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Scientists Identify Two New Blood Types

Forbes LogoBiologist Bryan Ballif and his team are featured in Forbes, Popular Science and the UK's Daily Mail, among other major media outlets, for their discovery of two new blood types, Langereis and Junior, a finding that could save the lives of people who have one of the rare blood types if they need a blood transfusion or organ transplant. The research, published in the journal Nature Genetics, also has possible implications for improved cancer treatments because the new blood types have been identified with anticancer drug resistance. Read the story at Forbes.com...

Embracing a Race and Rejecting a Sect

New York Times LogoEnglish professor Emily Bernard gets the attention of The New York Times with her new book Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White which they say "convincingly captures the era and the colorful personalities who punctuated it..." The book has also received strongly favorable reviews from The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other media outlets. Read the story at NYTimes.com...

Once Monsters, Now Majesties

NPR LogoThe NPR program On Point, in an effort to understand how whales, once viewed as "great blimps of meat and oil," have become beloved, extraordinary creatures for humans, talks with Joe Roman, marine ecologist, conservation biologist and professor, along with a science historian from Princeton University. Listen to the interview at OnPoint.WBUR.org...

Study of the Day: English is an Overwhelmingly Positive Language

Atlantic LogoMathematician Peter Dodds' new research, in which he and his team analyzed billions of words from Twitter, fifty years of music lyrics, 20 years of The New York Times and millions of books going back to 1520, is featured as Atlantic.com's "Study of the Day." Results show an overwhelming preponderance of happier words among the top 5,000 in each source, suggesting the English language is strongly biased toward the positive. Read the story at Atlantic.com...

Exploring the University of Vermont's Two Campus Museums

Boston GlobeIn this Sunday feature story The Boston Globe takes readers on a tour of the Perkins Geology Museum, with its legendary 14-foot, 11,000-year-old beluga whale skeleton, "The Charlotte Whale," as well as the Fleming Museum of Art, "a cultural touchstone in Vermont's largest city." Read the story at Boston.com...

Too Much Self-Reliance?

NPR LogoAlex Zakaras, professor of political philosophy and the history of political thought, defends Ralph Waldo Emerson and his principle of self-reliance on the NPR program On Point. Listen to the interview at OnPoint.WBUR.org...

Usable Waste

Science360 LogoScience360, the breaking news network of the National Science Foundation, features associate professor and chair of animal sciences Andre-Denis Wright and his research on microbial ecology in a methane digester -- with the idea of producing methane more efficiently and in sufficient quantity to generate electricity. Watch the video at News.Science360.gov…...

U. of Vermont Will Stop Bottled Water Sales

Chronicle LogoThe Chronicle of Higher Education, among numerous media outlets, takes note of UVM's student-led drive to end the sale of bottled water on campus and end an exclusive contract with Coca-Cola in favor of offering more environmental- and nutrition-friendly beverage choices. Read the story at Chronicle.com...

Is the Possible Ontologically Real?

NPR LogoComplex systems expert Stuart Kauffman, an experimental and theoretical biologist, frequently posts on National Public Radio's blog, "13.7: Cosmos and Culture." This post considers a "radical" question: can the world consist of two realms, '"Possibles" and "Actuals?'" Read the post at NPR.org... Kauffman also contributed "Made in America," "On the Inadequacy of the Empiricist Tradition in Western Philosophy" and "Beyond Modernity: Thoughts to Consider."

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The Future of American Colleges May Lie Literally in Students' Hands

On the cover of "The Chronicle Review" section of The Chronicle of Higher Education, UVM is featured in a trend story about colleges training in hands-on skills. The story notes the university's green housing guilds in which students teach other students sewing, canning, composting and beekeeping among other skills. The piece quotes an environmental studies major who taught his peers how to carve spoons in a woodworking guild last year: "To be active in the creation of an item forms a completely different relationship with that item." Read the story at Chronicle.com...

Why a Saudi Blogger Faces a Possible Death Sentence for Three Tweets

The Christian Science Monitor talks with Middle East expert and professor of political science Gregory Gause about the Saudi regime's effort to appeal to religious constituencies in making an example out of "blasphemer's" tweets. Read the story at CSMonitor.com...

