Pan-American Highway draws closer. Moulaert — a researcher in the department of Community Development and Applied Economics and a fellow in UVM’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics — has been leading an international project that aims to keep the wetland working while supporting the economic and conservation goals of local people. It seems to be succeeding. Read the full story here.
World Music At Center Stage (top)
Indian percussionist and singer Srinivas Krishnan kicked off his six-year tenure as UVM’s newest James Marsh Professor-at-Large with a guest lecture in Alex Stewart’s world music class. He wrote three large Hindi syllables on the blackboard and clearly relished the teaching moment that followed. Several days later, Ghanian master drummer, composer, and ethnomusicologist Sowah Mensah, a Marsh Professor-at-Large whose six-year term is ending this semester, gave his last concert in that capacity before a UVM audience. Together, the two artist/scholars represent a 12-year turn at center stage for UVM’s world music/ethnomusicology program. Full story here.
Evan Fjeld Named America East Scholar-Athlete (top)
Senior Evan Fjeld was named the 2010-11 America East Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete. A business major with a 3.23 grade point average, Fjeld was also named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team earlier this month. The senior had a big senior year for the Catamounts, leading the team in scoring (14.5 ppg), blocks (58) and field goal percentage (54.3%). He was named to the America East All-Conference First Team, as well as all-district by the USBWA and NABC. The America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year, Fjeld also led the league in both field goal percentage and blocks per game (1.9). With 14 points in a win over Stony Brook on February 6, he became the 30th Catamount in team history to top 1,000 points for his career.
Ryley Is Ski Racing Magazine Alpine Skier of the Year (top)
Vermont freshman Kate Ryley was named Ski Racing Magazine's 2011 Women's Collegiate Alpine Skier of the Year. Ryley put together an impressive rookie season for the Catamounts, who were ranked No. 1 in the magazine’s Power Rankings five of the six weeks during the regular season. The 2011 EISA Women's Alpine Rookie of the Year earned All-East First Team honors after winning five races and earning nine podium appearances on the EISA Circuit. She did not finish lower than fifth in 12 of 14 races and won both the giant slalom and slalom events at the UVM Carnival. Ryley finished the year as the EISA points leader in the GS and earned a spot on UVM's NCAA Team. At the 2011 NCAA Ski Championships in Stowe, Ryley posted a pair of fourth place finishes in the GS and slalom. She was the only alpine skier at the NCAA's, men or women, to earn double first-team All-America honors. Ryley, a business administration major, was also named to the 2011 USCSCA All-Academic Team for her efforts in the classroom. The Catamounts won five of six carnivals on the EISA Circuit this season, including earning its 31st EISA Championship. As a team, UVM dominated the EISA Circuit, winning 31 of 40 individual races, including a rare sweep of all eight events at Vermont's own carnival. UVM finished sixth at the 2011 NCAA Ski Championships, and a total of eight Catamounts earned 10 All-America citations.
Save the Dates: Rally Awards, Catamount Golf Classic (top)
The 2011 Rally Awards will be held May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington. The event is a year-end celebration of the accomplishments of the UVM student-athletes and is free and open to the public. The Catamount Golf Classic at Vermont National Country Club is July 18. For more information contact the Victory Club at 802-656-0956 or email@example.com.
In Memoriam (top)
Dr. Janet Bossange, Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer in the College of Education and Social Services, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011, after a brief struggle with cancer. Dr. Bossange’s long and distinguished career at UVM began in 1987 when, as a teacher in the Colchester School District, she supervised the field placements for elementary teacher education students and taught elementary mathematics education to UVM students. In 1995, she joined the UVM faculty as a lecturer in the Department of Education and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2006. Prior to joining the UVM faculty, she was a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership & Social Policy Program, receiving her doctoral degree in 1997. She received a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from UVM in 1988. Dr. Bossange became the Associate Dean of Outreach and Engagement for the college in 2007. Prior to her appointment at UVM, Dr. Bossange was a lecturer at Trinity College, adjunct instructor at St. Michael’s College, and Director of City Kids After School Program in Burlington. An accomplished artist, she was well known and respected within Vermont’s artistic community and was actively involved in the life of Burlington and Vermont. A memorial service was held on campus Saturday, April 23. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Dr. Janet Bossange Memorial Fund, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401. The fund will be used to support students and research activities conducted by faculty in the College of Education and Social Services at UVM.
Campus Kudos (top)
Barbara Arel, assistant professor, and Michael Tomas, associate professor, both of the School of Business Administration, have published a paper in the Journal of Sports Economics. The paper is titled "The NBA Draft: A Put Option Analogy."
Robert V. Bartlett, Gund Professor of Liberal Arts in the UVM Political Science Department, and Walter F. Baber, California State University Long Beach, were awarded the 2011 International Studies Association International Ethics Book Prize at the ISA conference in Montreal, March 16-19, 2011, for their book, Global Democracy and Sustainable Jurisprudence: Deliberative Environmental Law (MIT Press).
UVM's Career Services office has been awarded Gold recognition (the highest rating, achieved by only 12 career centers nationally) by Outforwork.org, for the quality of support offered to LGBTQ students transitioning to the workplace and was named in a Top 25 College Career Services Blogs ranking by onlineuniversities.com.
Samir Doshi, who recently completed his doctorate at UVM’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, is co-author of the study “Full Cost Accounting For the Life Cycle of Coal,” in the February edition of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Lead author is Paul Epstein from Harvard Medical School. , The study has received significant attention in the media, including an article in the New York Times blog “Green."
Lewis R. First, professor and chair of pediatrics, was elected chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners at the organization’s annual meeting April 1, 2011. He will serve a two-year term.
An article by UVM doctoral student Michael Ghebreab, postdoctoral researcher David Newsham, and Rory Waterman, assistant professor of chemistry, appeared online at the journal Dalton Transactions. The work, "Differences in the Stability of Zirconium(IV) Complexes Related to Catalytic Phosphine Dehydrocoupling Reactions," is an invited contribution to a forthcoming special issue of the journal dedicated to d0 metal catalysis.
Virginia L. Hood, professor of medicine, has been elected 2011-2012 president of the American College of Physicians, the nation’s largest medical specialty organization.
Maureen D. Neumann, associate professor and chair of the Department of Education, has published the following: "Uncovering the mathematics and cultural significance of Northern Plains Native American Star Quilts" in Making Connections: Mathematics across Discipline; "The socially responsible engineer: Assessing student attitudes of roles and responsibilities" in the Journal of Engineering Education with co-author Nancy Hayden, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; and "Incorporating a systems approach into civil and environmental engineering curricula: The effect of student work, and student and faculty attitudes" in Advances in Engineering Education with co-authors Hayden, Donna Rizzo and Mandar Dewoolkar, associate professors in civil and environmental engineering.
Juefei Wang, professor emeritus and director of the Freeman Foundation, is winner of the 2011 Robert V. Daniels Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of International Studies. During the past two decades, Wang has been a leader in international education at UVM and in the state of Vermont, promoting Asian Studies curriculum development and educational exchanges between Vermont students, teachers, and administrators with counterparts in China, Japan, and Thailand.
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