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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop: "Blackboard Upgrade: What's New?" Blackboard is getting a refresh, scheduled for May 14. While this is not a major upgrade, there are several new and enhanced features worth exploring. During this guided preview session we will tour the most significant changes. 303 Bailey/Howe Library. 1 p.m. Information, registration.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop: "Engagement Strategies for Teaching Large Enrollment Classes." We will discuss and practice methods such as jigsaw, discussion as active learning and share tips for managing the class to encourage engagement. 303 Bailey/Howe Library. 10 a.m. Information, registration.

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop: "Hunting, Gathering, and Editing Digital Images." A Google image search may yield thousands of finds, and when we spot the perfect picture, it's tempting to use it in a blog post, course, PowerPoint, or publication. However, almost all the images found this way are copyrighted. In this workshop, we'll explore a variety of repositories that offer images that are free and legal to use. We'll show how to edit these images in simple or creative ways with a free online tool. 303 Bailey/Howe Library. 1 p.m. Information, registration.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Board of Trustees Meetings. Fourth floor, Davis Center. 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Information.

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop: "Faculty Experiences." Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional framework to facilitate student success. During this panel discussion, UVM faculty share their experiences implementing UDL principles in their teaching. Panelists include Larry Shelton (Human Development) Judith Christensen (Psychology) and Larry Rudiger (Psychology). 303 Bailey/Howe Library. 10 a.m. Information, registration.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Importance of Screening Parental Psychopathology During Child and Adolescent Mental Health Evaluations." Feyza Basoglu, fellow of psychiatry. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care. 10:30 a.m. Information: (802) 847-2124.

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop: "Getting Students in Gear to Learn." Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional framework to facilitate student success. During this hands-on workshop we will explore tools and techniques that further UDL goals by helping students to engage in learning course content, help focus attention and improve comprehension. Specifically we look at reading guides, annotating PDF documents (i.e., adding text, video, resource links) and "Read and Write Gold" (a suite of student tools supporting reading, writing, research and test-taking). 303 Bailey/Howe Library. 1 p.m. Information, registration.

"Afghanistan: A Distant War." UVM alum and veteran photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg talks about his work and new book, which offers a vivid close-up of the past quarter-century of Afghan history. Mt. Philo Inn, 27 Inn Road, Charlotte, Vt. Reception: 6:30. Lecture: 7 p.m. Information, RSVP.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Board of Trustees Meetings. Fourth floor, Davis Center. 8 to 11 a.m. Information.

Graduate College Commencement Ceremony. Patrick Gymnasium. 12:30 p.m. Information, complete schedule of commencement events.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

213th Commencement Ceremony. UVM Green. 8:20 a.m. Information, complete schedule of commencement events.

College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony. Ira Allen Chapel. 2:30 p.m. Information, complete schedule of commencement events.

Research Studies:

Smell study

Participants needed for research study of brain function using MRI of adults with and without phantosmia. Do you smell unpleasant odors that other people around you do not? If so, you may qualify. Healthy adult volunteers (18-65) are also needed for this study involving smell. Only one visit, including MRI scan and questionnaires being conducted by the department of Otolaryngology at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. Information: (802) 847-4535.

Blood sugars in pre-diabetes

Seeking men and women to participate in a research study about blood sugars in pre-diabetes. You may be qualified if you are between the ages 18-65, have no history of diabetes, are not taking diabetes medications, and have borderline or pre-diabetes (HbA1c < 6.5%). The study involves 10 study visits spread over 8-10 weeks and financial compensation of up to $1,200. Information: (802) 847-4157.

Emotion regulation in children

Do you have a child between the ages of 8 and 13? The Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families (UVM/FAHC) is conducting a study on emotion regulation in children, and we would like you and your child to participate! The study will take about 4-5 hours of your time for which we will compensate $100 (plus travel and parking expenses). This can be divided up into two visits of 2 to 2.5 hours, if desired. We know your schedules are busy, and will do our best to find convenient times for your family, such as after school, evenings, or weekends. What does the study involve? Semi-structured interview with parent/guardian and child; structured interview with parent/guardian; online questionnaires for parent/guardian and child; eye-tracking tasks and heart rate monitoring with child; saliva sample for DNA from parent/guardian and child. Information: 656-2266, merelise.ametti@med.uvm.edu.

GeoMed online study

GeoMed Online is a world-wide study of health and environment conducted over the Web. The purpose is to understand the relationship between the environment around a person's home and their body weight. Please take our short 10 question survey on our secure website, and share with all your friends. We do not need your name and will not share your individual responses with anyone. Information: 656-4560.

Campus food focus groups

Seeking undergraduates to participate in focus groups about food on campus. The groups will take place in the next few weeks and will be about 90 minutes long. Refreshments will be provided. Information: jporter1@uvm.edu.

