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Tropical Storm Irene Recovery Effort

'UVM in the News' Features Geology Research in the 'Boston Globe,' Irene Outreach Coverage Among Top Media Stories

The latest edition of UVM in the News is out with Boston Globe stories featuring research by geologist Paul Bierman and a front-page feature on English professor Huck Gutman mixing things up in Washington, momentarily softening the politics with a little bi-partisan poetry. There is also extensive statewide coverage of the university’s varied outreach to farmers and other Vermonters who suffered losses following Tropical Storm Irene.

Following is a small sampling of other stories from the publication that highlights UVM people and programs in the national and local spotlight:

University Programs Raise Crop of New Farmers

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a trend story about the rise in sustainable agriculture programs, features the university's new intensive -- and comprehensive -- farmer-training program, which teaches recent graduates and career changers both the production and business skills that are necessary to become a successful small farmer. Read the story at

Local Wheat Sees Revival in Former Grain States

An Associated Press story that ran in The New York Times and numerous other publications notes the university's major role in helping farmers grow wheat in New England. Among other UVM aid, agronomist Heather Darby says she's working on strategies such as choosing the most suitable grains and improving harvesting practices. Read the article at

Soda Boosts Violence Among Teens, Study Finds

The Washington Post, in its health column, "The Checkup," examined the results of a study by economist Sara Solnick finding that teenagers who drink soda are more likely to carry a weapon and act violently. The paper, titled "The Twinkie Defense," was published in the journal Injury Prevention. Read the story at

Spin Cycles: a New Book Chronicles the Old History of Biking in Burlington

Seven Days profiles professor and director of the international studies program Luis Vivanco, his new book -- an anthropological study of the history of cycling in Vermont -- and Vivanco's own cultural and political life on a bike. Read the story at

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