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Can You Bribe People to Be Healthier?

Newsweek LogoA Newsweek story cites Stephen Higgins, professor of psychiatry, on his work helping pregnant women to quit smoking by offering gift cards to local retail outlets. "We're trying to use the very bias that makes smoking attractive," says Higgins, referring to its immediate gratification, "to promote healthier behaviors." His team, the magazine reports, was able to quadruple quit rates, leading to bigger, healthier babies. Read the article at Newsweek.com...

A Building That Teaches Through Its Landscape

Chronicle LogoAfter a visit to campus, Chronicle of Higher Education blogger Scott Carlson writes about the new Jeffords Hall, home of plant biology, soil sciences and life sciences, and how the "compelling design choice" of the landscape integrates with the building's research mission. Read the blog post at Chronicle.com...

Cultivating Chaos

Science LogoProfessor Saleem Ali's review of Pandora's Seed, by Spencer Wells, in the July 23, 2010, edition of Science magazine takes issue with the book's "astonishing claim," Ali writes, that many of our modern woes, from obesity to terrorism, can be traced to a departure from a hunter-gather lifestyle 10,000 years ago. Among Ali's points of criticism, he observes that the book "provides little guidance on how to feed the world’s growing population without relying on advanced agricultural innovation." Read the article at ScienceMag.org...

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Agriculture Colleges Sell Cow Herds to Cut Costs

An Associated Press story picked up by The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and multiple media outlets nationwide reports on UVM's decision to sell its herds in what Thomas Vogelmann, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, calls an exciting new model for land-grant institutions that will allow researchers access to more cows while increasing income for farmers. "The savings from not maintaining the herd -- about $225,000 annually," the AP notes from Vogelmann, "will go into research possibly on forage, animal nutrition, environmental effects, and heifer and calf rearing." Read the AP story at ABCNews.com...

Home Birth May Add a Wrinkle

A New York Times article reports on a review of studies, led by Dr. Joseph R. Wax, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, finding that, compared with planned hospital birth, planned home birth holds more than twice the risk for death in the neonatal period, from the ages of one week to one month. Dr. Wax urges caution, however, in interpreting the results. Read the article at NYTimes.com...

Their Daily Bread Is a Local Call Away

Agronomist Heather Darby is quoted in a New York Times story from The Kneading Conference, where bakers, millers and scientists gathered to discuss -- and eat -- local breads from locally grown grains. Darby is coordinator of a joint program with the University of Maine to find the best grain for growing in northern New England. Read the article at NYTimes.com...

Elemental Accounting

The Chronicle of Higher Education, for its 10th-anniversary issue of The Chronicle Review, asked scholars and illustrators to answer the question: What will be the defining idea of the coming decade and why? Saleem Ali, professor of environmental studies, was among those chosen to answer. Remember the periodic table? Read Ali's essay at Chronicle.com...

Honk if You Love the Canada Goose

Bernd Heinrich, professor emeritus of biology and author of the recent book, The Nesting Season, waxes poetic to The New York Times in defense of the goose after 400 Canada geese living in Prospect Park in Brooklyn were rounded up and gassed. Heinrich says the birds are playful and social, bonding closely with people who raise them and with each other to care for their young. Read the article at NYTimes.com...

The Straight Poop on an Unmentionable Problem Sustainability Programs Can Help Solve

A blogger for The Chronicle of Higher Education commends UVM as a leader for the Aiken renovation's inclusion of a living machine, a system in a solarium that uses aquatic plants and animals to clean wastewater. Read the blog entry at Chronicle.com...

BlackBerry Deal May Hamper Flirting for Saudi Youth

An article in Bloomberg Businessweek on a possible deal allowing BlackBerry service companies to give Saudi government security access to private data quotes political science professor Gregory Gause on the likely target of text monitoring by authorities, which he believes is more likely to be political rather than morality-driven. Read the article at BusinessWeek.com...

Pediatric Group Issues New Lice Recommendations

ABCNews.com, WebMD.com and numerous other media outlets report on new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics on treating head lice. Dr. Barbara Frankowski, professor of pediatrics and one of the authors of the report, is quoted in the stories, which note the AAP's strengthened stance against school screenings and excluding children with head lice from attending school. Read the article at ABCNews.com...

