On Friday, October 2, NEWRnet graduate student Ryan Sleeper along with CWDD Staff met J.J. Flynn Elementary School fifth graders just a short walk from their school - on the shores of Lake Champlain! A few days earlier, the CWDD presented background information to each class about the work of VT EPSCoR. The fifth grade, led by teachers Joni Pecor, Keith Brown, and Michelle D'Agostino, has been involved in an extensive water quality unit this fall. Activities include a workshop with the Floating Classroom program, creating aquaria/terraria in the classroom, and visiting Lake Champlain with the VT EPSCoR CWDD.
Weekly Planet: Warm fall brings hope
Barre Montpelier Times Argus
This century, as ecosystems crumble and refugees flee from war and drought, it is our foresight and compassion that will bring hope. Alan Betts is a leading climate scientist who works with Atmospheric Research in Pittsford. He can be reached through ...
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Zebra mussels: Good, the bad and the ugly
His work with student researchers on insect communities in the Champlain Basin is funded by Vermont EPSCoR's Grant EPS-1101317 from the National Science Foundation.The illustration for this column was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol. The Outside Story is ...
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Dr. Andrew Schroth, Science Leader for the RACC Lake Processes, Question 1 group, was an invited speaker at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Vermont Feed Dealers and Manufacturers Association on September 22 and 23, 2015. Held in Stowe, Vermont, Dr. Schroth gave a presentation on RACC research titled, "Phosphorus Cycle and Lake Champlain Relationship - The Real Story", focused on loading to Lake Champlain in the context of climate change.
In this issue of Watershed Moments you will find many examples of how each award has helped advance science and broaden participation throught Vermont and beyone, especially through publications, grants, and outreach. Our capacity for building scientific infrastructure throughout the state and region has been strengthened by the talented and dedicated efforts put forth by the interdisciplinary team of faculty researchers, post-doctoral associates, graduate students, undergraduates, technicians, staff, high school and middle school participants contributing to these important questions that seek how to better understand the Lake Champlain Basin and contribute to the future of its health. An important part of this research includes feedback gathered through surveys from citizens, stakeholders and decision makers, that we couple with data collected from our advanced sensor network to form secario texting through our innovative Integrated Assessment Model. a recent "Willingness to Pay Report" from members of the Policy and governance team can be found in this issue.
On September 17, 2015, the Environmental Research Center at Juan Ponce de Leon High School in Florida, Puerto Rico celebrated its 15th anniversary with a research forum focused on "Rediscovering the Karst Biodiversity". The Environmental Research Center was created by Elliot Lopez, a participant in the Vermont EPSCoR RACC High School program.
In early September, the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) visited the J. J. Flynn Elementary School in Burlington, VT to explore what it means to be a scientist and to use some of the tools of the trade. Working with STEAM teacher, Courtney Asaro, St. Michael's College professor, Dr. Declan McCabe, introduced 5th graders to microscopes and the wonders of macroinvertebrates, and engaged 1st graders in the life of a scientist.
Vermont Public Radio
Fifth Annual HackVT To 'Hack The Climate'
Vermont Public Radio
Climate change will be the theme for the fifth annual Vermont hackathon. Participating programmers will spend 24 hours coding October 9-10 at Burlington's VCET @ BTV space. In addition to creating a new climate app for Vermont, teams will compete for ...
Johnson State College's Environmental and Health Sciences Dept. hosts free ...
JOHNSON, VT – Johnson State College's Department of Environmental and Health Sciences hosts a popular speaker series on most Wednesday afternoons featuring experts on science. Free and open to the public, the presentations are held from 4 to 5:15 ...
Are Vermont dirt roads polluting Lake Champlain?
"We found that some of those practices were very highly effective in reducing sediment and phosphorus production and in protecting the integrity of the road against big storms," said Beverley Wemple, associate professor of geography at the University ...
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2015-09-09 RACC Interns Present Research at the 2015 AGMUS Research Symposium for Minority Students in San Juan, Puerto Rico
On August 29, 2015, three VT EPSCoR interns presented their research at the 2015 AGMUS Research Symposium for Minority Students in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The conference was hosted by Dr. Juan F. Arratia, Executive Director of the Student Research Development Center. Two RACC interns presented research posters created from their experiences with the VT EPSCoR internship in the summer of 2015.
2015-09-03 New RACC Publication: An interactive land use transition agent-based model (ILUTABM): Endogenizing human-environment interactions in the Western Missisquoi Watershed
RACC Members Yushiou Tsai, , Asim Zia, Christopher Koliba, Gabriela Bucini, Justin Guilbert and Brian Beckage have published a paper on the RACC agent based model. The article appears in Land Use Policy.
Vt. scientists working on new energy source
Scientists in Vermont believe they may be on the cusp of a new energy source. Scientists feed ... "Not only is our process capable of producing 100,000 pounds of fertilizer, but 20-30,000 gallons of biofuel," said Anju Dahiya, an expert on new fuel ...
Soupy bacteria clogs Missisquoi Bay
Tending an instrument-laden buoy is part of a weekly, summer routine, explained Peter Isles, a PhD candidate at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Together with Yaoyang Xu, a post-doctoral fellow at the Rubenstein School, Isles ...
During a recent interview on "City Room with Steve Pappas," a PEG access public affairs show, Betts discussed how global population and consumption may have grown to a point that is beyond the carrying capacity of Earth. "Our impact on land, atmosphere and oceans has become global. We must consider the needs of the Earth’s ecosystem of which we are part, and on which all life is dependent".
RACC Post Doc Yayaong Xu has accepted a tenured faculty position with the Chinese National Academy of Sciences in Xiamen, China. The position is under the Hundred Talents Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Institute of the Urban Environment. This prestigious position will provide Yaoyang with startup, his own laboratory (tentatively titled the Urban Aquatic Sciences and Watershed Ecology Laboratory) and 3 fully funded research associates to continue his water quality research in China.
RACC PhD Student Peter Isles was awarded a GLEON travel grant, which will fully fund his travel and accommodations for participation in GLEON’s annual meeting in Chuncheon, South Korea.
Montpelier, VT - On August 5, CCV student Tiffany Martin was one of seven Vermont college students to receive an EPSCoR Native American and First Generation College Student Scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.
On August 11th, eighteen NEWRnet interns returned to Vermont for the NEWRnet Undergraduate Research Symposium. NEWRnet interns spent the past 10 weeks studying topics related to water quality and agent based modeling in three EPSCoR states: Delaware, Vermont, and Rhode Island. Interns presented their summer research in two formats: the 2-minute talk served as an introduction to their research, and the research poster allowed for more time to learn about individual projects, methods, and findings.