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"Shaken & Stirred" UVM Student Video Contest

"My Life at UVM Looks Like..." Make a video showing how you think, care, and act in your fun life without excessive alcohol. $500 grand prize. Due Nov. 7, 2011. Submit your video online.

Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Meeting

The Vermont Monitoring Cooperative, a unique partnership among the University of Vermont, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service, announces its annual Cooperators Meeting on Monday Oct. 31, in Memorial Lounge, Waterman. The theme of the meeting, "Invaders in Vermont Forests," will explore the effects of invasive species on Vermont's forested landscape. Keynote speakers include Thomas Vogelmann, dean and professor, UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and David Mears, commissioner, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Registration and poster set-up with refreshments begins 8:15 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. Learn more and register online before October 27.

Herizon Submissions

The Women's Center is now accepting submissions for the our zine, Herizon. We want your poems, photographs, stories, or anything that you think would fit well into our feminist zine. Please have your submissions in by Nov. 4 to be considered for the fall 2011 issue. All submissions can be sent to [log in to unmask]

Catholic Center Events

The UVM Catholic Center is hosting a number of events this week, including events coordinated with the Sisters of Life. Visit their website for more information, or email [log in to unmask]

Alternative Spring Break

Are you interested in doing some good and meeting some amazing people over the week of spring break? Participant applications are due by Friday, Oct. 28 by 5 p.m. Applications can be found on the Lynx (log in, click on ASB, click Forms, click application). Information: [log in to unmask]

Clean Energy Fund

The Clean Energy Fund seeks participation from students, faculty and staff for its annual call for ideas. The CEF generates $225,000 each year from a student fee to implement renewable energy projects on campus. As the university moves towards climate neutrality, the Clean Energy Fund presents a unique opportunity for the university community to engage with energy issues and learn about renewable energy technologies. We welcome ideas for installation projects, curriculum and classes, and other innovative educational tools focusing on renewable energy. Submit your project ideas -- and comment and vote on ideas -- through Nov. 15. Our Clean Energy Futures Lectures/Workshops series is seeking proposals as well.

Horticulture Research Center Apple Sales

The UVM Horticulture Research Center's annual fall apple sales will occur every Friday through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the farm. Available varieties will change each week as the ripening season progresses. Apple pricing is $1 per pound for all fruit. Bulk orders and interdepartmental purchases are welcome. Proceeds help fund research and education programs at the Hort Farm every year. Apples from the Certified Organic crop, the product of a major USDA-funded project led by Plant and Soil Science professor Lorraine Berkett, are available while limited supplies last.

Read directions to the Horticulture Research Center.

Information: [log in to unmask], 658-9166.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 24, 2011

Food Day UVM. There will be five main events occurring throughout the day on Monday October 24th dedicated to this inaugural nationally recognized holiday in celebration of local, sustainable, ethical and fair food. Food Day UVM is hosted by the UVM Food Systems Spire and Slow Food UVM, with sponsorship from CALS, the NFS Department, and the Bickford Scholar Fund. North Lounge, Billings and the Davis Center. 9:35 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information and complete event details.

"Choice is Sweeter: Discussing the Future of Coca Cola on UVM's Campus." A panel discussion among Jane Kolodinsky, chair of the Community Development and Applied Economics Department, Richard Cate, vice president for finance and administration, and Rachel Johnson, Robert L. Bickford, Jr. Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition. Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. 9:35 a.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

James Marsh Professor-at-Large Lecture: "The Nutritional Value of Wildlife Supports African Conservation...Use It or Lose It." Wouter van Hoven, director of the Center for Wildlife Management and professor of wildlife management at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Williams Family Room, Davis Center. Noon. Information.

Gund Institute Presents: "Economic Solutions Worth Spreading." Learn about specific macroeconomic policy reforms that would promote a more just and ecologically-viable economy. Ira Allen Chapel, 2:30 p.m. Information.

Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering Lecture: "The State of Chemistry in the International Year of Chemistry." Nancy Jackson, president of the American Chemical Society. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Building. 5 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

"Paul Goodman Changed My Life." A discussion by director Jonathan Lee. This film immerses you in an era of high intellect (that heady, cocktail-glass juncture that Mad Men has so effectively exploited) when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher weight class than they do now. Students with ID $4; general admission $10; seniors (62 & up) $8. 101 Fleming Museum. 6 p.m. Information: 656-1094.

"Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps." Christopher R. Browning, the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill. 7 p.m. Information.

Hillel Alternative Spring Break to Los Angeles Info Session. Want to escape the cold, give back, and make new friends? Join UVM Hillel as we go to Los Angeles for some fun, some sun, and some much needed help! We will be holding an information session for anyone interested to answer questions, hear from past volunteers, and talk more about the trip and registration. Allen House. 7 p.m. A second session will be held at the same time and location on Oct. 25. Information: [log in to unmask]

University Catamount Singers Present "Evening of Song." UVM Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Information: 656-7776.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sound (Teaching) Bites: Faculty Involvement in Residential Learning Communities. The Sound (Teaching) Bites series is a collaboration among faculty development offices on campus. Designed to offer you practical ideas in a short time frame, each "Sound Bite" involves a 15-minute presentation, after which you are welcome to stay for questions and discussion. Each "sound bite" is repeated on Tuesday and Wednesday of the same week. 303 Bailey/Howe Library. Noon. Information, registration.

SGA Senate Meeting. The senate meets weekly in its entirety to discuss pending bills, resolutions and amendments. All students are encouraged to attend and bring ideas and comments. Livak Ballroom, Davis Center. 7 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Film Screening: Mother: Caring for 7 Billion. 101 Fleming Museum. 7:30 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Physics Colloquium: "Graphene -- Transport and Applications in Electronics." Vasili Perebeinos, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. 004 Kalkin. 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available at 3:30 p.m. in the Cook Physical Science Building, Room A429. Information.

Cincinnati Celebration. Score a homerun as we prepare an out of the ballpark Midwestern classic culinary line-up. Join us as we celebrate foods from Cincinnati -- home of the first professional baseball team. So walk, run or slide right on in to this all-star event and cheer for your fan favorite. $10.35 per person. Redstone Unlimited Dining Hall. 4:30 to 8 p.m. Information.

Painted Word Poetry Series: Deborah Landau and January Gill O'Neil. Fleming Museum. 6 p.m. Information.

Roland Batten Memorial Lecture: "Line, Form, Texture." H. Keith Wagner, principal/landscape architect with H. Keith Wagner Partnership of Burlington, will show recent examples of the firm's design approach and collaborative strategies working with architects, engineers, artists and other design professionals. 301 Williams Hall. 6 p.m. Information.

Campus Kitchens Project Cake Auction. Bid on homemade cakes! Proceeds benefit Campus Kitchens and Hunger and Homelessness Week. Livak Ballroom, Davis Center. 7 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Information Session: One-Credit Career Advising Courses for Majors (and Minors). This information session focuses on how faculty can develop a one-credit online winter session course that provides important career advising for their majors and minors and help answer the question, "What can I do with a major in your field?" This session will present a basic course structure that you can modify for your department, program or subfield, as well as advice on choosing readings, types of assignments, and working with Career Services. 303 Bailey/Howe Library. 9:30 a.m. Information, registration.

Burack President's Distinguished Lecture: "Discovering the Real Self: A Meditation on Writing." Oliver Mayer, playwright and associate professor, University of Southern California, School of Theatre. Waterman Manor, Waterman Building. 5 p.m. Information: 656-2263.

"Sweet Heaven When I Die." A lecture by Jeff Sharlet, nationally bestselling author and Dartmouth English professor, discussing his most recent book. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill. 5 p.m. Information: 656-1094.

Bernie Sanders on the Economy. Presented by the College Democrats. Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. 6 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

UVM MEDLIFE General Meeting. Interested in global health or community development? MEDLIFE is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of impoverished communities in Latin America through healthcare, education, and development. We are currently planning a medical brigade for Winter Break and fundraisers for this semester. 110 Kalkin Hall. 6 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Talk and Book Signing: "Wall Street to Waterman: Social Justice and the Labor Movement Today." Steve Early, author of Civil Wars in U.S. Labor. 108 Lafayette. 7 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Friday, October 28, 2011

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Bath Salts and Incense: Designer Drugs of Abuse in the 21st Century." Laura Sponseller, resident and clinical instructor of psychiatry. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Information: (802) 847-2124.

