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2015-11-23 2016 Mediated Modeling Workshop

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:59
A day long workshop linking science, planning and policy

Over 50 members from state, local and regional organizations attended an interactive day-long workshop tackling the best approaches to ensure water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin (LCB). Representatives from Quebec, Canada and throughout Vermont participated. Members from the VT EPSCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Champlain Basin (RACC) teams provided valuable findings and methods to help policy and decision makers address the state of the Lake and its future. Biogeochemical hydrological data collected in the Missisquoi Bay, at stream bank erosion sites and climate modeling predictions and precipitation trends for the region, coupled with social elements that contribute to this overall ecosystem were shared.
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Warming planet challenges ideology - Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 03:07

Warming planet challenges ideology
Barre Montpelier Times Argus
So we, the people, must speak up, elect leaders who stand for the truth, start to work with the Earth, and build communities that are sustainable for generations to come. Alan Betts is a leading climate scientist who works with Atmospheric Research in ...

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2015-11-20 Legislative Summit Addresses Entrepreneurship "Ecosystem"

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
The University of Vermont held its third legislative summit, "Vermont's 21st Century Economy: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem," on Tuesday, attracting more than 40 legislators to campus for a packed-full day of presentations and roundtable discussions. Thirty UVM faculty and representatives from 20 state agencies also participated.
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2015-11-17 NEWRnet Outreach: Harwood Union Middle School 7th Grade

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, the CWDD Staff met Harwood Union Middle School seventh graders at Lozelle Brook - right on the school campus! Seventh grade science teacher Angela Selvaggio has been teaching her classes about watersheds and the physical, chemical, and biological indicators of water quality.
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2015-11-13 VT EPSCoR CWDD represented at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
The Vermont EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) recently joined five EPSCoR representatives from jurisdictions around the country to represent NSF-EPSCoR at the SACNAS conference. SACNAS, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, hosts a national conference each year. The 2015 National SACNAS Conference, held in Washington D.C from October 29-31, hosted speakers, workshops, conference sessions, poster presentations, and more, for undergraduate and graduate scientists. It offers an opportunity for a diverse group of researchers to disseminate their research while networking and engaging in career development opportunities.
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2015-11-12 Stream Study Raises New Questions About Lake Pollution

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
For decades, phosphorus pollution has been contributing to unwanted algae blooms in many lakes—including Lake Champlain. A raft of recent research has pointed a finger at eroding streambanks, suggesting that their washed-out soils are a major source of this phosphorus flow.
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2015-11-12 NASA EPSCoR 2016 National Research Group Competition.

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
Vermonts NASA EPSCoR Project anticipates that a solicitation from the National Program at NASA Headquarters for a new 2016 NASA EPSCoR Faculty Research Team Competition will be announced sometime late in the Fall of 2015. Historically, NASA EPSCoR has made awards of $750,000 for a three-year period of performance to the selected research teams, including a 50% match (1-to-2) consisting of local non-Federal funds.

As in past years, it will be necessary to select the top project(s) ahead of time so as to be prepared once the formal announcement of the 2016 Competition is posted. This local selection of projects will be made on the basis of peer-reviewed pre-proposals. Vermont faculty researchers wishing to be considered as Science PIs for inclusion in this competition must submit a pre-proposal for their proposed team research project to the VT-NASA EPSCoR Office no later than COB on Friday, November 13.
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Scientists frustrated that lake efforts oriented more toward management than ... - vtdigger.org

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 14:52

Scientists frustrated that lake efforts oriented more toward management than ...
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This goes on for more than 12 hours, as Middlebury professor Tom Manley guides student Perri Silverheart through a project involving sub-sediment mapping of the lake bed. Manley says information .... And as Vermonters embark on an ambitious task of ...

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Apps: There's a Class for That - UVM News

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 09:46

Apps: There's a Class for That
UVM News
One such stakeholder is Patrick Clemins, also a computer science professor at UVM and a cyber specialist with Vermont EPSCoR -- a program through the National Science Foundation that funds research projects in smaller states. Vermont EPSCoR's current ...

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A primordial lake monster - Stowe Today

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 14:00

Stowe Today

A primordial lake monster
Stowe Today
It came from the lake. It is a life form nearly as old as life itself. Living peacefully in the depths for eons, it is awakened by humans' abuse of the environment. It strikes out with toxins that attack nerves or the liver. Attempts to kill it only ...

