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National Geographic Emerging Explorer: Saleem H. Ali, Environmental Scientist

National Geographic LogoCalled one of 2010's "visionary, young trailblazers," Professor Saleem Ali was named an Emerging Explorer by a National Geographic program designed to recognize and support those making a significant contribution to world knowledge early in their careers. Ali was profiled in the June issue of the magazine. Read the article at NationalGeographic.com...

Building Spires in Vermont

Inside Higher Ed LogoInside Higher Ed reported on the university's transdisciplinary initiative to focus teaching and research strength in three key areas: neuroscience, behavior and health; complex systems; and food systems. . Read the article at InsideHigherEd.com...

Delicate Balance for U.S. in Kyrgyzstan

Council on Foreign Relations LogoThe Council on Foreign Relations published a one-on-one interview with Michele E. Commercio, assistant professor of political science and expert on issues related to ethnic politics in post-Soviet states, following the recent clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan. Read the interview from the Council on Foreign Relations...

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Afghans and Mineral Wealth

Following reports that Afghanistan may have untapped mineral deposits worth more than a trillion dollars, PRI's The World broadcast an interview with Saleem Ali, professor of environmental studies, and two other experts for their perspectives. Read The World's transcript or download the audio...

The Power of Being Influenced

Science News reported research by social network theorist Peter Sheridan Dodds, first published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Modeling how ideas spread within networks of influential and average individuals, Dodds and his colleague at Columbia University found viral marketing might be less contagious than many hope. Read the article at ScienceNews.org...

A Full Accounting

An editorial in the journal Nature heavily cites ecological economist Robert Costanza on why the BP spill helps make the case for bringing ecosystem services into the economy. Read the article at Nature.com...

Lesbian Parents Raising Healthy Kids

New York Times blog "Motherlode" included quotes from an editorial by Professor Joseph Hagan, M.D. on a new study published in the journal Pediatrics that found that children born to lesbian mothers appear to have healthy, if not better, psychological development when compared to average American children. Read the blog entry at NYTimes.com...

In Praise of Unwanted Termites

The Harvard Gazette reports that biology professor Alison Brody co-authored a paper with researchers from Harvard and the University of Florida finding that these tiny pests are central to the ecosystem of the African savanna, with potential implication for broad conservation efforts. Read the article at the Harvard Gazette online...

New Policies Accommodate Transgender Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights UVM's groundbreaking work to become more inclusive of transgender students by developing a software patch that allows students' preferred names and pronouns on class rosters and identification cards. Registrar Keith Williams is working to make the software code available to other colleges at no charge, the story notes. Read the article at Chronicle.com...

Experts Suggest Ways to Improve Nutrition

Professor of Medicine Naomi Fukagawa, M.D., Ph.D., vice chair of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Health and Human Services 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, spoke to the Wall Street Journal about new recommendations, due out this fall. Read the article at WSJ.com...

Arabs and Muslims Brace for U.S. Election Season

"With the United States moving into the heart of election season it would probably be best for readers in the Middle East to prepare themselves for some exceedingly unpleasant rhetoric," wrote political scientist Gordon Robinson, who also published commentaries in GulfNews.com. Read the editorial at BigNewsNetwork.com...

Spill Tests Obama Management Style

Political science professor John Burke contributed his expertise on the presidency and public administration in Politico's assessment of Obama's early handling of the BP crisis. Read the article at Politico.com...

Positive Feedbacks in a Warming Arctic

A blogger for Climate Central hiked with Rubenstein Professor Breck Bowden to one of his Arctic research sites, across tundra landscape that Bowden believes will thaw dramatically over the next 50 years, with severe implications for the planet. Read the blog entry at ClimateCentral.org...

Call for Kids' Mental Health Checks

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry David Fassler, M.D., was quoted in this Wall Street Journal story on new American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations urging pediatricians to screen kids for mental health issues at each visit.. Read the article at WSJ.com...

Scientists Engineer Breathing Lung in Rats

Comments by Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, are featured in this Discovery News article about new research reported in Science Express on regenerated lungs in rats. Read the article at DiscoverNews.com...

Ants Forecast Forests' Future

An article in the Raleigh News Observer presents research from a team of scientists including biology professor Nicholas Gotelli and colleagues from Harvard, North Carolina State and University of Tennessee, modeling how ants act as predictors for effects of climate change in eastern forests. Read the article at NewsObserver.com...

For Some Businesses, Hiring Cheap is a Mistake

A Wall Street Journal story on setting salaries during a recession quotes expert Rocki-Lee DeWitt, professor of management. Read the article at WSJ.com...

