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October 2014 (Vol. 14, No. 3)

  • $5 Million Tarrant Foundation Gift to UVM Middle School Program
  • First Major Private Gift to UVM’s STEM Project
  • UVM Breaks Ground for Alumni House Project
  • Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Graduates, Faculty, Foundation Recognizes Philanthropist Lois McClure
  • Humanities Center Offers New Programs, Support
  • Nature Paper Provides Evidence of Controversial ‘Group Selection’
  • Interview: Nancy Mathews
  • Garavan and Addiction Group Part of Worldwide Brain Study
  • New Grads Design Ecological Adaptation for Waterfront Plant
  • Research Finding: Morning Exercise Beneficial to Students
  • Alum’s Book on ‘Invisibles’ Drawing Attention
  • Study Examines Role of Government in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • Alumni Start-Up Amplifies Artisans’ Reach
  • Med Alum’s Gift Establishes LGBTQ Lectureship
  • Senator Leahy, Fairpoint, UVM Launch VCET@BTV
  • Vets Secretary, Sen. Sanders Announce Incentives to Work for VA
  • UVM Launches Nation’s First Food Hub Academic Program
  • Transportation Research Center Receives $1 Million Grant
  • UVM in the National News
  • Instagram: Fall at UVM
  • Athletics Update
  • Campus Kudos

$5 Million Tarrant Foundation Gift to UVM Middle School Program
A nationally recognized University of Vermont program bringing innovative, technology-rich teaching practices to Vermont middle school students will expand dramatically across the state thanks to a $5 million gift from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The gift is the second $5 million pledge the foundation has made to the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, housed in the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services. The earlier gift launched the institute in 2009. The foundation also funded a pilot version of the program from 2006 to 2009. Institute co-founders Rich and Deb Tarrant joined UVM President Tom Sullivan to make the announcement at a press conference Wednesday morning sponsored by the University of Vermont Foundation. Read more here.

First Major Private Gift to UVM’s STEM Project
A $1 million gift commitment from UVM alumnus Richard W. Barrett, class of 1966, and his wife, Elaine, is the first major private gift to the largest capital project in the university’s history. Barrett, president and owner of Union Leasing Corporation, based in Boulder, Colo., is a long-time donor to the university’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences through the family’s Barrett Foundation, also based in Boulder. This latest gift will be allocated to design and construction costs for UVM’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) facility, a state-of-the-art complex of labs, classrooms and research facilities that will transform the central UVM campus and fulfill a promising new academic and economic development vision for UVM. Read more here.

UVM Breaks Ground for Alumni House Project
A long-awaited gathering place for University of Vermont graduates is another step closer to reality after a groundbreaking ceremony for the UVM Alumni House on Reunion and Homecoming & Family Weekend Saturday, October 11. The university’s first Alumni House, located at 61 Summit St., will open in the fall of 2015 after undergoing extensive renovations, including an added pavilion to be used for university and community events. “This Alumni House project truly has been a university-wide source of excitement for us since we first acquired the Delta Psi fraternity House, originally the Edward Wells House, back in 2007,’’ UVM President Tom Sullivan told a crowd assembled for the ceremony. The Alumni House is the first in a series of renovation and construction projects expected to transform the UVM campus over the next few years. Read more here.

Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Graduates, Faculty, Foundation Recognizes Philanthropist Lois McClure
The University of Vermont Alumni Association and UVM Foundation honored outstanding graduates, faculty, and Vermont philanthropist Lois McClure at its annual Reunion & Homecoming weekend celebration on Oct. 10. The “Celebration of Excellence” event featured remarks by UVM president Tom Sullivan, with award citations presented by Alumni Association president Kristina Pisanelli and UVM Foundation president and CEO Richard Bundy. Read more here.

Humanities Center Offers New Programs, Support
Approximately 30 faculty gathered in Fleming Museum’s Marble Court in early October to catch up on what’s new with the university’s reinvigorated Humanities Center and, very importantly, meet one another. It was somewhere between a mixer and academic speed dating when Professor Luis Vivanco, the program’s co-director together with Professor David Jenemann, asked the guests to find someone they didn’t know already and take three minutes (time signaled with a cow bell) to introduce themselves, their disciplines, and a sense of their research interests. Forging connections and collaborative relationships between art historians and philosophers, English professors and religion professors, and myriad other combinations within the core humanities disciplines and beyond those borders is a central goal for the Humanities Center. Read more here.

Nature Paper Provides Evidence of Controversial ‘Group Selection’
Tiny spiders may have a huge story to tell about evolution. UVM biologist Charles Goodnight helped University of Pittsburgh scientist Jonathan Pruitt unravel the tale. And from these spiders’ tangled webs, the researchers have uncovered the first-ever field-based evidence for a biological mechanism called “group selection.” Evolutionary theorists have been debating its existence and power for decades. Now Pruitt and Goodnight have observed it in the wild — as they report in the journal Nature. Read more here.

