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Mapping Effects of Change
The Boston Globe, in the Sunday cover feature of the Metro section, explores how geology professor Paul Bierman and his team, with more than 36,000 images discovered in the state archives from before, during and after the building of Vermont’s highway system, are working on a new research project chronicling the effects of the greatest public-works project in state history. Read the story at Boston.com...
University Programs Raise Crop of New Farmers
The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a trend story about the rise in sustainable agriculture programs, features the university's new intensive -- and comprehensive -- farmer-training program, which teaches recent graduates and career changers both the production and business skills that are necessary to become a successful small farmer. Read the story at Chronicle.com...
A Poetic Respite from Politics
English professor Huck Gutman, on leave from his 40-year post at the university to serve as chief of staff for Sen. Bernie Sanders, is profiled on the front page of The Boston Globe for bringing bipartisan concensus far afield of the contentious rhetoric of Washington. His periodic emails, which include a poem – anything from the Ancient Greeks to Emily Dickinson – along with detailed analysis, are distributed to 1,700 readers including all Senate chiefs of staff, several White House staffers, university presidents, academics, journalists and former students. The idea, Gutman told the Globe, is "'to remind (people) there are other things than the debt ceiling and Social Security,'" such as "'...the noncombatant pursuits of intellectual pleasure and personal enrichment.'" Read the story at Boston.com...
Local Wheat Sees Revival in Former Grain States
An Associated Press story that ran in The New York Times and numerous other publications notes the university's major role in helping farmers grow wheat in New England. Among other UVM aid, agronomist Heather Darby says she's working on strategies such as choosing the most suitable grains and improving harvesting practices. Read the article at HuffingtonPost.com...
Soda Boosts Violence Among Teens, Study Finds
The Washington Post, in its health column, "The Checkup," examined the results of a study by economist Sara Solnick finding that teenagers who drink soda are more likely to carry a weapon and act violently. The paper, titled "The Twinkie Defense," was published in the journal Injury Prevention. Read the story at WashingtonPost.com...
Minds and Machines: The Limits of Turing-Complete Machines
Complex systems experts Stuart Kauffman, an experimental and theoretical biologist, and Asim Zia, assistant professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, co-author a post on National Public Radio's blog, "13.7: Cosmos and Culture." "With this post, our goal," they write, "is to initiate a broader dialogue around understanding the prospects and limits of Turing-complete machines... starting with creative decision making, but hopefully extending in future to understanding the simulation of individual and organizational learning, intelligence and lack thereof." Read the post at NPR.org... Zia and Kauffman also contributed "One World Government? Not So Fast! and Kauffman wrote "The Illusion In Our 'Habit of Control.'"
UVM Assists State in Aftermath of Irene
Give Them a Hand: Farmers Thank UVM Extension for Flood Help
A story in the Rutland Herald features the extensive work by UVM professors and staff to address multiple ongoing problems created by the tropical storm. Of particular note in this story is the work by Betsy Green, professor of animal science and equine expert in extension, in acquiring grant money for hay to feed horses in dangerously short supply. Green and other volunteers then hauled 50-pound bags of feed across a makeshift footbridge. UVM's outreach, according to this story and others in the Burlington Free Press and Times Arugus, ranges from clearing debris-strewn fields to offering free testing of silage feed that may contain microtoxins from floodwaters to helping farmers assess their business plans. Contact University Communications for information.
Feed for Rochester Area Horses in Short Supply
WCAX also aired a story about extension professor Betsy Green's work securing a grant and, with a team of volunteers, getting feed to stranded horses in Rochester. Watch the video at WCAX.com...
Disaster Sociology Class Takes up Irene's Toll on Vermonters
The Burlington Free Press explores the growing field of disaster sociology through the work of associate professor Alice Fothergill. According to the story, Irene has turned her upper-level seminar course, "Hazards, Risk and Vulnerability," partially into a service learning class as Fothergill and her students explore ways to assist Vermont's hard-hit communities, even as they focus academically on the myriad social impacts of disaster. Contact University Communications for information.
Hashtag Helpers: Web Developers' VTResponse.com Becomes Resource for All Things Irene
The Burlington Free Press tells the story of how post-bac premed student Sarah Waterman and alumnus Matt Sisto, Web developers and business partners, created VTResponse.com to coordinate volunteer efforts after the storm. Contact University Communications for information.
