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Luck vs. Skill: Seeking the Secret of Your Success

New York Times LogoIn a story addressing recent political debates about the role luck plays in individual success, The New York Times features research by applied mathematician Peter Dodds and colleagues demonstrating that chance may influence market outcomes more than many might wish to believe. Read the story at NYT.com...

Philips Tries to Make Inroads in Africa with its Ultrasound Technology

Forbes LogoForbes features work by the Philips corporation, in cooperation with Imaging the World, a nonprofit co-founded by Kristen DeStigter, M.D., associate professor and vice chair of radiology. They are teaming to make ultrasound technology available that is now "inaccessible in many of the world's most impoverished regions," according to DeStigter. This diagnostic tool can warn of pregnancy complications that lead to maternal and infant deaths -- currently as many as 1,500 women across Africa die every day from preventable problems during pregnancy and childbirth. Read the post at Forbes.com...

The Hidden Power of Whale Poop

Wired logoThis Wired article examines not just the impressive scale of whale scat (a recent aerial photo showed a deposit that appeared to be as long as a full-grown blue whale itself), but, as marine biologist Joe Roman's work shows, the enormous benefits it has on the nutrient and carbon cycles of the ocean. Read the story at Wired.com...

Ancient Inventions

Science360 logoThe National Science Foundation selected UVM Communication's "Ancient Inventions" as the video of the day for their website Science 360. The video highlights an Honors College class that required students -- most of whom were not science majors -- to design and build tools such as a crossbow, based simply on illustrations from a textbook. The course, taught by Domenico Grasso, vice president for research and dean of the graduate college, as well as a champion of cross-disciplinary studies, was an exploration of how technology and culture intersected in the ancient world. Watch the video at News.Science360.gov...

Chemical Warfare -- Gas-Guzzling Paint

The Economist logoIn a story on new paints for military vehicles that can detect, absorb and neutralize gases during a chemical weapons attack, The Economist cites the groundbreaking work of chemistry professor Christopher Landry and his research team who discovered how to mix a silica gel with a vanadium catalyst to create a coating that oxidizes mustard gas, rendering it harmless. Read the story at Economist.com...

Study Finds Simple Way to Predict Behavior: Just Ask Users

Tech Crunch LogoIn new research by complex systems experts Josh Bongard and Paul Hines, professors in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, the pair found that crowdsourcing could not only result in accurate predictive models of behavior, but that the wisdom of the crowds could be used effectively to determine interesting new areas of study that could potentially "accelerate the process of scientific discovery," according to Kurzweil, one of several specialty media covering the story, along with Tech Crunch and ACM Tech News, that are influential among engineers and computer scientists. Read more at TechCrunch.com...

Life (Re)Cycle

The Scientist LogoIn an essay written for The Scientist based on his latest book, Berndt Heinrich, emeritus professor of biology, admits that he has always been fascinated by beetles and decay. His new work, Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death, focuses on carrion beetles' tactics for using and consuming all manner of deceased plants and animals. Seven Days also reviewed the book in their story "Carrion Comfort." Read the story at TheScientist.com... and Read the review at SevenDaysVT.com...

Exit Strategy

Inside Higher Ed LogoInside Higher Ed reviews At Liberty to Die: The Battle for Death with Dignity in America by Howard Ball, professor emeritus of political science. Ball suggests that the "due process" constitutional amendments extend liberty to "the terminally ill's right to choose to die with dignity." Read the story at InsideHigherEd.com...

The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Summit

The ExaminerIn this Examiner.com piece, the writer, who watched UVM's Sustainable Food Systems Summit online, is unwavering in her praise of what she heard from "food fighters" across a range of issues. Each speaker, she said, "delivered the power, precision, and persuasion of an effective orator: eliciting fierce focus, coursing-through-your-veins truth, and a sense of duty to convert compassion to action." Read the story at TheExaminer.com...

Schools Make Efforts to Provide 'Real Food' on Campus

USA Today College LogoUSA Today features UVM's progress towards serving local, organic food on campus, leading the trend among universities across the country. "The goal is to have an institution of higher education change the idea of how they look at food," said Joe Speidel, director of local government and community relations. The article notes the Food Systems Spire of Excellence, one of the university's transdisciplinary research initiatives, an aim of which is to build a food system that can be a model for the country. Read the story at USATodayEducate.com...

