Michael Middleman '10

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A Balance of the Hemispheres

Mike Middleman seeks out the middle ground in things—“a balancing of the hemispheres,” as he would phrase it. It’s a concept that has left a mark on Mike’s life, having its roots in his childhood where he developed a pair of lasting interests.

“Two things have always been huge in my life: biology and music,” says Middleman. Mike grew up in Grant, Michigan alongside of six older sisters—most of whom were musicians, as were his parents. As for biology, it was a simple matter. “I’ve always been interested in biology and seen environmental studies as really important”, he says. “For a career, that was the direction I wanted to go.”

Pulling from his varied upbringing, Mike sought after a unique college experience. “I don’t think I would have handled lecture halls very well… I knew a big, state-school wasn’t right for me.” His love for the mountains made Vermont an ideal place to live while his preference for a small-scale, creative learning environment drew him to Green Mountain College. He hasn’t regretted his decision.

“It was great—socially, music was my ‘in’,” says Middleman. Over the course of his college career, Mike has been in a number of bands, all of which have had their success in one way or another. “It all started freshman-year, after I got into bluegrass, with ‘The Western-Central Vermont Uptown Whiskey Ramblers’,” Middleman chuckles. Since then, he has played with “The Bad Assets” who opened for last year’s Spring Concert and “The Carl’s Corner Basement Band” who will be opening this time around.

As part of his self-designed study in conservation biology, Mike has done superb work in population genetics - which, in keeping with his good sense of balance, requires him to be creative and diligent in the driver’s seat of his own degree plan while maintaining the analytical mindset needed to tackle the science itself.

Over the past couple of years, Mike has studied the gene flow of the silver lamprey—an eel-like fish—in Lake Champlain and other rivers in the area. “We really don’t know anything about the silver lamprey,” says Middleman. It is something he hopes to rectify. After completing his lab work, Mike will present his findings at the end of April for the Lake Champlain Research Consortium, the organization that has funded his research. Additionally, he will be submitting his work to various academic journals—something Mike sees a necessary step along the road to graduate school.

Mike’s success is rooted in his ability to appreciate so many different things in so many different ways. It could be said that if Mike’s life were a song, it might have a wide variety of notes and chords throughout but would, all the while, have a consistent melody—a true balancing of the hemispheres.


By Chad Skiles '12



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Men's Lacrosse
Saturday, 3/27
vs. Lyndon State College, 1 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
Wednesday, 3/24
at Norwich University, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 3/27
at University of Maine - Farmington, 11 a.m.

Women's Softball
Wednesday, 3/24
at Sage College, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

Saturday, 3/27
vs. Bay Path College, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Sunday, 3/28
vs. University of Maine - Presque Isle, 12 p.m., 2 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Sunday, 3/28
vs. Lyndon State College, 12 p.m.


WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, MARCH 22
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Nia Movement
3 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

African Dance
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Traditional Belly Dance
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Laura Simms
7:30 p.m., The Gorge

Laughter Yoga
8 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Kayak Pool Session
8:30 - 10 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

TUESDAY, MARCH 23
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
1 - 2:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
6:30 - 7 p.m., Chapel

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Film Screening: Sicko
6:30 p.m., East Room

Movie Night
8 p.m., The Gorge

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Women's Yoga
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bozen Wellness Center

Faculty Colloquium: Prof. Andrew Duffin
12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Yoga
1 - 2:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Workshop: Effective College Writing
3 - 4 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

GRE Study Group
4 - 5 p.m., Room 3, Griswold Library

Free Oral HIV Testing
6 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced
6:30 - 7:45 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Zazen Meditation
7 - 8 p.m., Chapel

Workshop: Career Exploration
7 - 8 p.m., Writers Lounge, Moses Hall

Bully
7 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Shakti Tribal Dance: Beginner
7:45 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
9 - 9:20 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, MARCH 25
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Tai Chi
5:15 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Yoga
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Beginner Yoga
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

FRIDAY, MARCH 26
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Spin Art Frisbees
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

Meditation
3 - 3:30 p.m., Chapel

Free Oral HIV Testing
3 - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

GMC Music Faculty Recital
7 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Ben Pegg
9 p.m., YES! Coffee House

SATURDAY, MARCH 27
Spring Open House
All day, various locations

Adventure Recreation Floor Gear Sale
11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

Yoga
1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

SUNDAY, MARCH 28
Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center



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