For UVM Students, Irene Is a Lesson
A week after the semester began, a new, quickly designed service-learning class was added to UVM's course schedule: "The Role of Community Engagement in Disaster Relief." According to this Times Argus story, Professor Kelly Hamshaw says response from students looking for more than an afternoon of volunteering has been overwhelming. Besides helping with the cleanup, the class is collecting data and studying how to develop disaster preparedness plans, taking a broad view to see what conditions led to destruction that might be prevented in the future. Contact University Communications for information.
University Shares Labs with State Scientists
Both the Burlington Free Press and Rutland Herald report on the university hosting state scientists and technicians who have been displaced by flooded labs in their Waterbury offices. "We are glad to be in a position to offer appropriate laboratory space -- and the support of our faculty -- to both the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Department of Environmental Conservation," Tom Vogelmann, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, tells the Free Press. Contact University Communications for information.
University of Vermont Student Athletes Aid in Irene
Ninety-five student-athletes representing 11 teams made six trips to central Vermont to pick up river trash, clean up gravel and mud from cropland and strip Sheetrock from uninhabitable homes, according to this Burlington Free Press article. The student-athlete advisory council is also planning a fundraising event for one of their fellow athletes who lost his home to the floods, the piece says. Contact University Communications for information.
Designing and Building Bridges to Last
After nearly 300 Vermont bridges were either damaged or destroyed in the storm, VPR's "Vermont Edition" talks with Eric Hernandez, assistant professor of civil engineering specializing in structural engineering, about how to design and build bridges for the long run. Listen to the interview at VPR.net...
Strategies for Businesses to Cope with Natural Disaster
On WCAX's "The :30" business expert Dann Van Der Vliet discusses how disasters such as Irene can set back family-owned business and how owners can prepare for other unforeseen future events. Listen to the interview at WCAX.com...
Helping Kids After a Crisis
Professor and child psychiatrist David Fassler, M.D., discusses strategies with the Burlington Free Press for helping children affected by the flooding. Contact University Communications for information.
Paul Bierman: Image Shows 1927 Flood Waters may have Exceeded Irene's
Geology professor Paul Bierman, in this piece for The Burlington Free Press, explains why the 1927 flood may have produced more water, though there were similar rainfall totals. Bierman's landscape change project holds over 600 images of the 1927 flood. He tells the public that he's eager to add images of Irene and enlist their help identifying sites shown in older photos and also in rephotographing those sites post-Irene. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...
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Twitter Study Tracks When We Are :)
Based on his own research analyzing millions of words from blogs to popular songs that could be used as a measure of mood, Professor Peter Dodds, applied mathematician working in the Advanced Computing Center at the University of Vermont, weighs in for The New York Times on a new study out of Cornell that "'complements previous findings' and expands on what is known about how mood fluctuates." Read the article at NYTimes.com...
Dead or Alive? Two Groups Say the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is Extinct
The Economist magazine cites statistical analysis done by Nicholas Gotelli, professor of biology, suggesting odds of finding the ivory-billed woodpecker alive are less than one in 15,625, despite purported sightings. Read the story at Economist.com...
Game of Thrones: Why the Saudi Succession Spells Instability in the Long Term
Middle East expert Gregory Gause helps Time magazine blog, "Global Spin," analyze possible outcomes surrounding succession to the Saudi throne. Read the story at Time.com... Gause also discusses the topic with CNN. Read "Heir to Saudi Throne Dies" at CNN.com...
Real Libya Battle is Just Beginning
Among other editorials for Gulfnews.com, political scientist Gordon Robison argues that the tough road to stabilize and reconstruct Libya could squelch the celebration. "Blowing a country apart is easy," he writes. "Putting it back together with power sharing, some semblance of popular government and the rule of law is far, far harder." Read the article at Gulfnews.com...
President Obama Honors UVM Robotics Scientist at White House Ceremony
The Burlington Free Press, Vermont Business and Seven Days all report that professor of computer science Josh Bongard received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest award given by the U.S. government to young scientists. Read a Q&A with Bongard about his work at SevenDaysVT.com...
Guest Editorial: Rising to the Challenge
Interim President John Bramley, in a St. Albans Messenger editorial, makes the case that the university has the deep cross-disciplinary expertise to transform Vermont into a leader in the new agricultural economy, enhancing quality of life and health and spurring economic development. As part of this mission, he announces the launch of an annual summer series at UVM to bring the world's greatest minds in collaboration on the most significant challenges we face in health, science, technology and food. Contact University Communications for information.
