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Bowden to Lead $5.5 Million Study on Arctic Meltdown

Dec 10, 2008

Across the Arctic, permafrost seems to be getting a lot less permanent. As stretches of once-frozen tundra melt, the underlying soil can collapse, leaving behind a bumpy landscape of hollows, hummocks and sinkholes that scientists call thermokarst. To understand the ecological impacts of these thermokarst failures, Bowden has begun a four-year research study. He’s leading a group of 13 investigators from 10 universities to northern Alaska. Funded by $5.5 million from the National Science Foundation, $1 million of the grant will come to UVM.

Trustees Grapple with Latest Cuts

Dec 10, 2008

Trustees and administrative leaders spent a grueling two days at the December 4-5 Board of Trustees meeting grappling with a financial crisis made more challenging by newly announced budget cuts from the state and the news that still further rescissions were likely to come.

World Wide Weight Loss

Dec 10, 2008

Fourth-grade teacher Kathy Lara has tried her share of weight-loss programs. There is no shortage of diets that will change, for a time, the number on your scale. But what works, she’s found, is a plan that will change your life, and one that focuses on fitting how you live, not just how you fit in your jeans. That’s why UVM’s Vtrim online, an expert-facilitated behavioral program backed up by extensive university research, appealed to Lara.

Audio Slideshow: Into Africa

Dec 10, 2008

In January of 2008, then-sophomore Julia Meurice spent winter break in Senegal as part of the Living Routes program, "Sustainable Development in Ecovillages." See photos from her trip, and listen to her talk about putting sustainability into practice through micro-lending.

UVM Plays Key Role in Passage of Academic Laboratory Rule

Dec 10, 2008

The University of Vermont played a significant role in the recent passage of a new Academic Laboratory Rule by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at improving the environmental performance of teaching and research laboratories owned by academic institutions across the country.

Bowing to Financial Crisis, Senate Turns Meeting into Presidential Q&A

Dec 10, 2008

Responding to the stress of the current financial climate, Monday’s Faculty Senate meeting took an alternate form: after a vote permitting it, President Robyn Warhol-Down postponed the scheduled agenda, turning over virtually all of the 90-minute session to a Q&A with President Daniel Mark Fogel.

Faculty Book Signing

Dec 10, 2008

Meet UVM authors Tony Magistrale, professor of English, and Richard Johnson III, assistant professor of education, and buy a signed copy of their latest books or have your copy signed at Henderson's Cafe in the Davis Center on Monday, Dec. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

INTERview: John P. Burke

Dec 02, 2008

When the White House readies for a new regime, political scientist and presidential scholar Professor John Burke becomes a hot commodity, his expertise tapped by journalists around the country. Likewise, in early November, the view wasted no time getting his thoughts on the Obama transition and early administration. Here are some of Burke's early opinions and a few new ones on the building of this new presidency.

New York, New York, Big City of Trees

Dec 03, 2008

An urban forest might sound as far-fetched as a rural subway. But New York City already has more than five million trees, and these create a canopy that shades 24 percent of the city according to a 2006 study by the US Forest Service and UVM’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory. While not a moose-filled wilderness, New York’s urban forest exists now: cooling city streets, soaking up rainfall and carbon, reducing pollution that triggers asthma, and making twiggy homes for New Yorkers’ beloved birds.

Peace, Love and Professors

Dec 03, 2008

There is an exclusive and rapidly shrinking club on campus that has a unique perspective of the university that only they can comprehend. It’s an alternate universe where hockey games are watched at Gutterson through chicken wire fence instead of Plexiglass; the UVM bookstore is in the basement of Waterman along with three bowling alleys; and students and faculty communicate by speaking face-to-face and writing letters instead of using cell phones or email.

Film Series Celebrates Human Rights for Women

Dec 03, 2008

UVM's Anti-Violence Partnership and the Women’s Center, along with the Vermont Chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, are hosting a film series in celebration of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign that connects the struggle to end violence against women with the broader campaign for human rights.

Juckett Series Hosts Cancer Prevention Expert

Dec 03, 2008

Lori Minasian, chief of Community Oncology and the Prevention Trial Research Group in the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute, will present a lecture titled "Cancer Prevention: The Current Experience and New Approaches" on Thursday, December 4 at 8 a.m. in Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building.

Ron Krupp on the Politics of Food

Dec 03, 2008

Author, gardener, and Vermont Public Radio commentator Ron Krupp will lecture on "The Politics of Food" on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the UVM Horticultural Research Center, 65 Green Mountain Drive, Burlington.

Music and Humanities Series Launches with Opera Favorites

Dec 03, 2008

"An Afternoon of Operatic Delights" will open the university's new Music and Humanities series on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall on the Redstone Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Martin Luther King III to Highlight UVM’s 2009 Holiday Commemoration

Dec 03, 2008

As part of a multi-day celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., human rights advocate and community activist Martin Luther King III will speak on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. in Patrick Gymnasium. There will also be a special guest performance by the Burlington Ecumenical Gospel Choir.