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June 2014 (Vol. 13, No. 10)

  • Fletcher Allen's New Name to Reflect Relationship with UVM, Collaboration Among Hospitals
  • First-in-Nation State Climate Assessment Released by Vermont
  • Substantial Gift to Restore Historic Buildings, Expand Programs
  • Research Team Makes Headlines / Other National News
  • UVM One of Five Institutions Selected by NASA to Design and Create Deep Space Technology
  • UVM Startup Can Power Trillions of Sensors in Everyday Objects
  • Taking Local Around the Globe
  • Strategic Plan, University Budget Top Agenda at Leadership Meeting
  • Trustees Advance STEM Complex, Approve Budget
  • Grant to Establish Vermont Natural History Museum
  • UVM Prof Pronounces for National Spelling Bee, Trends on Twitter
  • A New World: Science, Arts and Humanities at UVM
  • Athletics Update
  • In Memoriam: Laura T. Fishman, Gordon F. Lewis
  • Campus Kudos

Fletcher Allen's New Name to Reflect Relationship with UVM, Collaboration Among Hospitals
Fletcher Allen Partners and The University of Vermont have announced that Fletcher Allen Partners will be changing its name to The University of Vermont Health Network. As part of the brand strategy approved by the Fletcher Allen Partners and University of Vermont boards, and Fletcher Allen Health Care's board, Fletcher Allen Health Care will be renamed The University of Vermont Medical Center. CVPH Medical Center will adopt the name "Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital" and will use that name together with "The University of Vermont Health Network" in all communications to express its participation in the Network. Central Vermont Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital will use their names with "The University of Vermont Health Network" in the same manner to express their affiliation in all communications. The change is planned to take effect this fall. Read more here.

First-in-Nation State Climate Assessment Released by Vermont
Vermont's famed Camel's Hump mountain might be able to take a bad weather bypass as more intense storms become the norm in a climate-changed future. But there is no bypass for the big climate changes now affecting Vermont's landscapes and economy. In the first such effort in the United States, on June 10, the Vermont Climate Assessment, produced at the University of Vermont, was released. It follows the path of the National Climate Assessment released in May. The new report combines global and national data and models with local knowledge to create a portrait of Vermont's current climate impacts -- and a detailed forecast of this New England state's warmer, wetter future. Read more here.

Substantial Gift to Restore Historic Buildings, Expand Programs
A $5 million gift from class of 1964 graduate Jack Silver and his wife Shirley will ensure the restoration of two Victorian-era jewels on the University of Vermont campus while also expanding scholarly research and programs for alumni. The commitment, which ranks among UVM’s largest donations in recent years, supports improvements to the Billings Library and renovations at the planned Alumni House, designed to be a hub of activity and educational programs for graduates and their families. Read more here.

Research Team Makes Headlines / Other National News
A Google search for Professor Paul Bierman and his research team’s groundbreaking discovery in Greenland yields more than 750 hits in multiple languages including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, the International Business Times, Le Monde, NBC news, the National Science Foundation and the homepage of NASA . . . The Wall Street Journal covered a recent $5 million gift to the university from Jack’64 and Shirley Silver of New York . . . The New York Times published a poem from award-winning poetry professor Major Jackson and profiled the latest work of photographer and alumnus Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist . . .See the full summaries of national media coverage of UVM news and people here.

UVM One of Five Institutions Selected by NASA to Design and Create Deep Space Technology
The frontiers of innovation for UVM engineering majors’ senior projects have been varied and far-reaching, impacting real-world places and products from cheese caves to golf clubs. In the coming year, a team of undergraduates, with mentorship from three engineering faculty, will create a prototype designed for use in the farthest-reaching frontier yet: deep space. Through its Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge, NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have awarded UVM with a grant to develop technology in support of its deep space mission. Read more here.

UVM Startup Can Power Trillions of Sensors in Everyday Objects
IoT might sound like the latest new texting acronym. What it actually stands for is more serious: a technology revolution waiting in the wings called the "Internet of Things." In a few short years, trillions of wireless sensors — embedded in everything from buildings to vehicles to household appliances to the bloodstream, up from 10 billion shipped annually today — will convey data of every type, over the internet, to interested parties of every kind. Technology conceived at the University of Vermont could bring the sensor-driven IoT world closer to reality by helping overcome its Achilles' heel: how all those sensors will be powered, given the impracticality and expense of installing and changing batteries. Read more here.

Taking Local Around the Globe
This year’s annual UVM Food Systems Summit took a broad look at what presenters view as a worldwide crisis: one billion people undernourished, an energy-dependent food system that relies on non-renewable energy sources, a dangerous lack of biodiversity, tropical forests in Indonesia cleared for palm oil plantations, releasing carbon that contributes to climate change. Yet for keynote speaker Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of the think tank Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, the political became personal in Vermont. Read more here.

Strategic Plan, University Budget Top Agenda at Leadership Meeting
As part of an ongoing effort to maximize transparency and information sharing across campus, the president and the provost recently hosted a half-day meeting for university leaders who received updates on the university’s overall position; the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and the Incentive-Based Budgeting model. The meeting, which was attended by more than 100 members of the UVM community who hold leadership positions in both academic and administrative units, is a continuation of a process that began last fall with a smaller gathering, and continued throughout the academic year with dozens of small-group interactions. President Tom Sullivan acknowledged the numerous contributions that members of the university community have made, which have allowed the university to continue to make steady progress on its strategic action plan. Read more here.

