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Student research in the sciences flourishes at JSC - Basement Medicine

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:39

Basement Medicine

Student research in the sciences flourishes at JSC
Basement Medicine
Bacchus works with Vermont EPSCoR to look at developing resiliency in Vermont to climate change. Over the years, she has had a combination of Johnson State College and Lyndon State College students work with her, and she is expecting a student from ...

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Dr. Alan Betts Presents at the Nature Museum - April 12, 2017

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:42
VT EPSCoR member an scientist Alan Betts, PhD was an invited presenter at the Nature Museum in Chester, Vermont on April 12, 2017. His talk, titled "The Climate Challenge Deepens: Are We On Track?" was presented to more than 50 people gathered to learn about how climate change is impacting the natural world in Vermont.

Dr. Betts previously spoke at the Nature Museum in 2013. His most recent presentation received an enthusiastic response, with audience questions continuing right up to the scheduled end time of 9:00 PM.
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CWDD Attends J.J. Flynn Elementary School Maker Faire

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 03:15
Members of VT EPSCoR's CWDD program attended the J.J. Flynn Elementary School Maker Faire in Burlington, Vermont on March 20, 2017. Mike Winslow, Janel Roberge, and Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez set up microscopes that allowed students and parents to look at macroinvertebrates. For some students, this marked their first time using a microscope.

In addition to experiencing what it is like to use a microscope, students were able to examine specimens in vials, photos, and handbooks with useful information. Approximately 50 elementary, middle school students and their parents stopped at the CWDD's table.
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Vermont/Puerto Rico Student Exchange

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 03:15
The Vermont/Puerto Rico Student Exchange was coordinated by Meghan Wilson (Hartford High School science teacher) and Noelia Báez Rodríguez (Luquillo Long Term Ecological Research Schoolyard Program Coordinator). Teachers and students from three Puerto Rico high schools (Robinson, Juan Ponce de Leon and Specialty School of Fine Arts Ernesto Ramos Antonini) and one Vermont high school (Hartford) participated in the Exchange.

Puerto Rico high school students arrived in Vermont on Friday March 24th, spent Saturday and Sunday at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest doing field work, Monday at Hartford High School attending classes with other exchange students. On Tuesday, they presented the results of the research they carried out since the summer of 2016. As part of the Exchange, Vermont high school students visited Puerto Rico in the spring of 2016. The teams saw each other again during the summer of 2016 High School training week at Saint Michaels College.
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2017 Visit to Vermont Statehouse

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 03:15
Janet Murray, Director Professional Development & Education Core at the Vermont Genetics Network, Mike Winslow, Center for Workforce Development and Diversity Coordinator at Saint Michael's College, and Lillian Gamache, Assistant Vermont State EPSCoR Director & Project Coordinator, visited with numerous legislators at the Vermont Statehouse on March 30, 2017.

They spoke with House Representatives and Senators from many different counties. A few included Windsor, Franklin, Chittenden; towns from Charlotte, Essex, Brattleboro, Ferrisburgh.

The meeting was part of an annual event held at the Vermont Statehouse. Topics discussed included Vermont EPSCoR's role in workforce development, private sector support, and research opportunities for middle school, high school, and undergraduate students.

The busy morning was an informative exchange between legislators, Janet, Mike and Lil!
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Dr. Christopher Koliba Invited Speaker at Vermont State House

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 03:15
Dr. Christopher Koliba, BREE Social Systems Leader, was an invited presenter at the Vermont State House as part of a "Leadership Briefing Session" organized by the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) on February 2, 2017. Dr. Breck Bowden, Director of the Vermont Resources in Lake Students Center at the University of Vermont was also an invited speaker. The briefing session was intended to help inform legislators about the science, economics, and laws surrounding the Basin and was attended by Vermont elected and appointed officials, including state legislators, Governor Scott's cabinet, Treasurer Beth Pearce, and more. Dr. Koliba's presentation was entitled "Lake Champlain Basic as a Complex Adaptive System."

Presentations included an overview of the background and history of clean water issues in the Lake Champlain Basin and the legal and policy frameworks surrounding these issues.
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Internet2 Enables LoLa Music Connection Between Tennessee and Vermont

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:47
On Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m., members of Lee University, the String Theory Youth Initiative (STYI), along with violinist Robyn Bollinger, will connect with young musicians in Burlington, Vermont, using LoLa (Low Latency Audio Visual Streaming). STYI musicians will perform with students from the Vermont Youth Orchestra. This event, which will take place at the Chattanooga Public Library (fourth floor), will conclude with a performance featuring cellist Emily Taubl along with Ms. Bollinger. This event is in collaboration with the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.

The LoLa technology referred to ONLY runs over Internet2 - technology supported by VT EPSCoR and the University of Vermont.

Burlington, through the Fletcher Free Library and Big Heavy World, is one of a dozen hotspots of LoLa activity in the entire world.
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Photos from the 2017 VT EPSCoR Student Research Symposium

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:47
Another successful symposium.
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LaunchVT announces finalists for pitch competition

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 00:13
LaunchVT announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Pitch Competition on Tuesday. The finalists will be paired with coaches for the competition on May 12 and the chance to win over $75,000 in cash and prizes.
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UVM spinoffs have strong presence at national innovation summit

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 00:13
Four start-up companies that grew out of the research of University of Vermont faculty and graduate students, two technologies developed by UVM faculty that have commercial potential, and a start-up launched by staff at the UVM Medical Center will be on display at the invitation-only National Innovation Summit & Showcase, the world's largest showcase of industry-vetted emerging-technologies ready for commercialization.