Websites Pay Users Who Meet New Year's Resolutions

Based on his extensive research, Stephen T. Higgins, M.D., professor of psychiatry and psychology, comments for a BBC News Magazine story on humans' biological sensitivity to immediate gains and losses compared to delayed consequences. Read the BBC story...

Who is a Liberal Pakistani?

Environmental science professor Saleem Ali contributes this opinion piece to the Pakistani Express Tribune, an affiliate of The International Herald Tribune, thoughtfully laying out his definition of "liberalism" and how these ideas might impact the future of Pakistan. Read the story at Tribune.com...

Gay Mainers Look for Chance to Win Marriage Rights from Voters

Political scientist Ellen Andersen offers Business Week her expertise on the strategic decision of gay rights activists to focus on Maine as a location to press for the first popular vote on legalizing gay marriage. Read the story at BusinessWeek.com...

Study: Kids get More Added Sugar from Foods than Drinks

USA Today talks to nutrition professor Rachel Johnson about the harmful effects of the added sugar Americans are currently consuming. Read the story at USAToday.com...

Disney Names Participant Media's Ricky Strauss to Lead Marketing

Los Angeles Times business blog, "Company Town," notes that UVM alumnus Ricky Strauss has been picked by Walt Disney Studios as its new president of worldwide marketing. Read the story at LATimes.blog.com...

Skiers vs. Snowboarders: Who Gets Injured More?

This Huffington Post story reports on a study by College of Medicine researchers published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine showing that snowboarders have higher injury rates than skiers, with young, inexperienced females the most accident-prone. Read the story at HuffingtonPost.com...

Vermont Wins EISA Championship, Eyes on NCAA Title

Ski Racing takes note of Vermont's EISA Championship as team heads toward NCAA title. Read the story at SkiRacing.com...

Romney a Mirror Image of Controversial Gingrich

Among other editorials for Gulfnews.com, political scientist Gordon Robison argues that the differences between the two Republican candidates are based primarily on style and temperament, rather than substance. Read the story at Gulfnews.com...

Six Surprising Sources of Sugar

Rachel Johnson, professor of nutrition and vice chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee, contributed this piece to the Huffington Post on hidden sources of sugar in seemingly healthful foods. Read the story at HuffingtonPost.com...

How to Beat the Winter Blues

ABCNews.com, in a story from Women's Health magazine, cites a study by psychologist Kelly Rohan showing that cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps change negative thought patterns, is more effective at preventing recurrence of seasonal affective disorder than light therapy alone. Read the story at ABCNews.com...

UVM Environmental Building Goes Green

The Burlington Free Press features UVM's new version of a "showpiece" building, the renovated George D. Aiken Center, once a poorly functioning space now transformed into a model of efficiency created far more economically than tearing down and starting over, a "new paradigm," says Mary Watzin, dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources which is housed in Aiken. Contact University Communications for information.

UVM Author Argues Energy Waste Will Economically Tax Cities

Austin Troy, associate professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, is featured in the Burlington Free Press along with his new book, The Very Hungry City, in which he looks at dozens of cities in the U.S. and abroad, examining the impacts of energy use in an "accessible and non-academic" style. Contact University Communications for information.

Body of Evidence

Seven Days features the research of Jeremy Sibold, assistant professor of rehabilitation and movement science, who, working with a team of psychologists, discovered that not only is exercise beneficial to mental as well as physical health, when stressed, mice will voluntarily choose to exercise. The study was published in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

Updating the News

In a trend story examining the growth of college journalism in the digital age, Seven Days goes inside The Cynic and notes its transformation into a serious newspaper that won the most prestigious prize in its field, a Pacemaker award, "considered the Pulitzer of college journalism." Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

Danny Glover Discusses Upcoming MLK Event at UVM

The Burlington Free Press talks with actor and activist Danny Glover in advance of his UVM performance in celebration of Martin Luther King, in which he puts himself in the role of Langston Hughes. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Former UVM Student Nominated for Work on Scorsese's Hugo

The Burlington Free Press notes the Academy Award nomination of former UVM student Robert Richardson for best cinematography for the movie Hugo. Contact University Communications for information.

