University of Vermont

Professional News: November 7, 2012

Awards and Honors

On the occasion of the twenty-year celebration of the founding of its Department for the Study of Religions, Professor Emeritus Luther H. Martin was presented by the philosophical faculty of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, a memorial medallion honoring those “who have made an outstanding and effective contribution in nurturing letters and sciences and in supporting endeavors of (their) faculty.” Martin was key to founding this department in 1992 and continuing its development of a “scientific platform” for the academic study of religion. Additionally, he hosted exchange students and research faculty from Masaryk University at UVM and served there as a visiting full professor in 2010.

George F. Pinder has been named a 2012 Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Pinder, along with ten other recipients, received a medal memorializing this achievement during the ASCE’s 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, Oct. 18-20, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec. ASCE regards this award as the highest honor to which a civil engineer can aspire. Pinder is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with secondary appointments in Mathematics and Statistics and Computer Science, at the University of Vermont’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. To view the ASCE biographical video spotlighting Pinder’s achievements visit: