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RACC Undergraduate Intern Presents Research at 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:49

On November 13-18, 2016 RACC Undergraduate Summer Intern Valeria Santana Pruna presented research at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) annual meeting in San Francisco, California. Valeria is a student at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus (UPR) and the President of the AICHE Puerto Rico chapter, and of the Instituto de Ingenieros Químicos - Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico (IIQ-CIAPR), an association of chemical engineering students at UPR. Valeria's research, "Watershed and lake bio-geochemistry: Movement of Phosphorus and Sediments from Forested Areas into Water Bodies" was conducted with the mentorship of VT EPSCoR University of Vermont faculty members Drs. Beverley Wemple and Don Ross.
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Lake's history created its present - St. Albans Messenger

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 13:05

Lake's history created its present
St. Albans Messenger
ALBANS — A staff scientist for Lake Champlain Committee for over 15 years, Mike Winslow spoke about the history of the Lake Champlain watershed and how water quality reached its current levels during a talk for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on ...

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VT EPSCoR at the 2016 ABRCMS Meeting

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 18:02

Dr. Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez (VT EPSCoR Outreach Professional for the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity or CWDD) and Dr. Janet Murray (Vermont Genetics Network or VGN), attended the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) meeting held in Tampa, FL from November 9-12, 2016. They shared a booth at the conference, where they talked to potential candidates about summer internship opportunities. Both programs sparked interest among the attendees, including students and faculty from universities and colleges across the country.
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High And Dry: Three Scientists Explain Vermont's Drought - Vermont Public Radio

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 18:02

Vermont Public Radio

High And Dry: Three Scientists Explain Vermont's Drought
Vermont Public Radio
Our guests are state climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, state geologist Marjorie Gale and Greg Hanson, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Burlington. Post your questions and comments below, or on Vermont Edition's Facebook page.

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HMS Watershed Design-Challenge Project

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 15:38
Hunt Middle School partnered with Vermont EPSCoR to facilitate the "Watershed Design-Challenge Project." Students were tasked with designing an approach to address the issue of improving & maintaining biodiversity and water quality in Burlington's local waterways. The focus of this project was on student evaluatory and reflective pratice; students were required to evaluate other students' designs to develop designs and consider real world applications.
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Dupigny-Giroux to Lead Northeast Chapter of National Climate Assessment - UVM News

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 17:05

Dupigny-Giroux to Lead Northeast Chapter of National Climate Assessment
UVM News
Professor Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont, has been named regional lead of the northeast chapter of the fourth National Climate Assessment. Dupigny-Giroux was selected from nearly 200 ...

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Study: Climate Change Could Outpace EPA Lake Champlain Protections - UVM News

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 16:49

Study: Climate Change Could Outpace EPA Lake Champlain Protections
UVM News
“This paper provides very clear evidence that the lake could be far more sensitive to climate change than is captured by the current approach of the EPA,” said University of Vermont professor Asim Zia, the lead author of the new study. ... behavior and ...

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GeoInspirations: Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux: Pushing geography into the sky — literally

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 02:13

DirectionsMag.com

GeoInspirations: Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux: Pushing geography into the sky — literally
DirectionsMag.com
Editor's note: Welcome back to our GeoInspirations series, in which our distinguished guest columnist, Dr. Joseph Kerski, introduces us to the men and women who are changing the face of the geospatial industry, and shining a light on the importance of ...

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Local High School student and CWDD Intern recognized as Academic All Star

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 22:58

CWDD Intern Rebekah Larose was recognized as an Academic All-Star in the October 30, 2016 Burlington Free Press. Rebekah noted the Vermont EPSCoR spring science symposium where she received the best poster award as one of her top 5 accomplishments. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a student/teacher at the Ballet School of Vermont.

On December 17th, 2015, Rebekah's CWDD high school team presented their research poster at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Photos and details of that event can be found at: http://epscor.w3.uvm.edu/2/node/2980
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This year's drought finally reaches Vermont

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 04:03

Berkshire Eagle (subscription)

This year's drought finally reaches Vermont
Berkshire Eagle (subscription)
"The soaking rains that we've been getting have been helpful, but we're going to need to continue to see these type of soaking rains sort of spread out across the rest of the fall and into the winter," state climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux said ...

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A Busy Start for the CWDD!

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:51
CWDD Visits Burlington High School

Students from Burlington High School received a visit from Vermont EPSCoR research technician Janel Roberge on September 21, 2016. Ms. Roberge spoke with 15 special education students about macroinvertebrates, land use, and how those factors impact streams.

This presentation served as an introduction to concepts and techniques that were used in a field presentation five days later at Potash Brook in South Burlington. In order to allow for a hands-on experience that would provide the most effective learning possible, the students also got to pick and sort macroinvertebrates from a provided sample. The selected specimens were examined under microscopes.

Saint Michael's College Students Examine Potash Brook

A group of 24 calculus students from Saint Michael's College got a chance at some field study on September 15, 2016 when CWDD members Janel Roberge, Livia Donicova, and Mike Winslow took them to Potash Brook in South Burlington, VT to measure stream flow.

The outing provided students from Professor Craig Jensen's calculus class a chance to learn some of the scientific processes and procedures involved in stream flow measurement. This included terms like 'riffl'' and 'reach' and the difference between muddy-bottomed and rocky-bottomed streams. Additional sessions were planned for September 22 and October 7, 2016.

Vermont EPSCoR has worked with Professor Jensen's calculus classes in previous years, presenting similar field exercises. After another successful outing, there are plans to continue this outreach in the future.
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Vermont Business Aims to Bring Space Jobs Here

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 19:02
This story profiles GreenScale Technologies of South Burlington. Its technology was created by co-founder and lead engineer Ryan McDevitt in partnership with his former Ph.D. advisor, Darren Hitt, a professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. GreenScale holds an option to license the technology from UVM. The company was recently honored in Washington, D.C. by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer as one of the nation's top 36 university-spawned start-up companies. GreenScale Technologies was also one of four winners of UVM's 2016 SPARK-VT awards.
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State asks residents to report low or dry wells - The Manchester Journal

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 21:14

State asks residents to report low or dry wells
The Manchester Journal
"Drought can become very widespread across a region or appear in very localized pockets," said task force member and State Climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, a professor at the University of Vermont, "It is difficult to predict. We can be in an ...

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Rising Sun, Receding Snow: How climate change is impacting Japan's epic winters - Backcountry

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 14:25

Backcountry

Rising Sun, Receding Snow: How climate change is impacting Japan's epic winters
Backcountry
“If you run forward 10, 20, 30 years, we actually have no idea what kind of fluctuations between these extremes we are likely to get,” says Dr. Alan Betts, an atmospheric scientist who studies climate fluctuations and their repercussions. “What appears ...

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Lake levels approach record lows - St. Albans Messenger

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 16:57

St. Albans Messenger

Lake levels approach record lows
St. Albans Messenger
ST. ALBANS — With the water level in Lake Champlain reaching historic lows, a walking path has emerged between Kamp Kill Kare State Park and an island in St. Albans Bay. A few residents basked in the mid-afternoon sunshine Thursday, driving motorized ...

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Five Vermont Entrepreneurs Win Travel Awards to Attend SBIR Regional Summit

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 23:26
As part of VT EPSCoR's ongoing effort to build capacity for technology infrastructure, competitiveness and economic development throughout Vermont, travel awards for small businesses were offered for the first time in 2016 and resulted in 5 Vermont attendees at the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) New England Regional Summit in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The summit was held on October 6, 2016, with a pre-conference networking held on October 5, 2016.

The summit was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The pre-conference event on October 5th focused on networking to increase engagement for female innovators and entrepreneurs. The theme of the full-day conference on October 6th was "Connecting New England Innovation Ecosystem Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Technologists, Investors, and SBIR/STTR Federal Funding Decision Makers."


The five travel awardees included:
Christian Fayomi of Synapse IC, LLC in Winooski, Vermont, who is currently working to create a low-cost method of sensing and detecting urinary incontinence to help those who suffer from this condition.

Stephen Guerrera, Bill Parker, and Julie Parker of the Creative Microsystems Corporation. The company is focused on fields including augmented reality, advanced vision, situational awareness, and data communications.

Ting Tan is an assistant professor in the University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, who is currently involved in NASA's flexible thermal protection systems project and whose long-term research is focused on understanding the creation of novel materials and structures.

VT EPSCoR also offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for seed funding of up to $15,000 through its SBIR Phase (0) awards intended to help be more competitive for federal SBIR/STTR competitions. More information may be found here: http://epscor.w3.uvm.edu/2/node/45

For more information about the SBIR conference please visit: http://www.sbirroadtour.com/boston/

To learn more about the SBIR program, please visit: https://www.sbir.gov/





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Vermont EPSCoR Hosts Workshop at 18th Annual "Women Can Do STEM & Trades" Conference

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 23:26
Vermont EPSCoR conducted a macroinvertebrate identification workshop during a career immersion event for high school girls from across Vermont on October 13, 2016. The 18th annual "Women Can Do STEM & Trades" Conference was organized by Vermont Works for Women at Vermont Technical College. Held in Randolph, Vermont, about 90 participants attended.

Livia Donicova and Janel Roberge, VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) members, led a "Let's Bug Out" workshop during the conference. The workshop allowed attendees to identify three different macroinvertebrates using microscopes and dichotomous keys. Students and teachers who were interested in learning more were provided with information about Vermont EPSCoR's high school and scholarship programs.


The Women Can Do STEM & Trades Conference is expected to return for a 19th annual event in the fall of 2017, and members from Vermont EPSCoR expect to participate in that event as well.
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Kyle Dash of Moretown wins $5000 scholarship - Stowe Today

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 23:26

Kyle Dash of Moretown wins $5000 scholarship
Stowe Today
Kyle Dash of Moretown, a freshman who's majoring in environmental science at Castleton University, has received a $5,000 first-generation scholarship for the current academic year. EPSCoR, an initiative of the National Science Foundation, stands for ...

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Betts Receives 2016 Bert Bolin Global Environmental Focus Group Award - Eos

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 08:33

Eos

Betts Receives 2016 Bert Bolin Global Environmental Focus Group Award
Eos
Alan Betts's research “has been transformative by providing a new understanding of one of the fundamental climate processes—land-atmospheric coupling and how it varies from the diurnal to monthly time scale, with land cover, and how it may vary under ...

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Lake Champlain water levels dip toward history

Sun, 10/09/2016 - 02:12

BurlingtonFreePress.com

Lake Champlain water levels dip toward history
BurlingtonFreePress.com
Adding to the shifting numeric sands: Sea levels have never been constant, said Mike Winslow, a writer and longtime lake scientist who now works with the Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, based at St. Michael's College in ...

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