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Professional News: February 1, 2012

Awards and Honors

Students in the College of Medicine's Class of 2014 held a celebration and awards reception January 27, 2012 to mark their completion of Foundations, the first of three levels in the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC). The Class of 2014 Foundation Awards and respective recipients announced at the event included:

  • Outstanding Foundations Course: Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Systems
  • Foundations Course Director Award: William Hopkins, associate professor of medicine and course director, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Systems
  • Foundations Teaching Award: William Raszka, professor of pediatrics and course director, Attacks and Defenses. The recipient of this award will be hooding the Class of 2014 at their graduation and will be recognized with other Teachers of the Year from the past.
  • The Dean Warshaw Integration Award: Richard Salerno, assistant professor of pediatrics. This award recognizes the faculty member whose teaching best captured the spirit of the VIC.
  • The Silver Stethoscope Award: Sharon Mount, professor of pathology. This award recognizes the faculty member who had few lecture hours, but made a substantial contribution to students’ education.
  • Above and Beyond Award: Ellen Black, lecturer in anatomy and neurobiology. This award recognizes the faculty member (not necessarily a lecturer) who went above and beyond the call of duty to help the students in their learning objectives.
  • Best Support Staff (Non-teaching): Aaron Hurwitz, VIC coordinator. This award recognizes the staff member who best supported students in areas besides teaching.
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Steven “Sandy” Perrins, Class of 2011, surgical resident, Danbury Hospital, Conn.
In addition, Class of 2014 students presented American Medical Student Association (AMSA), American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) Student Chapter, Wellness Committee, and the first-ever Standardized Patient awards:
  • AMSA Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching: William Hopkins, associate professor of medicine and course director, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Systems
  • AMWA Gender Equity Award: Jean Szilva, lecturer in anatomy and neurobiology. This award honors a male or female faculty member who promotes a gender-fair environment for the education and training of physicians and gender diversity in the field.
  • Wellness Award: Vanessa Patten, Class of 2014. This award recognized a student who went above and beyond to help class members and was noted for her “willingness to be present for those around her.”
  • Standardized Patient Award: Ed Stone

Publications and Presentations

Marilyn Cipolla, professor of neurology, presented on Parenchymal Arterioles and Their Contribution to Cerebrovascular Disease” as part of the Cerebral Microvascular Disease: Vascular Function, White Matter Disease, and Microbleeds” symposium at the 2012 International Stroke Conference in New Orleans, La. In addition, Cipolla co-moderated a symposium on “Vascular Permeability, Paracellular and Transcellular Pathways” at the meeting.

Transportation Research Center director Austin Troy is author of a new book, The Very Hungry City, which looks at the concept of "urban energy metabolism," or the efficiency with which cities use energy to meet basic functions -- from heating and powering buildings, to transporting goods and people, to providing water. Troy will speak about the book and sign copies Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Center' Sugar Maple Ballroom.