Crying for Einstein, Living for Shakespeare

NPR LogoComplex systems expert Stuart Kauffman, an experimental and theoretical biologist, frequently posts on National Public Radio's blog, "13.7: Cosmos and Culture." In this reflective post, Kaufman writes of his life dedicated to "knowing," that is, to science, in contrast to the work of Shakespeare, whose writing, "taught us what it is to be human." Science -- knowing -- Kaufman concludes, "pales before our human reality and our responsibility." Read the post (and comments between Kaufman and readers about the arts and science) at NPR.org... Kauffman also contributed "When We Mistake Our World" "Dying, the Greatest Generation, Courage and Integrity," "The Mutative Entrepreneur" (co-author) and "Think You Know Silicon Valley? Take a Closer Look" (co-author).

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Top Tens and Other UVM Kudos

In a season of strong rankings for UVM, Outside magazine put the university at number nine in their top 25 colleges for outdoor enthusiasts. U.S. News and World Report's annual list ranked UVM at 92, once again in the top-third of national universities. The publication also ranked the College of Medicine 27th of best primary care medical schools and the 8th most selective medical school, with an acceptance rate of only 3.7 percent. Campus Pride named UVM one of the top twenty-five LGBT-friendly schools and one of the top ten transgender-friendly schools in the country.

Saudis Back Rebels, Mindful of Past

In an article about Saudi civilians' fundraising efforts for Syrian rebels, The Wall Street Journal talks with Middle East expert Gregory Gause, professor and chair of political science, who warns of the risk that the government might inadvertently "encourage an atmosphere similar to the '80s," in which Muslim extremists were able to co-opt good intentions and forge the alliance that became Al Qaeda. Read the story at WSJ.com...

At 150, Land-Grant Public Universities Struggle to Return to Roots

As the Morrill Act establishing land-grant public universities reaches its 150th anniversary, Diverse Issues in Higher Education examines concerns that the promise of democratizing that opportunity is eroding. The magazine cites Daniel Fogel, former president and co-editor of the newly published Precipice or Crossroads: Where America's Great Public Universities Stand and Where They Are Going Midway through Their Second Century: "Weíre in danger of chopping away at the effectiveness of the commitment to access and affordability to higher education for the broad mass of the American people, absolutely." Read the story at DiverseEducation.com...

Sugar Shocker

Parenting magazine, in a story about kids getting too much super-sweetened foods and drinks, talks with Rachel Johnson, professor of nutrition and spokesperson for the American Heart Association, about strategies for changing children's habits, such as teaching them to drink plain water to quench thirst. Read the story at Parenting.com...

Why do Republicans Fear the Arab Spring?

Gordon Robinson, political scientist, political analyst and journalist, wrote an opinion column for Gulf News analyzing presidential candidate Mitt Romney's recent Middle East trip and Republican fears that recent uprisings in the Arab world might lead to Islamist, anti-Christian governments. Read the story at GulfNews.com...

Innovation Spawned at UVM Bringing New Ways of Learning to the Blind

The Burlington Free Press interviews recent UVM graduate Joshua Coffee about his revolutionary eraser for the tactile chalkboard used by thousands of blind Americans. Coffee, along with mechanical engineering professors Michael Rosen and Michael Coleman, and with assistance from UVM's technology commercialization program, founded E.A.S.Y. LLC (Engineering to Assist and Support You) to design and distribute a flashlight-sized heater which can be used to melt and thus re-smooth the previously single-use tactile chalkboards used by the blind since the 1950s. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

UVM Summit Helps Food-Systems Leaders Raise Their Voices in the Quest for Change

The Burlington Free Press reports on UVM's first Breakthrough Leaders Program for Sustainable Food Systems -- an event tweeted by local food evangelist Michael Pollen. Cynthia Belliveau, dean of continuing education, professor of nutrition and food sciences and a lead organizer of the summit, spent the week introducing attendants from around the globe to many of Vermontís "positive deviants," people working passionately to show the possibilities of alternative food systems. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com... The Addison Independent also covered the story.

Field Testing: Locally Developed App Helps Farmers Manage Crops

The Burlington Free Press reports on a new iPhone GoCrop app developed by UVM agronomist Heather Darby, adjunct assistant professor and extension associate professor with plant and soil sciences, and her team. The app lets farmers track nutrient management, crop yields and other information. Contact University Communications for information.

