Vermont Law School


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Professor Parenteau discusses whether fracking raises questions of NEPA compliance.

Vermont Law School Dean Jeff Shields provided commentary on VPR about the effects of a potential state-wide, single-payer health care insurance plan in Vermont.  Listen here.  I think his commentary will be concerning for anyone who ideologically supports universal single-payer healthcare.  This is because I’d describe his thesis this way: Under VT law, combined with the new federal healthcare law, most Vermonters (unlike many states) already have access to healthcare, so, in VT, the key issue is cost, and this legislation may not save money.

Learning Chinese is a struggle (to put it mildly).  Before leaving for my Fulbright experience last academic year, I took private Mandarin lessons once a week and used Rosetta Stone.  Upon arrival in China, we were immersed in the language and had a Chinese language tutor.  Only now do I have the base knowledge to actually begin learning Chinese; all over again.  So I am going to start re-learning Chinese from scratch, with the base knowledge I wish I had before.

The journey began today when I attended our China Program‘s Mandarin Language Table (our Dean buys lunch for anyone interested in discussing current events in Mandarin for an hour, and, given the success of the our China Program, we have quite a number of Chinese speakers on staff and in our student body).  I was glad I went, but today’s topic was the future of space programs in China and the United States.  As you might expect the vocabulary was extremely difficult (space 太空, space ship 宇宙飞船, etc.).  Overall, I was surprised by my showing.  My listening comprehension was far better than I had expected, but my speaking ability was far, far worse than I had hoped.

UPDATE: Apparently if I were a baby, my language acquisition would be much easier.

Once again, Vermont Law School is the #1 Environmental Law program in the United States according to USNWR’s 2011 rankings.  See here.

So says the title of this article in the Burlington Free Press.

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