TEDxUVM. Registration is full, but a live stream will be available on the TEDxUVM website. 2 to 5 p.m.

"Psychoanalysis and Politics: From the Freudian to the Lacanian Left." Yannis Stavrakakis, renowned psychoanalytic theorist. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill. 3:30 p.m. Information: (802) 656-1094.

"'Holocaust Angst': The Federal Republic of Germany and Holocaust Memory in the United States." Jacob S. Eder, University of Pennsylvania. 523 Old Mill. 4 p.m. Information.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall Dance Concert: "Kneelings in the Grove." The grove of trees between Bailey/Howe Library and the Fleming Museum. Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. Information: 656-7776.

Global Rhythms -- World Music Presentation. Featuring more than 40 artists directed by Srinivas Krishnan, James Marsh Professor-at-Large and master percussionist from India. UVM Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Information: 656-7776.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lane Series Performance: St. Petersburg String Quartet. $25 adult, $20 student. UVM Recital Hall. 1 p.m. Information, tickets.

UVMtv General Meetings. Whether you're interested in hosting a show, working behind the scenes, or even being an ad-representative, all are welcome! No experience needed. Pizza served at the meetings. Jost Foundation Room, Davis Center. 7 p.m. Information: [log in to unmask]

Research Studies:

Chronic Pain Research Study

Do you suffer from chronic pain? You may be eligible to participate in a research study involving: group therapy or chronic pain education, free of charge; three functional MRI (fMRI) scans of the brain -- before, after, and 4 months following treatment; and financial compensation for participation. If you are interested you need to have had pain for six months or longer, be able to commit to a seven-month study, be age 18 or older and be right-handed. Information: (802) 847-8241.

Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Biomarkers

Are you a premenopausal woman between the ages of 37-55 with a breast density greater than or equal to 25 percent? You may be eligible for a new research study comparing the effects of Vitamin D supplementation on breast density and blood biomarkers, to explore prevention of breast cancer. Several lines of evidence indicate vitamin D is associated with breast cancer risk: high levels of sunlight exposure are associated with lower rates of breast cancer; vitamin D has anti-cancer properties; and women with higher vitamin D levels appear to have lower breast cancer risk. This multicenter clinical trial was developed by Dr. Marie Wood at UVM/FAHC. Information: 656-8502 or 847-3453.

Can playing Guitar Hero II Enhance Learning?

The purpose of the proposed research study is to examine the possible connections between relevant multisensory stimuli and the process of learning a sensorimotor task. Come play GuitarHero II and participate in exciting research related to multisensory learning. You must be a full-time undergraduate student between the ages of 18 and 23 with no history of traumatic brain injury leading to greater than a five minute loss of consciousness, or significant history of neurological disorder, psychiatric disorder, substance abuse, or learning disability. Time commitment: 2.5 hours; Compensation: $10. Information, or an appointment: [log in to unmask], 656-9605.

Smoking Cessation Study

Quit smoking the way you want to, and get paid! If you are between the ages of 18-65 and are interested in quitting smoking without any assistance, you may be eligible to participate in a research study at the University of Vermont. Participation in the study involves a total of 7 visits. You may earn up to $100 in cash and use a PalmPilot during your quit attempt. For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact the Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory (AHRL) at 656-0655 and ask about the Smoking Cessation Study-Study #35.

Weight Management Study

Are you (or is your child) 12-18 years old and concerned about being overweight? Researchers at UVM are looking for participants for a free weight management program. You will receive nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral instruction; complete body composition and fitness profile; compensation for time and travel. Information: 656-3817.

Are You Thinking about Starting or Expanding your Family?

We are recruiting healthy women who wish to conceive for a study on preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a disease of pregnancy, associated with high blood pressure and protein in the urine in pregnant women. It can be dangerous to both mother and baby. In this study, we will be looking at the way differences in body function can contribute to the development of preeclampsia.

You may be eligible if you are a woman between the ages of 18 and 42, plan to conceive in the next year, and

  • Have never had a child before or
  • Have had preeclampsia in the past or
  • Have Type 1 diabetes or
  • Have a personal or family history of hypertension or preeclampsia

We will provide you with ovulation detection kits to aid timing your conception. Financial compensation of up to $375 is provided. If you are interested in participating, or would like to know more, please call (802) 656-0309 or email [log in to unmask]

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