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Stu White and student in Ecuadorean mountains

Reading the Grass Páramo

Every year since 2012, adjunct faculty member Stuart White (center) has shared his deep knowledge of the Ecuadorean highlands with UVM students. His course, “Ecuador: Reading Grass Páramo–The High Andes Underfoot,” gives students a first-hand glimpse at this high-elevation savanna and how humans have shaped its ecology for millennia. Watch a video about students' experience in this course. (Photo: Nicho Ader '20)

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Study: The Greener the green space, the happier people are

A first-of-its-kind study shows that visitors to urban parks use happier words and express less negativity on Twitter than they did before their visit. The effect was strongest in big green parks, a finding “that may help public health officials and governments make plans and investments,” says UVM’s Aaron Schwartz. Read more about the findings.

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