Professor Jon Erickson Appointed Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School
On October 1, Jon D. Erickson, professor of ecological economics, was appointed Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School following former Dean Mary Watzin's move to North Carolina State University. Jon joined the faculty of the School and Environmental Studies Program in 2002 and is also a fellow in UVM's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.
Environmental Program Celebrates 40 Years
In the late 1960s, long-accepted worldviews on environment were being shaken to the core. Wake-up calls rolled in, one after another -- the oil spill on the coast of Santa Barbara, anti-nuclear protests around the world, the humbling Apollo 8 images of earthrise from space. Rachel Carson’s urgent words in Silent Spring called out for a new approach to the ecological web of life. Rumblings of environmental interest were stirring on the UVM campus as well.
New Director, New Directions for the Gund Institute
In 2005, the Johnson House, home of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, underwent a drastic move, crossing Main Street to reside in its current physical location. Now, in 2012, it is moving in yet another direction as it expands as an institution. Recently appointed director of the Gund Institute, Taylor Ricketts has been responsible for guiding that movement.
Greening of Aiken Update: Eco-Machine Ramp-Up
Many in the Rubenstein School may be wondering about the status of the Eco-MachineTM across the entryway from the solarium. For those new to the expression, "Eco-Machines" are assembled ecosystems designed to perform some sort of work. The Aiken Eco-Machine is converting wastewater into clean, safe water to recycle for toilet flushing. The wastewater is purified by growing a complex, self-designing ecosystem on the nutrients and energy in our waste — right in our front entrance!
Scholarship Fund Established for Founder of UVM Environmental Studies Program
Friends and family of the late Carl H. Reidel, founder of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Vermont and nationally recognized environmental policy advocate, have established an endowed scholarship fund in his name to benefit students in the Honors College who are pursuing an interdisciplinary education.
2012 University of Vermont Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumni Award to Kesha Ram ’08, Burlington, Vt.
Kesha Ram graduated from UVM magna cum laude in 2008 with degrees in natural resource planning and political science. She later completed a public law program at American University in Washington, D.C. During her tenure at UVM, she was the first person of color and the seventh woman to fulfill a term as the Student Government Association president.
New Mentoring Program in Rubenstein School Pairs Grads with Undergrads
This fall, UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) is launching a new program, Rubenstein School Mentors (RSM). Undergraduate students will be paired (on the basis of academic and personal interests) with graduate student mentors, who will meet with them regularly throughout the semester to discuss a variety of issues.