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March 2014 (Vol. 13, No. 7)

  • UVM Alumna One of Fortune Magazine’s 'World’s 50 Greatest Leaders'
  • Two UVM Students Named Goldwater Scholars
  • Davis Center Featured in PBS 'Visionaries' Series
  • Research Sets New Bar in Lung Regeneration
  • UVM’s Prestigious 2014 Beckman Scholars Program Awards
  • Dendritic Cell Research Could Improve Vaccines, Immune Health
  • UVM Career Center Featured in USA Today / Other National News
  • 'Orange Is the New Black' Actress Enchants Davis Center Crowd
  • Improving Placements for Children in Foster Care
  • Physics Receives Gift in Memory of Professor Robert Detenbeck
  • Professor’s Research Connects Career Skills with Volunteering
  • Alternative Spring Break Connects Students to Communities
  • Campus Kudos

UVM Alumna One of Fortune Magazine’s ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’
Kathy Giusti, founder and CEO of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and a 1980 graduate of the University of Vermont, has been named one of the ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ by Fortune Magazine. Giusti takes her place on the list in the company of such luminaries as Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, Warren Buffett, Angela Merkel, Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kya, Jeff Bezos, Christine Lagarde, Michael Bloomberg, Gabrielle Giffords, and other leaders the magazine’s editors identify as “men and women who will inspire you — some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better. Read more here.

Two UVM Students Named Goldwater Scholars
University of Vermont Honors College students Kathleen Bashant ’16 and Christopher Kenseth ’15 have been named 2014 Goldwater Scholars. The Goldwater is a nationally competitive prestigious scholarship that recognizes sophomores and juniors who have done outstanding work in science, technology, math, or engineering (STEM) disciplines and who are on track to become leading researchers and innovators in their fields. Named for former Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the award is the premier undergraduate award of its type in STEM fields. Read more here.

Davis Center Featured in PBS 'Visionaries' Series
UVM's student union, the Dudley H. Davis Center, was selected to appear in a PBS Visionaries documentary, honoring the Association of College Unions International's 100th anniversary. Hosted by actor Sam Waterston, best known for his role on "Law & Order," the Visionaries series highlights the stories of nonprofit organizations around the world that are working to make a positive difference in their community and beyond. View the video here.

Research Sets New Bar in Lung Regeneration
In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration, including pioneering discoveries by University of Vermont Professor of Medicine Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues, hold promise for this population, which includes an estimated 12.7 million people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Read more here.

UVM’s Prestigious 2014 Beckman Scholars Program Awards
The University of Vermont is among 12 recipients selected for a prestigious 2014 Beckman Scholars Program award recognizing outstanding undergraduate research students in chemistry and biological sciences. The award from the Beckman Foundation provides scholarship assistance in the amount of $21,000 for each of UVM’s five Beckman Scholars for two summers and one academic year in support of a sustained, in-depth undergraduate research experience. Scholars are expected to perform research activities for 10 hours each week during the semester and 40 hours per week during summer research internships in 2014 and 2015. Beckman Scholars are expected to pursue an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Read more here.

Dendritic Cell Research Could Improve Vaccines, Immune Health
Eyal Amiel didn’t think he wanted to study immunology, let alone make a career of it. But as co-author of a paper recently published in the journal Nature Immunology, Amiel, assistant professor in the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Science in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is at the forefront of research that could eventually lead to changes in vaccine design, along with new approaches to treating immune-related diseases. Read more here.

UVM Career Center Featured in USA Today / Other National News
UVM’s new Career + Experience Center is featured throughout USA Today’s trend story on the growing focus in higher education on helping undergraduates look ahead and prepare for life after graduation . . . Associate professor of business David Jones and his research on the nature and impact of “Citizen Schools” are featured in an article in Forbes. Citizen Schools, sponsored by leading technology and science companies, provide a longer school day for lower-income children in an effort to bridge educational gaps and connect employees from these companies as volunteers in the classroom . . . Joe Roman, a fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and prominent conservation biologist, appeared on NPR’s “Science Friday” to offer his insight and perspective on the state of the endangered species act after 40 years under the law. He talks about the origins of the act, its effects and its future . . . The Associated Press, in a story that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and elsewhere, reported on UVM President Tom Sullivan’s recent visit to the White House as part of a group of college presidents from across the country. At the meeting, Sullivan presented on UVM’s New Americans program, which aims to increase the enrollment of students whose families have immigrated to Vermont, many as refugees. See the full summaries of national media coverage of UVM news and people here.

