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Join the Friends of International Students Host Program!

Dear Faculty and Staff-

Our Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2020 continues! The Class of 2020 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.

International Student & Scholar Services is holding a series of information meetings about the program this summer on the second floor of the Service Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, we welcome you to join us as your stories and insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they would be a good fit for the program.

Here is the date for our upcoming meeting:

  • Monday, August 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at isss@middlebury.edu (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel free to bring your lunch to the meeting on August 15.

You can learn more about the FIS Host Program on our website at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis .

Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.

We invite all who are interested to become a part of this wonderful program!

We look forward to hearing from you!


There are currently 5 faculty positions, 41 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Vermont Genetics Network grants for research in the biomedical sciences to David Allen, Amanda Crocker, Michael Dash, Michael Durst, Glen Ernstrom, Clarissa Parker, and AJ Vasiliou

Middlebury College is one of the baccalaureate partner institutions participating in a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Vermont. This grant continues the Vermont Genetics Network support that has been an important source of funding for faculty and student research during the past decade. Project grants support summer and academic-year effort for faculty members from June 2016-May 2017, and pilot grants support summer effort for faculty members from June 2016-August 2016. The following faculty members received individual grants from this program to support their research this year:

David Allen (Biology) received a pilot grant titled Elevational Gradient in Black-legged Tick Density and Borrelia-infection. The proposed work aims to understand how the population and phenology of the black-legged tick, the Lyme disease vector, change with elevation. Understanding this relationship will allow for more targeted tick control and Lyme disease prevention efforts. The grant includes support for two undergraduate students.

Amanda Crocker (Neuroscience) received a pilot grant titled Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Plasticity and Diversity in Neural Circuits. The proposed work aims to understand how long-term memories are encoded molecularly within individual neurons, and the work has the potential to provide novel molecular pathways and drug targets for age-related cognitive decline and diseases. The grant includes support for two undergraduate students.

Michael Dash (Psychology and Neuroscience) received a pilot grant titled Metabolic Consequences of Synaptic Plasticity. The proposed work aims to characterize the basic biological processes that maintain balance between energy supply and demand in the healthy brain, and the work will provide a foundation for novel therapeutic targets to treat the widespread impairments in energy balance and cellular communication characteristic of most neurodegenerative disorders. The grant includes support for one undergraduate student.

Michael Durst (Physics) received a renewal of his project grant titled High-Speed 3D Multiphoton Fluorescence Imaging with Temporal Focusing Microscopy. The proposed work aims to improve the speed of 3D multiphoton microscopy through temporal focusing, with the goal of reaching video-rate 3D imaging in biological tissue. The grant includes support for two undergraduate students.

Glen Ernstrom (Biology and Neuroscience) received a renewal of his project grant titled Genetic Analysis of Neurotransmitter Release in C. Elegans. The proposed research investigates how the pH of synaptic vesicles regulates how neurons signal. Greater understanding of this process could aid the development of novel drug therapies to either enhance or inhibit neurotransmitter release. The grant includes support for four undergraduate students.

Clarissa Parker (Psychology and Neuroscience) received a renewal of her project grant titled Genome-wide Association for Ethanol Sensitivity in the DO Mouse Population. The goal of this work is to use a highly recombinant mouse population to map genes in mice. A better understanding of the pathways linking genetic variation and expression to neuronal function and behavior in mice will provide novel insights that can inform the prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders in humans. The grant includes support for two undergraduate students.

AnGayle (AJ) Vasiliou (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received a renewal of her project grant titled Thermal Composition of Biomass: Molecular Pathways for Sulfur Chemistry. The aim of this research is to elucidate the detailed chemical mechanisms and kinetics associated with the thermal decomposition of sulfur compounds found in biomass feedstock. The results of this work can be used to develop a sound strategy to suppress the formation of poisonous sulfur compounds during biomass decomposition, generating clean liquid fuels and ultimately lowering sulfur emissions. The grant includes support for two undergraduate students.

NSF Day at the University of Maine on October 13, 2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of Maine are hosting an NSF Day to be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm at the Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street in Bangor, Maine.

NSF Days provide basic insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding for science, engineering, and education research. This day-long workshop will provide background on the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget. During the day, there will be  an overview on proposal writing, NSF’s merit review process, and programs that fall within the seven scientific and engineering directorates, as well as funding opportunities that cross disciplinary boundaries.

NSF representatives will be on hand to answer questions and to host discipline- and program-specific breakout sessions to personally engage in discussions with attendees.

See more details in the draft agenda.

Registration is $35 and must be completed by October 7, 2016.Space is limited. Fees include continental breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks. Registration fees are non-refundable (but may be transferable with at least three days notice, if necessary).


Will Amidon receives collaborative grant from National Science Foundation

Will Amidon (Geology) has received support from the National Science Foundation for a project titled Testing Models of Passive Margin Rejuvenation in the Eastern U.S. He and a collaborator at the State University of New York Plattsburgh received a three year grant to work on understanding mountain uplift and erosion over the last 100 million years (Myr) in the northeastern United States.  The work address the fundamental question  of why mountains still exist in the northeastern U.S. despite more than 300 Myr since that last major tectonic collision.  One idea is that the northeast has experienced subtle tectonic events in the last 100 Myr which were strong enough to grow mountains, but difficult to detect through conventional methods.  Seven Middlebury undergraduates will be working with Will on this project.

