VT EPSCoR receives 2012 New England Board of Higher Education Vermont State Merit Award


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New England Board of Higher
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of Fine Arts Chair Hogan and
UVM-Based Program to Promote
Research Are Vt. Recipients of
2012 New England Higher Education
Excellence Awards



Contact: John O.
Harney,
617-357-9620 ext.
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New England Board of Higher
Education (NEBHE) will honor
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Trustees Chair Cornelius "Con"
Hogan and the Vermont EPSCoR
program when the regional
organization holds its 10th
annual New England Higher
Education Excellence Awards
celebration on Friday, March 2,
2012, at the Boston Marriott
Long Wharf hotel in Boston.



More than 400 people will attend
this event, including leaders of
education, business and
government from across the six
New England states.




Cornelius Hogan




Hogan will receive NEBHE's
David C. Knapp Award for
Trusteeship.

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Georgia,Palatino;">Hogan of
Plainfield, Vt., is
chair of the Vermont
College of Fine Arts Board
of Trustees, and a member
of the Green Mountain Care
Board, an independent
board empowered to reshape
the health care system in
Vermont.

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ecretary of
Vermont's Agency of Human
Services from 1991 through
1999 and former Vermont
Corrections commissioner,
Hogan has also served as: a
senior fellow with the
Center for the Study of
Social Policy; a senior
consultant for the Annie E.
Casey Foundation; a faculty
member of the National
Governors Association Center
for Best Practice; and a
director of Fletcher Allen
Health Care. He is chair of
the National Advisory
Committee for the Robert
Wood Johnson initiative for
Strengthening Families
through health care access,
a member of the Advisory
Committee for the National
Center for Children in
Poverty, and a consultant to
the Children's Defense Fund
in fashioning of a program
to cover all children with
health insurance.

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recently he has been a
resource to local, state,
federal and foreign
governments on ways to find
common purpose in the well
being of children, families
and communities.

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author or co-author of six
books, including Vermont
Communities Count
and Gridlock:
The Unhealthy Politics of
Health Care in Vermont
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EPSCoR


The Vermont
Experimental Program to
Stimulate Competitive
Research at UVM will receive
NEBHE's Vermont State Merit
Award.



Vermont
EPSCoR was created by the
National Science
Foundation in 1985 as part
of the national effort to
broaden the geographical
distribution of federal
funding for academic
research and development.
In 2011, Vermont EPSCoR won
the largest-ever grant to
UVM for "Research on
Adaptation to Climate
Change in the Lake
Champlain Basin: New
Understanding through
Complex Systems Modeling."

Judith
Van Houten, a
University Distinguished
Professor
and
state director for Vermont
EPSCoR since 2005, is
principal investigator of
the grant. Aligned with
state and university
priorities, the grant
establishes two centers
aimed to improve the
research capacity and
science, technology,
engineering and
mathematics (STEM)
infrastructure in the
state. The Research on
Adaptation to Climate
Change center brings
together a diversity of
faculty from across the
disciplines, students,
private sector, state
agencies and nonprofit
organizations to examine
and model the Lake
Champlain Basin as a
coupled human and natural
system. An integrated
assessment model will be
developed so various
scenarios can be tested
for governance and policy
development about the lake
and its watersheds.

The
Vermont EPSCoR Center for
Workforce Development and
Diversity at Saint
Michael's College aims to
integrate a broad range of
participants into the
research effort and train
the next generation of
scientists, engineers and
policymakers for Vermont
and the region.
Opportunities are offered
to high school students
and middle school teachers
from across the state as
well as new initiatives to
encourage disabled,
veterans, Abenaki and
first-generation college
students interested in
STEM areas.

The
Vermont EPSCoR program has
made lasting STEM
infrastructure
contributions to the state
that include investments
in workforce development,
capital improvements,
cyber-infrastructure and
diversity efforts
integrated with relevant
and competitive research.


 

NEBHE's Awards



Each year, NEBHE presents
Regional Excellence Awards to
individuals and organizations
that have shown exceptional
leadership on behalf of higher
education and the advancement of
educational opportunity, and
State Merit Awards to honor the
innovative work of
organizations, institutions or
individuals in each New England
state.

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2012 regional award recipients
include:
  • Massachusetts
    Gov. Deval Patrick
    and
    former R.I. Gov. Donald Carcieri
    (The Governor Walter R. Peterson
    Award for Leadership)
  • Richard
    Gustafson, former Chancellor,
    Community College System of New
    Hampshire (The Eleanor M.
    McMahon Award for Lifetime
    Achievement)
  • Bunker
    Hill Community College Learning
    Communities (The Robert J.
    McKenna Award for Program
    Achievement)
  • Cornelius
    "Con" Hogan, Chair, Board of
    Trustees, Vermont College of
    Fine Arts (The David C. Knapp
    Award for Trusteeship)
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merit awards of 2012 go to:
  • Connecticut
    College of Technology,
    Connecticut Community College
    System and Karen Wosczyna-Birch,
    Director (Connecticut State
    Merit Award)
  • Early
    College for ME, Maine Community
    College System(Maine State Merit
    Award)
  • Donald
    Smyth, Trustee, Bristol
    Community College(Massachusetts
    State Merit Award)
  • Paul
    LeBlanc, President, Southern New
    Hampshire University (New
    Hampshire State Merit Award)
  • Ron
    Machtley, President, Bryant
    University (Rhode Island State
    Merit Award)
  • Vermont
    Experimental Program to
    Stimulate Competitive Research
    (Vermont EPSCoR), University of
    Vermont (Vermont State Merit
    Award)

Additional
information about NEBHE's New
England Higher Education
Excellence Awards is available
online at
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About NEBHE


Since 1955,
the New England Board of
Higher Education has
promoted greater
educational opportunities
for the residents of New
England. Our core
functions include programs
and services focused on
cost savings and
affordability and college
access and success. We
also provide policy
leadership on key issues
related to education and
promote dialogue, research
and analysis, and best
practices related to
education and the New
England economy.