Archive for January, 2014


Isis Kanevsky-Mullarky ’96 G ’98, an associate professor of dairy science at Virginia Tech, has been honored by the White House as one of the 2013 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government upon outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Kanevsky-Mullarky’s research centers on enhancing the immune response to Staphylococcus aureus infections, work that is critical to bovine health and the dairy industry. “To say I’m thrilled to receive this award doesn’t do my feelings justice,” she said. Winning the Presidential Award as a female scientist in the agriculture field is particularly rare.

Philip Buttaravoli ’66 won first prize in the surgery category for his text Minor Emergencies at the British Medical Association Book Awards in November 2013. The book has become a popular source for comprehensive information regarding the management of everyday non-life-threatening  emergencies, information that is often not covered in major medical texts.

For the eleventh consecutive year, Bill Mark Laufer ’70 has been voted one of the top 100 attorneys in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly.

Sue Carswell ’83 recently co-authored a book with “I Will Survive” disco queen Gloria Gaynor titled We Will Survive. The book tells forty true stories of encouragement, inspiration, and the power of song. Carswell is a reporter-researcher at Vanity Fair and has ghost-written some ten books.

Benjamin Jones ’06, a 2013 graduate of New England Law/Boston, received the 2013 Adams Pro Bono Publico Award presented by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. This award, bestowed annually upon a select law firm, private attorney, and one law student, honors those who have committed an extraordinary amount of time and energy to provide volunteer legal services to poor and disadvantaged clients.

Donald Forst ’54 one of the nation’s top newspaper editors throughout his long career, passed away on January 4. New York NewsdayThe Village VoiceThe Boston HeraldThe New York Times and The Los Angeles Herald Examiner were among the newsrooms Forst helped lead in an editorial career that began when he signed on with the Vermont Cynic, the University of Vermont’s student newspaper. Newsday won a number of Pulitzers during Forst’s years with the paper, including one for its coverage of a major subway train crash in 1991. UVM alumnus Tony Marro, Class of 1965, was a colleague at Newsday and would himself go on to the top editorial position at that paper. In a 2000 profile of Forst in Vermont Quarterly Magazine, Marro remembered their days working together: “Don was very good at mobilizing the troops. He has a lot of drive, imagination and energy, and he loves taking a small group of people who have allegiance to him and sending them out to chase down the best stories. He’s the kind of editor who wakes up in the morning and thinks, ‘What’s the front page going to be?’”

Read more about the life and career of Donald Forst:

New York Times obituary

Vermont Quarterly profile



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