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Local government, cancer rates, the evolution of the Burlington waterfront and more...

With elections in the news, a recently published study examines Vermont's 2014 assisted suicide law and the impacts on politicans who supported or opposed it. Jacqueline Harvey, of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, compared election outcomes with public positions on assisted suicide, analyzing the risks and rewards, finding that for most their position had no impact but where it did, results for candidates were more negative than positive. 

HUMANITIES

The members of key local government boards and commissions in Vermont are more male (68%), older on average and have higher incomes and education levels than the average Vermonter, according to data from a recent Center for Rural Studies survey crunched by MPA graduate student Ann Janda.

The Burlington Healthy Food Assessment aims to examine the accessibility and availability of healthy food in Burlington, Vermont. Conducted by UVM researchers Jane Kolodinsky and Florence Becot, the study’s goal is to provide evidence for policy recommendations that would improve the city’s infrastructure around providing access to good and nutritious food.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Vermont, which has a higher cancer rate than the U.S. average. The Vermont Department of Health recently released the 2016-2020 Vermont Cancer Plan, detailing objectives to better reduce, prevent, detect, and treat cancer in the state. See the article in Vermont Biz for an in-depth summary of the report.

ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

A report by researchers Lisa Aultman-Hall and Jonathan Dowds from the UVM Transportation Research Center explores the challenges and opportunities for integrating climate adaptation efforts across state, regional, and local transportation agencies. Objectives in the report include evaluating transportation asset vulnerability and identifying and executing adaptation actions.

SCIENCE

In order to determine the minimum stream corridor width for biological conservation, a study by UVM researchers censused bird, mammal, and vascular plant species in 200-m long plots in six mid order streams in Vermont. Results showed that species distribution varied at the watermark and that measuring corridor width is a poor alternative to custom, stream-specific calculations of species richness.

VERMONT BOOKS

The Vermont Historical Society recently published their first historical novel,  Seven Years of Grace: The Inspired Mission of Achsa W. Sprague by Sara Rath. The novel documents the story of Achsa W. Sprague (1827–1862), who lectured for seven years on Spiritualism, the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, and prison reform in Vermont, using the collection of Sprague’s papers at the Vermont Historical Society. 

STUDENT RESEARCH

The evolution of the Burlington waterfront is the subject of a thesis by Middlebury graduate Alexander Abarbanel-Grossman. Titled “A Place on the Lake: Change and Renewal on the Burlington, Vermont, Waterfront, 1952-1990” the study explores the transformation of the lakefront in the late 20th century.

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