Not So Special

CIO David Todd is quoted extensively in an Inside Higher Ed article on how much influence colleges have on technology today. Read the article at InsideHigherEd.com...

What Saudis Really Think About Iran

The "Middle East Channel" of Foreign Policy published this opinion piece by Middle East expert Gregory Gause, professor of political science. Gause was also quoted in a GulfNews.com editorial in May. Read the article at ForeignPolicy.com...

Breaking Up Can Be Hard

Laura Townsend '10, and her co-advisors, engineering professors Mandar Dewoolkar and Donna Rizzo, have been working on a project, supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, to understand the pore structure of common building materials with the eventual goal of developing decontamination strategies in case of a chemical terrorist attack or basic spill. Read the article at Physorg.com...

A Facebook-Free Workplace? Curbing Cyberslacking

The Wall Street Journal cites Rocki-Lee DeWitt, professor of management, on communicating directly with employees about the real costs of cyberslacking, as well as the importance of modeling productivity. Read the article at WSJ.com...

College Campuses Embrace Coed Dorm Rooms

The Philadelphia Inquirer, writing about the growing trend toward "gender-neutral" housing, noted that UVM was among Princeton, Yale and Lehigh Universities in offering coed rooms this fall. Read the article at Philly.com...

Feds Assess Threat From Sunken Lake Champlain Tug

In an Associated Press story reporting that the BP spill has reinforced environmental concerns over a tugboat that sunk in Lake Champlain in 1963, Professor Mary Watzin is quoted on the potential impact for fish and wildlife if a possible 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel were to be released from the tug all at once. The story appeared at ABCNews.com and multiple other media outlets. Read the article at ABCNews.com...

Anne Arundel to Plant More Than 12,000 Trees

The Baltimore Sun, reporting on one county's plan to plant more trees, cited a UVM study that measured cities' tree canopy coverage with a geographic information system (GIS) program. Read the article at BaltimoreSun.com...

Green Graduation: Gowns Now Recycle or Biodegrade

An Associated Press story reported on the trend among eco-conscious campuses, including UVM, using recycled gowns for graduation ceremonies. The article appeared in the Huffington Post and multiple other media outlets. Read the article at HuffingtonPost.com...

Best Cities 2010: Burlington, Vt.

Kiplinger cites UVM's nationally recognized green building program among reasons Burlington, with it's environmentally powered economy, was selected as one of the top ten cities for the coming decade. Read the article at Kiplinger.com...

JetBlue Helps Cement University of Vermont Program with Bronx High Schools

JetBlue Airways, which donates hundreds of roundtrip plane tickets and thousands of dollars in scholarships, has helped UVM in its efforts to reach out to lower-income and first-generation high school students and diversify student enrollment. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Panton's 'Mystery' Fossil Sparks a Scientific Debate

Professor and chair of geology Char Mehrtens discussed her theories on rare Vermont fossils and her research focus on the evolution of the northern Appalachians. Read the article at DenPubs.com...

University of Vermont Considers Creation of a Fundraising Foundation

President Fogel's vision of a new foundation headed by volunteers highly experienced in philanthropy is explored. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Driving Alone Still Rules in Car-Happy Vermont as Carpooling Awaits a New Surge

Early data from UVM's Transportation Research Center was the basis for this report on auto-dependent Vermont. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Food Network Star to Share Secrets at 20th UVM Reunion

Alumna Melissa D'Arabian discusses how she reinvented herself into a Food Network star in advance of a reunion weekend talk on campus. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

New England Scientists Call for Forest Conservation

UVM forest ecologist Bill Keeton was among a group of scientists from Harvard and elsewhere in New England calling for permanent conservation of 90 percent of the region's forest. Keeton said he views the recommendation, "as carrying out scientists' responsibility to warn the public about the causes and consequences of forest loss." Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

'Get Wet and Get Studying': Elementary Students Study Waterways

Part of a larger story on teaching watershed awareness and stewardship, the university's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) was highlighted for its yearlong stream project, funded by the National Science Foundation, training undergraduates to both collect data about waterways and teach the techniques to high-school students. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

UVM Dedicates Plant Science Building

According to Tom Vogelmann, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the completion of Jeffords Hall should serve as both a cutting-edge teaching and research facility and effective recruiting tool for students and faculty in the life sciences. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Universal Design for Learning in Focus at UVM

UVM is at the forefront of a higher education movement demonstrating that "universal design" is more than a strategy for addressing the needs of those with disabilities. It is a better way to teach all students. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Want a Transportation Future? Get Down with Data

UVM's Transportation Research Expo was a spectacle of projects that "defied interpretation by amateurs" but may represent the future of eco-friendly travel. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Blight Moves

UVM's Plant Diagnostic Clinic, run by plant pathologist Ann Hazelrigg, is Vermont's first line of defense against invasive weeds, diseases and bugs. Read the Seven Days article...

