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What Does the World Need with Just Another Rubenstein School Graduate?

Nancy MathewsIn May 2016, graduates were delighted by the extraordinary commencement address delivered by American bass player, composer, author, producer, and Grammy Award winner, Victor Wooten. As an affiliate of the Rubenstein School’s new Master of Science concentration in Leadership for Sustainability, Victor shared vision and wisdom that reflected his philosophy of leadership and life. Through a combination of bass solos, and while playing a background theme, Victor reminded students that a college education is more than technical training: it is about preparing for life. He confronted the students with the question “What does the world need with just another Rubenstein [School] Graduate?” Then he revealed his answer: “What the world needs is good people.” (YouTube video of Wooten address)

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Grad Student, Alumni Win Top Research Prize

Aaron SchwartzUVM graduate student Aaron Schwartz got word in late March that he’d been awarded a coveted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. One of 2,000 offered to nearly 17,000 applicants across the U.S., Schwartz’s $138,000 award covers stipend, tuition, and fees to support his graduate work for three years.

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UVM Rubenstein School Announces Hire of Assistant Professor in Limnology

Mindy Morales-WilliamsThe Rubenstein School has announced the hire of Ana (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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Alum David Seekell Expands Career with $2 Million Fellowship to Conduct Whole-Lake Experiments

David SeekellAs a postdoctoral associate at Umeå University in Sweden, Rubenstein School alum David Seekell (NR ’09) received a prestigious Wallenberg Fellowship in 2015 from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which invests in promising young researchers from all disciplines. Now an assistant professor of ecology at Umeå, he continues to pursue research in limnology and studies the impacts of rapid climate changes on Sweden’s boreal and arctic lakes.

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Intensive Farming in the Tropics Could Require Huge Phosphorus 'Tax'

Eric RoyFrom the Amazon to Africa, tropical regions are widely expected to play a growing role in supplying food to the world. With global population on the rise, many policy experts and conservationists see agricultural intensification as a winning strategy to produce more food per acre while sparing tropical forests from being converted to farmland. Just pour on the fertilizer. But a new study in Nature Plants raises a grave concern: if tropical countries try to meet rising global demand for food by turning to intensive farming techniques, it will require vast amounts of phosphorus fertilizer — which must be mined from phosphate rock, a limited natural resource.

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Limnologist Suzanne Levine Leads Rubenstein School Students on Aquatic Learning Adventures for 24 Years

Suzanne LevineA line of colorful toy ducks sits on top of the file cabinet and another, atop the windowsill in Associate Professor Suzanne Levine’s office in the Rubenstein School’s Aiken Center. The casual visitor might see a mother duck leading her three smaller ducklings, but those who have worked with or learned from Suzanne might see a college professor leading her young students on learning adventures on the waterways of Vermont and on trips farther afield.

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Professor Robert Manning Retires from Rubenstein School, Leaves Legacy of Students and National Park Collaboration and Research

Bob ManningProfessor Robert Manning retires this summer from the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources after forty years of research, service, teaching, and advising in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism (formerly Recreation Management) Program. Bob’s nationally renowned expertise on the country’s national parks and his longtime research and collaboration with the National Park Service and related agencies leave a tremendous legacy in the School.

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UVM Alum and Entrepreneur Gary Simpson Joins Rubenstein School Board of Advisors

Gary SimpsonGary Simpson (UVM ’76), co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Windmill Capital, an investment management firm in New York City, has been appointed as a new member of the Rubenstein School Board of Advisors.

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