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2016 Accolades

Faculty, staff, student and alumni awards, honors, publications and presentations

Jan. 20

Emily Harwood, reseach specialist in the Vermont Cancer Center, has been named a United Way and WPTZ Hometown Hero for her volunteer work through the Howard Center's Community Friends Mentoring Program. Through the program, about 75 children and youth receive support from mentors each year. Watch the segment on WPTZ.

Jan. 27

Dr. Bruce Leavitt, professor of surgery and cardiothoracic surgeon, received the New England Surgical Society’s 2015 Nathan Smith Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s annual meeting in fall 2015. Read more.

Feb. 24

Christopher Allen, emeritus professor of chemistry, recently published the following papers: “Cyclo- and Poly(phosphazenes) with Redox Active Substituents” in Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and Related Elements, “Organophosphazenes 28: The Nature of the Exocyclic Phosphorus-Carbon Bond in Organophosphazenes” in Phosphorus, Sulfur, Silicon and Related Elements, (with Michael Calichman), and "The Mechanism of a Phosphazene-Phosphazane Rearrangement” in Dalton Transactions (with Robert Hayes).

March 9

A study by Shana Haines, assistant professor of education, on school-community partnerships was selected as a featured resource for families and schools by the School Community Network, which provides resources, training, and tools to build strong school communities focused on student learning.

March 16

David Rosowsky, UVM provost, delivered an invited talk at the International Workshop on Climate Change and Impacts, hosted by the University of Illinois this month. Rosowsky, the featured speaker on the impact of climate change on hurricanes, spoke on the impact of projected climate change scenarios on the hurricane hazard for the east coast of the United States.

Stephen J. Cutler, professor emeritus of sociology, and his Romanian colleague from the University of Bucharest have received an "Award for Research Results" from the Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding for their co-authored article, "Long-term and short-term predictors of worries about getting Alzheimer's disease" that appeared in the European Journal of Ageing.

March 24

Rory Waterman, associate professor of chemistry, co-organized a symposium on education and outreach work from the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego. 

March 29

Children of Katrina, a book co-authored by Alice Fothergill, associate professor of sociology, has been named one of three finalists in the Colorado Book Awards for general nonfiction. Learn more about the book.

March 31

A paper coauthored by John Stelmach, senior chemistry major, Christine Bange, chemistry doctoral student, and Rory Waterman, associate professor of chemistry, titled "Tin-Catalyzed Hydrophopshination of Alkenes," has appeared in a special issue dedicated to main group chemistry in the journal Dalton Transactions.

April 20

Out of 195 submissions, senior Michael Chirigos won first place in the undergraduate student poster competition at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America's Northeastern Section. The geology major’s poster was titled, “Using Photogrammetry to Analyze Structures in a Tectonic Sliver in the Foot Wall of the Champlain Thrust, Shelburne, Vermont.” Learn more about his project.

April 21

Bob Pepperman Taylor, professor in the Department of Political Science and founding dean of the Honors College at the University of Vermont, has been named winner of the 2016 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award by the UVM Alumni Association. Read more.

May 3

A study by Ahmed Abdeen Hamed, Research Assistant Professor within UVM's EPSCoR Program and Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation Lab, has been selected as a Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The paper, "Measuring climate change on Twitter using Google's algorithm: perception and events," was published in the International Journal of Web Information Systems. Read more about Hamed.

 May 13

Laura Hill, a lecturer and research associate in the Plant Biology department, received a 2016 Environmental Merit Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency's New England regional office. Hill was honored for her efforts to promote the recent development and adoption of a sustainabilty requirement in UVM's undergraduate general education program. Read more.

May 18

Patrick Brown, lecturer in Community Development and Applied Economics, will receive the Pomerleau Medal of Honor for Community Service at the Queen City Police Foundation Luncheon, Monday, May 23, at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington. Brown serves on the board of the United Way and Howard Center.

June 29

Betty Rambur, professor of nursing and health policy in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been named a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. A recognition of exemplary leadership and accomplishment, fellows are involved in transforming America's health system by enhancing the quality of health and nursing and strengthening the health delivery system nationally and internationally.  Less than one percent of U.S. registered nurses receive an invitation to join the Academy. Rambur will be formally inducted into the Academy this October in Washington, D.C.

August 16

Children of Katrina, co-authored by UVM associate professor of sociology Alice Fothergill and Lori Peak, associate professor of sociology at Colorado State University, has won the American Sociological Association's Section on Children and Youth's Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award. This bi-annual honor is given to a book published in the preceding two years that has had a major scholarly impact on the sociological study of children and youth.

The book also received an honorable mention for the American Sociological Association's Methodology Section's Leo Goodman Award. This award is given to those who have made an outstanding methodological contribution. “Quantitative sociologists typically receive this distinction,” Fothergill said. “We are very pleased to be recognized for our team ethnography and our contributions to disaster research,” she said.

November 2

Thomas Hudspeth, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies & Natural Resources, recieved the 2016 Walter E. Jeske Award from the North American Association for Environmental Education. The award citation praised Hudspeth's many decades of dedicated scholarship and teaching as, among other things, he "explored citizen participation in urban waterfront revitalization and forest management, living machines, the Burlington Intervale (a start-up enterprise for would-be farmers), ecotourism in Vermont, and the development of a network of bicycle paths in the region."

November 15

Frederick Magdoff, Professor Emeritus in the Plant & Soil Science department, was presented with the 2016 Presidential Award by The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) at the society's national meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The award is presented annually to individuals who have influenced soil science so greatly that the impact of their efforts will be enduring on the future of science and/or the profession.

December 9

Omar Oyarzabal, an associate professor, UVM Extension, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve on the National Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. His appointment letter notes that he is a “recognized molecular methods leader in the detection and identification of microbial organisms and expert in the control of Campylobacter and other pathogens in food.”