UVM Awarded $20 Million Grant to Lead Research into the Ecological Future of the Lake Champlain Basin
The Burlington Free Press announces a National Science Foundation grant to develop a model that can be used to predict ecological changes in and around Lake Champlain and become a tool for policymakers to make informed judgments about land use or stream pollution, factors that, according to Judith Van Houten, professor of biology and project director, contribute to algae bloom, fish die-offs and other unwanted outcomes. Contact University Communications for information.
Insect-Killing Fungus Helps Forest Hemlocks Survive
The Rutland Herald features innovative work by researcher Scott Costa who has developed a fungal treatment that can help control the wooly adelgid, a pest that has devastated hemlocks up the east coast, arriving in southern Vermont in 2007. Contact University Communications for information.
Spin Cycles: a New Book Chronicles the Old History of Biking in Burlington
Seven Days profiles professor and director of the international studies program Luis Vivanco, his new book -- an anthropological study of the history of cycling in Vermont -- and Vivanco's own cultural and political life on a bike. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...
Eco-diplomacy Conference Held at UVM
The Burlington Free Press notes a conference to launch the university's new Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, directed by Saleem Ali, professor of environmental studies. The aim of the institute is to sponsor cross-disciplinary research and experiential learning about environmental conflict resolution. Contact University Communications for information.
UVM Teach-In Critiques Economy, Offers Solutions
A forum organized by the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics brought UVM economists and more than 200 others to Ira Allen Chapel to discuss the economy and strategies to "counter big-monied interests and nurture a more egalitarian society that values genuine wellbeing over raw growth," according to this story in the Burlington Free Press. Contact University Communications for information.
University of Vermont Programs Foster Innovation and Economic Development in State
From faculty research to emerging technologies to strategic business partnerships, this Vermont Business story outlines how the university contributes to economic development in Vermont. Read the story at VermontBiz.com...
Sanjay Sharma: New UVM Business Dean Seeks Critical Mass
In this Q&A, Sanjay Sharma, new dean of the School of Business Administration, shares with Vermont Business his vision for the future of the school. Read the story at VermontBiz.com...
Hawk-Watching Now a Draw as Birds of Prey Migrate South
Emily Brodsky, master's candidate in the ecological planning program in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, contributed this article to Vermont Digger on the migration of birds of prey. Read the story at VtDigger.org...
Old Vermont Newspapers Enter Digital Age
With a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, University of Vermont librarians are spearheading a project to put 19th-century newspapers online for the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project. According to the Burlington Free Press about 100,000 pages will be converted during the two-year effort. Contact University Communications for information.
David Huddle: The Life on the Inside
The Burlington Free Press has a conversation with Professor Emeritus of English David Huddle on the publication of his new novel, Nothing Can Make Me Do This. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...
UVM Doubles Commitment to Scholarship Fund
Alumnus Donald H. McCree and his family have doubled their commitment to an established named scholarship fund with a $1 million gift, half of which will serve as a challenge gift to attract more scholarship gifts from other alumni, according to this Burlington Free Press story. Contact University Communications for information.
UVM Theatre Department Stages Edgy Urban Love Story Stop Kiss
Seven Days reviews the UVM Theatre department production of Stop Kiss, directed by Professor Gregory Ramos. According to the piece, "(The lead student actors) achieve a credible chemistry from beat to beat, clinging confidently to their characters across varied emotional terrain and evoking the vulnerability that their director says he watched for during auditions." Read the story at SevenDayVT.com... The Burlington Free Press also reviews the play. Read their review...
University of Vermont Climbs 12 Spots in 'US News & World Report' Rankings
Vermont Business and the Burlington Free Press report that the university rose substantially in the U.S. News college rankings, the go-to guide for parents and students choosing colleges. Read the story at VermontBiz.com...
UVM Club Football Team Climbs to No. 1 In Nation
Head Coach T.J. Sawyer told the Burlington Free Press that "the Catamounts are a passionate bunch who are gaining momentum," as UVM club football launches into national rankings. Contact University Communications for information.
New University of Vermont Sports Field Named for Donors
A $1.5 million gift will fund construction of a new lacrosse/soccer field, Virtue Field, named for the donors. Construction began in August, notes the Burlington Free Press and play should begin in 2012. Contact University Communications for information.