November 2013 (Vol. 13, No. 4)
- New Consortium Will Make Vermont a Global Center of Food Systems Education
- Vermont Cynic Recognized With Two National Awards
- UVM and Vermont Law School to Collaborate to Enhance New Accelerated MBA Program
- U.S. News Ranks UVM Among Top 10 Best National Universities for Veterans
- PNAS Study: Linking Human Health and Ecosystems
- Multi-center Study of Mysterious Trauma-Induced Hemorrhaging
- Corps Values
- Angela Davis Highlights Inaugural UVM Women's Summit
- Interviewing Inmates for Change
- Open Access Institutional Repository: ScholarWorks@UVM
- Remaking Maple
- Bike Culture
- Global Service, Global Studies
- New Financial Literacy Programs for Students, Alumni
- Athletics Updates
- Campus Kudos
New Consortium Will Make Vermont a Global Center of Food Systems Education
Vermont took a giant step in early November toward becoming a global center for food systems education. The leaders of six of Vermont’s higher education institutions signed a groundbreaking agreement to create a premier destination for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students who want to learn how to advance sustainable and robust food systems. By pledging to use Vermont as a shared food systems campus, the founding members of this new consortium will offer students a rich array of cross-institutional experiences and strengthen the state’s reputation as the national educational leader in innovative food systems implementation. Read more here.
Vermont Cynic Recognized With Two National Awards
The Vermont Cynic was awarded two best-of-show awards from the National College Media Convention, a 2,300-student event held in New Orleans Oct. 23-27. Six Cynic staff members were on hand to accept the awards: one for best special edition (ninth place) and one for best multimedia package (third place). It was the first time that the Cynic has entered in either category and comes off a year of growing the Cynic’s multimedia coverage, says Mike Eaton, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief. Read more on the UVM Journalism Blog.
UVM and Vermont Law School to Collaborate to Enhance New Accelerated MBA Program
Vermont Law School and the University of Vermont are collaborating to enhance opportunities for students to receive both the newly created accelerated Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA at the School of Business Administration and a law or masters degree at Vermont Law School. This collaboration will train tomorrow's leaders in both business and law to create profitable and sustainable business opportunities and social enterprises. Students who take advantage of these accelerated programs, in addition to guaranteed acceptance for qualified students, can earn both the MBA and an accelerated J.D. in three years, two years less than the typical time required. Read more here.
U.S. News Ranks UVM Among Top 10
Best National Universities for Veterans
In a list by U.S. News ranking the best colleges and universities for veterans, UVM places 10th among 52 top national universities that offer benefits to men and women returning from service. The university’s career center, which can help veterans translate their military experience to a civilian resume, and the Veterans Collaboration Organization, a peer support group, were cited as key advantages for this population. Read more here.
PNAS Study: Linking Human Health and Ecosystems
Since the Greek physician Hippocrates observed that diseases arise from nature — and not the wrath of gods — people have understood that human health and the environment are linked. Pollution, radiation and heavy metals are well-known hazards. But until recently, science has paid little attention to how broad changes in Earth’s natural systems — like oceans, climate and land cover — also contribute to both human health and disease. Now, Taylor Ricketts, director of UVM’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, is co-author of a new paper that works to quantify some of these effects — and point out gaps in our knowledge. “Human Health Impacts of Ecosystem Alteration,” was published Nov. 11 in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more here.
Multi-center Study of Mysterious Trauma-Induced Hemorrhaging
A new five-year, $23.8 million National Institutes of Health grant will support a multi-center, multidisciplinary study on a deadly bleeding syndrome – called coagulopathy – that occurs without warning in some trauma patients. Led by University of Vermont Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry Kenneth Mann, Ph.D., the TACTIC (Trans-Agency Consortium for Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy) study is a cooperative effort funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute that establishes a unique collaboration between the NIH and the Department of Defense. Faculty representing five departments at UVM will lead projects for the grant. Read more here.
