UVM College of Medicine names John Lunde, MD, Buttles Professor of Pathology

first_imgEdwin Bovill, M.D., professor and chair of pathology, has announced that John Lunde, M.D., associate professor of pathology and medicine, has been named the recipient of the Buttles Professorship in Pathology for 2009-2014. Established in 1984 to honor the late Ernest Hiram Buttles, M.D.’08, who served as chair of pathology and bacteriology from 1921 to 1946, the professorship recognizes a pathology faculty member for their commitment to and excellence in the teaching of pathology.Born in 1880 and raised in Brandon, Vt., Dr. Buttles received an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1901 and graduated second in the College of Medicine’s Class of 1908. According to Roy Korson, M.D., professor of pathology emeritus, Buttles was “best remembered as a teacher and model for clear thinking. His opinions were respected in the classroom as well as in his pathology practice.”Like Buttles, Lunde, who joined the UVM faculty in 1987, received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from UVM. Medical students have recognized him for his teaching excellence several times over the years. In 2007, the Class of 2009 presented Lunde with The Foundations Teaching Award, which recognizes clarity of lectures and overall outstanding teaching ability. He was also named Basic Science Teacher of the Year by the Class of 2000. Other awards he has received include the Golden Apple Award for best teacher with limited contact hours from the Classes of 1998 and 2000, as well as the Silver Stethoscope Award from the Class of 2007, given to teachers with few lecture hours, but who have made a substantial contribution to students’ education.Source: UVMlast_img read more

Interview: Investing in Stakeholder Engagement

first_imgDuring the recent Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure Conference in Amsterdam, we interviewed Mr Jaap van Thiel de Vries, General Manager of Hydronamic at Boskalis, on the importance of investing in stakeholder engagement.The stakeholder engagement is one of four key enablers that were presented in the CEDA-IADC Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure guidebook.The guidebook, which was officially unveiled at the conference, has been designed as an authoritative guide to delivering dredging projects that enhance the natural and socio-economic systems.In it, the four key enablers vital to the industry were discussed: the issues of valuation of ecosystem benefits, the stakeholder engagement, adaptive management of dredging projects and the beneficial use of dredged materials.Here’s what Mr de Vries from Boskalis had to say on the importance of investing in stakeholder engagement and other dredging related topics during our conference in Amsterdam.last_img read more

Senators propose making USC buses zero-emissions

first_img(From left to right): USG Senators Noah Silver, Preston Fregia and Katie Bolton proposed removing USC’s diesel buses in an effort to reach zero emissions. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanUndergraduate Student Government senators Noah Silver, Preston Fregia and Katie Bolton proposed the Zero Emissions Bus Fleet Resolution Tuesday night to shift USC bus leases away from diesel-fueled buses. “Los Angeles is one of worst cities in the United States in terms of air quality, and we want to play a part in improving this situation,” Silver said.The senators’ motion to remove diesel buses comes almost seven years after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or Metro, retired its final diesel-powered buses from service.Silver said he believes that USC must take action to advance alongside this trend. According to National Geographic, Los Angeles ranks as the worst city in terms of ozone pollution in the last 13 years.USC Transportation had originally proposed implementing electric buses for USC’s 2020 sustainability plan, but the proposal was rejected due to cost concerns, according to Silver. “The University is concerned with the cost, but this resolution is progress and progress is always expensive,” Silver said.Bolton spoke about the long-term benefits of the proposal, saying that it will be cost-effective after sufficient time.“It is worthwhile because it pays dividends forever,” Bolton said. “Cleaner air, reduced carbon footprint and decreased fuel costs justify it as a long-term investment.” According to Silver, USC would potentially be able to transition from diesel-fueled buses to zero-emissions buses without extreme costs because the buses are leased, and instead of purchasing new buses, the University could end the lease with the current bus provider. Bolton explained that the proposal includes a clause that grants  USG authority to monitor the progress of its implementation in future years.“It would be easy for the administration to set this aside in future years and forget about it when current USG members graduate,” Bolton said. “We added a clause that says that the University will report back yearly on the progress of its implementation.”The resolution will be voted on at next Tuesday’s USG meeting.“If USC wants to be seen as a leader in sustainability, this is an important step in right direction,” Silver said.last_img read more