The event will be held May 14 through 17 at the Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

The seven invitees place UVM and the UVM Medical Center in the top 10 percent of all universities, federal labs, government research centers and companies submitting applications for the event.
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Time Travel in a Peat Bog - Bennington Banner (subscription)

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 18:06

Time Travel in a Peat Bog
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Research led by the University of Vermont's Brian Beckage has chronicled tree movement over the last 40 years in the Green Mountains. In his study blocks, fir trees at lower elevations have declined, while seeds that fell above the species' historic ...

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Vermont Companies Accepted at the National Innovation Summit & Showcase Conference

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:58
Several Vermont companies will attend the National Innovation Summit & Showcase Conference in Washington, DC. The list of Vermont companies in attendance at this high-profile showcase include multiple organizations that received seed funding from UVM and Vermont EPSCoR.

Presentations awardees who will be in attendance include WISER Systems, Greenscale Technologies, and Packetized Energy. Vermont companies accepted to showcase their work at the conference include ThinkMD and VitalVR. Two graduate student technology commercialization projects from UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Science faculty will also get to showcase their work: "Environmental responsive fibers for concrete" (a SPARKvt awardee) and "GPR for underground infrastructure" (a US Ignite/SmartCities and SPARKvt awardee). This many placements in the showcase places UVM in the top 10% of all universities, federal labs, government research centers, and companies submitting.

The 2017 National Innovation Summit & Showcase Conference will take place from May 15th through May 17th in Washington, DC. For more information about this conference, visit www.nationalinnovationsummit.com.
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NASA EPSCoR Stimuli FY 2016-17

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:58
On behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Office of Education, welcome to Stimuli, a summary of college and university research administered by NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR.
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Katie Taylor discusses LaunchVT on Vermont Edition (audio)

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 19:36
LaunchVT is a competition for Vermont entrepreneurs to gain financial and mentoring support as they attempt to move their businesses forward. On the cusp of this year's application deadline, Executive Director Katie Taylor discusses the criteria used to select finalists.
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Cub Scouts Earn Their Science Badges with VT EPSCoR

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 09:45
A group of four cub scouts and their parents met with VT EPSCoR member Declan McCabe, PhD to earn their science badges. The four scouts are part of Cub Scout Pack 678 of South Burlington and met with Dr. McCabe on February 14th.

The visit allowed the children to meet a scientist, visit a lab, and run an experiment. They experienced what it is like to test an hypothesis, make electrical circuits, and react chemicals to make a product. The scouts mixed chemicals to form "ooblek", which they made by reacting glue with borax.

In addition to their experience with the scientific process, the scouts each left with a bag of the ooblek they had created.
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The Curious Case of the Cute "Face" Crane Fly

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 08:06
An email chirped in my inbox; "Check out the cute face on this insect we found." I opened the attachment (yes, from a reliable source). My colleague Professor Peter Hope had taken a spectacular photograph through his microscope. The larva in question had fallen into a pit trap set by our first-year Saint Michael's College students in Camp Johnson in Colchester.
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The Vermont EPSCoR Communications app is now available on the Google Play Store

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:56
The Vermont EPSCoR Communications app enables you to keep up to date with Vermont EPSCoR News, Solicitations, Events, Videos and Photos.
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Researchers Present at American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 06:26
Drs. Andrew Schroth and Asim Zia attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Chapman Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico from January 22 through January 27, 2017. There they presented findings from the BREE, RACC, and NEWRnet research programs.

Dr. Schroth gave a presentation titled "Provenance Drives Chemical and Physical Partitioning of Iron During High Flow Events from Catchments to Receiving Waters: Insight from Alaska and Vermont." Dr. Zia presented "Combined Temperature and Precipitation Variability May Increase the Frequency of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Champlain, 1992-2100"

The AGU Chapman Conference focused on extreme climate events such as tropical storms, hurricanes, thunderstorms, heat waves, droughts, and more that are expected to have significant consequences for aquatic ecosystems. Funding for the event came from both NSF EPSCoR and the USDA.

Research presented at the conference will be used in a number of synthesis papers that will be developed around extreme events and water quality. These papers will be featured in a special issue of the journal Biochemistry.
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VT EPSCoR Magazine, Winter 2017

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 06:26
The Vermont EPSCoR Winter 2017 Magazine is now available!
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2017 NEWRnet Policy Workshop

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 06:25
Workshop Overview:
Leading water quality managers and policy makers participated in a unique opportunity to engage with academic colleagues and other water quality professionals in a virtual Tri-State workshop focusing on Human Behavior, Sensor Networks and Water Quality. The workshop was held by video-conference on January 18, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The workshop occurred at the culmination of a three year $6M award from the National Science Foundation involving natural and social scientists from Delaware, Vermont and Rhode Island. The NorthEast Water Resource Network (NEWRnet) developed one of the first multi-state water sensor arrays, as well as, a network of experimental economics and gaming labs and behavioral field studies focused on understanding the role that economic and social psychological behaviors play in water quality decisions.

The goals of the workshop were twofold:

The first was to create a space for stakeholders across all three states to learn about and consider the roles that sensor data, behavioral economics, and learning outcomes associated with the experimental settings, can play in developing and implementing effective policy, and managing water resources.

The second goal was to use the workshop to engage participants to generate recommendations that can focus on the future of sensors and behavioral research to advance effective watershed management.

The format of the workshop included brief presentations on the Tri-State sensor arrays and water quality-related behavioral research. Leading policy makers from each state presented an overview of their pressing water quality management challenges and initiatives. The workshop included a combination of multi-state discussions via video conference, and in-state discussions pertaining to current and planned research activities. The workshop enabled participants to advance their mutual understanding for how the use of sensor arrays and behavioral research, games, simulations, and randomized controlled trials can be used to address each state's pressing water quality challenges.
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