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Hale Ray Class of 2008
UCONN Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
University of Connecticut men's soccer coach Ray Reid announced multiple coaching moves on Thursday, three weeks ahead of the start of the team's preseason activities. Andy Parker has been named as an assistant coach, while John Donlon will now serve as the Director of Soccer Quality Control.

Parker, who was the Director of Soccer Quality Control for the Huskies over the last two seasons, arrived in Storrs after graduating from Saint Anselm in 2012. He was a four-year letter winner in soccer while playing for the Hawks and he left the program as the all-time leader in minutes played. Parker earned Northeast-10 All-Rookie honors in 2008 and was named a Senior Scholar-Athlete for the 2011-12 season.

He currently works as the Northeast United Developmental Academy Program Director and serves as the coach of the U-11 team. This past semester, Parker earned his Master's Degree in Sport Management from UConn.  

The East Haddam, Conn. native will take over for Mike Mordocco, who recently accepted an assistant coaching position at UMass. Mordocco, a member of the 2000 UConn Men's Soccer National Champion Team, spent four seasons on the bench at Connecticut from 2011-14, working primarily with the goalkeepers.

The Huskies reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in each of Mordocco's first three seasons at UConn and Connecticut captured its 13th-ever Conference regular season title in 2014. Mordocco graduated from UConn in 2002 and held coaching stints at Stony Brook and Oneonta State prior to returning to Storrs. He was one of two former players to be honored at the 2014 Meet The Huskies Banquet.

In addition to Parker's role change, Donlon was promoted to the squad's Director of Soccer Quality Control after working directly with the UConn Goal Patrol, coordinating meetings and promotions for the student support group and this past year he assisted in UConn's marketing efforts. Donlon currently serves as the Assistant Director of Coaching for Northeast United and coaches the U-11 and U-13 teams, as well as serving as the Tolland Soccer Club Technical Director.

UConn's 2015 campaign gets underway on Aug. 11 when players report for the first day of preseason. Following two preseason matches against Rider (Aug. 16) and Syracuse (Aug. 22), the Huskies will open regular season play at home against St. Francis on Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

MBL scientist Bruce Peterson wins ASLO Lifetime Achievement Award
MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Dr. Bruce J. Peterson, a senior scholar at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has been selected by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) to receive the 2013 Alfred C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors the career achievements of an aquatic scientist whose work is recognized for its importance and long-term influence. Dr. Peterson is being honored for "innovative and transformative studies of carbon, nutrient, and water cycles at process, ecosystem, and global scales." He will receive the award at the ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting in New Orleans on February 17.

Dr. Peterson has made seminal contributions in fields ranging from oceanography to limnology, biogeochemistry, ecology, and hydrology. Among these are his use of new methods of analysis, his excellence as a synthesizer, and numerous scientific publications.

"I'm surprised and very excited," said Dr. Peterson, who began his career at the MBL nearly 40 years ago. "This honor puts a capstone on my career and gives me an opportunity to reflect and put things in context, which is something I never would have done unless I received this award."

"This is the premier ASLO award and it could have not been presented to a finer scientist," said ASLO President John Downing.

Throughout his career, Dr. Peterson has studied the cycles that influence ecosystem behavior. His work is relevant to the management and prediction of ecosystem properties in Arctic streams and rivers, nitrogen cycling in headwater streams and estuaries, and the impacts of climate change on the freshwater cycle of the Arctic.


Much of Dr. Peterson's research has been based at Alaska's Toolik Field Station, where, for the last 30 years, he and his colleagues have conducted a nutrient enrichment experiment in the Kuparuk River. The experiment has revealed a general principle of how streams respond to disturbance and is being used as a prototype in the National Ecological Observatory Network, a National Science Foundation-funded observation system that will gather ecological and climate data over the next 30 years at more than 60 terrestrial and aquatic observatory sites across the U.S.

"Bruce has been, from the beginning, a wonderfully creative thinker about how ecosystems work," said Christopher Neill, Director of the MBL Ecosystems Center. "He thinks big and then engages others to think big with him. He's demonstrated that over and over again in his career."

Dr. Peterson also pioneered the tracer approach to investigation of the nitrogen cycle of streams. The technique, first developed for an experiment in the Kuparuk River, has transformed the study of streams and is now used worldwide. "That one experiment has led to many experiments around the world that use this approach," says Dr. Peterson. "I've been really fortunate in that regard, some of the experiments that I have developed with MBL colleagues and others have spawned whole networks of research—it's a real joy."

According to Dr. Peterson, a particularly rewarding part of his career has been working with Russian collaborators to study the freshwater cycle of the Arctic. "I lived during the Cold War and drills at school had us preparing for a nuclear attack," said Dr. Peterson, "My dad was an expert in anti-submarine warfare and spent his career tracking Russian submarines. So, it was particularly gratifying to travel to the great rivers of northern Russia and find that Russian scientists were willing to share information and help us understand global change in the Arctic." Now known as the Arctic Great Rivers Observatory, the NSF-funded project has made fundamental advances in the understanding of land-ocean interactions in the Arctic and has set the baseline against which to judge future changes in the Arctic.

Dr. Peterson received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He performed postdoctoral research on the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study and at North Carolina State University. He joined the MBL's Ecosystems Center in 1976, rising up the ranks from postdoctoral associate to senior scientist. Dr. Peterson is a member of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Estuarine Research Federation, and the MBL Corporation. In 2008, Dr. Peterson shared ASLO's John Martin Award with Richard Eppley of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in 1888 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the MBL is an independent, nonprofit corporation.


Saint Anselm College

The Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year

The Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year candidates are identified from pre-determined academic criteria - the student-athlete must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher alongside significant academic and athletic credentials while also serving their community. The award was designed to honor and celebrate a male and female student athlete who demonstrates a commitment to excellence both in the classroom and on the playing surface.

Senior captain Bianca Ciuffredo (Worcester, Mass.) of the women’s cross country team was selected as the female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Having been named to the Saint Anselm College Dean’s List three separate times, she is a member of two National Honor Societies in the fields of Psychology and the Social Science and has participated in a significant number of research projects and has presented at numerous psychology meetings and conferences.

In addition, Ciuffredo took part in three Saint Anselm College Spring Break Alternative trips and has worked with troubled youths in the Manchester community. As a four-year member of the women’s cross country team, this team captain competed in this year’s NCAA East Regional cross country meet.

Senior defenseman Andrew Parker (East Haddam, Conn.), a member of the men's soccer team, was selected as the male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, having been named to the Saint Anselm College Dean’s List seven times. He was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student athlete honor society, as a junior and is a member of three additional National Honor Societies. He was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference Team and the NE-10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman.

As a member of the Saint Anselm College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he represented the college at several Northeast-10 Conference meetings and participated in the annual Make-A-Wish fundraising drive. He also participated in the NCAA Career in Sports Leadership Forum. As a four year member of the men’s soccer team under Head Coach Peter Ramsey, Parker served as a team captain, leading the Hawks defense while appearing in 73 games in his career, ranking 11th all-time in program history in that category.  The defenseman has logged 6,539 minutes of playing time across four seasons, the highest totals by a Saint Anselm player in recorded history. He was the only player in this year's graduating class to have started each and every single game, for the Hawks since joining the team as a freshman in 2008.


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