UVM Dean DomenicoGrasso Featured in EPA Report of Science AdvisoryCommitteeAccomplishmentsA soon-to-bepublished report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ScienceAdvice for EPA – Current and Future Challenges, recognizes the service andaccomplishments of EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) members, including formerSAB Chair and University of Vermont Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences,Domenico Grasso.Dr. Grasso, an environmentalengineer, served as Vice Chair of the overall EPA Science Advisory Board andChair of the EPA Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection ofEcological Systems and Services from 1998 through 2007. He isalso Chair Emeritus of the SAB Committee on EnvironmentalEngineering. Grasso is featured in the report along with EPAScience Advisory Board colleagues from Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and the WorldBank.EPA’s strategy to reorient the Agency’s ecologicalresearch program around the concept of ecosystem services was evaluated by Dr.Grasso’s committee featured in the report.”Strengthening EPA’s ability to assess the value ofecological protection is a priority for the Agency because life depends onecosystems and the services they provide” says Grasso. TheCommittee’s goal was to help EPA improve its ability to identify, quantify, andassess the value of the ecological effects of its activities, thereby helpingdecision makers to make more informed choices among environmental policyoptions. This novel and important approach has”the potential to be transformative for environmental decision making as well asecological science,” according to the report. “I considered my EPAadvisory role a unique chance to serve and strengthen our nation’s scientificabilities and decision-making around environmental and economic issues,” saidGrasso, “It was an honor to work with so many distinguished colleagues fromacross the U.S. and hope our efforts continue to inform and advance the nation’s21st century environmental policies.”On-line of the EPA report are available on thewebsite:http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebSABSO/AccomplishmentsRepor…(link is external)Dawn Densmore, Director Outreach & PublicRelationsUVM, College of Engineering and MathematicalSciencesPhone: 802-656-8748
FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Mikayla Vivens and Stephen F. Austin’s Danae Daron are the latest Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, league officials announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Vivens offensive efforts lifted the Houston Baptist (14-14, 7-7 SLC) squad to a five-set road victory over Northwestern State (10-13, 6-7 SLC) and 3-1 road-win over Southeastern Louisiana (2-24, 1-12 SLC) last week.SFA employed Daron’s defensive prowess as the Ladyjacks (27-2, 14-0 SLC) kept their unblemished conference record in tact following a pair of four-set wins over Sam Houston State (20-7, 12-3 SLC) and Abilene Christian (13-14, 10-5 SLC). Offensive Player of the Week: Mikayla Vivens, Houston Baptist– So. – Outside Hitter – San Antonio, TexasVivens posted a double-double in each match leading the Huskies to a pair of huge road wins that lifted HBU back to .500 in conference and overall standings. In Thursday’s five-set victory at Northwestern State, she recorded a career-high 25 kills, hitting .317, and adding 12 digs. In Saturday’s win at Southeastern Louisiana, Vivens posted 20 kills and 10 digs for her league-leading 20th double-double. She has registered at least 20 kills and a double-double in each of the last three matches.Honorable Mention: Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas; Danae Daron, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Week: Danae Daron, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Middle Blocker – Crosby, TexasPutting up phenomenal numbers on both offense and defense, junior middle blocker Danae Daron helped SFA clinch at least a share of the 2018 Southland Conference title by putting forth one of the best front-row defensive performances in all of NCAA Division I volleyball this season. After notching a career-best three solo blocks in Thursday’s win over Sam Houston State, Daron turned in a career-best 13 blocks — the most in a four-set match by an NCAA Division I volleyball player this season — in the Ladyjacks’ four-set win over Abilene Christian Saturday afternoon. The 13 blocks represent the most by a Southland player this season and the second-most by an SFA player in program history. They also helped SFA extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 24 matches and allowed the Ladyjacks to finish their first undefeated home season since 2005. SFA also leads the Southland in opponent hitting percentage this season while ranking third nationally in that same category.Honorable Mention: Savannah Allen, Central Arkansas; Hannah Lewis, Houston BaptistSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.