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  News from the Rubenstein School JULY 2015
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Dean's Message

 Dean Nancy MathewsThis past year at the Rubenstein School will always be a special memory for me. In my first year at Rubenstein, I have been impressed by the heartfelt commitment of undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty alike to fulfill our mission to understand, nurture, and enrich the interdependence of people with healthy ecological systems. Let me say a bit more.
During the first four months on the job, I sought to understand not only the School’s history and culture, but also the rich network of faculty and staff. I visited all faculty members individually and asked each of them two questions...
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Kristine Stepenuck of UW-Extension Accepts Rubenstein School Extension Faculty Position in Watershed Science, Policy and Education

Kristine StepenuckDr. Kristine Stepenuck, Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program Director at the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison, will join the Rubenstein School as an Extension Assistant Professor in Watershed Science, Policy and Education effective July 1, 2015.
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First-Year Student Gina Fiorile Receives EPA Merit Award on Earth Day

Gina FiorileTwo things happened when Gina Fiorile, as a high school student in Saranac Lake, New York, contributed to leading the Wild Center’s Adirondack Youth Climate Summit in 2014. First, the experience educating students and teachers about impacts of climate change and actions to reduce school carbon footprints opened her eyes to how much young people can make a difference. Second, her contributions went national.
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Spatial Analysis Lab Receives $400,000 Contract to Map Delaware River Basin

Land cover mapThe Rubenstein School’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL) has received a $400,000 contract to map land cover in the Delaware River Basin. The University of Vermont (UVM) funding is part of a larger $1 million grant the William Penn Foundation awarded to Shippensburg University and includes a collaborating scientist from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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Grad Student Charlie Nicholson Receives $140K National Science Foundation Fellowship

Charlie NicholsonCharlie Nicholson, a doctoral student in the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources garnered one of the top prizes available to graduate students this past March. One of three UVM students to earn a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowship, Charlie receives nearly $140,000 over the next three years.
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Tom Hudspeth Retires Leaving 43-Year Legacy as Co-Founder of the UVM Environmental Program

Thomas HudspethProfessor Thomas Hudspeth arrived at the University of Vermont in 1972 to assist founding Director Carl Reidel in establishing one of the first university-wide Environmental Studies programs in the nation. The success of the UVM Environmental Program is just one of the many legacies that Tom leaves behind as he retires from UVM and the Rubenstein School at the end of May 2015.
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Stephanie Kaza Retires from UVM and Leaves Enormous Environmental and Leadership Legacy

Stephanie KazaLeader, teacher, advisor, mentor, supporter, motivator, and doer all describe Professor Stephanie Kaza, Director of the Environmental Program, who retires from UVM at the end of May 2015. Her many scholarly, teaching, service, and activist contributions leave an enormous legacy at UVM that reaches from the Environmental Program and the Rubenstein School to across the entire campus and has bought national recognition to UVM.
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Jurij Homziak Retires from 15 Years of Award-Winning Service with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension

Jurij HomziakJurij Homziak, UVM Extension Assistant Professor in the Rubenstein School and Director of Outreach and Education for Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG), retired at the end of February 2015 with multiple awards for his accomplishments. Fifteen years ago, he came on board to establish LCSG as part of a national network of state Sea Grant programs coordinated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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