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Scientists Are Digging Through the Biggest Collection of Human Waste in the U.S. to Figure out Why We’re So Unhealthy

UVM scientist Christine Vatovec does boundary-bending research on human and ecological health--and how they're connected. Her recent studies of how pharmaceuticals flow into wastewater and into lakes and rivers were featured in Quartz, a digital global news magazine published by Atlantic Media, publisher of The Atlantic. Read the ...

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Your Instagram Feed Can Tell Us If You’re Depressed, Study Suggests

Work by Professor Chris Danforth in collaboration with Harvard researcher Andrew Reece suggests that Instagram photos -- both the filters used and the subjects portrayed -- can offer insight into our mental health. Read the Washington Post story...

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Substitute Teachers, Nurses May Further Spread Illness, Study Suggests

A new study led by mathematical biologist Sam Scarpino, who heads UVM's Emergent Epidemics Lab, made a startling discovery: replacing substitute teachers and other key workers--including nurses and firefighters--may accelerate the spread of epidemics like the flu. The team's research caught the attention of several media outlets ...

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How Many Basic Plots Are There in All Stories Ever Written?

Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's idea that stories share basic "shapes," UVM researchers have analyzed more than 1,700 texts, discovering six narrative trajectories -- the building blocks for storytelling. Read The Guardian's coverage...

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