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National Media Take Note of UVM’s Broad Expertise

From The New Yorker to The New York Times, Slate to National Public Radio, print, online and broadcast, the university’s groundbreaking research, prominent alumni and environmental commitment consistently garner the attention of the national -- as well as local -- media. Many of the latest stories are captured in the new issue of UVM in the News.

A small sampling from the most recent publication:

The Energy Costs of Oil Production

Eric Zencey, a fellow with the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, interviewed on Public Radio International's "The World," explains that renewable energy sources are yielding a higher rate of return than oil, asserting that, "the age of oil should be over." Listen to the interview…  

Long Walks, Deep Thoughts

In his essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Robert Manning, professor in the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, explores the "biomechanical marvel" of bipedalism along with the powerful historical connection between walking and philosophy, scholarship, literature, human rights protests and spirituality, from Aristotle to Martin Luther King. Of John Muir, Manning says, "His walks offered him deep insights into our relationship with the natural world, writing, "'I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for, going out, I found, was really going in.'" The piece is excerpted from his book, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People. Read the story at (subscription required)... or contact University Communications.

Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Vitamin D Levels

In a Wall Street Journal interview, Andrew Solomon, M.D., professor of neurology and MS specialist, says "there's mounting evidence" that low vitamin D levels influence the disease. The article covers a recent Swedish study published in the journal Neurology -- Solomon already tells his patients suffering from MS to take 2,000 to 4,000 international units of vitamin D each day. Read the story at