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actress Enchants Davis Center Crowd
“I stand before you this evening a proud, African American, transgender woman,” said actress, producer and transgender advocate Laverne Cox to a capacity crowd in the Davis Center’s Grand Maple Ballroom — and to another full room listening in via closed-circuit screening on the floor below — during her Feb. 20 talk at UVM. “Just as Sojourner Truth did, I stand and claim my womanhood in a social context which would often deny it.”  Although the actress is best known for her role on the acclaimed Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” the hit show wasn’t the focus of the evening. Read more here.

Improving Placements for Children in Foster Care
The timing of Jessica Strolin-Goltzman’s arrival on campus less than three years ago couldn’t have been more fortuitous for the university, the state, and most importantly, children in foster care. Having landed more than $3 million in federal grants, the associate professor of social work is helping usher in a new era in child welfare that’s focused on the overall well-being of each child. Read more here.

Physics Receives Gift in Memory of Professor Robert Detenbeck
When Robert W. Detenbeck, emeritus professor of physics, died last summer he was celebrated as an accomplished researcher and one UVM’s most beloved teachers. Now his widow, Jeanne Detenbeck, has extended that legacy, by giving a gift of $150,000 to the UVM Physics Department in his honor. The funds will be used to support graduate student education. “Bob guided and mentored so many students,” recalled Jeanne Detenbeck. “He would have been very pleased to help these new students, too.” “This generous gift comes at an opportune time,” said Dennis Clougherty, professor and chair of the UVM Physics Department. “We are in the process of launching a Ph.D. program in physics, and we are looking forward to growing this program in a newly constructed, state-of-the-art STEM complex in three years.” Read more here.

Professor’s Research Connects Career Skills with Volunteering
For almost a decade, David Jones, associate professor of business administration at the University of Vermont, has studied how company-supported volunteer programs increase employee loyalty, happiness and retention. Starting in 2006 with his study of a Green Mountain Coffee Roasters program to support and encourage its employees to volunteer and serve their communities, Jones began to note a pattern: Companies who invest in employee volunteerism can recoup those investments – and then some. Read more here.

Athletics Update

Men’s Hockey
The University of Vermont men's hockey team (@UVMmhockey) will face Union in the NCAA Tournament on Friday (March 28) at 2 p.m. at Webster Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app and is slated to begin at 2 p.m.  The Catamounts, ranked No. 16 nationally, are making their sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history and first since 2009-10. With an overall record of 20-14-3 (10-10-0 HEA), UVM is in the midst of its first 20-win season since 2008-09 when it reached the NCAA Frozen Four for the second time in school history. That season, the Catamounts beat Yale and Air Force in Bridgeport, Conn. to advance to the national semifinals against Boston University. Watch reaction from the selection show here, and watch the preview for Friday NCAA game here. Vermont freshman forward Mario Puskarich became the first Catamount to win the Hockey East Rookie of the Year Award and teammates Chris McCarthy (Second Team) and Michael Paliotta (Honorable Mention) earned All-Star status for the 2013-14 men's hockey season. Puskarich is Vermont's first Rookie of the Year since Joe Fallon '08 won the award in the school's final ECAC season in 2004-05. Only six Catamounts have won a league Rookie of the Year award, and Puskarich marks just the fourth since 1973. On Wednesday, the freshman was announced as one of three unanimous selections to the 2013-14 Pro Ambitions Hockey East All-Rookie Team.

