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Next May, Lyndon State College Meteorology Professor Nolan Atkins and two Lyndon students will travel to Norman, Okla., where they will take part in a large national study on the formation of tornadoes. Atkins and the students, Tony McGee of Penacook, N.H., and Rachel Ducharme of Charlestown, R.I., are among about 20 other scientists in the study.

Dr. Jianke Yang, professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), has written a new textbook with coauthor Maksim Skorobogatiy entitled Fundamentals of Photonic Crystal Guiding.

Gregory D. Woodworth has been named senior vice president and general counsel of National Life Group. “In his three years with National Life, Greg has shown he is a superb lawyer of the highest integrity,” said Mehran Assadi, NLGroup’s president and chief executive officer.

C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, former U.S. Surgeon General, will receive Research!America’s 2009 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership. The award recognizes Koop’s decades-long commitment to advocacy for public health. He will be honored March 24, 2009, at the 13th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

Don George, a Barre native with more than 20 years experience in health care and health financing, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and its affiliate HMO, The Vermont Health Plan (TVHP).

Joshua Cleaver has been hired as a new designer at Found Line. In his new capacity, he will be handling print design and production duties for clients such as EnergySmart of Vermont, Vermont Public Radio, True Body Products, the Center for Media & Democracy and Seventh Generation.

VIT Worldwide Videoconferencing recently hired Stephen Schouten as Regional Manager for the Johnson, Middlebury, and St. Albans VIT studios. Stephen is taking over for John Sheets, who after 14 years as Regional Manager, was promoted to VIT Director of Technical Operations. Although Stephen will spend time at all three VIT sites, he will make the St.

Rep. Peter Welch announced Tuesday a set of staff transitions geared toward supporting his work on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, to which he was appointed in January.

Dr Sara Dillon, professor of law at Suffolk University Law School, was inducted into the Saint Michael's College Alumni Academic Hall of Fame at ceremonies held on the campus of the liberal arts residential Catholic college. Professor Dillon graduated summa cum laude from Saint Michael's, and went on to complete a master’s degree in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stephen A. Unsworth, senior partner of Unsworth & Barra, PLC in Essex Junction, has, for the second year in a row, been named a Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate by New England Super Lawyers. Attorney’s identified as “super lawyers” are considered to be in the top five percent of New England attorneys and the best in their profession.

Vermont Law School, known for its top-ranked environmental law program, has announced that James Gustave Speth, currently dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will be joining its faculty as of July 1, 2010. Speth has served as dean and professor at Yale since 1999.

A family farm that employs more than 20 relatives has become the sixth farm in Vermont to join the CVPS Cow Power family. Gervais Family Farm Inc., a family owned and operated dairy farm in Bakersfield, has begun generating electricity from cow manure and signed on as the newest CVPS Cow Power producer.