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To Pee or Not to Pee: Science Below
the Belt

Margaret Vizzard, Ph.D.,
UVM College of Medicine
Department of Neurological Science

March 27, 2013

UVM Professor Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

"I'm always thinking about writing," says Major Jackson, poet and Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor of English. "I'm always making connections or making metaphors or seeing images in my head." So it was on April 15, final reckoning day with the unambiguously unbeguiling Form 1040.

Suddenly he recalled another deadline, a commissioned poem about a painting from a favorite artist, Romare Bearden. He's chosen Calypso's Magical Garden — Calypso the nymph in Greek mythology, the seductress who held Odysseus hostage on her island, the enchantress who lured Jackson back into his world of words. "It's bad," his new poem begins, "when a man doesn't own even his dreams/a faint head full of the scent of a woman..."

That's what tax extensions are for.

It wasn't his accounting skills, of course, that won Jackson a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the most prestigious honors granted to "midcareer" academics and artists who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship for exceptional creative ability in the arts. continued

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Graduate College Commencement 2013

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It was a picture-perfect spring day for the 370 students receiving their degrees at the Graduate College Commencements exercises on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Patrick Gymnasium was overflowing with family, friends, and faculty, as 79 doctoral students and 291 Master's students received their degrees from UVM President Tom Sullivan and Graduate College Dean Domenico Grasso. continued

Student Voices
Student Profile: Jennifer Taylor, Nutrition and
Food Systems

UVM Graduate Student Jennifer Taylor, a member of the Nutrition and Food Systems Master's degree program, recently won first place in the Nutritional Epidemiology graduate student poster competition at the national conference for the American Society of Nutrition, held in Boston from April 20-24. The title of the poster was "The development of a valid measure of school children's fruit and vegetable consumption," and Jennifer's co-authors were ... continued
President's Corner: Spring

This will be my last column as Graduate Student Senate (GSS) president. I can say with certainty that it has been an honor to serve. Together, we have accomplished so much. The spring has been a very busy time for GSS. We wrapped up our inaugural professional development series, hosted several social events, provided the proctors for the UVM Student Research Conference, hosted a presentation workshop for undergraduates, collaborated... continued

Graduate Program Spotlight
Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health: Addressing Healthcare Redesign and
Promoting Population Health

As American healthcare adjusts to system reform, familiarity with new requirements for accountability, collaborative healthcare networks, and population-based medical practice is essential for public health professionals. The multidisciplinary field of public health navigates policy, research, and population health sciences, including epidemiology, biostatistics and environmental health. The core focus of public health is on promoting healthy practices and preventing disease among entire populations.

Designed to address these fundamental changes, the University of Vermont (UVM) recently launched the online Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health. Medical and graduate students, health practitioners, public health professionals and healthcare researchers can enroll in the 18-credit, online graduate program. continued

NSF Career Awards
Over the past twelve months UVM received two awards from NSF's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, the Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.

Paul Hines, Assistant Professor
in the School of Engineering

The objective of Hines' research project is to harness Smart Grid data (Big Data) to enable more resilient and efficient electricity. continued

John Voight, Assistant Professor
of Mathematics and Computer Science

It used to be just generals, presidents and criminals who wanted to encrypt secrets. Now it's a necessity for anyone who wants some privacy on their phone. Math theorist John Voight is advancing the science of secrecy. continued

Research Report
The Patent Files: Mercedes Rincon
From the Office of Technology Commercialization
Vermont has one of the highest rates of patents per capita in the country. Read on to learn which discovery earned Mercedes Rincon, professor in the UVM Medical School's immunobiology program, two honors at this year's Invention2Venture conference. continued

Over $300,000 Awarded in
New REACH Grant Program

In spring 2013, the Vice President for Research and the Provost made $300,000 in funds available in support of a new program — the REACH Grant — to provide seed funding for promising research, scholarship and creative arts at the University of Vermont (UVM). continued
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