A UVM Prof Explores Why We Love the First Lady

Emily Bernard, associate professor of English, puts the First Lady in a cultural context in the award-winning new book Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs. Read the Seven Days article...

Five Artists in Five Disciplines Unite for One Experimental Show

"The Solo Workshop," a unique nine-month collaboration launched by Paul Besaw, assistant professor of dance, came together in a show combining music, poetry, dance, visual arts and film. Read the Seven Days article...

Meals for Minors

Melissa D'Arabian, UVM alumna, Food Network star and mom of four girls, as well as Rex Forehand, professor of psychology and parenting expert, contributed their tips on dining out with young children. Read the Seven Days article...

Vermont Visionaries

The works of Francis Colburn and Ronald Slayton are explored in this art review of the Fleming Museum's exhibition celebrating the centenary of the painters' births. Read the Seven Days article...

Useful Fun: Erin Hayes-Pontius Looks Very, Very Closely at Bugs

Embracing field and lab work consolidating information about stream health in the Lake Champlain Basin as part of UVM's EPSCoR Stream Project, senior Erin Hayes-Pontius has become "'a bug-ringer' of the highest order." Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

'End of Overeating' Author to Speak at UVM

Former FDA commissioner David Kessler and strong critic of the food industry spoke with the Burlington Free Press in advance of his public lecture at UVM. Contact University Communications for more information.

Longtime Lane Series Leader Jane Ambrose Exits Stage Right

The Burlington Free Press profiled Jane Ambrose as she retired after 23 years as the director of UVM's Lane Series, presenting performances in music, dance and theater. Contact University Communications for more information.

Lake Champlain Cormorants Decline

At a Lake Champlain Research Consortium conference hosted by UVM, a Burlington Free Press article reported that scientists noted the declining population of the birds, their large consumption of the invasive species alewives and, as Rubenstein's Walter Kuentzel noted, the negative human attitude toward the species. Contact University Communications for more information.

Which Democrat Will Emerge from the Pack in the Vermont Gubernatorial Race?

Political science professor Garrison Nelson weighed in for the Burlington Free Press on the upcoming governor's race. Contact University Communications for more information.

Agriculture: Legislature, Farmers Have a Common Goal

A Burlington Free Press article, featuring UVM extension professor Vern Grubinger, chairman of the committee that proposed the food systems "spire of excellence," examined the connection between innovative agricultural initiatives and the work of the legislature. Contact University Communications for more information.

UVM Announces Plan to Add Housing

A Burlington Free Press article announced plans for a new, privately owned student residential complex to be built on UVM land. The project would not require the university to take on additional debt. Contact University Communications for more information.

UVM Students Dig Up Artifacts at the Intervale

During a five-week summer course, led by John Crock, director of UVM's Consulting Archaeology Program, students unearthed American Indian tools and wares dating to between 100 B.C. and 300 A.D. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

UVM's VTrim Shapes Up Technology Transfer

Enabling employees to lose weight can result in higher productivity and lower healthcare costs for corporations. VTrim, the university's research-based six-month online behavior modification program, puts a plan within reach of companies in Vermont and beyond. Read the article at VermontBiz.com...

Vermont to Create Own Paramedic Training Program

An Associated Press story reported on the impact of grant funding and changes in Vermont law regarding training of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Stephen Leffler, M.D., chief of emergency medicine and professor of surgery, is quoted in the article. The article appeared on Boston.com and in multiple other media outlets. Read the article at Boston.com...

New Report Examines the Media's Role in the Gas Tax Debate

A report released by UVM's Transportation Research Center indicates that the success of state-level plans to increase gas taxes is tied to the media's portrayal of the proposals. Read the article at Streetsblog Capitol Hill...

UVM Shows Off New Head B-Ball Coach

New women's basketball coach Lori Gear McBride was introduced at Patrick Gymnasium. Read the article at BenningtonBanner.com...

IBM Announces Leadership Changes at Essex Junction Plant

Two UVM alums, Janette Bombardier and Steven Wildermuth replace top site official at IBM's Essex Junction plant. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...