Men’s Basketball
The Vermont men's basketball team (@UVMmbb) made its sixth straight postseason appearance when it faced Georgia in Athens, Ga. in the first round of the NIT. The Bulldogs, a No. 2 seed, used a late second half rally to erase a nine-point deficit and post a 63-56 win over the seventh-seeded Catamounts. UVM finished the year with a record of 20-11, its sixth straight 20-win campaign, the longest current streak of 20-win seasons among Division I schools in New England. Watch the selection show reaction and more behind the scenes action from the NIT trip, including a feature on former coach Tom Brennan (Georgia Class of 1971) who joined the Catamounts on the road, here. Head coach John Becker was named the 2014 America East Coach of the Year after guiding the Catamounts to a 15-1 mark in league play and the program's sixth America East Regular Season crown. Vermont cruised through the conference slate, winning contests by an NCAA-best 20.9 points per game. In three seasons at the helm University of Vermont men’s basketball head coach John Becker has guided the Catamounts to three 20-win seasons, three straight postseason berths (NCAA, NIT, CBI), won an America East Tournament title (2012), an America East Regular Season crown (2014) and a NCAA Tournament game (2012). He is one of 16 active coaches to post 20 wins in his first three seasons as a Division I head coach at a single school. Several other Catamounts were also honored at the end of the year. Brian Voelkel was named the America East Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned a spot on the all-defensive team for the third straight season and was named to the America East All-Conference First Team for the second time in his career. He was also named to the NABC All-Dstrict Team. Voelkel is the only player in Division I men's basketball history to record over 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in a career. He became UVM's all-time leader in rebounds, assists, consecutive games played and games played this season.  He is the ninth player in league history to reach the 1,000-rebound milestone and currently ranks third (1,145). He also ranks fifth among the America East assist leaders (663). Voelkel is the second Catamount to earn the league's defensive player of the year honor since its inception in 2003. Marqus Blakely won three straight America East Defensive Player of the Year honors from 2008-10. Clancy Rugg and Sandro Carissimo were named to the America East All-Conference First Team, while Ethan O'Day was picked for the America East All-Defensive Team. Carissimo and Luke Apfeld were also honored with a spot on the America East All-Academic Team. Rugg also earned a spot on the USBWA All-District Team.

Women’s Hockey
The UVM women's hockey team (@UVMwhockey) advanced to the Hockey East Semifinals after an epic victory in a three-overtime game against Maine in the quarterfinal round. The Catamounts were able to host a Hockey East playoff game for the first time in program history and defeated the Black Bears when junior forward Brittany Zuback scored with 2:48 left in the third overtime to give Vermont at 3-2 win (click here for highlights). The game was the longest Hockey East women's game ever and the longest game in UVM hockey history (men or women). Vermont fell to Boston College in the semifinals, but set 24 new records during the course of the 2013-14 season. Head coach Jim Plumer was named the Co-Hockey East Coach of the Year. Goaltender Roxanne Douville was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star for the second straight year, and Gina Repaci and Amanda Pelkey were second-team honorees. Dayna Colang earned honorable mention honors.

The Vermont ski team (@UVMskiing) made a furious rally on the final day of the NCAA Ski Championships in Park City, Utah to climb from fifth place to second. The women's slalom trio of Kristina Riis-Johannessen, Kate Ryley and Elise Tefre swept the podium, finishing 1-2-3, to lead Vermont. It marked just the ninth time in NCAA Championship history, and second time in alpine events, that a single school swept the podium at an event. Riis-Johannessen won her first NCAA title after finishing runner-up in the slalom the past two seasons. Anja Gruber completed the tough task of repeating as an NCAA Champion in the women's 5k classic race. Senior Jonathan Nordbotten also earned a spot on the men's slalom podium, finishing third overall. Vermont finished as the national runner-up for the 15th time in program history and have been on the podium at each of the last three NCAA Championships. Overall, nine Catamounts earned 12 All-America citations. Gruber, Ryley and Kevin Drury were double All-Americans. Watch the highlights here. The Catamounts also won their fourth straight Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship this year, dominating the hill at Middlebury Snow Bowl and sweeping the women's 10K freestyle mass start race.

Women’s Basketball
The UVM women's basketball season (@UVMwbb) was highlighted by freshman Kylie Butler's selection to the America East All-Rookie Team. Butler was one of the top rebounding rookies on America East this season, averaging 6.0 rebounds per game, tied for the team lead. Freshman Jordan Eisler, the team's leader in assists, scored a career-high 22 points in the America East Quarterfinals versus New Hampshire in the season finale. Fellow freshman Kristina White finished the year ranking third on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg) and made a team-high 51 3-pointers. The Catamounts will return their top three scorers, 93 percent of their scoring, 89 percent of their rebounding and 87 percent of the minutes played in 2014-15.

