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Interview: Dean Nancy Mathews

 Dean Nancy MathewsIn July, Nancy Mathews arrived at UVM as the new dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. She brings with her a rich understanding of problems that blur the boundaries between wildlife, ecology, and people -- like the deadly chronic wasting disease spreading through central Wisconsin deer herds. Her decades of field research on white-tailed deer taught Mathews that, "first, we need to let the data speak," she says. And that, "solutions often begin with deep listening to people on many sides of an issue."
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Rubenstein School Welcomes Jennie Stephens, First Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy

Jennie StephensDr. Jennie Stephens, the Rubenstein School’s first Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, arrived in August from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where she was an associate professor of environmental science and policy. Her interest in the environment, sustainability, and renewable energy; the interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of her work; and her passion for service learning and community engagement could not be a better fit....
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Lola Aiken, Great Friend to UVM, Dies at 102

Lola AikenMost of the published remembrances of Lola Aiken, who died at 102 on Monday, have stressed her engaged life in politics and public service as the wife, then widow, of Vermont governor and senator George D. Aiken. Over the years, Lola, as she was affectionately known to almost everyone who knew her, also loomed large at UVM.
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UVM, McGill, York Partner on Six-Year, $5 Million Graduate Program to Create New Generation of Environmental Leaders

City skyline. (Photo: Mario Morgado)The University of Vermont and two Canadian institutions, McGill University and York University, have received a six-year, $2.5 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to develop a graduate curriculum designed to produce leaders who can help reverse recent trends and lighten humanity’s footprint on the planet’s fragile ecosystems. The three institutions matched the grant with a total of $2.5 million raised internally at each school and through private philanthropy.
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"Can Do" Internship Fund to Benefit UVM Students in Rubenstein School LANDS Program

Travis Hart, Emily Brodsky, Nancy Hansen, Michael Storace, Deane WangTo commemorate her 50th year class reunion in October 2014 at UVM, alumna Nancy Glenn Hansen (’64) created the “Can Do” Internship Fund in memory of her husband Robert “Bob” Leo Hansen (’63), also an alum.
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24 Rubenstein School Undergraduates Experience Perennial Summer Internships

Chloe TremperThis past summer marked the third very successful summer of the Rubenstein School Perennial Summer Internship Program. The program significantly expanded this year to incorporate 24 Perennial Internship opportunities to build and strengthen long-term relationships with environmental companies and organizations while providing valuable internship opportunities for a group of our students.
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Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab Hosts NSF Summer Research Program for Undergraduates

2014 Summer REU studentsThis past summer, the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory hosted ten undergraduates from across the country for a 10-week program on "Interdisciplinary Research on Human Impacts in the Lake Champlain Ecosystem". The program, funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, provided hands-on, independent research opportunities....
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Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Entrepreneurs Win UVM Competition!

Zach Palladino with judgesZach Palladino, a senior Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) major, took first place and the $2,500 cash prize in the annual UVM Entrepreneurship Competition, held April 26, 2014 at the Davis Center. His well-developed business plan introduced Suspended Time Skydiving LLC, an exciting venture proposed for the local area.
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