UVM Is: Chris Danforth Measures Data with a Moral Compass

Associate Professor Chris Danforth uses Twitter to occasionally share scientific research, post photos of his golden retriever, or upload videos of himself biking to work in the snow. But more than anything, he uses Twitter to learn about the public’s collective well-being. Danforth arrived at UVM in 2006 to join the Vermont Complex Systems Center, which crunches […]

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UVM Is: Jenny Wilkinson Shares the Powerful Connection Between Humans and Horses in Summer University Course

Updated March 27, 2019 “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” –John Lubbock/Winston Churchill If dogs are man’s best friend, then horses are man’s oldest friend. At UVM’s Summer University, students can gain a basic understanding of one of our most beloved domestic animals […]

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UVM Is: Ingrid Barcelo Bridges Academic Research with Grant Funding Expertise

Ingrid Barcelo, PhD, is a researcher at heart. The Girona, Spain, native, arrived at UVM shortly after earning her doctorate from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  On any given day, she can be found in her office at the Aiken Center, tracking more than 60 grants for faculty in the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and […]

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UVM Is: How Wanda Heading-Grant is Making Progress Happen

For Wanda Heading-Grant, there’s nothing more important than building relationships. A UVM employee for 28 years, Heading-Grant is now vice president for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at UVM. She’s also a UVM alumna. For the three decades she’s been at UVM as either a student or employee, Heading-Grant has seen the benefits of staying […]

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UVM Is: Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne Problem Solving with an Eye from the Sky

Helping communities make better decisions is the foundation of Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne’s work. As director of the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL), O’Neil-Dunne and his team are involved with everything from conducting urban tree canopy assessments in major cities, to monitoring erosion along local rivers, to collecting aerial imagery to help small towns develop better infrastructure. “We’re a […]

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UVM Is: Supporting Students Is Holly Pedrini’s Greatest Joy on the Job

Working with students is the most rewarding part of Holly Pedrini’s job. Sharing the importance of a strong work ethic and positive attitude gives her a strong sense of purpose. Ever since joining UVM in 2007 as the office manager of event services for the Davis Center, Pedrini has taken many students under her wing. […]

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UVM Is: Lisa Heldke Teaching the Tenets of Dewey Through Food

Food is a fundamental source of meaning and value in human life. For scholar Lisa Heldke, food is also the quintessential liberal arts topic. Heldke co-teaches the UVM John Dewey Kitchen Institute with Continuing and Distance Education Dean Cynthia Belliveau every June. In the program, they emphasize the pedagogical power of the kitchen and how […]

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UVM Is: Kyle Warren Thriving in a Job He Loves

Kyle Warren enjoys getting up and going to work every day. It wasn’t always this way. More than a decade ago, the thought of facing another work week gave him the Sunday blues. But once he arrived at UVM in 2007 to work for the operations department at the UVM Davis Center, everything changed. “I […]

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UVM Is: Melissa Wright Creating Printed Pieces with Care

If you’ve ever needed a brochure or poster printed at UVM, chances are Melissa Wright helped make it happen. In her 17 years at UVM, the senior media technician at UVM Print & Mail has worked with a variety of departments, schools, and colleges across the University to oversee the layout of materials ranging from […]

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UVM Is: Connie Tompkins Raising Awareness About Food Addiction in Teens

Little is known about food addiction in adolescents, so UVM Associate Professor Connie Tompkins and her colleagues set out to learn more. An expert in the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity, Tompkins co-authored a study, Food Addiction: A Barrier for Effective Weight Management for Obese Adolescents, that was published in the December […]

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