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A land-cover map developed by the Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL) using satellite imagery and other high-resolution inputs.  This type of map facilitates study of tree canopy and its relationship to the built environment, helping guide long-term monitoring and efforts to maintain and improve a community's green infrastructure.

04-06-2015

Spatial Analysis Lab Receives $400,000 Contract to Map Delaware River Basin

The Rubenstein School’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL) has received a $400,000 contract to map land cover in the Delaware River Basin. The University of Vermont (UVM) funding is part of a larger $1 million grant the William Penn Foundation awarded to Shippensburg University and includes a collaborating scientist from the U.S. ...

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bridge

04-02-2015

Before Bridges Fall Down

At the height of rush hour, on the evening of Aug. 1, 2007, an eight-lane steel truss bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis suddenly collapsed. Dozens of vehicles plunged into the water, and 13 people died.  Eric Hernandez, an expert on structural engineering at the University of Vermont, wants to make sure this ...

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STEM rendering

02-11-2015

Pizzagalli Foundation Pledges $1 Million to University of Vermont’s STEM Project

Vermont’s Pizzagalli Foundation has made a $1 million gift commitment to support the University of Vermont’s $104 million STEM project, the largest capital project in the school’s history.

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dodds and danforth

02-09-2015

F-Bombs Notwithstanding, All Languages Skew Toward Happiness

In 1969, two psychologists at the University of Illinois proposed what they called the Pollyanna Hypothesis—the idea that there is a universal human tendency to use positive words more frequently than negative ones. “Put even more simply,” they wrote, “humans tend to look on (and talk about) the bright side of life.” It ...

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Josh Bongard

01-28-2015

What Do You Think About Machines That Think?

John Brockman's Edge Question is a major event in the intellectual calendar each year — its roots go back to talks he had with Isaac Asimov and others in 1980. This year's question, "What do you think about machines that think?" drew essays from Daniel C. Dennett, Nicholas Carr, Steven Pinker, Freeman Dyson, George Church and ...

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Richard Galbraith

11-12-2014

New Research VP's Initiatives Aim to Help Faculty Succeed

After a long and distinguished tenure as a faculty member, clinician, research scientist and administrator in UVM’s College of Medicine, Richard Galbraith was named UVM’s vice president for research in July 2014. UVM Today recently sat down with Dr. Galbraith, an M.D. who also holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology, ...

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