Interview: Nancy Mathews
In July, Nancy Mathews arrived at UVM as the new dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. She brings with her a rich understanding of problems that blur the boundaries between wildlife, ecology, and people. Mathews, who was professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, also brings a long-held commitment to service learning, following four years as the director of Wisconsin’s Morgridge Center for Public Service. UVM Today spoke with Nancy Mathews to discuss her plans for the Rubenstein School and her vision for environmental education. Read the interview here.

Garavan and Addiction Group Part of Worldwide Brain Study
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced increased funding of a global initiative to pool data about the human brain, which will include grant funding for the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The ENIGMA project — a large, multi-site, data-pooling initiative focused on genetics and the brain that has analyzed tens of thousands of study participants at more than 100 labs in over 30 countries — will receive an $11 million increase in federal funding. A piece of this funding will allow Hugh Garavan, UVM associate professor of psychiatry and a co-developer of the ENIGMA Addiction Working Group, to direct the meta-analyses of more than 9,000 genetic-neuroimaging datasets in an effort to understand better the biological underpinnings of addiction. Read more here.

New Grads Design Ecological Adaptation for Waterfront Plant
Six months after they graduated from the University of Vermont, Tad Cooke and Erick Crockenberg are still working on a senior project. Think of it as an epic “incomplete,” an extracurricular undertaking that has segued directly into millions of dollars of advanced graduate studies. Their “project” is redevelopment of Burlington’s vacant, six-story Moran plant, a last remnant of the Queen City’s former industrial waterfront. Cooke and Crockenberg are leading an effort to turn the derelict landmark into a national example of “ecological adaptive reuse.” Neither of the hyperkinetic duo ever imagined where their self-designed major in ecological design at UVM would take them. Read more here.

Research Finding: Morning Exercise Beneficial to Students
Many school-age children happily engage in traditional physical games that allow them to run around with friends and schoolmates, blow off a little steam, and have fun. Teachers and parents have long thought that routinely making time for such activities can have a positive effect on kids’ moods and behaviors. Now researchers are documenting just that. Betsy Hoza, Bishop Joyce Chair of Human Development and professor of psychological science, was the lead author on a recent study that looked at whether a half-hour of aerobic physical activity in the morning had an impact on either children at risk for developing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or children who are developing typically. In an article published in the September issue of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Hoza and her colleagues observed that in fact it does, and in both groups. Read more here.

Alum’s Book on ‘Invisibles’ Drawing Attention
There’s a decent chance you’ve heard alumnus David Zweig ’96 on National Public Radio or read about his work in a newspaper across the past several months. His book exploring the mindset of professionals who find both personal fulfillment and great success through old-fashioned, humble, quiet dedication to their work has drawn wide attention. That’s for good reason — the book feels like a deep breath in this hyperventilating age of micro-celebrity. During a phone interview with ‘UVM Today’ from the home he shares with his wife and two young children in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Zweig was affable and easy-going but passionate about the lessons in his book. Read the interview here.

Study Examines Role of Government in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
A recent ruling by a federal judge that multinational oil and gas company BP was "grossly negligent" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill in the Gulf of Mexico placed the majority of blame on the company. Although not on trial in this case, the federal government was also culpable in the largest oil spill in U.S. history, according to a new paper by Christopher Koliba, professor in Community Development and Applied Economics, and one of his former students. Based on reports from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, the Chief Council’s Report and other government documents, Koliba and Russell Mills, assistant professor in political science at Bowling Green State University, determined that the government’s reliance on market-based accountability mechanisms and its failure to implement a regulatory process based on a mutually agreed upon set of robust standards and voluntary disclosure led to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Read more here.

Alumni Start-Up Amplifies Artisans’ Reach
Alma Hartman ’12 and Parvez Pothiawala ’06 are making the world a little smaller, a little more connected. Their business, Rock + Pillar Trading Co., works with Peruvian artisans to bring their hand-made clothing and textiles to the U.S. market, narrowing the typical gulf between producer and consumer and sharing the history of the Andes and the stories of its people in the process. Together, they’ve created an e-commerce platform and marketing strategy that includes pop-up shop locations across the U.S. — from boutiques on Church Street to markets in San Francisco. Read more here.

Med Alum’s Gift Establishes LGBTQ Lectureship
A generous gift from a Class of 1985 medical alumnus has established the Vito D. Imbasciani, M.D.’85 and George Di Salvo LGBTQ Lectureship Endowed Fund at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The Fund’s aim is to ensure the preparation of culturally-competent physicians who can provide medical care and prevention services that are specific to LGBTQ populations. Imbasciani, a urologic surgeon based in Los Angeles, Calif., and his spouse, George DiSalvo, were inspired to fund the new Imbasciani/DiSalvo Endowed LGBT Lecture following a recent visit and presentation to the UVM College of Medicine by alumnus Donald Evans, M.D.’62, a retired primary care physician and HIV/AIDS patient care pioneer and champion from Connecticut. Read more here.

Senator Leahy, Fairpoint, UVM Launch VCET@BTV
At an Oct. 14 ceremony, Senator Patrick Leahy, FairPoint, the University of Vermont and the Vermont Technology Council officially launched VCET@BTV, a co-working and technology accelerator space opened by the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). Located in downtown Burlington in the FairPoint Technology Hub, the co-working space offers startups flexible, ultra low cost meeting and office space memberships that include blazing fast one gig broadband, business mentoring, fun, and professional networking opportunities in an open floor plan design. Read more here.

