University of Vermont

Office of the President

Announcing the 2015-2016 University Scholars

Graduate College

Graduate College Dean Cindy Forehand is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 University Scholars. The University Scholars program recognizes distinguished UVM faculty members for sustained excellence in research, creative and scholarly activities. University Scholars for 2015-16 are:

Philip Ades, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine

His research has been focused on cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.   His work in developing cardiac rehabilitation programs has provided a paradigm shift in the US as to how cardiology patients are treated. He is the author of nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and review articles.  Many of his papers are considered seminal in his field.  He has received numerous awards for his research contributions. He has contributed significantly to the education of medical students, residents and interns in internal medicine, and fellows in cardiology. 

Marilyn Cipolla, Ph.D, Professor of Neurological Sciences in the Department of Neurological Sciences

She has made significant scientific discoveries and contributions to the field of smooth muscle biology that cross disciplines of cell biology, pharmacology and physiology. Her contributions to our understanding of smooth muscle physiology have been applied in medical disciplines of neurology, where she has made contributions to our understanding of cerebral arteries in stroke, and in obstetrics and gynecology by improving our understanding of preeclampsia. She is a creative and well-funded investigator whose work has resulted in numerous awards. She is a  tireless mentor of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students.

Tina Escaja, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics

She is a highly productive poet, playwright and multimedia artist who has won multiple awards including the International Poetry Prize "Dulce María Loynaz" for her manuscript Caída Libre, published in 2004. As a teacher and scholar, she has won the coveted Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (2013) and the Dean’s Lecture Award for excellence in teaching and research (2010). She has published extensively on gender, technology and representation at the turn-of-the-twentieth-century and their connections with the current turn-of-the-millennium in Latin America and Spain.

Ray Vega, Senior Lecturer, Jazz combos, Trumpet and Jazz History in the Department of Music and Dance

He is a remarkably talented trumpeter and jazz educator who is a four-time GRAMMY award winner. He performs both locally and at esteemed national and international venues including Carnegie Hall. He has worked with legendary musicians throughout his career. As an educator, Ray Vega has conducted master classes in trumpet performance, jazz improvisation, brass performance techniques and afro-caribbean jazz at many schools and organizations including, but not limited to Manhattan School of Music, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Music Advancement Program at the Julliard School, The New School in NYC, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Notre Dame University/Lebanon  At UVM he teaches classes every week, every semester, including classes for non-majors.  He is completely engaged with his students and is an amazingly gifted and talented teacher and mentor.  

Please join us at the University Scholars induction ceremony that will take place on April 29th at 4pm in Waterman Memorial Lounge.