Colleges Say They Expect Their Green Raters to Measure Up

Sustainability director Gioia Thompson is quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education story on a collaboration of several colleges and universities to urge institutions that issue "green" ratings to use a more open and uniform assessment process. Read the article at Chronicle.com...

Job Satisfaction and Gender

Stephanie Seguino, professor of economics and president-elect of the International Association for Feminist Economics, is quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article examining studies that show that men are generally happier in academe than women. Read the article at InsideHigherEd.com...

The Obamas and Mother-Daughter Trips

Clinical professor of psychiatry Dr. David Fassler was quoted in this Huffington Post column highlighting the benefits of parents traveling alone with their children. Read the article at HuffingtonPost.com...

Hiring for Sustainability

This Chronicle of Higher Education blog post analyzes the take-away from a UVM seminar on campus sustainability, which the writer calls "interesting and informative." Read the blog post at Chronicle.com...

Monitoring the Monitors

A Wall Street Journal story on small-business owners installing software to monitor employees' computer use quotes expert Rocki-Lee DeWitt, professor of management. Read the article at WSJ.com...

Front Porch Forum: Connecting Strangers in the Neighborhood

A story in the Huffington Post on the phenomenon of Front Porch Forum, which unites neighbors through the internet, cites associate dean of the College of Education and Social Services Susan Comerford, calling the forum, "a post-modern return to citizen democracy." Read the article at HuffingtonPost.com...

Students Get Mucky Cleaning Up Back River

A Chicago Tribune article quotes environmental studies student Molly Williams, who spent a semester in an "eco-village" in India, on her "hard but satisfying" work helping to clean up a degraded Baltimore River. Contact University Communications for more information.

Pro / Con: Should Chocolate Milk Be Allowed in Schools?

In a special to the Los Angeles Times and picked up by the Hartford Courant, Rachel Johnson, associate provost and dietician, weighs in on the debate over flavored milk, which she believes, if eliminated, will be replaced with less nutritious, higher-sugar drinks. Numerous stories on the topic appeared in media outlets nationally. Contact University Communications for more information.

A Graphic Text

Inside Higher Ed quotes E. Lauck Parke, associate professor in the School of Business, on the use of graphic-novel textbooks as a means of engaging students. Read the article at InsideHigherEd.com...

Cow Vaccines Go Vroom

John Barlow, professor of animal sciences, explains his research into the accelerated development of vaccines for cattle, which could help to prevent devastating loss of livestock in sub-Saharan Africa. Read the article at ScientificComputing.com...

'Mad Men's' Daughter: How Troubled Is Sally Draper?

Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, associate professor of psychiatry, talks with ABCNews.com about the psychological issues being addressed as popular television takes on serious childhood behaviors. Read the article at ABCNews.com...

A Top Vt. Senator Claims Victory in Governor Race

An Associated Press story that ran in The New York Times and multiple other outlets taps the expertise of Garrison Nelson, professor of political science, as did a number of other stories leading up to the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Contact University Communications for more information.

Sierra Magazine Names America's Top 20 "Coolest" Schools

Chosen based on "efforts to stop climate change and educate students about sustainability," the Sierra Club's magazine names UVM one of America's top 20 'coolest' schools. Read the article at SierraClub.org...

Biologist Explores What's Real, Possible and in Between

In advance of a talk, the Santa Fe New Mexican explores Stuart Kauffman's curiosity about the possible realm poised between Aristotle's idea of the actual and the possible. Kaufman is a researcher and professor with the Complex Systems Center. Read the article at SantaFeNewMexican.com...

Fear of the Other Cripples US

In this GulfNews.com editorial, political scientist Gordon Robison confronts the inflamed debate over a new Islamic center near the site where the World Trade Center stood. Robison also contributed two other essays to the publication. Contact University Communications for more information.

Some Kids Easier to Raise than Others

In this article for Florida Today, Rex Forehand, professor of psychology, offers advice for dealing with challenging children on the publication of the third edition of his book, Parenting the Strong-Willed Child. Read the article at FloridaToday.com...

Give Bijou Gentle Squeeze to Pick Hard Or Soft

The San Francisco Chronicle notes the university's nurturing of Vermont's artisan cheese producers. Read the article at SFGate.com...