Men’s Lacrosse
Ian MacKay and Michael Clarke have combined to win the America East Rookie of the Year honor four times this season for the UVM men's lacrosse team (@UVMmlax). MacKay, who is ranked sixth in the Inside Lacrosse Division I Freshmen Rankings, leads Vermont in scoring with 20 goals and 29 points this season. The Catamounts stand at 5-3 overall and have won five of their last six games. UVM is ranked eighth in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Poll (NEILA). Vermont begins America East action on Saturday (March 29) with a trip to Albany (1 p.m.). The game can be seen online via AmericaEast.tv for free. The Vermont men's lacrosse program will honor John Scotnicki '88 on April 11-12 during the Vermont Lacrosse Alumni Weekend. John passed away in June after a courageous battle with cancer, and his special bond with the program and his teammates will be celebrated during the weekend. For more information please call the Victory Club Office at 802-656-3075 or send an email to victory.club@uvm.edu.

Women’s Lacrosse
The Vermont women's lacrosse team (@UVMwlax) is 8-2 on the year. The Catamounts are averaging the second-most goals per game in the nation at 16.90 per contest. Senior Sydney Mas leads the team in scoring with 40 goals and 45 points in 10 games. Her 40 tallies are the second most in the country. She is on the verge of becoming the first player in program history to reach the 200 goal-plateau. She has scored 50 or more goals in each of her first three full seasons and is 11 points shy of taking over the program record for most career points (241), currently held by Kristen Millar '09. The Catamounts travel to New Hampshire on Saturday (March 29) to open up America East action. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. and can be seen online via AmericaEast.tv for free.

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Campus Kudos

A paper co-authored by Eyal Amiel, assistant professor in UVM’s Department of Medical Laboratory Science in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, could lead to clinical applications that include improved vaccine design and the treatment of immune-related disease. The paper was published last week in the prestigious journal Nature Immunology, one of the family of publications created by the journal Nature.

Lewis R. First, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.P., professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and chief of pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award  –  considered the highest honor in the field of pediatrics. The award was announced by The Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO), a coalition of the nation’s seven major pediatric organizations, which recognizes only one physician per year for broad and sustained contributions to pediatrics that have had or will have a major impact on child health. Most importantly, the award recognizes those individuals who have “created a future.”

Ted Flanagan, emeritus professor of chemistry authored or co-authored the following publications: "Solubility and Diffusion of H in Ordered (L12) and Disordered Pd3Mn", T. Flanagan, D. Wang, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids; and "The Role of the Thermodynamic Factor on Hydrogen Diffusion in Metal and Alloy Membranes", T. Flanagan, Defect and Diffusion Forum.

Lisa Homes, associate professor in history, had an article published in the January, 2014, issue of the journal Political Science and Politics titled, "Lower Federal Court Judicial Conformation Fights: A Critical Review of the Empirical Literature and Future research Directions." The article includes a comprehensive review of 20 years of politcal science literature on lower federal court appointments in politics. Holmes and her co-authors take stock of the political science literature in this area and highlights where scholarly interest appears to be going.

Diane Jette, P.T., M.S., D.Sc., professor and former chair of rehabilitation and movement science at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The APTA presents the award in honor of outstanding basic clinical and educational research, sustained for at least 10 years, that makes a meaningful contribution to the scientific basis of physical therapy. Frequency of scientific publications and presentations and a demonstrated continuity of commitment to the physical therapy profession are also recognized.

Eleanor Miller, professor of sociology and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright research grant to study Portugal’s shift from criminalizing drug use to a treatment-based model for supporting addicts. In the spring of 2015 Miller will be based in Lisbon at Universidade Nova’s law school, Faculdade de Direito.

The international 2014 Equestrian Social Media Awards created the Equestrian Digital Awards to showcase digital excellence beyond social media, and UVM Extension national and state collaborations were recognized as top ten finalists in two categories.

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