UVM in the National News
The Associated Press profiled UVM’s Connecting Cultures program, which provides culturally sensitive counseling to refugees who have suffered torture and trauma in the home countries. Stories also appeared in media across the country. In addition to the Miami Herald, papers included the Providence Journal, Tampa Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Albany Times Union, Kansas City Star and the San Antonio Express.
In a talk at the University of Vermont, author Salman Rushdie defended the role satire plays in society and made pointed references to the shootings at Charlie Hebdo. Print stories and video of the talk appeared in news media around the world, from Fox News to the Japan Times to U.S. News & World Report to NBC News to the Times of India.
Geology professor Paul Bierman co-led a study published in Geology showing that soil erodes 100 times faster after human activities like intensive agriculture are adopted compared to the erosion rate in area that maintain their natural forest cover. The study was also featured on the homepage of the National Science Foundation.
A research team led by Nutrition and Food Science faculty member Lizzy Pope determined that Americans buy more food after the holidays, purchasing healthy items but continuing to buy junk food, than at any time of the year, despite a common New Year's resolution to cut back on calories. Other outlets covering this research study included the New York Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian, NBC News, CBS News, National Public Radio, Shape, Grist, the Telegraph and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A study conducted by Jim Hudziak, a child psychiatrist in UVM's Psychiatry Department, and a colleague at Dartmouth found that children who practice music have developed brain structures that lead to more organized thinking and better emotional control, compared with those who have not. The story was also published in the Chicago Tribune.
An AP story described the growth of food hubs, which connect locally grown food – via many different models – with consumers who want it. The story singles out Burlington’s Intervale and highlights UVM’s first-in-the-nation Food Hub Management Certificate Program. Stories appeared in papers across the country.
New Scientist reported on a paper by biology professor emeritus Bernd Heinrich on why flocks of redpoll birds burrow in the snow, creating a maze of tunnels. “Spending the night in snow tunnels may help them survive the freezing nights in the Arctic tundra, even though it would also make them vulnerable to burrowing predators, such as short tailed shrew, and could potentially leave them in an ice tomb,” Heinrich concludes.
Department of Psychological Science professor Kelly Rohan shared nine tips based on her research that those afflicted with affective disorder can follow to alleviate their condition. Tips include cutting down on sugar, exercising, using a light box and getting exposure to morning sunshine.
Burlington was ranked #13 on this list. “The birthplace of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, consistently named one of the most livable places in the country, is a politically progressive four-college town that attracts all manner of artists, professionals, activists, and outdoor enthusiasts,” the magazine writes.
Researchers in UVM’s biology department studied ant reproductive behavior in two related ant species to learn how queens can produce sterile male worker ants, necessary to the colony’s survival. When the queen mates with males from the related species, the offspring are sterile – a good outcome for the queen but a bad for males, which want to produce offspring that can reproduce. A feature on the research also appeared in the Los Angeles Times.