July 2014 (Vol. 13, No. 11)
- UVM Foundation Sets New Fundraising Records in Fiscal 2014
- Leahy Holds Judiciary Committee Hearing at UVM
- Editorial Lauds UVM’s STEM Initiative as an Imperative for the State
- Whales as Ecosystem Engineers
- Study Identifies Predictors for Teen Binge-Drinking
- UVM Researchers Head to Yellowstone Lake
- UVM's Popular Historic Tours Resume
- The Modern Mission of Historic Preservation
- Research Makes Headlines / Other National News
- Athletics Update
- Campus Kudos
UVM Foundation Sets New Fundraising Records in Fiscal 2014
The University of Vermont Foundation set new records in its fundraising activities on behalf of the university during fiscal 2014, surpassing the previous historic milestones for both commitments and receipts from donors. New fundraising commitments broke the $55 million mark for the first time in UVM history. Total commitments to UVM reached $55,248,575 as of June 30, 2014, compared with $44,523,540 in the same period a year ago, an increase of 24 percent. The previous record of $45,067,395 was set in FY12. Total receipts for the same period also reached a new record -- $37,119,156 compared with the previous high of $37,003,059 set a year ago. Read more here.
Leahy Holds Judiciary Committee Hearing at UVM
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy brought the United States Judiciary Committee that he chairs to the University of Vermont on July 1 for a field hearing on the hotly debated topic of “Preserving an Open Internet: Rules to Promote Competition and Protect Main Street Consumers.” The hearing, hosted by Leahy and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, focused on the need to restore open rules to replace FCC rules that were struck down earlier in the year by the D.C Circuit Court. Leahy recently introduced legislation known as the “Online Competition and Consumer Act” requiring the FCC to ban so-called “paid prioritization” agreements between broadband providers and content providers to help prevent the creation of a two-tiered internet system. Read more here.
Editorial Lauds UVM’s STEM Initiative as an Imperative for the State
Editor and co-publisher of the St. Albans Messenger Emerson Lynn makes a powerful case for the university’s planned $100 million investment in STEM, arguing that its focus on excellence makes UVM a stronger partner in achieving the economic development necessary to sustain Vermont. “Is it expensive?” Lynn writes. “Compared to what? Failing?” Read the piece, reprinted here with permission from the Messenger.
Whales as Ecosystem Engineers
“For a long time, whales have been considered too rare to make much of a difference in the oceans,” notes UVM conservation biologist Joe Roman. That was a mistake. In a new paper, Roman and a team of biologists have tallied several decades of research on whales from around the world. It shows that whales, in fact, make a huge difference — they have a powerful and positive influence on the function of oceans, global carbon storage, and the health of commercial fisheries. “The decline in great whale numbers, estimated to be at least 66% and perhaps as high as 90%, has likely altered the structure and function of the oceans,” Roman and his colleagues write in the July 3, 2014, online edition of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, “but recovery is possible and in many cases is already underway.” Read more here.
Study Identifies Predictors for Teen Binge-Drinking
Neuroscientists leading the largest longitudinal adolescent brain imaging study to date have learned that predicting teenage binge-drinking is possible. In fact, say the researchers in the group’s latest publication, a number of factors – genetics, brain function and about 40 different variables – can help scientists predict with about 70 percent accuracy which teens will become binge drinkers. The study appears online July 3, 2014 as an Advance Online Publication in the journal Nature. A 2012 Nature Neuroscience paper by the same researchers identified brain networks that predisposed some teens to higher-risk behaviors like experimentation with drugs and alcohol. This new study develops on that earlier work by following those young people for years (the participants in the study are now 19 years old) and identifying those who developed a pattern of binge-drinking. Read more here.
UVM Researchers Head to Yellowstone Lake
Graduate student Lee Simard and Professor Ellen Marsden recently returned from a research trip to Yellowstone National Park, where they are answering some basic questions about the feasibility of suppressing lake trout populations at their early life stages in Yellowstone Lake. Lake trout is an invasive species in Yellowstone Lake and is outcompeting and threatening the survival of the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Cutthroat populations have shown a marked decline since the invasion by lake trout, leading to a negative, cascading effect across the Yellowstone ecosystem — many avian and mammalian species rely on the cutthroat trout as a key prey source. Following their discovery in Yellowstone Lake in 1994, the lake trout population has grown exponentially, leading to a suppression program led by the National Park Service. Read more here.
UVM's Popular Historic Tours Resume
The University of Vermont has launched a new season of its popular historic tours. Led by UVM emeritus professor William Averyt, the free, weekly tours take place Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon through Oct. 12. UVM was founded in 1791, the fifth oldest university in New England, and it boasts both an array of historic buildings, including more than a dozen on the National Register of Historic Places, and a collection of fascinating personalities. “UVM’s history is a great yarn to be sure, but it also resonates with significance,” said Averyt. More information here.
The Modern Mission of Historic Preservation
If it sounds counterintuitive that historic preservation is playing a central role in addressing contemporary concerns, Thomas Visser, associate professor and director of UVM’s historic preservation program, assures that it’s not. More than a decade ago he presented a paper on sustainability in historic preservation at an international conference that was then met with mild interest. Now, it’s a mainstream topic in the field. Leading trends has helped UVM earn a place among the foremost historic preservation graduate programs in the country, yet classes are increasingly drawing undergraduates as well. Students from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, from geography, from Community Development and Applied Economics are finding a fit across disciplines. That makes sense to Visser as he guides the program with an eye toward future career opportunities. Read more here.