MSA August Newsletter



Want to retire carefree? Join us as we provide the tips you need for a solid retirement plan. For those of you who do not know the opportunities available, we will provide an overview of retirement plans and savings options. There are many things you need to consider since the cost of living will be different in the future. Our class offers calculations on what to expect and how to meet monthly expenses. Leave this class with the confidence and ability to explore your options and learn how to accomplish your retirement goals.

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Assess Retirement Income

Will you be financially stable in retirement? Whether you’re thirty days or thirty years away from retirement, now is the time to assess your future income.



Financial Peace of Mind

On August 25th @ 12pm EST, attend our webinar to hear about your opportunity to work with a Money Coach to overcome financial stress and achieve your financial dreams



Live Financial Forum

Join us on August 24th @ 12pm EST for the opportunity to ask our panel of experts any financial question you might have and get the answers you need.


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You get the chance to win cool prizes, when you engage in the financial wellness program, work with a Money Coach, and attend classes.



August EFAP News: Cyberbullying 101

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August 2016 Newsletter:
Getting a Handle on Harassing Behavior


Cyberbullying 101
Approximately 1 out of every 4 students report being the victim of bullying during the school year (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015). Almost 20% of US high school students were bullied in the past year, approximately 15% online (Center for Disease Control, 2014). And typically only 36 % report bullying (Petrosina, Guckenburg, DeVoe, and Hanson, 2010). Of students that reported cyberbullying, 29% of teens on social media reported having an experience resulting in a face-to-face confrontation with someone after the online attack (NCES 2013, nces.ed.gov/pubs2013).

Social media has changed our world – how we communicate, how we market products and ourselves, how we gauge our popularity, and how we react to others. Somehow society has popularized knowing everything about everyone all of the time. Recent estimates indicate that over 90% of teens are now online and about 80% of them use social media.

Most cyberbullying is done by individuals lashing out because they are hurting somehow themselves. Often bullies are victims of abuse or a disorder, and they don’t know how to reach out for help, so they strike out at others to attempt to feel powerful and in control of a small part of their lives.

As much as we want to protect our kids and remove them from this new scary social arena, it is better to understand the playing field, educate yourself and your kids, and learn safeguards and proper protocols.


Console your child and find them supportive resources. Reach out to your school principal, counselor, or police officer. Contact a mental health professional or call E4 Health. You will need guidance and counseling to successfully navigate this situation and to find healing and peace for your family.

Avoid responding to any harassing communications. Make a print copy and an electronic copy of the harassing message/post. You may need to involve the police, school officials, or other parents. If the harassment involves a threat, definitely involve the police. Most states recognize cyberbullying as a crime now.

Check and tighten security settings on computers, phones, websites, and apps. Utilize as many blocking scenarios as you can. Attend this month’s webinar to learn specifics.

Be vocal. Wherever the harassment occurred – internet service provider, social medial website, cell phone, or social app – contact them and file a complaint.

Many schools are implementing an anonymous cyberbullying program. Whether it is phone or web-based, the program allows kids to anonymously report cyberbullying activity without fear of backlash. Often kids want to do the right thing by reporting harassment or defending someone being hurt; however, the fear of being bullied themselves often prevents kids from reacting. Studies show that such programs have reduced bullying by 25% or more. If your child’s school doesn’t have such a program, talk to them about starting one. 


First and foremost, understand that your child may be hurting. You may want to consider having your child evaluated by a professional such as their pediatrician or school counselor to help find out what is going on and guide you towards the appropriate support for your family. He or she may speak more freely with a counselor than with you.

 Also remember you can reach out to E4 Health any time, any day for guidance.


FREE Webinar:

Bullying and Social Media

August 16th

12-1pm and 3-4pm EST

11-12am and 2-3pm CST

10-11am and 1-3pm MST

9-10am and

12-1pm PST

As social media becomes more and more a part of our children’s lives, how can we determine which platforms are age-appropriate and safe? This webinar will give you suggestions on ways to protect your children on social media; provide warning signs of cyber bullying and empower you to proactively monitor your children’s online activity.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited

Click on the time you would like to attend above.

You can also log on to

www.HelloE4.com with your username and password. On the homepage, click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS,” and follow the easy instructions.

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Visit

  www.HelloE4.com click on E4 University, then click on Webinars to search by  webinar title.  



Professional counseling

to deal with the often-significant emotional stress of bullying or harassing behavior

Online learning via our webinar, “Bullying and Social Media” on Tuesday, August 16th

Articles on topics related to bullying and harassment

Tips on how to help reduce threatening behavior in our workplaces, schools, and daily lives

Referrals to support resources in your area



For whatever work or life issue is on your mind, or for anything related to daily living that you could use some extra help with, let us be your resource. It’s free, it’s confidential, and it’s available to you, as well as your family and household members.

Just call or log on to get started.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
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