New Man on Campus

As UVM's 26th president takes office -- and begins touring the state meeting newspaper editors and staff writers -- papers from the Burlington Free Press to the Bennington Banner write about the man and his mission. Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com... For other stories contact University Communications.

Solar Panels on the Barn Roof

It was a UVM student initiative, writes the Burlington Free Press, that led to the university's latest renewable energy project, the installation of 134 solar panels on the roof of the Spear Street research farm. The project was proposed by Rachel Cadwallader-Staub '10, who helped write the grant as an undergrad. The project, according to sustainability director Gioia Thompson, should, with the grant funding, contributions from student fees and applicable solar credits, allow UVM to repay its initial investment in ten years. It is, the paper quotes Tom Vogelmann, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, "what a land-grant institution is all about." Read the story at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Engineering Students Test Skills with Sand Arches at North Beach

The Burlington Free Press visits 94 prospective engineering students building sand arches on North Beach -- constructions that would be judged on height, span and width -- as part of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences' outreach program with the Governor's Institutes of Vermont. The main purpose of the program, according to the story, is to help young students connect with like-minded peers and expose them to ways engineering can be applied to their life goals. Contact University Communications for information.

A Vermont Historic Preservationist Gives the Porch Its Due

Seven Days interviews Visser, associate professor and director of UVM's historic preservation program, in a review of his "unexpectedly absorbing" book, Porches of North America. Visser's heavily illustrated book, with examples from Vermont and across the continent, is one of the first studies of porches as not just an architectural but also a cultural feature that illuminates American social history. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

Giving Honey its Due: Hundreds of Beekeepers Gather in Burlington

The Burlington Free Press covers the annual conference of the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, held at UVM, with more than 600 beekeepers swarming the Davis Center and six bee colonies set up on the university's central green, with an expert on hand to help spectators try to find the queen. Contact University Communications for information.

Farmers Learn About Local Wheat Farming

The Addison County Independent covers the UVM extension field day during which 20 farmers visited Olivia's Croutons in New Haven where farmers, the paper said, "gathered to discuss local foods businesses and growing wheat, and learn about the process of producing croutons as an example of a value-added good." Read the story at AddisonIndependent.com...

Courtnay's Whirlwind Summer

The Burlington Free Press noted that Courtnay Pilypaitis '10 led Canada's Olympic basketball team at the London Olympics this summer, then immediately returned to Burlington to begin her career as assistant coach of UVM's women's basketball team. Contact University Communications for information.

UVM Donates Cruiser to Sheriff's Department

The Newport Daily Express applauds UVM Police Services' donation of a police cruiser after someone drove a farm tractor over seven parked Orleans County sheriff department cruisers, only two of which insurance would replace. UVM Police Lieutenant Larry Magnant had the idea to donate one of UVM's fleet slated for retirement this summer. When asked how much the 2008 Ford Crown Victoria was worth, Magnant said, "I canít put a value on goodwill." Read the story at NewportVermontDailyExpress.com...

A Flying Leap

Seven Days remembers Albert Gutterson, class of 1912 , as an excellent mechanical engineering student, class president, leader of the track team and gold medalist in the broad jump at the 1912 summer games. The Gutterson Field House is named in his honor. Read the story at SevenDaysVT.com...

Another Record Year for UVM Fundraising, More Than $45 Million

Vermont Business Magazine announces that UVM raised a record $45 million in private donations for the fiscal year ending in June 2012. Though donations to educational institutions across the United States only rose an average of 0.9 percent last year, UVM's fundraising was up 121 percent from the record-breaking fiscal year ending in 2011. Read the story at VermontBiz.com...

UVM Alumni Honor Martin St. Louis

The Burlington Free Press announces that UVM alums honored NHL All Star Martin St. Louis '97 with an alumni achievement award. St. Louis was integral to UVM hockey reaching the Frozen Four semifinals in 1996 before going on to play 13 seasons with the NHL. St Louis is "known as one of the hardest-working players in the league," according to the Free Press. Contact University Communications for information.

UVM Welcomes Class of 2016

The Burlington Free Press attends the convocation of UVM's class of 2016 where President Tom Sullivan, after noting that this fall also marks the beginning of his UVM career, shared UVM's traditions of "inclusiveness" and "public service." The 2,400-person class then proceeded down Main Street to the Green for the traditional candle lighting ceremony and recitation of the "First Year Pledge." Contact University Communications for information.