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  News from the Rubenstein School December 2012
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Welcome from the Dean

Interim Dean Jon EricksonEvery new semester feels a bit like being shot out of a cannon. This Fall's launch has taken me a bit further than most. I was appointed Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School on October 1st and I'm still looking for the net. Thanks to the hard work and due diligence of now Emeritus Professor Mary Watzin, the unending patience of Associate Dean Allan Strong, and the warm welcome of our faculty, staff, and students, the transition was without a hiccup. I'm up in the morning excited to represent such a talented and dedicated group. And I lay awake at night humbled by the tremendous obligation we have to each other, Vermont, and the planet, to do better.
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PRT Senior Max Ebenstein Wins First UVM Business Pitch Competition

Max Ebenstein wins business pitch competitionMax Ebenstein (PRT ’13), a senior in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Program (PRT), won the $3,000 first prize in a hotly contested first ever Business Pitch Competition, sponsored by UVM’s Business School and held in the Davis Center on October 6 during UVM’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Max’s business, a new product named “Doorack”, is a unique design for storing skis, snowboards, and related equipment and apparel neatly in limited space, such as college dorm rooms.
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Alum Rebecca Stanfield McCown Wins Best Doctoral Dissertation Award

Rebecca Stanfield McCown Win Best Disseration AwardRebecca Stanfield McCown (MS-NR '06, PhD-UVM '11) won The American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration's Best Doctoral Dissertation award for 2012. Rebecca's dissertation titled "Evalution of National Park Service 21st Century Relevancy Initiatives : Case Studies Addressing Racial Ethnic Diversity in the National Park Service" was selected as the top dissertation of the three finalists by the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration Best Paper Award Committee.
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Aiken's Green Roof

Aiken Center green roofThe Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources installed its new green roof -- or more accurately, roofs -- atop their home in the George D. Aiken Center. It's a design ten years in the making that features eight research watersheds, sloped sections that channel unabsorbed water into separate drains for measurement and further data collection. While the roof's plantings will actively absorb runoff, providing protection for Lake Champlain in the here and now, it's also serving a higher calling: to act as a testing environment to improve green roof designs of the future.
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Four James Marsh Professors-At-Large Bring Environmental Emphases to UVM

Former UVM President, James MarshThe Rubenstein School is proud to sponsor four UVM James Marsh Professors-at-Large who come from a variety of disciplines and contribute to environmental issues in contrasting yet holistic ways. These outstanding visitors will enhance intellectual and cultural life at UVM during their six-year terms and most importantly will add diverse, new dialogue around environmental issues.
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Carbon, Conservation, and Communities in the Carpathian Mountains

International conference in UkrainePut a bunch of RSENR faculty and graduate students in the Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine, and what do you get? An amazing international conference on forest carbon projects of course!
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Postdoctoral Associate Laura Anderson to Join Faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Community College of VermontLaura Anderson has been a postdoctoral associate in the RSENR Park Studies Lab for the past few years but will be leaving at the end of December to join the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Laura came to UVM to help organize the International Symposium on Society and Natural Resources that was held at UVM in 2008.
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