New Haven Plans for 10,000 Trees in 5 years

After a UVM study, which uses satellite imagery to calculate how much of a city is covered by trees, revealed a disparity of trees throughout New Haven, the city launched ambitious plans to remedy the problem. Read the article at NewHavenRegister.com...

Love and Family Life Among the Birds

"A Volume to turn to again and again," says Sea Coast Online about professor emeritus of biology Bernd Heinrich's new book, The Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy. Read the article at SeaCoastOnline.com...

How do I Get a Partner to Quit Smoking?

Dr. John Hughes, on Lance Armstrong's website for cancer survivors, discusses the need for partners and other family members to provide both support and encouragement to help a smoker to stop. Read the article at LiveStrong.com...

Vermont and Israeli Ecological Partnership Helps Desert School

Rubenstein School students teach elementary school boys and girls in Arad, Israel, about conservation on their annual service trip. In desert heat, UVM women defer to local religious sensibilities, "covered" in long skirts and three-quarter sleeves as they worked, demonstrating, they hope, "that there is more to American culture than just pop stars." Read the article at Chabad.org...

Culinary Class

Seven Days discusses one of the new spires of excellence with Rachel Johnson, associate provost for faculty and academic affairs, noting that UVM is "carving out a national niche in the field of food systems." Read the article at SevenDaysVT.com...

Vermont Forests Rebound from the Ice Storm of 1998

UVM entomologist Margaret Skinner and the work of the UVM Horticulture Research Center are cited in this look at the effects of ice storm after more than a decade. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Meet Ray Vega, South Burlington Trumpet Player

Q & A with UVM's Latin jazz great Ray Vega. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

In the Dark about White-Nose Syndrome

Bill Kilpatrick, professor of zoology and natural history, weighs in on the mysterious syndrome that's killed more than a million hibernating bats, possibly the most abrupt decline of wildlife in American history. Read the article at TimesArgus.com...

My Turn: Supporting the Best in Vermont Cheesemaking

This editorial by a highly successful Vermont entrepreneur strongly praises the Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont for its support of cheese producers, scientific research and expertise related to dairy and cheese, and encouragement of sustainability of small-farm culture. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Historic Tour of UVM

Seven Days highlights professor emeritus William Averyt's tour of the "notable nooks and crannies" of UVM's historic campus. Read the Seven Days article...

UVM Women's Hoop Player Wins America East Honor

Boston.com reports that 2010 graduate May Kotsopoulos has been named 2010 America East Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Read the Boston.com article...

Uncovering an Ancient World

UVM's Consulting Archeology Program turned up unexpected historic troves in Jamaica State Park this summer. "The amount of findings," says assistant director Charles Knight, "suggests people in small groups may have returned to this exact spot for millennium." Contact University Communications for more information.

The Diversity Test

In a Seven Days article investigating diversity among teachers in Vermont, H.W. "Bud" Meyers, director of the University of Vermont's James M. Jeffords Center, is interviewed on his new survey of the racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of Vermont's public school teachers. Sherwood Smith, lecturer in the College of Education and Social Services, is also interviewed. Read the Seven Days article...

Fun at Field Days: UVM Students Show Their Hands-On Work

At Addison County Fair, students like pre-veterinary major Rebecca Calder, part of CREAM (Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management), demonstrate how they manage a dairy herd. Read the Addison Independent article...

Coming Soon to a Driveway Near You

The University of Vermont's Transportation Center, collaborating on a study of the emerging all-electric plug-in car, helps predict Vermont could have between 60,000 and 120,000 electric vehicles by 2030. Read the Rutland Herald article...

Book Notes

Major Jackson, associate professor of English and poetry editor at the Harvard Review, is noted for his new collection of poems, Holding Company. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Taylor Commits to Play for UVM

Reigning Maine high school Gatorade Player of the Year, Nicole Taylor, gives verbal commitment to play for women's basketball team. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

UVM Breaks Ground for New Track Facility

UVM Athletic Department breaks ground for a new nine-lane track facility to be funded through private donations. Read the Times Argus article...

New Crop of College Freshman, Nervous and Excited, Move into Burlington

UVM's Class of 2014, the second largest in the school's history, moves in. Communications director and parent of a new student, Enrique Corredera, is quoted as telling his son, "You are among a relatively small percentage of the world's population to have access to higher education. An experience like this puts you in an extremely privileged position. It's your responsibility to take it seriously." Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...