U.S. Senate panel examines alternatives to pain drugs

With chronic pain affecting more than half of all veterans eligible for VA health care, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today looked at efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase access to therapies like acupuncture and yoga as alternatives to addictive narcotics.

Gregory Dennis: Small local steps toward divestment

Launched just a couple years ago by 350.org (which itself originated on the Middlebury College campus), the divestment campaign has proven it has staying power.

Fletcher Allen Cystic Fibrosis Center a national leader in quality care, according to new report

Patients treated at the Vermont Cystic Fibrosis Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont are exceeding targets for lung function, nutrition and other key measures according to a national study that places the Center in the top ranks of 110 certified programs nationwide.

One nation, two Americas: Smith explains the history of the nation’s fiscal divide


The author will talk about income inequality at UVM Tuesday.

Volunteers needed for Malletts Bay School outdoor classroom building

In collaboration with community volunteers and students from the University of Vermont, Malletts Bay School (MBS) will construct an outdoor classroom on April 21.

UVM proposal to eliminate 40 percent rule for graduate tuition sails through House

UVM Green overlooking the Waterman Building. Photo by Sally McCay, UVM Photo

University officials say the 40 percent discount for Vermont graduate students makes it difficult to offer competitive graduate level courses for out-of-state students.

Cynthia Belliveau: College courses offer high school students access, opportunity

While Vermont’s high school graduation rate is significantly higher than the national average, the percentage of Vermont graduates who go on to college is much lower.

UVM among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing colleges & universities

The Peace Corps today released the 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. The University of Vermont ranked No. 5 this year among medium schools, with 29 undergraduate alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

Student group calls on UVM to reverse fossil fuel divestment decision

Student Climate Culture is writing this letter to you because we feel that our Board’s Investment Subcommittee made an unfair decision regarding fossil fuel divestment, and we need your help.

Ron Jacobs: The campus wage gap

Recent developments at the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College provide prime examples of a fundamental problem in post-secondary schooling in the United States.

Syrup from saplings may substitute for sugarbush production

Abby van den Berg and Tim Perkins at Proctor Maple Research Center with new technology they are applying to maple saplings for maple syrup. Photo by Sally McCay/UVM

Saplings are ready to harvest in seven years, while mature trees take four decades to tap.

College students rally to halt state investments in fossil fuel companies

Students eager to chart a clean energy future on campus are joining lawmakers in their push to divest the state’s pension fund of fossil fuel companies. Students from the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College and Middlebury College gathered at the Statehouse on Thursday to support legislation that would require the state to pull fossil […]

Sodexo sick days policy under scrutiny

Former Sodexo employee Michelle "Esther" Hasskamp testifies before the Senate Economic Development Committee about the company's sick-days policy, while Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan (background) listens. Photo by Hilary Niles

The food service giant’s policy that discourages workers from taking sick days raises concerns about labor practices — and public health.

Recap 2013: Education

Fifth-grade students Destiney and Brook (in the background) in Windy Kelley's classroom at Union Elementary School in Montpelier edit an online  book report blog. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

2013 was a benchmark year in education. Many of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s initiatives gained traction and the University of Vermont announced a suite of innovative programs.

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