Maybe it’s the size and scale of Vermont or its agricultural heritage, but there’s something about the Green Mountains that entices citizens and students to answer the call of the Peace Corps. Whatever the reason, year after year, Vermont and UVM rank among the highest producers of Peace Corps volunteers. In the Corps’ 2013 ranking, Vermont was second among all states for residents who served, and UVM was fifth among like-sized colleges and universities. Since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961, 210,000 Americans have served around the globe. Counted among the volunteers are 819 UVM alumni. Read more here.
Angela Davis Highlights Inaugural UVM Women's Summit
More than 250 faculty, staff and members of the local community packed the Davis Center’s Silver Maple Ballroom Room to listen to activist, author and scholar Angela Davis and to discuss complex issues related to gender and identity in the workplace at the first-ever University of Vermont Women’s Summit on Nov. 13. The all-day forum organized by the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs explored common challenges and experiences in the workplace through presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, and presented social opportunities for women to network and share information that will be advantageous in career advancement. Read more here.
Interviewing Inmates for Change
Senior Molly Jeffries became aware of the correlation between income and education and incarceration rates in her upper-level criminal justice course. It wasn’t until she sat across from an inmate at a Vermont correctional facility while conducting a survey for the Department of Corrections that she saw the reality of being on the wrong side of that equation. Jeffries’ transformative experience was exactly what sociology professors Alice Fothergill and Kathy Fox were hoping for when they accepted a request from Jill Evans, women and family services coordinator at the Vermont Department of Corrections, to create a survey to learn more about the families and children of prisoners in Vermont and how they are impacted by the incarceration of their loved one. Read more here.
Open Access Institutional Repository: ScholarWorks@UVM
To help preserve and promote access to scholarship, many institutions of higher education have created online repositories — systems for storing, organizing and disseminating the research and other scholarly materials produced by their communities — warehouses of information that don't require expensive subscriptions to access. This month, UVM joins that effort with the launch of ScholarWorks@UVM, a digital repository of UVM scholarship freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Using software created by Digital Commons, the UVM Libraries have begun to archive the university's scholarly materials -- now searchable at ScholarWorks -- from students' environmental studies theses to family medicine articles to specimen notebooks and drawings from the Pringle Herbarium. The platform is accessible for submitting materials, from PDFs to audio or video files, with a UVM net ID and password. Read more here.
Four years ago, Tim Perkins and Abby van den Berg cut the top off a maple tree. As researchers at the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center, they wanted to learn more about sap flow. Instead, they discovered an entirely new way to make maple syrup. “It’s revolutionary in some ways,” says Perkins. Their new technique uses tightly spaced plantations of chest-high sugar-maple saplings. Read more here.
UVM is included on the League of American Bicyclists' list of bike-friendly universities. One student-run club BUG, the Bike Users Group, is aiming to make UVM bike-friendlier, still. UVM Today checked in with the club to see how their bike-share program and on-campus repair shop help create and promote bike culture across campus. See the video here.
Global Service, Global Studies
A year ago on a high school trip to Costa Rica, first-year student Alia Degen helped rebuild pathways in the rainforest and pave roads in the capital city, San Jose. While on the trip, she remembers noticing another sign of service in the country: a child wearing canvas moccasins from California-based Toms Shoes. Seeing evidence of the brand's mission in action -- a company that for every shoe purchased donates another pair to a child in need -- was partly what prompted Degen to enter Toms' Ticket to Give contest earlier this year. Chosen among thousands of entries, Degen was one of 50 selected to go on a giving trip and personally deliver shoes to impoverished children this fall, and experience she describes with one word: “amazing.” Read more here.
New Financial Literacy Programs for Students, Alumni
A newly created Student Employment Office has partnered with SALT, a nonprofit-backed online resource, to offer free financial advice to students and recent alumni. Through tutorials, articles, videos, workshops and more, SALT "helps students and families navigate financing a higher education, successfully manage any resulting debt, and build money skills for life," its website says. Students and recent alumni have received invitations to join the membership-based site, where they can track student loan payments; learn how to budget; find scholarships, internships and jobs; and plan large purchases. This program is just one of the efforts under way at the new Student Employment Office (SEO), created this year as part of the university's Career Success Action Plan. Read more here.
