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Aging Brains Use Extra Regions to Shore Up Eroding Abilities

Chronicle and LA TimesResearch presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience by Julie Dumas, assistant professor of psychiatry, was reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as in The Los Angeles Times story, "For the Forgetful in Menopause, Brain Works Harder to Keep Up." Dumas' work shows that, while cognitive loss comes with age, parts of the brain that govern short-term memory work harder so that women complaining of declining memory perform comparably to peers who do not report problems. Read the Chronicle story... and the Los Angeles Times story....

Twitter: World is Getting More Miserable

US News

PC Magazine U.S. News and World Report and PC Magazine, as well as Time, the Boston Globe, Mashable.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR's "Marketplace" (see "Audio and Video") and numerous other media outlets featured applied mathematician and complex systems expert Peter Dodds and his work measuring global happiness by analyzing tweets of 63 million users. "'Just like you would use a thermometer to measure the temperature outside,'" Dodds told U.S. News, "'[policymakers] could have this on a dashboard of tools along with [economic indicators such as] consumer sentiment.'" Read the U.S. News story... and the PC Magazine story....

The Design of Science: 10 Great Research Graphics

Wired Acknowledging the pure utilitarian nature of most scientific figures and graphs, a few, according to Wired, "convey complex messages with elegance and directness. They might even be considered the scientific world's folk art." Professor Peter Dodds and his team's work graphing the relative happiness of the English language made the magazine's 10 favorite visual research projects of the year. See the graphics at Wired.com...

Sugary Soda Consumption Linked to Increased Risk of Teen Violence

The Atlantic Logo The Atlantic features research by economist Sara Solnick finding that the more non-diet soda teens drink, the more prone they are to violence, with higher consumers more likely to carry a weapon and act violently toward peers and siblings. Read the article at TheAtlantic.com...

Adaptation or Extinction in the Anthropocene

National Geogrpahic Logo In his National Geographic post, professor of environmental studies Saleem Ali, considering public policy to affect global climate change, reviews two books by UVM colleagues Joe Roman, conservation biologist and author of Listed, and Amy Seidl, ecologist and author of Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming. Read the story at NationalGeographic.com...

UVM Prof has New Year Resolution Tip: Keep at It

Associated PressThe Associated Press talked with Mark Bouton, professor of psychology, about behavior as it relates to keeping resolutions. Essentially, he says, habits cannot be erased, but practicing eradicating them can help, particularly by recognizing the context in which one picks up a cigarette (or cookie or whatever) and consciously working to avoid that situation. The story appeared in Boston.com, the Burlington Free Press and elsewhere. Contact University Communications for information.

Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East

Council on Foreign Relations How stable is Saudi Arabia in a changing political climate with aging heirs to the throne and a rapidly growing population? Political scientist and Middle East expert Gregory Gause analyzes the situation for the Council on Foreign Relations. Read the story at CFR.org...

The World Bank...

NPR LogoComplex systems experts Stuart Kauffman, an experimental and theoretical biologist, and Asim Zia, assistant professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, frequently co-author posts on National Public Radio's blog, "13.7: Cosmos and Culture," here offering "The World Bank and Toward the Wealth of Nations: Possibly Useful Thoughts?" Read the post at NPR.org... Kauffman also contributed "Living the Well Discovered Life", "Economics and the Evolution of Economic Webs", "Economics and the Collectively Autocatalytic Structure of the Real Economy", "How Do We Best Enable" and "The Worlds We Mutually Make."

More select print stories

A Serious Illness or an Excuse?

This trend feature in The Wall Street Journal features the success story of a student diagnosed with bipolar disorder who ended a semester with a 3.9 grade-point average thanks to the assistance of UVM's disability service office. Read the story at WSJ.com...

Vermont Rebounding Quickly From Hurricane Irene

The New York Times discusses the long-term impact of the state's river repairs with Mary Watzin, dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. "'We need to be designing for tomorrow,'" she tells the Times, "because 'the next storm will come.'" Read the story at NYTimes.com...

Best Colleges for Skiers

ESPN.com names UVM one of their top 10 best colleges in the U.S. for skiers. Citing alumni founders of Meathead Films (makers of extreme ski movies), "'No other city has as much amazing terrain within a 1-2 hour drive.'" Read the story at ESPN.com...

Inhalable Caffeine: Party Drug or Handy, Pocket-Sized Boost?

Professor of psychiatry Stacey Sigmon, M.D. weighs in for NPR's blog "The Salt" about marketing tactics for the new inhalable caffeine products. She calls some features "druglike," though she notes the product actually has to be absorbed rather than inhaled, a good thing Sigmon says. Read the story at NPR.org...

Are You SAD This Winter? Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Psych Central talks with psychology professor Kelly Rohan, whose research shows benefits of cognitive behavior therapy over light therapy for seasonal affective disorder. She also emphasizes the dangers of self-diagnosing and self-treating SAD. Read the story at PsychCentral.com...

Libya Episode Casts Doubts on Policy of Foreign Intervention

Among other editorials for Gulfnews.com, political scientist Gordon Robison looks for lessons in Nato's hasty withdrawal from Libya. Read the article at Gulfnews.com...

