UVM Graduate Impact - March 2014
Coffee with a Scholar

Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy this lecture from UVM's Distinguished Scholar program!

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Cartoons, Critical Issues, & Research: Absurdities & Realities of
Special Education

Michael Giangreco, PhD,
Department of Education

Emerging Science
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Traumatic Brain
Injury At War

This episode focuses on brain injuries affecting military personnel in war zones. UVM's Dr. Jom Hammack is exploring PTSD on a microscopic level.

Research Report
UVM Launches New
Summer Research Program for Students

By Joshua E. Brown
Ten undergraduates from across the United States will probe the waters of Lake Champlain this summer, seeking a clearer picture of how people are impacting the lake's ecosystem — and how the regional economy is affected by the health of the lake. continued

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March Greetings

Greetings from the Graduate College and the Office of the Vice President for Research at UVM. We appreciate you taking the time to look through the articles, pictures, and videos in this issue of IMPACT, and we welcome your feedback and story ideas.

In this issue we feature a doctoral student in the biological sciences, UVM's outstanding Psychology program, a story on a local "civic hackathon," an article on an exciting new Education Leadership grant, an update from the Graduate Student Senate and more.

Please note that if you are interested in supporting the Graduate College, you can visit our website to find out more.

Thank you again for your interest.

Interim Dean of the Graduate College Cindy Forehand
Interim Vice President for Research John Evans

Student Voices
Student Profile: Eric Gonzalez, Neuroscience

Eric Gonzalez, a native of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, is a third year doctoral candidate in UVM's Neuroscience Graduate Program. The IMPACT team recently caught up with Eric to find out a little more about him and his chosen area of study. continued

Happy March Grad Students and friends! We hope you are staying warm and enjoying the snow when you are able to sneak away. The Spring semester is already moving quickly and the Graduate Student Senate is well into our programming and events. continued

Graduate Program Spotlight
Department of Psychology

2013-2014 first-year class of psychology graduate students

The UVM Department of Psychology offers graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree with a specialization in either General/Experimental or Clinical Psychology. The Department has about 55 graduate students at any given time. Our Graduate Education mission is to train the researchers, practitioners, and teachers of psychology who will create the future of the field and who will benefit humankind by increasing knowledge about the nature and causes of human behavior, by treating mental and emotional disorders, and by preventing such problems. continued

Ideas Ignite When Food System Actors and Burlington Techies Gather at UVM

Just the idea of a "hackathon" suggests a certain kind of energy -- creativity and crazy skill mixed with the thrill of a challenge. That maker mentality came together over the weekend to coincide with the winter conference of Vermontís Northeast Organic Food Association (NOFA-VT), a large gathering of stakeholders from farmers to policy makers, researchers and consumers, held at UVM.

In combination with the conference, the Office of the UVM Vice President for Research co-sponsored a food systems hackathon, inviting Code BTV, a brigade of Code for America, which recruits civic-minded technology experts to problem solve in their own communities. The groups, combining their areas of expertise, brainstormed about problems that just might be answered by an app built to help a farmer collect data from the field or a retailer seeking a source for golden beets. continued

Educational Leadership Grant
The University of Vermont's doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies has won a $992,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will fund a five-year project aimed at increasing the number and quality of special education administrators in the state.

The grant, among 16 selected from a pool of 85 proposals, will fund the Transformative Leadership for Special Education Administrators Project designed by faculty in the College of Education and Social Services to prepare special education administrators at the local, district and state levels. Approximately 70 percent of the grant will be used to cover tuition, fees and a research stipend for doctoral students focused on special education leadership within the Ed.D. program. continued