Effects of BMI on allergic responses

Recruiting asthmatics ages 18-65 and allergic to dust mites. Three to four visits. Compensation: up to $200. Primary investigator: Anne Dixon, M.D. Coordinator: Meena Subramanian. Information: 847-2193, kathleen.dwinell@uvm.edu.

Participants needed for exercise and mood study

Do you exercise regularly, and are you between the ages of 18 and 64? If so, you may be eligible for a study being conducted at UVM. What is asked of you? Participate in three study visits. Stop exercising for a two-week period. Eligible participants will be compensated up to $80. Information: 656-9890, exerciseandmoodstudy@gmail.com.

Mobile phone survey study

The Center for Research on Emotion, Stress, and Technology (CREST) at the University of Vermont is seeking volunteers, aged 18-65, who have experienced a traumatic event for participation in a research study evaluating the use of surveys on mobile devices. Traumatic events can include combat exposure, motor vehicle accidents, physical assaults, sexual violence, natural disasters, having a serious injury, or any other very stressful experience. Veterans are welcome to apply. Participation is voluntary and is expected to take approximately one hour. Participants will be asked to complete a brief survey screen over the phone in order to determine eligibility. $15 compensation for participation will be provided as well as parking. Information: 656-9196, CREST@uvm.edu.

Women's research study

Women, ages 18-45. Must have had either a highly significant traumatic experience or no known traumatic experience. Also, must have no history of significant headaches. One two-hour visit. Compensation: $25, if qualify. Primary investigator Dr. Robert E. Shapiro. Information: robert.shapiro@uvm.edu.

Preeclampsia study

A UVM study on preeclampsia, a disease of pregnancy associated with high blood pressure and protein in the urine in pregnant women, is recruiting healthy women who wish to conceive. The study will look at how differences in body function can contribute to the development of preeclampsia. Eligible women must be 18-42, plan to conceive in the next year, and: have never had a child before, have had preeclampsia in the past, have Type 1 diabetes or have a personal or family history of hypertension or preeclampsia. Ovulation detection kits provided to aid timing of conception. Financial compensation of up to $375. Information: carole.mcbride@uvm.edu, 656-0309.

Food study

We seek volunteers to participate in a study to better understand the role of milk fat as an integral part of a balanced diet. If you are age 18-40, female, not on prescription medication (except contraception), not currently pregnant or trying to get pregnant, with consistent dietary habits that include dairy products you may qualify. All food for this 8-week study will be provided and $500 will be paid upon completion. Information: foodstudy@uvm.edu.

Research volunteers needed for a nutritional study

Healthy women (18-40 yr) are needed for an 8-week NIH study of how the brain is affected by the type of fat you eat. Participants will receive all food for 8 weeks and $1,000 upon completion of the study. Information: nutritionresearch@uvm.edu, 656-9093.

Effects of quitting study

For smokers who want to quit. Ten visits. Flexible scheduling. Compensation: up to $620. Primary investigator: Dr. John Hughes. Information: 656-4849, effects@uvm.edu.

Family research study

Participants are needed for the kids and parents research study -- a study at the University of Vermont about families. We're looking for families to participate who have a 9- to 11-year-old child whose parents are married to each other. The study involves two 2- to 3-hour lab visits approximately two weeks apart (Visit one: mother and child; visit two: mother, father, and child). Families will receive $100 for visit one and $150 for visit two. Information: (802) 656-4722.

West Nile vaccine study

Healthy volunteers aged 50-65 needed for West Nile vaccine research. During the one-year study, participants attend vaccinations and brief follow-up visits at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Volunteers receive up to $2,300 in financial compensation. Information: uvmvtc@uvm.edu, (802) 656-0013.

Long-acting beta agonist step down study

Recruiting asthmatics ages 12 and older. Eleven visits. Compensation: $75 per visit. Primary investigator: Charles Irvin, Ph.D. Coordinator: Stephanie Burns. Information: 847-2193, kathleen.dwinell@uvm.edu.

Smoking asthmatics cohort study

Recruiting asthmatics ages 18-50 who smoke. Two visits. Compensation: up to $175. Primary investigator: Charles Irvin, Ph.D. Coordinator: Stephanie Burns. Information: 847-2193, kathleen.dwinell@uvm.edu.

Effect of positive airway pressure on airway reactivity in patients with asthma

Recruiting asthmatics ages 15-60. Six visits. Compensation: up to $600. Primary investigator: Charles Irvin, Ph.D. Coordinator: Stephanie Burns. Information: 847-2193, kathleen.dwinell@uvm.edu.

Assessing the effects of lung volume and time on airway responsiveness in asthmatic subjects

Recruiting asthmatics ages 18-65. Three visits. Compensation: up to $100. Primary investigator: Jason Bates, Ph.D. Coordinator: Meena Subramanian. Information: 847-2193, kathleen.dwinell@uvm.edu.

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