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Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act

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Wall Street Journal Living on Earth takes a compelling tour of the Harvard Museum of Natural History with professor of conservation biology Joe Roman, author of the new book Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act. As Roman and the interviewer wander among the museum's 21 million specimens, Roman discusses the history and status of that legislation and the damage to natural habitats that puts new species in danger. Listen or read a transcript of the interview at LivingOnEarth.org. Roman's book is also reviewed at length in the Wall Street Journal story, "The Politics of Protection." Read the review at WSJ.com....

Kids with Cystic Fibrosis Breathe Easier Thanks to Video Games

fast company Logo Fast Company features a study by Peter Bingham, M.D. presented at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies conference, showing that video games that require a digital spirometer as the controller not only encourage children with cystic fibrosis to do necessary breathing exercises to keep their airways clear, they also improve breathing performance when not playing games. Read the story at FastCompany.com...

Why Middle East Studies Missed the Arab Spring

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NPR LogoIn his essay for Foreign Affairs, political scientist Gregory Gause explains how Middle East experts, focused on explaining the stability of local autocracies in recent decades, underestimated the deep forces -- demographic, economic and political -- driving change across the region. Contact University Communications for information. Gause was also a guest on NPR's program On Point, weighing in on their "Progress Report on the Arab Spring." Listen to the interview at OnPoint.WBUR.org...

'Spelling Is a Gateway ... to Learning'

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Washington Post logo The Chronicle of Higher Education features a Q & A with classics professor Jacques Bailly, official pronouncer of words at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a contest he won as an eighth grader in 1980. Describing the importance of spelling, Bailly tells the Chronicle, "...if you don't get the details right, you haven't got the thought right." Read the article at Chronicle.com... The Washington Post also highlights Bailly in its Bee coverage, noting how high the stakes his accurate elocution are to the spellers' success. Read the story at the WashingtonPost.com...

At the University of Vermont, Recession Means Teaching Sustainability

Forbes LogoForbes "CSR Blog: Corporate Social Responsibility," heavily quoting Matt Sayre, director of UVM's Institute for Global Sustainability, highlights UVM's certificate in sustainable business and overall commitment to fostering a green economy. Read the blog post at Forbes.com...

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Back-to-the-Land Life Recalled in Dark and Light

The New York Times, along with O and People magazines, the Boston Globe and NPR praise 1991 alumna Melissa Coleman's recent memoir This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone. Coleman's homesteader upbringing was a blend of happily nostalgic and tragic. She writes of it, the Times notes, with a "haunting power... as well as lush, vivid atmosphere that is alluring in its own right." Read the review at NYTimes.com...

Yemen’s President Saleh Clings to Power Even as Closest Allies Desert Him

Bloomberg taps professor Gregory Gause's Middle East expertise to help explain how Yemen's leader has held onto power. Read the story at Bloomberg.com...

Near the Madding Crowds

Professor of natural resources Bob Manning weighs in for Time on the overcrowding of national parks. Read the story at Time.com...

Not Baaaad: Sheep Graze on College Green at University of Vermont

Associated Press stories appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Huffington Post chronicling the return of sheep to UVM's green, highlighting the start of this summer's historic campus tour. Contact University Communications for information.

Bruins Goaltender Tim Thomas Wins Playoff MVP Trophy

USA Today features Tim Thomas '97 after he took the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup title since 1972, earning himself the Most Valuable Player trophy. Read the story at USAToday.com...

Scary E. Coli Outbreak in Europe! 5 Ways to Avoid it Here

Professor of food microbiology Catherine Donnelly talks to Self about the recent E. coli outbreak. Read the story at Self.com...

Terror is a Tactic, Not an Opponent

Among a number of editorials for Gulfnews.com, political scientist Gordon Robison warns here that Bin Laden's death may have been a symbolic victory, but the ideological threats he represented are far from gone. Read the article at Gulfnews.com...

UVM Tackles the Issue of 'Gen-Ed'

This Burlington Free Press feature explains "Gen-Ed" or general education initiative, the university's commitment to a set of core outcomes to be infused throughout the curriculum that together will define and communicate the meaning of a UVM education. Contact University Communications for information.

A Lake Expert Interprets Champlain's Highs and Lows

In a Q & A with Seven Days, dean of the Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources Mary Watzin discusses what she calls a "historic reformation of the lake" in the aftermath of the spring flooding. Read the story at SevenDaysVt.com...

FLOOD STORIES: Don't Blame Your Foul Mood on the Weather

The Burlington Free Press talks to Kelly Rohan, associate professor of psychology and expert on mood disorders, about how the seemingly relentless rainy spring might impact mood. According to her review of the literature, the effects of the sogginess outside are actually quite small. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

State of Vermont, UVM Collaborate on 'Smart Grid'

Vermont Business Magazine looks at how, in a unique collaboration of government, academia and industry led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a "smart grid" digital communication system could help the state save on energy consumption. Read the article at VermontBiz.com...

Four UVM Teams Honored for NCAA Academic Scores

The Burlington Free Press notes that four NCAA teams -- men's cross country and field hockey, as well as women's skiing and soccer -- were recognized for excellent academic performance. Contact University Communications for information.

A Piece of Vermont History Now Digital

The Rutland Herald reports on a community project between the public library of Vergennes and the University of Vermont's Center for Digital Initiatives which has helped preserve and provide broad public access to 780 photographs spanning 120 years of the town's history. Contact University Communications for information.

Trading Pounds for Profits

Seven Days features the newly commercialized Vtrim, a company based on the research of Jean Harvey-Berino, professor and chair of nutrition and food sciences, who designed the behaviorally focused weight-loss program. Read the article at SevenDaysVT.com...

Wilting Shade Trees? Anthracnose is Among Us

Plant pathologist Ann Hazelrigg reassures Burlington Free Press readers that the ugly fungus striking the foliage on maples, oaks, ashes, sycamores and dogwoods is likely a purely cosmetic problem for healthy trees, but she offers advice for protecting against recurring attacks of anthracnose which can stress trees, causing other debilitating diseases to develop. Contact University Communications for information.

A Vermont Choreographer Creates Playful Communion in Dance

Seven Days profiles dancer/choreographer Clare Byrne as she playfully intertwines dance and religion in her life and in her work. Read the article at SevenDaysVT.com...