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Wikipedia and Academia

03/07/13 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP/Josh Reynolds

Students have often been admonished for citing Wikipedia, the online crowd-sourced encyclopedia, in their term papers. But these days, some college professors are actually publishing their own data and research directly to Wikipedia. Others are using Wikipedia in their classrooms.

We’ll explore how our perceptions and use of Wikipedia are changing with John Burke, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Vermont, and Alison Byerly, professor of English literature at Middlebury College.

Also on the program, cases of canine influenza have been confirmed in Vermont dogs this year. It's similar to kennel cough, but can be much more serious for the dogs, who have no immunity to this new virus. It's now spreading like wildfire in doggy daycares, boarding facilities, and dog shows. Vermont vets want dog owners to be aware of the illness and consider getting their pets vaccinated. We speak with Dr. Millie Armstrong of Petit Brook Veterinary Clinic in Colchester to get more information on the illness and the vaccine.

 

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