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02-20-2015

Nectar Helps Bees’ Medicine Go Down

University of Vermont ecologist Leif Richardson and his colleagues have discovered something surprising:bees use the toxic chemicals in plant nectar as their own pharmacy. Richardson, in UVM's Gund Institute, talked with Scientific American's Christopher Intagliata about this for SciAm's "Sixty Second Science" podcast. Listen ...

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02-11-2015

An Easy Fix that Prevents 'Bad Hires'

Bad hiring decisions cost employers millions of dollars, damage workplace morale, reduce productivity and account for more than half of employee turnover nationwide. A new study by David Jones, associate professor in business, shows how a few minor changes in the wording of a job advertisement can increase the size and quality of ...

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02-09-2015

Human Languages Accentuate the Positive

New happiness research by mathematicians Peter Dodds and Chris Danforth, and their team in UVM’s Computational Story Lab, shows that we really do look—and talk—on the bright side of life. Their study of many billions of words has been reported in many hundreds of media outlets around the world. Coverage appeared in the Los ...

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02-05-2015

Has Massachusetts' Economy Peaked? New Study Says Yes

Massachusetts' economy has quadrupled in size, but its performance for overall economic progress is the worst in 14 years, new UVM research finds. The study suggests the Bay State is falling behind when the true costs -- environmental, social and economic -- of its economy are accounted for. The Boston Globe covered the study ...

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02-03-2015

A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral

The New York Times covers UVM efforts to support students' gender identity. UVM, the article reports, allows students to "select their own identity — a new first name, regardless of whether they’ve legally changed it, as well as a chosen pronoun — and records these details in the campuswide information system so that ...

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01-18-2015

UVM Program Helps Refugees Cope with Emotional Pain

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.

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01-15-2015

Salman Rushdie on Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of Speech Can Only Be Absolute

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.

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01-08-2015

People Erode Soil 100 Times Faster than Nature

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.

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01-06-2015

Post-Holiday Food Shopping Keeps the Merry Going (and Calories Coming)

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.

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01-05-2015

Music Lessons Spur Emotional and Behavioral Growth in Children

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.

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