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Dana Librarian Wins Prestigious Medical Library Association Award

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Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont is pleased to announce that Frances Delwiche, MLS, is the winner of this year’s Daniel T. Richards Prize for her publication entitled “Mapping the Literature of Radiation Therapy” in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, April 2013. The award is given annually by Medical Library Association’s Collection Development Section to a distinguished publication in health sciences collection development.

Delwiche’s article “Mapping the Literature of Radiation Therapy” characterizes the literature in the field of radiation therapy through citation analysis. The article provides knowledge that informs collection development activities in support of radiation therapy. Fran joined the faculty at Dana Medical Library in 1999, and currently serves as reference and instruction librarian, with special focus on the bio-medical sciences and allied health professions. She also contributes to collection development efforts at Dana. Fran will be accepting her award at the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Austin, TX in May of this year.

In honor of Daniel T. Richards, a founder of the collection development section in the Medical Library Association, this award is presented annually to an individual who has authored a work related to collection development in the health sciences. Dan Richards, as he was known, worked at the National Library of Medicine in the late eighties helping to develop their collection. He also rewrote the NLM’s Collection Development Manual, and is considered “instrumental in establishing health sciences collection development as a rigorous discipline with a distinct methodology.” (Medical Library Association) Dan became Director of the Biomedical Libraries at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in 1991, and was well liked and respected by colleagues there. He passed away unexpectedly in 1995.

Nursing Student Wins Competitive National Award

By University Communications

Nursing major Jeanelle Achee, a UVM junior, has been named a 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholar. She is one of 62 students this year to win the highly competitive national award, which recognizes those who want to make a difference in public service and “provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.”

A Rochester, Vt. native, Achee enrolled at UVM dedicated to begin her training as a nurse as well as to develop an expertise in how to help women around the world, especially around issues of sexual violence. As a survivor of sexual violence, Achee has worked with communities throughout Vermont to advocate for women’s empowerment in areas of our society where it is needed most. She created a leadership weekend for the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars; an empowerment event for young girls who have a parent in prison. Her work with the organization introduced children to positive role models, strategies for living a healthy lifestyle, and how to foster self-efficacy.

Two other UVM students were chosen as finalists for this year’s Truman award: Tad Cooke ’14, an ecological food and energy systems major from Williston, Vt., and Hillary Laggis ’14, a public communications major from Hardwick, Vt.

The Truman Foundation, a federal agency that seeks to identify and support college juniors who are on track to be future public servants and change agents, issues the Truman Scholarship. Each year, universities across the country submit up to four nominees through a rigorous application review and interview process (in total, 629 students were nominated in 2013). At UVM, the Office of Fellowships Advising oversees this process.

“We are thrilled that Jeanelle has been recognized in this way — she is a truly inspiring person,” said Lisa Schnell, associate dean of the Honors College, who supervises the Office of Fellowships Advising. “Indeed, all four Truman nominees this year were stellar candidates for the award, and of the three Vermonters who were finalists — Jeanelle, Tad, and Hillary — UVM has every right to be proud. Their success is all theirs, but I know that they would want me to mention that behind them all the way was Brit Chase, UVM’s fellowships adviser, who spent countless hours helping them prepare for the competition, as well as a faculty committee and individual UVM faculty mentors who have been extremely generous in the support and mentoring of all the nominees.”

In addition to her work with Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, Achee, a certified crisis counselor, has dedicated thousands of hours to counseling victims at Hope Works, Chittenden County’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people who have experienced the trauma of sexual violence. She has also been an active volunteer in statewide campaigns for presidential candidates John Kerry and Barack Obama. She’s volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ re-election. She co-founded the Vermont Student Summit for Building Peace in Iraq, a foundation for a statewide student-led peace group. She’s received state and national recognition for her service to her community, including the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, the Miss America Community Service Award, and the Vermont Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service. A global studies minor, she is also a member of Mortar Board, and is a former member of the Dewey House for Civic Engagement, UVM’s residential learning community for students who are dedicated to becoming engaged and active members in the community through public service.

“Jeanelle Achee is an exceptional young woman who represents all that we hope for in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences — someone who really does make a difference for the health and wellbeing of others,” says Dean Patricia Prelock.

“As a student here, Jeanelle has made a huge impact not just on her fellow students’ lives — counseling individuals through crises, advising on writing papers, organizing service activities, for instance — but also faculty,” says Luis Vivanco, director of the Global and Regional Studies Program. “Her combination of humility, dedication and insightfulness about people is amazing. While the Truman is an excellent reflection on her qualities and commitment, she’s an excellent reflection on the Truman program.”

Achee is the fourth UVM student to win the award. Brent Reader ’13, a social work major, received the award in 2012. Alumna Kesha Ram, now a Vermont state representative, was a winner in 2007, and William F. Steinman was a winner in 1988.