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Welcome from the Dean

Antonio Cepeda-BenitoWelcome back! We are half way through the academic year and the “train” is moving at full throttle, gaining ground steadily at a good pace.

In the fall 2012 semester, 4,883 undergraduate and 209 graduate CAS students were deeply engaged in learning from our 381 full- (316) and part-time (65) faculty. The semester culminated with a well-attended commencement ceremony that conferred 304 bachelor and 29 graduate degrees from CAS.  Read more.

Top News

Spotlight on the Anthropology Department

Deborah Blom As the new Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Vermont, one of the things I most enjoy talking about with students, majors, parents, and colleagues is the following fact: we are one of the largest undergraduate-only Departments of Anthropology in the country. What does this mean for our students? Learn more from Department Chair Deborah Blom.

Chameleon Star Baffles Astronomers

pulsars Pulsars — tiny spinning stars, heavier than the sun and smaller than a city — have puzzled scientists since they were discovered in 1967. Now, new observations by an international team, including University of Vermont astrophysicist Joanna Rankin, make these bizarre stars even more puzzling. Rankin was also interviewed by Jane Lindholm on VPR about her recent discovery. Read more.

Alumnus' Book, Goblin Secrets, is Winner of a National Book Award

Goblin Secrets On his 36th birthday, alumnus Will Alexander '06 got one of the better gifts any writer could receive. His novel Goblin Secrets was named a finalist for a 2012 National Book Award. "I was pretty sure it was a prank," he says -- one that was becoming "increasingly elaborate" when the news broke the next day to media. Not long after, things took another step toward the surreal when Alexander prevailed for the top prize in young people's literature. Read more.

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