Vets Secretary, Sen. Sanders Announce Incentives to Work for VA
Students from the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences packed Carpenter Auditorium on Oct. 13 to hear U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders explain how they can access some of the $5 billion in new federal funds designated for college debt relief. McDonald, who was sworn into office on July 30, 2014, talked about his efforts to revamp the largest integrated healthcare system in the U.S. His offer to those in attendance included up to $120,000 in loan debt relief in return for working for the VA. Read more here.

UVM Launches Nation’s First Food Hub Academic Program
The University of Vermont will launch an innovative Food Hub Management Certificate program in January, the first of its kind in the country. The program is a unique blend of hands-on, community-based, online and on-campus learning that will prepare students for effective management of food hubs and provide essential tools to advance their career in food systems. The program is offered through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Continuing and Distance Education. Read more here.

Transportation Research Center Receives $1 Million Grant
The University of Vermont Transportation Research Center has been selected to host the Northeast Regional Surface Transportation Workforce Center under a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The new center will be based at the Transportation Research Center on the UVM Trinity Campus in Burlington. It will focus on developing programs with partner groups throughout the region to train transportation workers for future needs and promote participation by underrepresented groups in the transportation industry. Read more here.

UVM in the National News
Psychology Today carried a blog post by David Rettew, M.D., child psychiatrist at Fletcher Allen and associate professor of psychiatry at UVM, who interviewed Burlington area pediatrician Joseph Hagan on pediatricians’ role as primary care providers for children with mental health issues . . . BloombergBusinessweek and other major media outlets across the country ran an Associated Press story quoting Charles Schnitzein, the Steven Grossman endowed chair of finance in UVM’s School of Business Administration, on "slow money," a type of socially responsible investing in sustainable food companies that provide a modest financial but a strong social return . . . . Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Joseph Hagan, M.D., a Burlington, Vt. pediatrician and co-editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures Guideline, explained in an NBC News story the long term implications of Shaken Baby Syndrome in relation to a Colchester, Vt., foster child who suffered abusive head trauma as a newborn. See the full summaries of national media coverage of UVM news and people here.

Instagram: Fall at UVM
Fall at UVM is an Instagrammer's paradise. UVM Today asked the UVM community to share their favorite photos of autumn scenes across campus with the hashtag #UVMFall. One will be featured in the university's magazine, Vermont Quarterly. See what UVM Instagrammers are sharing here.


Men’s Hockey
For the first time this season, the undefeated Vermont men's hockey team (4-0-0, 2-0-0 HEA) is ranked in both Division I national polls. The Catamounts moved up four spots to No. 13 in this week's USCHO.com Poll and are ranked 14th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Poll. Both national polls were updated on Monday. UVM is coming off a 2-1 home victory over UConn on Saturday night in the first Hockey East matchup between the schools (CatamounTV Highlights). The Catamounts continue to match their best start since 2005 when the team won its first seven games. Vermont has out-scored its opponents 13-4 through the first four games and has not trailed for a single second this season. NBC Sports Network will televise the game this Friday night (Oct. 31) at 8:05 p.m. as the Catamounts take on the 20th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana. John Walton and Anson Carter will have the call from the Compton Family Ice Arena. Vermont and Notre Dame also face off in Hockey East action on Saturday (Nov. 1) at 7:05 p.m., and both games this weekend can be accessed via NBC Sports Live Extra (cable subscription required). The Catamounts (4-0-0, 2-0-0 HEA) have matched their best start since 2005 and have out-scored their opponents 13-4 through the first four games. Notre Dame entered the national rankings this week and rides a four-game winning streak into the weekend series.

Women’s Hockey
Women's hockey is also off to a great start. Senior Amanda Pelkey was named to the USA Women's National Team roster for the Four Nations Cup in Canada. The team hosts UConn Sunday at 2 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
Men's Basketball was picked to finish fourth in the America East Preseason Poll and hosts Concordia Saturday in an exhibition game. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
The women's basketball team was picked to finish the 7th in the America East Preseason Poll. They host St. Michaels at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 in an exhibition game.

Men’s Soccer
Men's soccer is in the hunt for a playoff spot and has two regular season games left. UVM is at UMBC on Saturday (7 p.m.) and host UNH on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.

Individual Game Tickets On Sale
Tickets for individual games for men's and women's basketball, as well as men's and women's hockey, are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com, via the phone at 802-656-4410 or in person at the UVM Athletic Ticket Office located on the balcony in the Patrick Gymnasium Lobby.

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Christopher W. Allen, emeritus professor of chemistry, has co-authored, along with Pauline Malik and Anil Elias, D.Kumar and N. Singh from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, "Reactions of Alkyne- and Butadiyne-Derived Flourinated Cyclophosphazenes with Diiron and Dimolybdenum Carbonyls" in the journal Inorganic Chemistry.

Rory Waterman, associate professor of chemistry, was guest editor of the October edition of the journal Inorganica Chimica Acta. The lead editorial of this special issue was written by Waterman.

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