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UVM Is: Jason Garvey Advocates for Robust Data to Represent Queer and Trans Students

Associate Professor Jason Garvey’s personal experience strongly influenced his pursuit of uplifting queer and trans collegians. As a closeted student-athlete during his undergraduate years, Garvey came out as queer while he was a graduate student at The Ohio State University. It was then that Garvey became enlightened to the importance of individual and institutional contexts […]

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UVM Is: Ryan Hargraves Takes the UVM Admissions Process to a Holistic Level

When Ryan Hargraves meets with prospective students, he wants to hear how they can contribute to the greater good. Hargraves, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UVM, isn’t just interested in a student’s grades or test scores. He also wants to know what issues students are passionate about and how they’re engaged in their community. […]

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UVM Is: Natalie Neuert Curates an Edgier Lane Series with World, Modern, and Classical Music

Natalie Neuert spends part of the winter on the road in search of established and up-and-coming musical acts to perform in the UVM Lane Series. In November, she traveled to Mundial Montreal—a world music industry event, followed by trips to New York City for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, and the Folk Alliance International […]

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UVM Is: David Carlson Creates a Sense of Community for Student Veterans

Connecting with military veterans on campus is the best part of David Carlson’s day. As coordinator of UVM Student Veteran Services, Carlson helps military vets make a smooth transition to the University and adjust to college life. Carlson, a UVM alumnus and military veteran, knows all too well what it’s like to go from the military […]

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UVM Is: Justin Garwood Creates Gun Violence Prevention Course with a Focus on Mental Health, Positive Relationships

How can schools prevent and respond to gun violence? UVM Assistant Professor Justin Garwood, Ph.D., designed a course to address the crisis of school-based gun violence, which has escalated in the United States over the past 20 years. The course, “Preventing and Responding to School Shootings,” covers historical perspectives on school safety and theories on […]

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UVM Is: Patrica Prelock Builds on Her Experience Working with Autistic Children to be a Strong Leader

Patricia Prelock, Ph.D. came to Vermont in the Fall of 1994 without a job. She now sits in the Provost’s office as the Provost and Senior Vice President at the University of Vermont. So how does a speech-language pathologist with a focus on the nature and treatment of autism spectrum disorders end up as the […]

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UVM Is: Paula Tracy Mentors Students to Cultivate Their Strengths

Professor Paula Tracy believes in the power of mentoring students. Since arriving at UVM in January 1985, she has mentored more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, as well as post-doctoral fellows. “When you mentor someone you have a relationship, and you learn their strengths and weaknesses,” says Tracy, who is based in UVM’s […]

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How to Design Public Health Research Surveys

Surveys are one of the cornerstones of public health research. Depending on whether questions are conducted by phone, mail, online, or in person, public health surveys can be cost-effective, convenient, and generate high response rates. However, survey efforts can also encounter problems if there is a lack of adequate planning and development of a specific […]

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UVM Is: Judy Kaplan Embraces an Exciting Chapter for School Libraries

School librarians aren’t here to answer questions. Their job is to guide students in the right direction. Librarians are no longer just replying to students about what to research or where to find information. Today, their role is more about helping students focus their questions and identify the right tools to uncover what they need. […]

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UVM Is: Martha Caswell Advocates for Agroecology

Countries around the world, from Senegal to Brazil and the Netherlands, are embracing agroecology to achieve a more sustainable food system and adapt to climate change. But one place where agroecology has yet to go mainstream is the United States. Martha Caswell, research and outreach coordinator for the UVM Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), understands […]

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