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2015-10-27 CWDD teaches stream flow to Saint Michael's College Calculus class

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:15
On Friday, October 23, 2015 the CWDD taught 20 Saint Michael's College students how to measure and calculate stream flow at Potash Brook in South Burlington, VT. The students are enrolled in Calculus I with Professor Craig Jensen, a new faculty member at the College. Dr. Jensen will use the stream flow activity to demonstrate the practical application of calculating integrals, and to have the students use hands-on learning techniques in their math class. Students learned how to measure a stream's cross-sectional area and calculate stream flow using the EPA standard protocol that is used in all VT EPSCoR Streams Project measurements.
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2015-10-26 CWDD at the "Women Can Do!" Action Expo

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:15
On October 15, 2015, the Vermont EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) had a table at the "Women Can Do!" Action Expo hosted by Vermont Works for Women at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT. The event is a one-day career immersion experience for 9-12 grade girls. Students have the opportunity to test out various STEM and trades careers while networking with other girls around the state interested in STEM. The CWDD table, called "Let's BUG Out!" was a success. Students were asked to identify three benthic macroinvertebrates using dissecting microscopes, a dichotomous key, and the Macroinvertebrate App (free download on the iTunes store!). If they correctly identified two out of three correctly, they won a prize!
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2015-10-26 NEWRnet Outreach: Harwood Union Middle School

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:15
On Wednesday, October 21, NEWRnet graduate student Matt Vaughan along with CWDD Staff met Harwood Union Middle School eighth graders at Lozelle Brook - right on their school's campus! The eighth grade science teacher, Brian Wagner, has been involving the students in an ongoing project to learn about the school's storm water runoff infrastructure.
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2015-10-23 Vermont Town and City Management Association 2015 Fall Conference

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:15
The 2015 Vermont Town and City Management Association Fall Conference was held in Burlington, Vermont on October 22 and 23. Dr. Asim Zia, Associate Professor of Community Development and Applied Economics at UVM, and a Science Leader for Vermont EPSCoR, Research on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Champlain Basin (RACC) program was an invited presenter.
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2015-10-22 Mamava wins InnovateHER VT, the $10,000 Business Pitch Event in Burlington

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 14:15
October 20, 2015 (Burlington, VT): The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) and Hotel Vermont hosted the InnovateHER VT Challenge, a new business pitch event in Burlington, VT on Monday, October 19th to a packed house of area entrepreneurs, students, and innovation ecosystem participants. Mamava, a company who delivers design solutions for nursing mamas on the go, was named the contest’s $10,000 prize winner.
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2015-10-19 Phosphourus just a piece of the blue green algae puzzle

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 12:41
This summer saw extensive and disgusting blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms in northeastern bays of Lake Champlain, but much has occurred on the recent policy front to send hope about the future of Lake Champlain.
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The Outside Story: A primordial lake monster - Bennington Banner (subscription)

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 12:41

The Outside Story: A primordial lake monster
Bennington Banner (subscription)
Andrew Schroth, a geologist at the University of Vermont, is studying the water conditions that produce toxic colonies. "What they've seen in Lake Erie is that the blooms are driven by how much phosphorus comes into the system during spring runoff ...

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Excursion au coeur des algues bleues - LaPresse.ca

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 05:41

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Excursion au coeur des algues bleues
LaPresse.ca
Peter Isles, candidat au PhD à la Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, explique que sa routine hebdomadaire estivale consiste à lancer une bouée chargée d'appareils de mesure. Accompagné de Yaoyang Xu, postdoctorant à la ...

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Climate policy needs a new vision - SciDev.Net

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 06:14

Climate policy needs a new vision
SciDev.Net
Policies that split mitigation and adaptation don't work. It's time for a shift, say Asim Zia and Caitlin Waddick. The climate change policy endorsed by the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and adopted by member countries tends to ...

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$10000 winner-takes-all business pitch event to be held in Burlington - vtdigger.org

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 18:43

$10000 winner-takes-all business pitch event to be held in Burlington
vtdigger.org
Vermont EPSCoR and VCET have underwritten a $10,000 cash prize to the event winner as well as a nomination to participate in the national SBA event (which has $70,000 in prizes) in spring 2016. Organizers intend this competition to increase access to ...

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