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It's Hard to Bring Down the Electric Grid

USNews Logo U.S. News & World Report highlights the work of power system expert Paul Hines, whose new research, published in the journal Chaos, used a new mathematical model for understanding complex systems refuting recent scientific assertions about the vulnerability of the power grid. The story was Science magazine's featured editor's choice and appeared nationally in other science and mainstream media. Read the article at USNews.com...

Whales Help Fertilize the Ocean with Floating Dung

NPR LogoNational Public Radio's All Things Considered features new research by conservation biologist Joe Roman suggesting that whale feces play a key role in the ecosystem of oceans. The story was picked up widely, including by numerous NPR affiliates, MSNBC, CBS health blog, Discovery News, Huffington Post and Science 360, a publication of the National Science Foundation. Listen to the story at NPR.org...

A Political Scientist's Trivial Pursuit

Chronicle LogoThe Chronicle of Higher Education features Professor Garrison Nelson and his recently completed "career-defining series," a seven-volume history of every committee assignment ever made in the U.S. Congress, a 35-year endeavor. Read the article at Chronicle.com...

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Is Candy Evil or Just Misunderstood?

Nutrition professor Rachel Johnson is heavily quoted in a New York Times story examining candy versus seemingly healthful but high-sugar foods such as energy bars. Johnson notes that it is sweet drinks and juice that supply 46 percent of the added sugar in the American diet, versus 6 percent from candy. Read the story at NYTimes.com...

Thinking Outside the Bottle

Despite challenges to ending consumption of bottled water in the short run, the Chronicle of Higher Education notes that UVM has installed bottle-refilling stations around campus in an effort to lessen the environmental impact of disposable plastic bottles. Read the article at Chronicle.com...

Dose of Denial Good for Some Lung Cancer Patients

Reuters calls on the expertise of Terry Rabinowitz, M.D., professor of psychiatry, in their report on a recent study finding that newly diagnosed lung cancer patients who were in denial had a healthier social life and suffered less anxiety and depression than patients who did not experience denial. Read the article at Reuters.com...

Slicing Proteins with Occam's Razor

The National Science Foundation website picked up a UVM Today story about physics professor Kelvin Chu and his grad student, William DeWitt, who have invented a new way to peer into proteins. Their paper in Physical Review Letters pinpoints which atoms within the protein myoglobin hold and release oxygen to meet the unique needs of different animals. See the story...

On Campus and Online, Students Lose Weight for Credit

UVM's Vtrim online weight loss program is among the courses the Chronicle of Higher Education highlights in the trend toward colleges and universities offering for-credit courses on nutrition and weight management. Read the story at Chronicle.com...

Listening to the Other Side

After speaking on campus, PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill blogs about Vermont students' openness to understanding the changes in the current political zeitgeist. Read the blog entry at PBS.org...

Helping Your Child Deal with Bullying

David Fassler, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry and director of advocacy and public policy for the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, helps parents confront bullying in this piece for the Huffington Post. Read the story at HuffingtonPost.com...

Wall Street Journal Names New L.A. Bureau Chief

Alumnus Rob Guth was named the Wall Street Journal's Los Angeles bureau chief according to this story in LA Observed. Read the article at LAObserved.com...

Are We Happy Yet?

Mathematician Chris Danforth is featured in his college alumni magazine, Bates, after receiving world-wide media attention for his and UVM colleague Peter Dodds's research on what they call "sociotechnical data mining," measuring, in real time, the shifting emotions reflected in cyberspace's blog output and Twitter feeds. Read the article at Bates.edu...

WATER: Resources from the Carnegie Council

Saleem Ali, a professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, was among the experts asked by the Carnegie Council to address what they view as a growing international crisis: an inadequate supply of safe, affordable water for drinking and irrigation. Read the article at CarnegieCouncil.org...

Portal Aims to Ease Contract Bids for Small Businesses

Rocki-Lee DeWitt, professor of management in the School of Business Administration, is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article, cautioning small business owners to consider the motivation behind changes in the supply bidding process. Read the article at WSJ.com...

Navigating the Campaign Trail Proves Tricky in Vt.

The Associated Press taps the expertise of political scientist Anthony Gierzynski in this analysis of Vermont's election season. The article was picked up by a number of outlets including the New York Times. Contact University Communications for more information.

