It's now "spring" semester here at the University of Vermont. To be honest, after some of the cold temperatures we experienced a couple of weeks ago, I'm happy with this balmy 27 degrees day.
My family and I spent most of winter break in Patagonia where we have a lot of good friends and a couple of research projects. Over the past ten years or so, I have tried to more effectively mix family, research, friends, and beautiful places, and this trip might have been the best example of that so far.
But while we were away from the University of Vermont and ENVS, lots of things continued to happen. The most exciting thing to me was the announcement of the new Gund Institute for Environment Fellows. Of the 14 new fellows, three came from Environmental Studies - Rachelle Gould, Bindu Panikkar, and me (you can see the full list here). My quick glance of the list of recipients indicates that no other department or program on campus had as many new affiliates named. Well done, especially for a relatively small faculty!
Similarly, The Gund Institute also announced recipients of the Catalyst Awards to establish new research projects (the full list is here). Again, our stellar faculty in ENVS were big winners.
Brendan Fisher, Rachelle Gould, Cheri Morse (Geography; ENVS '89), Bev Wemple (Geography), Aimee Classen (RSENR), and I got an award to work on how global change affects biodiversity, ecosystems, and livelihoods in mountains around the world.
Cecilia Danks and colleagues received an award to study biogas (e.g., CO2, methane) dynamics.
Jon Erickson and colleagues received funds to host an international symposium to develop a new research agenda for ecological economics.
Adrian Ivakhiv and Luis Vivanco (Anthropology) received funds to host an international symposium on ‘artscience’ and ‘eco-humanities.'
These awards, and so many other things, demonstrate what incredible scholars we have in Our Environmental Program. The collaborative grants we've received also demonstrate how we make connections across campus, and in fact, across the world, in our research and scholarship. And finally, these accomplishments highlight the truly interdisciplinary nature of our work and will undoubtedly enhance our teaching.
I hope you are all as proud of these faculty as I am, and as honored to be a part of such an incredible group of scholars.
Happy Friday -
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