UVM Impact, November 2012 - Graduate Education and Research
Happy Birthday

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November 3rd, 2012 marked the University of Vermont's 221st birthday.

UVM founder Ira Allen's statue on the green was resplendent in birthday garb as the campus celebrates the birthday of the land-grant university Allen founded in 1791.

Emerging Science
on VPT
Emerging Science Cyber Shadows,
Episode 1

Many of UVM's graduate college faculty are featured in Vermont Public Television's ongoing series "Emerging Science." In this "webisode," several young UVM faculty members are making national headlines as they analyze our online behavior as a tool for spotting trends and, ultimately, measuring our emotional well-being.

Strategic Engagement

Peter K. Sanders,
Director of
Major Gifts,
Graduate College

Welcome to the Strategic Engagement column for the Graduate College! This newsletter is intended to foster the growth of a more dynamic and robust community and will allow all members of the Graduate College — staff and faculty, current students and alumni — to participate more fully in the life of the college and UVM's scholarly and research enterprise.

Like this column, I am new to UVM... continued

Message from the Dean
Message from the Dean Welcome to the first issue of IMPACT — The University of Vermont's research and graduate college newsletter. UVM holds a distinguished position among great American universities. Comprising a major research enterprise on a human scale, we have a faculty of world-class scholars committed equally to the creation of new impactful knowledge and educating undergraduate and graduate students.

This past fall we welcomed Thomas Sullivan, UVM's new president who embraces UVM's research and graduate programs as a significant asset on which to build. President Sullivan notes that "graduate education and research are critical to the success of UVM and part of what makes our university such an exciting place to study and an important resource for the State and Nation. My aim is to build and strengthen both as we realize our vision of being one of the nation's premier research universities though small in size."

Through this newsletter, it is my sincere hope to connect with and build our community of friends, students, faculty and alumni of our graduate school and research enterprise. We hope to bring you exciting news of what is happening on campus and its impact on the world.

Domenico Grasso, Dean

Student Voices
Student Profile: Catherine Bliss, Ph.D., Mathematics

After graduating from the University of Vermont with an M.S. in Mathematics, I traveled overseas to teach Mathematics for five years. I then earned an M.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami. continued
GSS President's Corner:
New Initiatives for Fall

Graduate Student Senate is off to an exciting and busy start this year! This fall we've had more participation at social events, workshops and Graduate Student Senate (GSS) meetings than at any time in GSS history. continued

Graduate Program Spotlight
New Masters Program in Food Systems
Gives Students Food for Thought

Where can you crunch nutrition data in the morning, pull weeds at midday and debate the possibilities of food labeling in the afternoon? In the University of Vermont's inaugural graduate program in Food Systems, students do all this and more.

The UVM Food Systems program launched this fall with its first five students, each with a connection to Vermont food and agriculture. The master of science degree takes a transdisciplinary approach to food systems, approaching food policy, production and distribution, health, access, and issues of environmental, social and economic sustainability through multiple lenses, with a focus on applied research. continued

Entrepreneurial Innovation
UVM Start
On October 18, The University of Vermont launched a crowd-donating platform called UVM Start, which allows student entrepreneurs to raise money through tax-deductible alumni donations.

UVM Start offers an online platform for student entrepreneurs to post projects that connect with the school's vast alumni base. The first seven projects — ranging from an autonomous flying robot to an innovative nordic ski glove — are seeking to increase awareness, connect with alumni mentors, and raise initial funding that can move these projects forward.

UVM Start adds to the University's commitment to engaging students in extracurricular, career-focused activities that enhance their academic experience.

Designed to fit within the school calendar, the platform allows students to benefit from a leadership experience without disrupting their academic priorities. continued

Research Report
Write Winning Grants Seminar Series
Considering the many years faculty researchers and scholars spend learning their fields of study in depth, it's interesting to note how little training they receive on garnering grant dollars to continue their pursuits. continued

Corine Farewell Joins OTC
We are excited to announce Corine Farewell (DVM, MBA) as the new Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC). Dr. Farewell joins us from the University of Rochester where she was active in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship pursuits. continued

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