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Author of three scholarly books on AIDS policy in the U.S. and abroad, Saint Michael's College Political Science Professor Patricia Siplon is as engaged in teaching and in involving her students in her research as she is in scholarship.

The University of Vermont has announced that three new legislative trustees, a gubernatorial appointee, and a new student trustee are joining its board of trustees. The new legislative trustees, elected by the Vermont General Assembly to six-year terms, are Carolyn Branagan, Christopher Bray, and David Potter.

The Law Office of Deborah T. Bucknam & Associates P.C. in St. Johnsbury would like to announce that Robert A. Brazil is now an Associate with the firm. He joins us from New Hampshire Legal Assistance where he was the manager of the northern offices of NHLA in Littleton and Berlin, NH, supervising two other attorneys and a support staff of four.

Shems Dunkiel Kassel & Saunders has announced that Eileen I. Elliott and Geoffrey H. Hand were recently made partners in the firm.

Redstone, a full service commercial real estate leader located in Burlington has announced the addition of Gail Beck as the Property/Asset Manager to the Redstone Property Management Team. Gail has over 20 years of professional experience in both property and asset management.

Peter Hofstetter, the Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Medical since 1994, announced that he has accepted the CEO position at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico. With Hofstetter’s leadership, NMC has been able to expand its medical staff, modernize its facilities, reduce outmigration of care, and establish partnerships throughout the community.

Brian Armstrong and Lynn Russell, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Milton, Vt today announced that Warren Palm, sales associate with the office recently earned the CENTURY 21® System’s CENTURION Producer Award following his 2008 sales success.

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.