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Dean's Message

Largest and Best Prepared Undergraduate Class in School History

Nancy MathewsWelcome Class of 2021 and welcome back Rubenstein School Students and Faculty! We have much to celebrate as we begin the fall semester! The School’s success has grown in nearly every way. It will come as no surprise to our alumni, that we welcome our largest and best prepared undergraduate class in the School’s history. On August 25, 181 first year and 34 transfer students from 24 different states, joined our community, bringing our undergraduate enrollment up to 766. Our incoming students are exceptionally strong, academically, with the highest ACT scores among all colleges and schools at UVM. We are delighted to learn that more than three quarters of the students who visited the School during Admitted Student Visit Days chose to enroll. This is truly remarkable! Congratulations to our talented new students and for your accomplishments that led you to the Rubenstein School. We are happy to have you join our community and eager to help you flourish.

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UVM Rubenstein School Welcomes New Assistant Professor in Limnology

Mindy Morales-WilliamsThe Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont (UVM) welcomes Dr. Mindy Morales-Williams as a new Assistant Professor in Limnology. Her research expertise includes biogeochemical nutrient cycling, algal and microbial ecology, and harmful phytoplankton blooms in freshwater and coastal systems.

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Aquatic Biogeochemist Joins Rubenstein School as Research Assistant Professor

Clayton WilliamsDr. Clayton Williams joins the University of Vermont (UVM) Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources as a Research Assistant Professor in August 2017. His research focuses on the effects of human activities and natural mechanisms on aquatic biogeochemical cycles and microbial ecology.

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Master's in Leadership for Sustainability (MSLS) Highlighted for Connecting Environment and Diversity

Xavier BrownThe Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont is recognized in the current online issue of Insight Into Diversity for its Master of Science concentration in Leadership for Sustainability (MSLS). The article highlights institutions with programs that emphasize the importance of engaging all groups in the environmental movement.

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Jed Murdoch Receives 2017 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award

Jed MurdochAssociate Professor James “Jed” Murdoch of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources has been awarded a University of Vermont 2017 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes UVM faculty for excellence in instruction, especially in learning experiences outside the classroom; ability to engage, motivate, and challenge students; use of innovative teaching methods and curricula; commitment to cultural diversity; and excellence in student advising.

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Climate Change a Buzzkill for Coffee Lovers

coffee growerGlobal warming could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America — the world’s largest coffee-producing region — by as much as 88 percent by 2050. That’s a key takeaway of the first major study of climate change’s projected impacts on coffee, and the bees that help coffee to grow. The findings appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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UVM Earns Top Score in Princeton Review’s 'Green Rating Honor Roll'

Faculty member Gary Hawley and students on Aiken Center green roofThe University of Vermont is one of only 24 universities nationwide to make the Princeton Review's “Green Rating Honor Roll” in recognition of sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings.

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Kit Anderson Retires After 20 Years of Service to Students in the Environmental Program

Kit AndersonKatharine “Kit” Anderson, Senior Lecturer in the Environmental Program in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources retired from her role at the University of Vermont (UVM) last spring. A cultural geographer and ethnobotanist, Kit specializes in nature-society relationships, traditional storytelling, and exploring the cultural dimensions of human-plant interactions. She is known for incorporating both indigenous perspectives and social justice themes in her teaching in order to develop new ways of understanding and describing the world.

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Five Rubenstein Perennial Interns Hired Back at VT Agency of Natural Resources

Kelsey Colbert collects water samples on boatFive 2017 graduates of the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources are working for agencies of the State of Vermont this summer. What else do these grads have in common? They were each a Rubenstein School Perennial Summer Intern with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) while a student.

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Graduate Student Receives Full Scholarship to iDiv Summer School in Germany

Marina GolivetsRubenstein School PhD student Marina Golivets received a prestigious scholarship this summer. She will attend the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Summer School in Leipzig, Germany, September 3-15, for a program on synthesizing and modeling biodiversity data. The iDiv scholarship fully covers her travel to Leipzig and accommodations during the summer school.

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