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Long time Medical Director of the Laboratory at CVMC, Dr. Brian Travis, has “passed the torch” to his colleague, Dr. Cathy Palmer, who has been named the lab’s new Medical Director. Dr. Palmer received her MD/PhD degree from Indiana University and went on to complete an Internship and Residency in Pathology at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

Northern Power Systems, Inc., a next-generation wind energy company, announced today that James C. Shay has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. The appointment is part of Northern's rapid transformation into a major commercial force in the wind power industry.

Dr. Kurt Oughstun, professor in the School of Engineering at the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences has been named Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy (FEMA). The Electromagnetics Academy has over 1,000 members and is devoted to the advancement of academic excellence in the field of electromagnetic theory.

Saint Michael's College sophomore Leah Ziegler, a biology major and peace and justice minor from Stowe, likes results. She and her younger sister worked for four years on bake sales, car washes, used book sales and raised $16,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief and other projects in her hometown. She is now on the board of directors of the Lamoille Community Food Share.

The Vermont Software Developers Alliance (VTSDA) announced the addition of three prominent industry players to their board of directors. Annmarie Curley, practice manager at Competitive Computing, Joanne Forkey, most recently general manager for Breen Systems and Ali Rafieymehr, Sc.D., dean, division of information technology and sciences at Champlain College.

The Physical Therapy Center of Vermont has appointed a new director and hired three new physical therapists.
Dan Farnham, DPT, PT, ATC, was newly appointed Director of the Physical Therapy Center of Vermont. He practices sports medicine, rehabilitation, and orthopedic physical therapy in South Burlington.

On Tuesday, April 7, at 12:30 p.m., noted physician and author Helen Caldicott will speak at Middlebury College as part of her Vermont-wide tour. The lecture, titled “If You Love This Planet and Your Health,” is free and open to the public and will take place in Room 216 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall, located on Bicentennial Way off College Street.

Mary Welz, director of development for the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), has received the Carol and Stephen Hebert Award for distinguished service to District 1 of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Benchmark Assisted Living has appointed Stephanie Handelson as Chief Operating Officer. Handelson will hold primary responsibility for all daily operations at the 44 senior living communities Benchmark operates in six states, including The Arbors at Shelburne in Shelburne.

Vermont author and environmentalist Bill McKibben will be presented with the second annual Marc vanderHeyden Service to Vermont Award given by Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) Board of Directors, on Wednesday, April 1 at the University of Vermont Davis Center.

Each June, REALTORR Magazine features 30 rising young stars in the real estate industry. This year, Adam Hergenrother of RE/MAX North Professionals in Colchester, is among the 50 finalists for this prestigious recognition. The top 30 real estate practitioners will land a spot in REALTORR magazine's annual "30 Under 30" feature.

Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett has announced that Jeffrey S. Burroughs, a former Vermont resident now serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Hyde School in Bath, Maine, has been selected as St. Johnsbury Academy’s new Assistant Headmaster for Academics, effective July 1.