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Seminar Series to Explore UVM's Role as Vermont's Land-Grant University

This spring, UVM's Center for Research on Vermont will offer a seminar series exploring UVM's role as Vermont's land-grant university. The forum, "The University in Vermont: Collaborations, Challenges and Commitments," provides an opportunity to discuss UVM's past, present, and future engagements and commitments to Vermont and the world.

Questions to be considered during the panel presentations: What contributions does UVM make to science, arts and society? What challenges does it face? What new possibilities are emerging?

Each of the four events, free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in North Lounge, Billings. The schedule follows:

March 19 - "UVM and Vermont's Cultural Heritage"

UVM programs have played an important role preserving, promoting, and sharing Vermont's cultural heritage. Panelists representing these programs will discuss accomplishments, challenges, and directions for the future. The panel will be moderated by Ann Cousins of the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

Jeffrey Marshall, director, UVM Research Collections and University Archivist
Christina Fearon, curator of education and public programs, Fleming Museum
John Crock, director, UVM Consulting Archaeology Program
Tom Visser, director, UVM Historic Preservation
Ann Cousins, Preservation Trust of Vermont

March 26 - "UVM and the State of Vermont: Moving Forward on the 'Shumlin Report'"

An advisory panel appointed by Governor Shumlin recently reported that the futures of the State of Vermont and the University of Vermont are "inextricably linked," yet the current state of affairs is unsustainable. This panel of state and university leaders will address the challenges and new initiatives proposed in the "Shumlin Report" of 2012.  How should the state and UVM work together?

Armando Vilaseca, secretary, Vermont Agency of Education
Lawrence Miller, secretary, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Chip Cole, interim dean, UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Emerson Lynn, editor, St. Albans Messenger
Tom Gustafson, vice president, UVM Student and Community Relations

April 9 - "UVM and the Future of Vermont's Agriculture"

Agricultural leaders will present their visions of Vermont's farming future, including challenges, potential collaborations, and areas for new research and entrepreneurship.

Doug Lantagne, dean, UVM Extension
Chuck Ross, secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Enid Wonnacott, director, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
Tom Vogelmann, dean, UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Roger Allbee, former secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Vern Grubinger, professor and small fruit and vegetable specialist, UVM Extension

April 23 - "The Emergence of Vermont's Artisan Cheese Industry: A Case Study in Collaboration"

Panelists will discuss the rewards of engaged, collaborative research on Vermont artisan cheese, both for scholars and cheesemakers alike.

Amy Trubek, director, UVM Food Systems Masters Program
Paul Kindstedt, UVM Nutrition and Food Science
John Barlowe, UVM Animal Sciences
DJ D'Amico, Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese

Information: crvt@uvm.edu.

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