Meathead Films Launch Tour in Vermont

ESPN was on campus for the kick-off of screening of Work It Out, the latest ski flick from Meathead Films, a production company led by two UVM alumni, Geoff McDonald, president and cinematographer and Chris James, marketing director and photographer. Read the blog post at ESPN.com...

Bullying of Gay/Lesbian Teens: Expert Q&A

Child and adolescent psychiatrist David Fassler, M.D. is interviewed by WebMD on the topic of cyberbullying and suicide rates and suicidal thoughts among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teens. Read the article at WebMD.com...

Low Profile, High Impact

ESPN profiles UVM alumna Alison Gannett among other young sports enthusiasts, activists and entrepreneurs working to improve the environment and help curb global warming. Read the article at ESPN.com...

Obama to Pitch Mega Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

Political scientist Gregory Gause helps The Nation examine the strategic understanding among the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia as a deterrent to Iran. Contact University Communications for more information.

The University of Vermont's Fleming Museum Brings Christo to Burlington

The international online newspaper for the arts, Art Daily, featured the Fleming Museum's exhibition of the work of Christo and Jeanne Claude. Museum director Janie Cohen is quoted: "This is an extraordinary opportunity for our community to experience one of the most engaged, and engaging, artists of our time." Read the article at ArtDaily.org...

Obama Exhibits Political Savvy That His Republican Critics Lack

In GulfNews.com political scientist Gordon Robison examines the political rhetoric inflamed by Bob Woodward's latest book, Obama's Wars. Robison also contributed two other essays to the publication. Contact University Communications for more information.

New Battleground, Old Friends in N.H.

The Boston Globe taps the expertise of political science professor Garrison Nelson on the paucity of moderate Republicans. Read the article at Boston.com...

Pioneers on the 21st-Century Tech Trail

David Todd, associate vice president and CIO, co-authored this EdTech Magazine piece on the need for strong, visionary leadership among CIOs in higher education. Read the article at EdTechMag.com...

Innovation Policy in Tough Times on Tight Budgets

This address, printed in Science Progress, makes the case for innovative regional economic "clusters." The Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont is noted as "the nation’s only research institution devoted to the artisanal cheese industry" and is cited as a prime example of capitalizing on local expertise. Read the article at ScienceProgress.org...

For Love of Books: Former UVM Professor Describes Wonders of the Natural World

In a review of two books by Professor Emeritus Bernd Heinrich, Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival and Summer World: A Season of Bounty, The Transcript calls them "masterpieces of their kind, together laying bare to its readers a host of the year-round wonders of the natural world. Both have won important prizes, and rightly so." Contact University Communications for more information.

Mineral Man

Professor John Hughes is profiled in Mineralogy, where he is called "one of the top mineralogists in the world" with the rare distinction of having a mineral named in his honor. Read the article at Mineralogy.com...

Kayla Burchill Decides on University of Vermont

The Portland Press Herald announces the acquisition from Maine of a second top women's basketball star to UVM. At six feet, Kayla Burchill, who was recruited by BU among other schools, is "big enough to play inside but is extremely versatile...and a dead-eye 3-point shooter." Read the article at PressHerald.com...

Drinking Tea Cuts Risk of Heart Disease by One-Third

Associate provost and professor of nutrition Rachel Johnson gives expert commentary on a new study noting that drinking several cups of tea (including black tea) or coffee may improve heart health. She warns in Natural News, however, that the advice should not lead to excess sugar consumption. Read the article at NaturalNews.com...

Difference is They’re Willing to Change

The Boston Globe writes about alumnus Tim Thomas's "top-notch" goaltending for the Bruins. Read the article at Boston.com...

In-State Students Score Well at UVM

In an achievement President Daniel Fogel calls "truly remarkable," Vermont students outperformed their out-of-state counterparts in both first-year retention and in the six-year graduation rate, according to coverage in the Burlington Free Press. Contact University Communications for more information.

UVM to Get Major Internet Upgrade

The Burlington Free Press reports news of a dramatic upgrade in the university's internet access. A new system of fiber optics will connect UVM to other research institutions across the country, allowing communication of complex data sets with other scholars. Contact University Communications for more information.

UVM Internet Upgrade to Aid in Algae Bloom Study

The first research project to make use of UVM's upgraded internet capabilities could answer a troubling problem for the state. Biology professor Judith Van Houten will try to determine the genetic triggers that make some algae blooms toxic, according to this story in the Burlington Free Press. Contact University Communications for more information.

