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Evan Thomson Named to Dean’s List

       Evan Thomson, Class of 2020, from Jamaica Plain, was named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University during the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.

       Located in Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a highly selective private liberal arts university that offers majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and social and natural sciences, along with broad opportunities outside of class, to its 3,600 undergraduates. Graduate programs are available in select disciplines. Students benefit from a small student-faculty ratio of 9:1, personal attention from faculty, leadership opportunities, and excellent graduation rates and career outcomes.

Local Students on dean’s list at emerson college

       The following students have been named to Emerson College’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester. The requirement to make the Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher that semester.

Hannah Riffe of JP

Nicole Lawrence of JP

Rocco Sanabria of JP


       Jamaica Plain resident Mark Miller, PhD, has been promoted to the rank of professor at Boston University School of Medicine. He is a Clinical Psychologist in the Behavioral Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System. He is an internationally recognized expert in the genetics, neurobiology, and assessment of PTSD.  As a Principal Investigator, he has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and/or the US Department of Veterans Affairs for almost 20 years. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers on the topic of PTSD and related conditions and this body of work has been cited approximately 6,000 times. Dr. Miller is currently an Associate Editor for the American Psychological Association’s flagship publication, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and he previously served in the same capacity for two other leading journals in the field of traumatic stress. He is a frequent grant reviewer for the NIH and other US and international funding agencies and he has served as a research mentor to numerous pre- and post-doctoral trainees in Boston University training programs.

1199SEIU Voters Ratify First Contract at Faulkner Hospital

       After sixteen months of negotiations, more than 500 healthcare workers at Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital ratified their first contract as members of the state’s largest healthcare union, 1199SEIU, on December 27, 2018.

       “This is a major victory for Faulkner workers who made it very clear they wanted to fight for a contract that raises standards for healthcare workers, gives them a voice at the table, provides funding for career advancement and training, and ensures a working environment where all staff are treated with dignity and respect,” said 1199SEIU Executive Vice President Tim Foley.

       Faulkner workers in housekeeping, dietary, radiology, and among others are covered by the four-year contract which includes annual wage increases.

       “I am so excited to win a contract that elevates our voices as caregivers. With wage increases, creation of labor-management committees, and an equitable pay scale, this contract benefits not only us but also those we care for,” said Nikki Bossou, who works at Faulkner as a Gastroenterology Technician.

Gardening Lecture Series Set for March 21

       For home-gardeners looking to take their knowledge and skills to the next level, the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (MMGA) has announced a new spring session of its popular 10-week Home Horticulture Evening Lecture Series: the program will run on Thursday evenings March through May at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Conservancy, Mattapan, a MassAudubon property.

       According to MMGA Home Horticulture Series Coordinator Chris Gatti, “The association started Home Hort in response to experienced gardeners who were interested in Master Gardener Training but whose lifestyles didn’t permit them to attend daytime classes or volunteer. For them – as well as for novice gardeners – the Home Hort Series offers a streamlined, informal format: ten 90- minute evening classes, no homework or testing, and no volunteering.”

       Classes will be held on ten consecutive Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:00 p.m., March 21 through May 23. Lectures cover the same topics studied by Master Gardeners but in an abbreviated format and include important fundamentals such as building great soil and how plants work…as well as practical how-to’s like basic landscape design, perennial selection and care, and combating weeds, diseases and pests.

       For gardeners with some experience, the Home Hort lecture series offers an opportunity to refine their knowledge and skills. For novices, it provides a strong learning foundation for designing and planting this year’s garden.

       The cost is $250.00 per person for all ten lectures. Instructors are senior Master Gardeners with in-depth experience in their respective topics. Handouts are provided.

       For additional information or to sign up, visit or [email protected] 

Students Named to the University of Vermont Dean’s List

       To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

       The following local students have been named to the University of Vermont dean’s list for the Fall 2018 semester:

Hunter Amory of JP

Peninah Hodin of JP

Merrick Gillies of JP

Erin Gallagher of Boston

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Committed to both research and teaching, UVM professors — world-class researchers, scholars, and artists — bring their discoveries into the classroom and their students into the field. Located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the nation’s most vibrant small cities and top college towns, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 national research university educating 10,513 undergraduate students, 1,542 graduate students, 826 certificate and non-degree students, and 459 M.D. students in the Larner College of Medicine

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