The Great American Smokeout: Tips for People Deciding to Quit

John Hughes, M.D. offers advice on how to quit smoking, including the importance of getting professional help and not overlooking over-the-counter medications. He tells ABCNews.com that it's not only important to quit but to quit young, citing the body's amazing ability to repair itself. Read the article at ABCNews.com...

An Art-Fueled UVM Community

In this front-page, multi-page feature, the Burlington Free Press looks at the arts at UVM, on and off campus -- students and faculty -- immersed in poetry, sculpture, silkscreening, theatre and music that "sometimes starts in a formal setting before moving in its own direction." Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Students Challenged to Recreate Ancient Inventions

Domenico Grasso, vice president for research and graduate studies -- and also a professor of engineering -- introduced liberal arts students in the Honors College to a new challenge according to the Burlington Free Press: to design and build an ancient crossbow, an Archimedes claw or a pre-industrial hot-air balloon. It was a lesson in culture as well as technology -- and it left students with an appreciation for just how clever and resourceful the ancients were. Contact University Communications for information.

Sanders and Sandia Announce New $15 Million Energy Lab at University of Vermont

In less than two years, Vermont could be the first state to have near universal smart grid technology according to this Seven Days blog, enabling the state's utilities to better manage energy consumption and integrate renewable energy sources like solar and wind into the grid. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com... Contact University Communications for a Burlington Free Press story on the announcement.

Vermont Cynic Wins National Campus News Award

The Burlington Free Press takes note of The Cynic's Pacemaker award, the highest award in college journalism, an especially unique distinction for a university without a journalism program. The award "rewarded a sustained, upward trajectory for a paper that has made gains in journalistic quality, in financial stability and in student involvement." Contact University Communications for information.

Q&A: Outside-the-Classroom Experiences Drives University's Creative Community

The Burlington Free Press interviews recent graduate Chelsea Renaud about editing the student-run literary/arts journal Vantage Point and the creative experience at UVM. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Creative Corner: Family Enterprises Need to Plan for Succeeding Generations

Dita Sharma, Sanders Professor in the School of Business, writes about UVM projects helping family entrepreneurial enterprises for the Burlington Free Press. Contact University Communications for information.

The Book as Art

The Burlington Free Press features Jane Kent, associate professor of art, and her unique collaboration with her husband, Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford. Their work, Skating, is both book and art piece, unbound. She created silkscreens and etchings; he wrote the words. Thirty-five editions of Skating were printed, the second of which is in Special Collections at the Baily/Howe Library. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Alex Koch: Plays Raise Awareness for Issues of Gender, Sexuality

Senior theatre major writes in the Burlington Free Press about the impact his department has in promoting diversity and acceptance. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Memory Care in Vermont: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

Medical anthropologist Dana Walrath is featured in Vermont Woman for her work, "Alzheimer's Through the Looking Glass," which combines her own art and writing, a personal tale of her mother's experience with the disease that becomes an invaluable guide for anyone caring for a family member with Alzheimer's. Read the story at VermontWoman.com...

Church of Hard Knocks

Seven Days reviews professor of English Greg Bottoms' latest book, Swallowing the Past: Scenes from the Postmodern South, a collection of essays and a novella. Reviewed together with a book from a Dartmouth writer, the two are "superb writers, their often-elegiac prose rumbles with the fierce rhythms of the blues." Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

Going Deep

Seven Days introduces Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain by Daniel Lusk, poet and senior English lecturer, who says he "'began his artistic journey by simply imagining himself underwater,'" even as his poems are based on the collection of documents detailing prehistoric fish, shipwrecks and the storied lakemonster, Champ. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

Poem: 'Changes'

Read English department chair Tony Magistrale's poem, "Changes" in the Burlington Free Press, a work from his book Letting Go: Poems and Paintings, created together with the art of professor emeritus of chemistry Michael Strauss. Read the poem at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Party turns into Food Bank Donations

The Burlington Free Press reports that a holiday party for all UVM employees, who were asked to bring a non-perishable food item, resulted in a packed bus full of food by late afternoon, destined for the Vermont Food Bank. Contact University Communications for information.

UVM Ranked Fifth for Study Abroad Programs

Vermont Business magazine reported on a new ranking showing that UVM is fifth in the nation among public doctoral universities for the percentage of undergraduates who study abroad -- 32.5 percent. Read the story at VermontBiz.com...

More Vermont High School Students Choosing UVM

In a Burlington Free Press editorial, Chris Lucier, vice president for enrollment management, makes the case that enrollment of Vermont students has increased dramatically -- higher now than at any time over the past 20 years, despite the state's shrinking pool of high school graduates -- and that UVM is investing significant institutional dollars in scholarships and grants. Contact University Communications for information.

Alumni Gift Gives Name to Ballroom in UVM Alumni House

The Burlington Free Press announces a gift by father and son alumni, William Davis '71 and Robert Davis '41 of a half-million dollars to help fund the third-floor ballroom in the new Alumni House, which will bear the Davis name. Contact University Communications for information.

John Becker Followed Long Road to UVM Coaching Job

The Burlington Free Press illuminates the career -- and tells the emotional story -- of the news conference announcing John Becker as head basketball coach. Contact University Communications for information.