MEN'S SOCCER 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION RECAP
On Homecoming and Reunion Weekend the UVM men's soccer program celebrated its 50th anniversary season. Over 150 alumni, friends and families joined the current team members in the celebration. Click here for a recap, photos and videos from the weekend.
MEN'S HOCKEY 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The Vermont men's hockey program hosted a 50th anniversary celebration presented by Vermont National Country Club on November 1-2, 2013. The celebration looked at the history of the men's hockey program including how the program started and where it is now. The weekend's events included an alumni game and family skate, Catamount men's hockey games vs. new Hockey East opponent Notre Dame, and a celebration dinner at the Sheraton. Read more.
CATAMOUNTS TO WEAR THROWBACK JERSEYS AT HOME
The men's hockey program recently unveiled its special home jersey for the 2013-14 season. The limited edition jerseys are available at the UVM Bookstore and the Catamount Store on Church Street. The jerseys can also be purchased online. Click here for a photo gallery and video from the jersey unveiling to the players.
HOCKEY TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Single game tickets for UVM men's and women's hockey this season are now on sale. Click here for more information and to purchase them online or call the UVM Athletic Ticket Office at 802-656-4410.
MEN'S BASKETBALL UPDATE
The Vermont men's basketball team is in the midst of a seven-game road trip during which they will travel 7,979 miles and play games on both the East and West Coasts. After facing No. 6 Duke on November 24, the Catamounts travel to San Francisco for three-games at the Golden Gate Challenge hosted by the University of San Francisco.
UVM Men's Basketball Schedule
UVM Women's Basketball Schedule
COURNOYER WINS #100
Gerry Cournoyer, the head coach of the women's swimming and diving team, earned his 100th career victory at Vermont when the Catamounts swept Central Connecticut and Merrimack on Nov. 16. Cournoyer is the all-time winningest coach at UVM and has 206 wins in his coaching career.
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Moustapha Diouf, associate professor of sociology, has been appointed as a special adviser to the prime minister of Senegal and to an associated position of president of the Millenium Challenge Account (MCA) in Senegal. The MCA is a U.S.-funded $540 million foreign development project. Learn more.
Kenneth Gross, professor of mathematics and statistics, has been recognized by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England with the organization's highest award, The Rev. Stanley J. Bezuska Lifetime Service Award for Teaching and Learning. The award highlighted Gross' numerous contributions to mathematics education, including having founded the Vermont Mathematics, Science, and Technology High School Summer Enrichment Institute (now the Governor's Institute in the Mathematical Sciences) and the Vermont Mathematics Initiative. It also recognized the impact of his work on teaching and learning of mathematics in Vermont and nationally.
Robert Nash, professor in the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences, won the 2013 Critics Choice Award given annually by the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) for his book Teaching College Students Communication Strategies for Effective Social Justice Advocacy (New York: Peter Lang, 2012). The book was co-authored with Richard G. Johnson III, a former assistant professor in educational leadership and policy studies, and Michele Murray, a graduate of UVM’s CESS-HESA program. Nash, who has now won three national awards for books he’s authored, is currently working on his 14th contracted book titled How Stories Heal: Writing Our Way to Meaning and Wholeness in the Academy. His most recent book, co-authored with UVM’s Sydnee Viray, Our Stories Matter: Liberating the Voices of Marginalized Students Through Scholarly Personal Narrative Writing, was published in March of 2013.
Professor Garrison Nelson continued his whirlwind tour in support of his book, Pathways to the Supreme Court: From the Arena to the Monastery, scheduled to be released Dec. 18.
The University of Vermont's Proctor Maple Research Center in Underhill, Vt., received the Richard G. Haas Distinguished Service Award from the North American Maple Syrup Council at its 54th Annual Meeting in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Oct. 25. UVM's Proctor Center was honored for its "outstanding contributions to the advancement of the maple industry" and its team of UVM researchers and staff: Tim Perkins, research professor and director; Abby van den Berg, assistant professor; Tim Wilmot, UVM Extension maple specialist; Brian Stowe, sugaring operations and land manager; and Mark Isselhardt, research technician/analyst.
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