Trustees Advance STEM Complex, Approve Budget
At its May meeting the University of Vermont Board of Trustees approved funds for completing the architectural design of the proposed $104 million STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) complex, bringing the largest project in UVM history one step closer to groundbreaking. The board also approved a budget that included a 3.4 percent tuition increase. The STEM project dominated the board meeting, with discussions taking place in every committee. It also figured prominently in an advance letter to trustees from UVM president Tom Sullivan. Read more here.

Grant to Establish Vermont Natural History Museum
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $470,000 grant to the university to establish the University of Vermont Natural History Museum. The museum will consolidate, improve and make more accessible three of the most important natural history collections in the state, all housed at UVM: the flora represented by the plants in the Pringle Herbarium and the fauna as documented in both the invertebrate and vertebrate animal collections in the Thompson Zoological Collections. The combined size of the collections is about 660,000 specimens. The museum, a joint project of the Department of Plant Biology and the Department of Biology, will be located in Torrey Hall, where the collections currently reside. Read more here.

UVM Prof Pronounces for National Spelling Bee and Trends on Twitter
The Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned co-champions May 29 when Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe spelled “stichomythia” and "feuilleton," respectively, to take home joint titles in the prestigious competition. But a third figure got fans talking on social media. During the live broadcast of the finals on ESPN, UVM classics professor Dr. Jacques Bailly became a trending topic on Twitter. See what the Twitterverse was saying about Dr. Bailly, 1980 national spelling champion and official pronouncer since 2003 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, here.

A New World: Science, Arts and Humanities at UVM
Take a look at the research and creative endeavors supported at UVM here.


Track & Field
Senior Nika Ouellette finished 13th overall in the women's javelin competition on at the 2014 NCAA Track & Field Championships, hosted by the University of Oregon at Hayward Field. Ouellette matched Morgan Powers '12 (10,000-meter run) as the highest NCAA national finisher in program history.

Ouellette posted a distance of 48.82 meters on her first of three attempts to earn sixth place in her flight, coming just 1.19 meters shy of her personal best. The senior will earn Second Team All-America honors for the second time, finishing among the top-16 competitors. She concludes her career as a three-time NCAA All-American.

To learn more about Ouellette and her journey to the NCAA Championships, click on this CatamounTV feature: One Throw.

Men's Basketball
The men's basketball team will add seven newcomers to the program for the 2014-15 season. Six freshmen will join the program and the Catamounts will also add transfer Darren Payen to the squad. Payen comes to UVM after two seasons at Hofstra University. To read more about the six freshman and hear head coach John Becker's comments about the class, click here. In addition, Drew Urquhart, one of the six freshmen that make up the incoming class, was named to the Canadian Junior Men's National Team. He played for Canada at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Visit UVMathletics.com for a recap of his performance in the tournament.

Women's Basketball
The women's basketball team will add four newcomers to the squad this season. To read more about them, click here.

Mike Gilligan Dinner
The University of Vermont Athletic Department is honoring former men's hockey coach Mike Gilligan with a retirement dinner on July 13 at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington. The event is open to the public and costs $30 per person. Click here for information, hotel reservations, or submit a message to Mike for a keepsake scrapbook the athletic department is compiling.

2014 Catamount Golf Classic – July 14
The University of Vermont Athletic Department will host the annual Catamount Golf Classicon Monday, July 14 at the Vermont National Country Club in South Burlington. There will be two shot guns: Morning - registration at 7:30am, shotgun at 8:30am; Afternoon - registration at 12:30pm, shotgun at 1:30pm.  All proceeds will benefit the Victory Club Scholarship Fund. Click here for more information.

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Gordon F. Lewis, Ph.D., professor of sociology emeritus, died on March 18, 2014. Professor Lewis was an active and beloved member of the faculty and community, serving as chair of Sociology, president of UVM's Faculty Senate, as well as many other positions. Known for his charm, amiability, and commitments to progressive social change, he was a key and influential figure at UVM.

Laura T. Fishman, Ph.D., professor emerita of sociology, died on May 22, 2014. She was a fine colleague and sociologist, an advocate, a dedicated teacher, a tireless mother to her sons, and a charming and unique human being. Dr. Fishman began teaching at UVM in 1971. She was generous with her wisdom and advice and valued for her insights.


Sociologist Stephen Cutler, the Bishop Robert F. Joyce Distinguished University Professor of Gerontology, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. scholar grant, the fourth in his career. Next spring he will travel to the University of Tartu in Estonia, where he will teach “Aging and Social Change: Policy and Ethical Issues,” a powerfully relevant course as the Estonian population who are age 65 and older is projected to increase from 17 percent in 2010 to more than 30 percent in 2060. The impact of such a dramatic shift will be profound, according to Cutler, including an increase in the number of familial generations — with a corresponding increase in intergenerational caregiving, greater demands on the country’s economic resources, as well as increasing political influence by the elderly. Read more here.

Wanda Heading Grant, vice president for human resources, diversity and multicultural affairs, has been named to the Vermont State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The committee is charged with evaluating and reporting on civil rights concerns in the state.

Pramodita Sharma, the Sanders Professor for Family Business at the School of Business Administration, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Witten/Herdecke University in Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The honor is in recognition of Sharma’s contributions to the study of family business, which includes a widely used college textbook in the field, Entrepreneurial Family Firms (Prentice Hall, 2010), a multiple award-winning dissertation and numerous peer-reviewed articles in top journals.

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