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UVM's Stockwell Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to France for Global Lakes Study

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:56
Jason Stockwell, an associate professor in the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and director of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to France to study the impact of storms on lake systems around the world. The announcement was made by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Stockwell will conduct research at the Freshwater Ecology Lab on Lake Geneva at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, or INRA, a French public research institute. In partnership with a team of investigators at INRA and other institutions, Stockwell will study storm impacts on 25 lakes in Europe, Asia, South America and North America.


"The research will enable us to put Lake Champlain in context, to see where we are on the spectrum of how storms impact lakes," Stockwell said. "We'll contribute to knowledge in this area, but also be able to take new insights from the work and apply them to Lake Champlain."

Stockwell will conduct the Fulbright research from January to June 2018 while he is on sabbatical.

Stockwell is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global issues in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.
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UVM's Evans Receives Highest Award from Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC)

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:56
The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) has given its highest recognition award to John Evans, special advisor to the University of Vermont president, president of the Vermont Technology Council and former dean of UVM's Larner College of Medicine.

GBIC presented Evans with the 2017 C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Development Achievement Award. The award was made at GBIC's 63rd annual meeting on June 21 at the Echo Leahy Center on the Burlington waterfront. Approximately 300 members of the northwest Vermont community attended.

Given each year since 1995 in honor of past GBIC president C. Harry Behney, the Behney Award recognizes Vermont leaders for their significant contributions to advancing the state's economic wellbeing and promoting a climate that enhances the economic vitality of the state of Vermont.
GBIC honored Evans for advancing innovation, entrepreneurship and dynamic economic development in the region and the state. He is one of the founding members of the Vermont Technology Council and is the founder and creator of VCET, the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, where he continues to serve on the VCET Board of Directors. Evans is also a member of the GBIC Board of Directors and is a professor emeritus at the Larner College of Medicine.

"GBIC recognizes Dr. Evans for his incredible leadership in research, innovation and entrepreneurship in our region and in Vermont," said GBIC president Frank Cioffi. "As the founder of VCET, Dr. Evans blazed the trail to advancing innovation & technology based economic development in our state. We honor and thank Dr. Evans as one of Vermont's most outstanding leaders in advancing economic development. His contributions have been so transformational to Vermont and Vermonters."
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GBIC to honor Harry Behney at annual meeting Wednesday - Vermont Biz

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:54

GBIC to honor Harry Behney at annual meeting Wednesday
Vermont Biz
GBIC's highest honor: The 2017 C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Development Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. John Evans, President of the Vermont Technology Council and former Dean of the UVM Medical School. Given each year since 1995 in ...

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2017 Vermont EPSCoR All Hands Meeting

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:25
VT EPSCoR held a successful All Hands Meeting for BREE personnel on June 6, 2017 at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, VT. Over 80 participants attended, including new 2017 undergraduate interns, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and members from the VT EPSCoR External Advisory Committee attended the meeting in addition to BREE personnel.

Dr. Sean Kennan, NSF Program Director, attended and provided remarks to the group along with Dr. Judith Van Houten, VT State EPSCoR Director. Program leaders from each BREE research group provided an overview of the work and progress of the research.

Representatives from VT PBS, including Holly Groschner, President and CEO, and Scott Campitelli, Vice President of Content Development and Distribution, spoke to the group shortly before lunch and provided a preview of an upcoming PBS documentary featuring research conducted under BREE.

Patrick Clemins, Cyber Specialist for VT EPSCoR, provided an overview of the electronic tools utilized by interns and researchers within the program. Michael Winslow, Director for Workforce Development and Diversity (VT EPSCoR CWDD) at Saint Michael's College also gave an update on the program. He was joined by Dr. Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, Director of Outreach for the CWDD program, who presented on the program's effective outreach efforts.
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Ecological Systems Kicks Off Field Season with 2017 Summer Interns

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 20:45
The Ecological Systems group held a planning meeting for the upcoming field season with Co-Leaders Drs. Andrew Schroth and Carol Adair and the Summer 2017 Undergraduate Interns on June 14th! Drs. Julia Perdrial and Donald Ross, Lab Tech Saul Blocher, and post-doctoral associate Erin Seybold were also on hand to help everyone get oriented for the field work.
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Summer skaters - Mountaintimes

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 20:45

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Summer skaters
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Declan McCabe teaches biology at Saint Michael's College. His work with student researchers on insect communities in the Champlain Basin is funded by Vermont EPSCoR's Grant NSF EPS Award #1556770 from the National Science Foundation.

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BREE Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Inaugural Meeting. Photos, Videos and Slides

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:44
The Inaugural Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) meeting was held on May 25th, 2017. Forty-four stakeholders from around the state and region attended the very interactive session.

The one-day meeting provided an opportunity for lots of conversation across a broad range of perspectives. Participants heard how past work has provided the foundation of VT EPSCoR BREE's future work. The morning was designed to provide a discussion around where we have been and where we are planning to go with the BREE project over the next four years.
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Heavier precipitation in the northeast began in 1996, research concludes - Science Daily

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:44

Heavier precipitation in the northeast began in 1996, research concludes
Science Daily
Journal Reference: Huanping Huang, Jonathan M. Winter, Erich C. Osterberg, Radley M. Horton, Brian Beckage. Total and extreme precipitation changes over the Northeastern United States. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2017; DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-16- ...

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Dr. Declan McCabe Introduces Macroinvertebrates to Early Childhood Educators and Expands Mobile Device App

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:26
Declan McCabe, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at Saint Michael's College, and Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD), led a training and round table discussion with Early Childhood Educators on May 6, 2017 at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont.

Approximately 10 educators attended the event, during which time Dr. McCabe organized a roundtable discussion on simple techniques for gathering macroinvertebrates from the Shelburne Farms Pond. Dr. McCabe built a wiki for the Pond and added it to the VT EPSCoR Mobile Device App developed and supported with funding from VT EPSCoR.

Following the discussion, the group went to the onsite pond and applied the techniques to take samples. Participants learned new techniques, equipment ideas, and gained new knowledge of invertebrates. The specimens gathered were entered into a database for the Shelburne Farms Pond for future reference. Many of the bugs found were not part of the mobile app previously, Dr. McCabe explained, "...simply because we rarely sample ponds". He also provided training on how to add invertebrates to the wiki.
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Majorwise and Packetized Energy Win 2017 LaunchVT

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 13:37
Last Friday, May 12, Majorwise, an online job platform for students, took first prize at LaunchVT, an annual business pitch competition for local startups; just three months earlier, Majorwise cofounders Max Robbins and Peter Silverman came out on top at the LaunchVT Collegiate competition. The quartet of Mads Almassalkhi, Jeff Frolik, Andrew Giroux and Paul Hines, of Packetized Energy, took second prize.

Silverman, a University of Vermont junior, remembered feeling "really nervous" before it was his team's turn to present their pitch. "[I] sweated through a t-shirt, which was really gross," he said. The competition was held at Main Street Landing Center.

Hines, who is a UVM electrical engineering professor, admitted that "it was a little nerve racking," especially since he was the last to present. "It worked out OK, " he chuckled.
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Wetlands: A Great Duckweed Migration - Adirondack Almanack (press release) (blog)

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 13:37

Adirondack Almanack (press release) (blog)

Wetlands: A Great Duckweed Migration
Adirondack Almanack (press release) (blog)
Declan McCabe teaches biology at Saint Michael's College. His work with student researchers on insect communities in the Champlain Basin is funded by Vermont EPSCoR's Grant NSF EPS Award #1556770 from the National Science Foundation.

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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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