Research Makes Headlines / Other National News
Research by conservation biologist Joe Roman and his team, showing that whales essentially serve as ocean ecosystem engineers, has been covered around the world as it contradicts popular ideas about the giant creatures . . . Nancy Mathews, the new dean of UVM's Rubenstein School of Natural Resources and the Environment, is profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education . . . NPR and others reported on the work of associate professor Hugh Garavan, senior author of a study published in the journal Nature, that examined the underlying causes behind teenage binge drinking. See the full summaries of national media coverage of UVM news and people here.
2014 Hall of Fame Class Announced
The University of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome five new members this year in the Class of 2014. This year's inductees are Matt Knittle '03 (men's skiing), Kristal Kostiew '04 (women's track & field), John Minahan '02 (men's skiing), Aaron Yantzi '04 (women's basketball), and Robert Cioffi '90 (special inductee). All five individuals will be formally inducted at the 46th annual UVM Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner at the Davis Center on the UVM campus on Saturday, September 13. Click here to read more.
Men's Basketball Heads to Canada
The University of Vermont men's basketball team will get a jump on the 2014-15 season with a five-day trip to Canada, August 9-13. The Catamounts will play five games in five days and visit Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa. All returning players in addition to UVM's six-player freshman class will be able to play during the trip. UVM will face some stiff competition during the five days. Carleton has won 10 of the last 12 CIS Championships and beat Wisconsin last summer, while also taking Syracuse to overtime. Ottawa was the top seeded team in this year's CIS Championship and fell to Carleton in last year's national final. The Gee-Gees defeated TCU, 90-74, in an exhibition game last summer. Click here for the entire Canadian Tour schedule and here for the team's non-conference schedule for the 2014-15 season.
Mike Gilligan Dinner Recap
The career of Mike Gilligan was honored at his official retirement dinner on Sunday night at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center. Gilligan spent 30 years at the University of Vermont as the head coach of men's hockey and golf and as an assistant coach for women's hockey. The night was introduced by associate vice president & director of athletics Dr. Robert Corran, and former head men's basketball coach Tom Brennan served as the emcee. The event also featured speeches and presentations from a number of Gilligan's family members, close friends, colleagues, and former players: Norwich head coach Mike McShane, Mike's brother Bob Gilligan, local friend Rich Tarrant, former player and past president of UVM Alumni Association Ted Madden '92, former player and past chair of the UVM Board of Trustees Ian Boyce '89, former player and UVM all-time leading scorer Martin St. Louis '97, former player and assistant coach Joe Gervais'88, and former St. Lawrence head coach and longtime friend Joe Marsh. Click here to read more about the evening and see interviews with those in attendance.
2014 Catamount Golf Classic Recap
The University of Vermont Athletic Department hosted its annual Catamount Golf Classic presented by Baker Distributing on July 14 at Vermont National Country Club in South Burlington. The double shotgun scramble tournament raised $26,185 in support of the Victory Club Scholarship Fund. Almost 150 golfers participated in the tournament, which raised more than enough money to support one instate Vermont student-athlete's tuition, fees and room and board. The Athletic Department would like to thank all the golf participants and tee sponsors that helped make the day such a success. Click here to read more. Each golfer received a cooler provided by Select Design, a six-pack of Otter Creek Fresh Slice donated by Baker Distributing and a 47 Brand Catamount hat. On the course, The Heritage Group supplied a Toyota and Steve Gentile, Morgan Stanley, sponsored a $10,000 cash prize for hole-in-one prizing, and athletics staff delivered Switchback beer, Boloco, Junior's Downtown pizza and beverages (provided by Coca-Cola) to golfers during their round. Other food was provided by The Bagel Place and Kountry Kart Deli.
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Marcia Bosek, associate professor of nursing, has been appointed to the American Nurses Association (ANA) Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board. The appointment is considered one of the top professional roles for a nurse ethicist.
At the recent Family Enterprise Research Conference held in Portland, Ore., UVM Business School Professor Rocki-Lee DeWitt, was the third co-author of research that won a “Best Paper” award. DeWitt collaborated with two scholars and co-authors, Francesco Barbera and Isabell Stamm. Their paper entitled “The Untimely Death of a Founder: A Case Study of Intergenerational Innovation," answered the research question “Does the untimely passing of the business’ founder disrupt intergenerational innovation?” Read more on the School of Business Administration website.
Jenna Foran, a recent graduate student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Tiffany Hutchins, assistant professor in CSD; Patty Prelock, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and professor of pediatrics in the College of Medicine; and Dianna Murray-Close, associate professor in psychology, won the 2014 Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders Editor's Award for their article "Examining the Benefit of Including a Sibling in Story-Based Interventions with a Child with Asperger Syndrome." The article was noted for its contribution as an innovative treatment approach, which could be applied to a variety of populations in addition to Asperger Syndrome.
Nancy Mathews, the new dean of UVM's Rubenstein School of Natural Resources and the Environment, is profiled in the July 18 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article is titled "New Dean to Involve Students in Environmental Issues Near and Far." Mathews, who started at UVM on July 1, came to the university from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Read the story here.
Alan Tinkler, assistant professor of education, has been named a finalist for the Ernest A. Lynton Award for Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and the Center for Engaged Democracy. The award is presented annually to pre-tenure faculty members from across the disciplines who connect their teaching, research and service to community engagement.
Timothy Tourville, research assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, received the 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation during its 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo held June 25 to 28 in Indianapolis, Ind. This national award acknowledges the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of athletic training and is provided to recognize work that advances the athletic training profession through research and education. Read more.
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