University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Recognition of University Distinguished Professors
Jane E. Knodell, Professor of Economics and Provost and Senior Vice President

Jane E. Knodell

At the University of Vermont our most prominent faculty members are internationally recognized scholar/teachers who have made outstanding contributions to advancing knowledge in their discipline. Many of the world’s leading universities recognize a select few of their most distinguished scholar/teachers with the rank of University Distinguished Professor.

Thus, in 2009, the University of Vermont created the rank of University Distinguished Professor. One of our first named professors is joining us today, Professor Rex L. Forehand. These scholars are entitled to use the title University Distinguished Professor throughout their career at the University of Vermont, and wear a medal with their academic regalia signifying this distinction. They also serve as an informal advisory body to the leadership of the university, and receive an annual professional expense stipend to support their scholarly endeavors. Today, I am pleased to announce our three newest University Distinguished Professors.
President Fogel will you please join me in making the presentation. 
Our three newest University Distinguished Professors are Professors Jerold F. Lucey, Brooke T. Mossman, and Susan S. Wallace.  Unfortunately, Drs. Mossman and Wallace are unable to join us today and their honor is being conferred in abstentia.

Dr. Jerold F. Lucey is Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, UVM College of Medicine.   He was Chief of Newborn Services at Fletcher Allen Health Care from 1970 to 1990 and Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious journal Pediatrics for more than 30 years. 

Dr. Lucey’s pediatric career spans more than 50 years at the University of Vermont.  He continues to excel as an outstanding scientist, educator, mentor, caring clinician, and friend to the thousands of infants, children, families and colleagues who have been influenced by his outstanding
contributions to pediatrics.  Dr. Lucey is the consummate leader in the field of Pediatrics. 

One of Dr. Lucey’s nominators wrote, “in reflecting upon the criteria that warrants the title of University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Lucy meets those criteria as if he were hitting a home run with the bases loaded.” 

Dr. Jerold F. Lucey it is an honor and a privilege to award you the title “UVM University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics.” 

Dr. Brooke T. Mossman is Professor of Pathology and Director of the Environmental Pathology Program in the College of Medicine.  Dr. Mossman is an accomplished scientist, mentor and leader in the field of asbestos-induced carcinogenesis. 

Dr. Mossman’s scientific contributions over the past 30 years are numerous and sustained, resulting in international recognition as one of the world’s foremost authorities in the field of fiber carcinogenesis. 

Dr. Mossman has provided an important and sustained body of work that continues to inform the world about asbestos.  She historically remains the most widely cited researcher in the world on asbestos-related diseases.
Dr. Mossman’s nominators commented that it is difficult to imagine a scientist having more direct impact on the world’s understanding of asbestos-induced cancer, or one who has provided more service to the scientific community over the past 30 years. 

Dr. Brooke Mossman stands as a stellar academician and world citizen and is most deserving of holding the title of UVM University Distinguished Professor. 

Dr. Susan S. Wallace is Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the College of Medicine and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Dr. Wallace is an outstanding scientist, sought-after collaborator and international leader.
She has made significant contributions to biomedical science and specifically the field of radiation research.  Since her first publication in 1969, she has built a body of over 160 publications during a career that spans the genetic revolution as well as the exponential growth of radiation oncology as a field of scientific research.
Dr. Wallace has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1971.  She recently received an NIH Program Project grant award to support a new translational research effort exploring if certain DNA repair protein variants in the human population increase the risk for some types of cancer. 

Dr. Wallace is a world-class scientist and teacher and she does great honor to the UVM University Distinguished Professor program. 

Please join me in congratulating our 2011 University Distinguished Professors. 

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