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  News from the Rubenstein School January 2014
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Dean's Message

Interim Dean Jon EricksonThe New Year brings an abundance of top 10 lists. From songs and movies, to news stories and technology, Google "2013 top 10" and you'll be inundated with one reflection after another of this past year. There are even "not top 10" lists, cataloging the worst moments in sports, politics, or fashion. Don't worry, I'll resist the cultural pressure to suggest a list for the Rubenstein School. However, I won't be bashful about listing my #1: We have a strategic action plan!
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Rubenstein School Launches Ecological Design Collaboratory and Competition

Walt Poleman opens Ecological Design CollaboratoryA new chapter in the Rubenstein School's ongoing commitment to ecological design officially began on the evening of Nov 19th with a gathering of eighty students, staff, faculty, professional designers, local teachers, and Vermont residents at GreenHouse Residential Learning Community. The evening was a celebratory launch of the UVM Ecological Design Collaboratory....
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Two Seniors Wrap Up Their Work on First Year of Aiken Green Roof Research

Liz Bennett and Sam Wallace with tipping buckets in AikenElizabeth (Liz) Bennett (ENSC ’14) and Samantha (Sam) Wallace (ENSC ’14) are finishing up their work with Research Associate Gary Hawley on the first year of the Aiken Center’s green roof project. Both students participated multiple times in the Greening of Aiken Intern class and in the fall of 2012, were part of the group that helped install the flats of plants that make up the green roof.
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Former RSENR Staff Member Helps Bring Awareness of Elephant Crisis to Vermont

Family group of elephants. Photo credit: Charles Foley/WCSWe will never be able to see an African Western Black Rhino in the wild again. Never. They are officially extinct and were officially declared so two years ago. Elephants are on a similar path to extinction due to unprecedented poaching, and on October 17th, the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources did something to shine a spotlight on the crisis.
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Adrian Ivakhiv Authors New Book on Cinema and Ecology

Book cover image for Ecologies of the Moving ImageProfessor of Environmental Studies Adrian Ivakhiv, who focuses his research at the intersection of culture, nature, identity, religion, and media, recently published a new book titled Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature (2013) through Wilfred Laurier University Press’s Environmental Humanities Series.
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Gund Fellow Joe Roman Testifies on the Endangered Species Act before the House

Book cover image for Ecologies of the Moving ImageGund Fellow, Joe Roman, testified at the Natural Resources Committee Oversight Hearing on the Endangered Species Act: "ESA Decisions by Closed-door Settlement: Short-changing Science, Transparency, Private Property, and State and Local Economies" on December 12th.
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Rubenstein School Student Services Office Releases New Brochure

Book cover image for Ecologies of the Moving ImageEmilie Riddle in the RSENR Student Services Office recently worked with Lisa Cadieux of Liquid Studio to design and print a new brochure for the Rubenstein School. The brochure emphasizes the School’s integrative approach to teaching and learning that strives "to transcend boundaries..."
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225 Acres in Hinesburg Conserved and Donated to UVM

Carse property in Hinesburg, VTThe late Henry H. Carse spent much of his life in service to Vermonters. For decades, he served in the Vermont legislature, as the town moderator and the town school director. Now, through his family, his legacy of service will continue in the form of a new 225-acre natural area that was conserved with the Vermont Land Trust and donated to the University of Vermont by way of the UVM Foundation.
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