UVM Researchers Find Lack of a Standard of Care After Partial Mastectomy

A study conducted by researchers at UVM/Fletcher Allen Health Care, as well as three other sites, found significant variability -- by both surgeon and institution -- in the rate of follow-up surgeries for women who underwent a partial mastectomy for treatment of breast cancer, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The results were published in Vermont Business Magazine and multiple other media outlets. Read the story at VermontBiz.com...

Say What?

Seven Days talks with linguistics professor Julie Roberts about the origins and the future of the Vermont accent. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

How Modern Dance Took Root in Vermont

The Burlington Free Press, in a feature that examines dance in Vermont from its roots launched by the likes of Martha Graham, talks to associate professor and dance coordinator Paul Besaw and notes that, after being selected as a finalist at the American College Dance Festival, December grad Dan Yablonsky is slated to perform a solo in May at the Kennedy Center. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

UVM Prof Revises The Golden Ass For a New Age

Following his children's books on Socrates and Diogenes, Mark Usher, professor and chair of classics, has published a tamed version of The Golden Ass, "...a gift to the preadolescent set: great literature disguised as a rollicking tale," according to Seven Days. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?

According to this piece in Seven Days, economics professor Stephanie Seguino reanalyzed data from an in-depth study of whether Vermont state troopers engage in racial profiling during traffic stops. Unlike the official report, which found professional behavior in VSP enforcement practices, Seguino, drilling deeper into the data, finds "significant racial disparities" and believes people of color are over-searched. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

An India-Bound Burlington Artist Merges Icon and Cartoon

Seven Days features the work of Grace Weaver, recent studio art graduate, who has been an artist-in-residence in BCA's ArtLab, a program for which the curator says he selects artists "on the verge of breaking out." Seven Days calls Weaver's drawings, recently inspired by Hindu devotional art, "graceful and disciplined" and says her stylized figures "convey movement and attitude, even sensuality." Weaver will soon be on her way to India, both to inspire her own art and to work as a volunteer photographer for DakshinaChitra, a nonprofit supporting indigenous folk art. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

University of Vermont Commits $13 Million to Energy Efficiency

According to this Burlington Free Press story, UVM signed on to the Sustainable Endowments Institute's Billion Dollar Green Challenge, committing $13 million to energy efficient projects, "a fiscally and environmentally sound way to put our money to work," according to Richard Cate, vice president for finance. Contact University Communications for information.

Persian Prints

Seven Days praises the Fleming Museum of Art's exhibition of contemporary Iranian photography, calling it not only timely, but urgent, "an antidote to ignorance, presenting an alternative to the facile or anachronistic images transmitted by the American media." The show depicts universal issues such as family, identity, aging and death, according to curator Aimee Marcereau DeGalan. The show is open through May 20. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

'Stratagem' Puts Spotlight on Depth of Talent in UVM Theater Department

In its review of UVM Theatre Department's final production of the season, The Beaux's Strategem, the Burlington Free Press has high praise for the show's actors, both the "fine crop of seniors" and the supporting actors who will fill their shoes in coming seasons. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Vermont Colleges See Rebound in Fundraising

This Burlington Free Press article reports that the university saw record charitable giving for fiscal year 2011, putting it third among New England flagship public universities. Contact University Communications for information.

Voice of the Free Press: UVM President Search Model for Engagement

A Burlington Free Press editorial praises the university for its "model of civic engagement that holds a lesson for other public bodies," referring to the search for UVM's next president. Contact University Communications for information.

Local Filmmaking Team Takes on Lake Champlain's Toxic Bloom

According to Seven Days, the next installments of Bloom, the documentary series about the health of Lake Champlain executive produced by Jon Erickson, managing director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, are more optimistic than the first, showing concrete, positive examples of ways to improve lake quality. But, Erickson allows, even as no one wants to think about wastewater, we're all in this together: "Erickson wants Vermonters to know they can all help the lake." Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...