Cynthia Belliveau, Dean of Continuing Education and Director of Vtrim™
Dr. Belliveau is a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Vermont. Dr. Belliveau’s research is in food systems primarily focused on pedagogical applications in sustainability. Dr. Belliveau is the Director of Vtrim™, an evidenced based behavior weight loss management program for the public developed at UVM in 16 years of clinical trials. As Dean of Continuing Education, she directs college and professional credit programming for college student and adults. Dr. Belliveau has consulted for Winrock International, US AID, and the Sri Lankan Government. She continues to teach undergraduates about food and cooking in the university Food Lab.
Professor Oliver Fröehling
Oliver Fröhling is a geographer by academic training. He lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he co-founded SURCO, a center for autonomous education and local activism. His research interests-which are integrated into his practical activities at SURCO-include NGOs and neoliberal policy, critical geopolitics, and alternatives to economics. Some of the initiatives he is currently working on are centered on improving urban livelihoods; these efforts include promoting the use of bicycles and urban agriculture, and working to create a training center for video and audio production. This will be Oliver’s 2nd year teaching for the Oaxaca program. Oliver also coordinates and plans most of our field trips as well as provides general support to us while we are in Oaxaca.
Professor Vern Grubinger
This will be Vern’s third teaching the Plant and Soil Science course for the Food Systems Track in Oaxaca. He is a vegetable and berry specialist at UVM. He also serves as coordinator of USDA’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, which annually awards nearly $4 million in grants to researchers, educators, and farmers across the 12 Northeast states. Vern’s areas of expertise are commercial horticulture, soil health, and organic and sustainable agriculture.
Dr. Jean Harvey-Berino, PhD, RD
Dr. Jean Harvey-Berino, is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on behavioral treatments for obesity in adults and obesity prevention in children. As the lead researcher and founder of Vtrim, a behavioral weight loss program, Dr. Harvey-Berino has conducted numerous clinical trials in obesity treatment over the past 16 years. Her current research projects include an examination of the efficacy of conducting weight loss intervention over the Internet and an investigation of changes in energy balance that might result from decreasing sedentary behavior in adults. Jean’s most recent national publicity was as a recipient of the 2008 James Beard Award for “The Eating Well Diet” book.
Professor Sergio Navarrette Pellicer, Ph.D
Sergio Navarrette Pellicer is a professor, researcher and the current director at CIESAS in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is currently working on the National Music Project which is striving to create a database of the music and musicians found in town and church records from México, Puebla, Oaxaca Morelia, Guadalajara, Mé rida, and San Cristó bal de Las Casas including sources from the Oaxaca cathedral (1540-1858). He is also working on a project focusing on the transmission and transformation process of the musical traditions of Oaxaca.
Professor Mary-Lucia Razza
Mary-Lucia Razza had been a faculty member in the Department of Education for 21 years, teaching in the Special Education graduate program and more recently in the Secondary Education Teacher Preparation Program. She has worked on a number of state wide initiatives focused on school reform, community based learning, and transition for students with disabilities. For the past three years, Mary Lucia has coordinated a Service-Learning/Oral History grant and has worked closely with Vermont high schools promoting the inclusion of all students in these experiences. Mary Lucia first traveled to Mexico in 1973 and has returned as much as possible over the years, spending time in different parts of the country. This will be Mary Lucia’s second year as the in-country director for the Oaxaca program. She has a Masters degree in counseling and completed her doctorate in Education Leadership at the University of Vermont.
Professor Michael Sundue
Michael will be returning for the second year, teaching botany in Oaxaca. At UVM, Michael is a post-doc in the Plant Biology Department. He splits his time between doing laboratory research in Jeffords Hall, and working with botanicaly specimens in the Pringle Herbarium, which is UVM’s research museum for dried and pressed plant specimens. You can read more about his research and plant systematics and evolution of the PBIO website.
He first visited Oaxaca after finishing his undergraduate degree on a trip to explore agriculture and botany of Mexico and Central America. Since then he has botanized throughout the Americas, but Michael claims Oaxaca to be “one of the most interesting and beautiful places that I have been. The region has a mix of tropical and temperate plants, in both dry and wet regions. Between the diversity in vegetation and rich ethnobotanical history, you couldn’t pick a better spot for an introduction to botany. Plus the street food is amazing.”
In this photo, Michael is collecting fern gametophytes in a cloud forest in the Sierra Juarez near Ixtlan de Juarez north of Oaxaca city. You need a light because they are really small!