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Mamava owners recognized in D.C.

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 17:27
The owners of Mamava received their 2018 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year awards during a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Monday.

Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson of Mamava were recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement. The Burlington-based company designs and manufactures free-standing lactation suites for nursing mothers.
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LaunchVT reveals eight startups for 2018 cohort

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:05
On Thursday LaunchVT announced the eight Vermont startups that will be participating in its 2018 cohort. This is the sixth cohort of startups to come through LaunchVT’s early stage acceleration program and pitch competition. Over the past five years LaunchVT has provided mentorship and over $400,000 in cash and in-kind services to accelerate 35 Vermont startups.
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Dr. Dylan Burns, Recipient of a 2017 VT EPSCoR Pilot Award: UVM-Developed Technology Earns Smart 50 Award

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
Digging a hole in most major cities - for new construction or infrastructure repair – is no minor undertaking.

With a dozen or more separate utilities required to inspect the ground under the dig site for a welter of obstructions like water, sewer and gas pipes, electric lines and electric generators - some so old they don’t appear on city maps – the permitting process can take 18 months or more.

Transformational new technology being developed jointly by the University of Vermont and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga could reduce the inspection process to an afternoon’s work.
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Vermont EPSCoR's Innovation Prize Winner: Mamava Founders Named VT Small Business Persons of the Year

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The owners of a Burlington company were named the 2018 Vermont Small Business Persons of the Year.

Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson of Mamava are being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement. Mamava designs and manufactures free-standing lactation suites for nursing mothers.
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Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
The 10th annual Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium was held on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at the University of Vermont's Davis Center. The Symposium showcased the work of student researchers in the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program. Over 60 high school students and teachers attended from schools throughout Vermont, Boston, South Carolina and Puerto Rico. New this year was a presentation from VT PBS on Saving Our Waters Curriculum guides for high school and middle school classrooms.
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Dr. Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez named Coordinator, VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development & Diversity at Saint Michael's College

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
VT EPSCoR is very happy to welcome Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, Ph.D., as the Coordinator of the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development & Diversity at Saint Michael’s College (CWDD).
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Backswimmers: Upside-Down Aquatics

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
I had just finished my safety talk to some middle school students when I heard a bloodcurdling scream. In many years handling aquatic insects and other small water creatures, I have never been wounded. Crayfish have once or twice gotten hold of me but never drawn blood. So I was quite surprised to hear through the minor chaos that a student had actually been bitten.
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Undergraduate Intern Outreach in Puerto Rico

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:18
CWDD Coordinator Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, Ph.D. traveled to Puerto Rico in January 2018 where she spoke to students interested in internship opportunities with Vermont EPSCoR. Veronica spoke with students at the University of Puerto Rico, Universidad del Este, Universidad del Turabo, and Universidad Metropolitana. Approximately 150 students interested in STEM opportunities attended.
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Vermont EPSCoR GRAs Assist at Milton Middle School Science and Engineering Fair

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:18
Three Vermont EPSCoR graduate research assistants (GRAs) were invited judges for a local science and engineering fair held at Milton Middle School in Milton, VT on February 8, 2018. Wilton Burns, Caitlin Crossett, and Brittany Lancellotti acted as judges for science and engineering projects at the event.
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SCIENCE STUDIO: Julia Perdrial

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:33
Julia Perdrial is an assistant professor of geochemistry at the University of Vermont. As an environmental bio-geochemist and mineralogist, she takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to study low temperature environmental terrestrial and aquatic processes by combining experimental and field approaches.
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VT EPSCoR Magazine, Winter 2018

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:12
The Winter 2018 VT EPSCoR Magazine is now available.
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Ice-out days and climate change

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:12
While driving down from Isle La Motte in early December, my son and I noticed a fine skim of ice floating down the Alburg Passage. As it collided with the Route 2 bridge supports, it broke into rectangular fragments. I wondered if what I was seeing was typical, or a symptom of changing climate? But a single observation tells you only about the current weather, and says nothing about climate trends.
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In the path of the Hurricane: impact of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee on watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:22
Although many climate predictions suggest
that the frequency and intensity of large storm
events might increase in the coming decades, few
studies document the full impact of such events along
their path.
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Merit Fund

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:22
Please join me in making a gift to the newly created Merit Award Fund for special recognition of graduate students and postdocs who embody the multi-disciplinary commitment to research and mentoring excellence that the VT EPSCoR program has built upon since its inception in Vermont in 1985. Judith Van Houten will match up to the first $2,500 in gifts to help kick off this important fund.
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Research Finding Ways to Inject Manure, Preserve Environment

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:22
Carol Adair and her colleagues have been studying the potential of tillage and manure application methods to reduce nitrous oxide emissions. They are comparing conventional tilling versus no-till systems, and broadcast versus manure injection.
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VT EPSCoR Presents at American Geophysical Union

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:22
Post-doctoral Associates Erin Seybold and Jory Hecht and Graduate Research Assistant Brittany Lancellotti joined more than 20,000 other earth and space scientists in new Orleans, Louisiana for the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, which ran from December 11th through December 15th.
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January 25, 2018 - Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Sarah Coleman

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:22
Sarah Coleman, a PhD candidate with Vermont EPSCoR, presented her doctoral dissertation defense on Thursday, January 25, 2018. The defense, "Bottom-Up Adaptive Management and Stakeholder Participation for Clean Water and Healthy Soils in a Complex Social-Ecological System," examined social and ecological factors in mitigating water runoff in the Lake Champlain Basin area.

Sarah was a Graduate Research Associate during the Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Champlain Basin (RACC) award NSF EPS 1101317.
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Mississquoi Bay Under Ice Sampling

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:22
BREE Ecological Systems Team researchers took advantage of the recent cold weather to venture out onto the frozen bay and gather samples under ice. The team drilled holes in the ice and drew water samples which will serve a part in BREE research moving forward.
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Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 19:36
Vermont EPSCoR hosted an aquatic macroinvertebrate identification workshop on December 17, 2017 at St. Michael’s College with high school students from Essex, Winooski, Rice Memorial, Oxbow, and Champlain Valley Union. The workshop trained current high school teams how to pick through and identify macroinvertebrate samples found in their local streams.

The workshop was part of a series of similar opportunities that the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) program offers each year to Vermont high school students led by Dr. Declan McCabe, Professor of Biology at Saint Michael’s College. Several teams will return to St. Michael’s campus to use dissecting microscopes, allowing them a further opportunity to learn about the organisms found in their streams.
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Vermont High School Team Attends American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 19:36
Streams project high school team from Bellows Free Academy, which included Fairfax science teacher Tom Lane, junior Lillith Sweet, and senior Malachi Witt attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in New Orleans, LA.

The week-long conference ran from December 11-15, 2017 and represented the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. The BFA Fairfax team presented their Vermont EPSCoR research poster, “A View of Water Quality Characteristics Pertinent to Phosphorous Movement in a 2nd Level Tributary to Lake Champlain” at the poster session on December 14th, giving the students a chance to explain and present their findings to interested participants from all over the world. The students also attended a Bright Stars luncheon, which honored middle school and high school students who participated in the conference.
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