Dorothy Bigelow Neuberger
Local volunteer and activist Dorothy Bigelow Neuberger will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Neuberger is 1958 graduate of Middlebury and has been a longtime and highly involved participant in the Middlebury community. A member of the Governor's Council on Hunger, she has organized Christmas Day dinners in town since 2001, and has coordinated Friday Night Community Suppers since 2005. The first Friday Night Supper attracted just 22 guests, but now the evening event regularly serves more than 200 people. Neuberger is also vice chair of the Middlebury Community Care Coalition, an organization founded in 2004 in response to basic needs of the Addison County area, such as meals and temporary housing. The coalition offers several community programs and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Neuberger is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bud Covey Award for Outstanding Service to the clients at the Counseling Service of Addison County, where she worked from 1973-2000, and the Middlebury College Citizens' Award in 2001.
Edward M. Rubin
Internationally recognized geneticist Edward M. Rubin will receive a Doctor of Science degree. A medical researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., Rubin has served since 2002 as director of the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (JGI), which played a leading role in the Human Genome Project. As director of the JGI, he has overseen the sequencing and analysis of parts of the human genome and Neanderthal genome, as well as genomes of more than 200 animals, plants and microbes. Rubin has focused JGI's application of genomics on studies related to bioenergy and climate change, and recently spearheaded the new science of metagenomics, deriving important insights from his investigations of microbial communities inhabiting a range of environments. He sits on the editorial boards of several leading journals, including the Board of Reviewing Editors for the journal Science, and is a member of multiple scientific advisory boards. Through government advisory committee membership, Rubin has actively influenced the direction of genomic research at the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. National Institutes of Health. He is the father of Benjamin Rubin, a member of Middlebury's Class of 2011.