UVM Researchers Aim for Social, Ecological Changes by the Cup

The Burlington Free Press features agroecology and environmental studies professor Ernesto Mendez and his work with graduate students who travel overseas to work with the coffee growers they study, taking action to promote change in ecological farming, environmental conservation and the livelihoods of farmers within their own communities. Contact University Communications for more information.

Poetry Playlist

In a poetry roundup after the Burlington Book Festival, Seven Days begins with a compelling, admiring review of English professor Major Jackson's third book, Holding Company. Read the article at SevenDaysVT.com...

Come On, Get App-y

A Seven Days story on Vermont's burgeoning number of mobile app developers discusses UVM's new Integrative Computing program or iCompute with professor of computer science Robert Snapp. UVM student Galen Wilkerson developed one of the apps mentioned in the article. Read the article at SevenDaysVT.com...

University of Vermont Workshop Turns Dreams into Reality

The Burlington Free Press explores UVM's Instrumentation and Model Facility where a scientist's fantasy research equipment can be engineered -- need a trap that uses electromagnetic energy lasers to suspend a particle in mid-air? They can do it. Contact University Communications for more information.

Whitefish Gaining Strength in Lake Champlain

The Burlington Free Press features research by fisheries professor Ellen Marsden demonstrating an abundant return of whitefish to Lake Champlain for the first time in 80 years. The fish were once an important species for commercial fisheries and sports anglers. Contact University Communications for more information.

$4.26 Million NIH Grant Funds UVM Study of Lung Transplant Option

Research conducted by Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, and colleagues is featured in this VermontBiz article highlighting an NIH Director's Opportunity grant awarded to UVM. Weiss is studying an innovative approach to growing new lungs for patients lacking other treatment options. Read the article at VermontBiz.com...

UVM Sells Dairy Herd to Nordic Farms

The final step to what Thomas Vogelmann, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, calls "a bold new approach" to dairy research, partnerships with private farms, was made with the sale of UVM's herd to Nordic Holsteins of Charlotte, according to the Burlington Free Press. The story was also picked up by the Stamford Advocate. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

Film Noir at UVM: 'I Could Tell This Was Gonna Be No Two-Bit Film Series'

A favorably impressionistic review of UVM's film series in the Burlington Free Press was strengthened by the intellectual post-film discussion led by Hilary Neroni, program director of film and television studies. Contact University Communications for more information.

The Elephant in this Year's Gubernatorial Debates has Been Vermont's Dynamic Agricultural Economy

In this piece for the Burlington Free Press, Extension professor Vern Grubinger laments that Vermont's food system has been off the table in economic discussions. Contact University Communications for more information.

Spirit Day Rallies Support for Gay and Lesbian Youths

The Burlington Free Press notes UVM student support for the national Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Contact University Communications for more information.

UVM Moves Toward 'Carbon Neutrality'

President Daniel Fogel announced UVM's commitment to reduce its net carbon-dioxide emissions to zero by 2025, reports this story in the Burlington Free Press. Contact University Communications for more information.

Teacher Brings the Far East to SVSU

The Bennington Banner profiles UVM's Asian Studies Outreach Program highlighting one of ten teachers spending the semester in Vermont schools, six from China and four from Thailand. Contact University Communications for more information.

Artists Provocateurs

Seven Days profiles the Fleming Museum's exhibit of the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the ideas behind it. Read the Seven Days article...

Encore, Encore!

In a preview of the 2010-2011 performing arts season, Seven Days is enthusiastic about a number of shows at UVM and includes a talk with new Lane Series director Natalie Neuert. Read the article at SevenDaysVt.com...

Vergennes Union High School Teacher Named 2011 Teacher of the Year

UVM alumna Jennifer Lawson '98 was named 2011 Vermont Teacher of the Year. Read the VermontBiz.com article...

UVM Grads Design 802 Area Code-Inspired Apparel

"The UVM connection is the most happy to us," says alumna Becky Foley, along with Melissa McCray, both 1994 grads. Together their strong pull to Vermont and the university led them to design a popular line of clothing with a simple "802" on the front, numbers that resonate strongly with alums. Read the article at BurlingtonFreePress.com...

New UVM Bookstore Scores Stanley Cup

The new Catamount Store on the Church Street Marketplace scored an unsual distinction: a visit from the Stanley Cup. Read the article at NACS.com...

What's the Deal With Live Body Painting?

Seven Days explores alumna Kadina Malicbegovic, who has a degree in fine arts, and her work with "breathing canvases." Read the article at SevenDaysVt.com...