2012-05-29 - Alan Betts: Climate change requires us to become an energy-efficient society

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 03:18
After writing these columns about our changing weather and climate for four years, it seems time for some blunt realism. I read a pithy summary last month by Ken Caldeira on the Web site Climate Progress, which went like this: When we use the atmosphere as a free waste dump for the CO2 greenhouse gas emissions from our energy system, we are transforming the Earth to a hothouse climate that last existed on this planet when the dinosaurs were the top predators. Is this ethical and fair to our children, when we could convert our energy system to an efficient one that is not carbon-fuel based for only about 2 percent of our GNP?
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Austin Troy: Can Trees Actually Deter Crime? - The Atlantic Cities

Fri, 05/25/2012 - 11:16

The Atlantic Cities

Can Trees Actually Deter Crime?
The Atlantic Cities
In the June issue of Landscape and Urban Planning, a team of environmental researchers led by Austin Troy of the University of Vermont report an inverse relationship between tree canopy and a variety of crimes in the Baltimore city and county regions.

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2012-05-24 - The Science of Science Communication - National Academy of Sciences Washington, DC - May 21-22, 2012

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 10:05
This colloquium surveyed the state of the art of empirical social science research in science communication and focused on research in psychology, decision science, mass communication, risk communication, health communication, political science, sociology, and related fields on the communication dynamics surrounding issues in science, engineering, technology, and medicine with five distinct goals:

* To improve understanding of relations between the scientific community and the public
* To assess the scientific basis for effective communication about science
* To strengthen ties among and between communication scientists
* To promote greater integration of the disciplines and approaches pertaining to effective communication
* To foster an institutional commitment to evidence-based communication science
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Washington Electric Co-op annual meeting set for May 24

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 10:04

Washington Electric Co-op annual meeting set for May 24
This year's featured speaker will be noted Vermont climate scientist Dr. Alan Betts. He will speak at approximately 7:30 pm on the topic: Climate Change–What's in Store for Vermont?. Following Dr. Betts, there will be a brief presentation about the ...

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Paul Smith's Prof Links Climate Change, Drought in Southern Hemisphere - ReadMedia (press release)

Tue, 05/15/2012 - 09:06

Paul Smith's Prof Links Climate Change, Drought in Southern Hemisphere
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Paul Smith's College professor Curt Stager and Jay White (right) collecting a sediment core from a South African lake. PAUL SMITHS, NY (05/15/2012)(readMedia)-- Warming climate may mean less rainfall for drought-sensitive regions of the Southern ...

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Vermont Software Developers' Alliance announces Bentley Award winners -

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 14:52

Vermont Software Developers' Alliance announces Bentley Award winners
The vtSDA would like to thank all of the donors that supported the program, especially the Vermont EPSCoR program which provided over half of the additional funding. A complete list of the donors and all twenty-one applications can be found on the ...

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2012-05-07 - RACC Member Asim Zia - Land Use Adaptation to Climate Change

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:03
Global climate change, especially the phenomena of global warming, is expected
to increase the intensity of land-falling hurricanes. Societal adaptation is needed to reduce vulnerability from increasingly intense hurricanes. This study quantifies the adaptation effects of potentially policy driven caps on housing densities and agricultural cover in coastal (and adjacent inland) areas vulnerable to hurricane damages in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal regions of the U.S. Time series regressions, especially Prais-Winston and Autoregressive
Moving Average (ARMA) models, are estimated to forecast the economic impacts of
hurricanes of varying intensity, given that various patterns of land use emerge in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal states of the U.S. The Prais-Winston and ARMA models use observed time series data from 1900 to 2005 for inflation adjusted hurricane damages and socio-economic and land-use data in the coastal or inland regions where hurricanes caused those damages. The results from this study provide evidence that increases in housing density and agricultural cover cause significant rise in the de-trended inflation-adjusted damages. Further, higher intensity and frequency of land-falling hurricanes also
significantly increase the economic damages. The evidence from this study implies that a medium to long term land use adaptation in the form of capping housing density and agricultural cover in the coastal (and adjacent inland) states can significantly reduce economic damages from intense hurricanes. Future studies must compare the benefits of such land use adaptation policies against the costs of development controls implied in housing density caps and agricultural land cover reductions.
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2012-05-05 - Streams Participant Alayna Hauke named as Academic All-Star

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 14:28
Streams Student Alayna Hauke named as Academic All-Star
Top 5 accomplishments: Being named valedictorian, getting the Bausch and Lomb Science Scholarship, getting a 5 on the AP calculus exam, playing four years of varsity soccer and tennis, and working with the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project twice.
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2012-05-04 - Patrick Clemins, VT EPSCoR Cyber Education Specialist - Invited Panelist at 2012 Internet 2 Member Meeting

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 14:28
Patrick Clemins, PhD, Vermont EPSCoR Cyber Education Specialist, was an invited panelist at the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting in Arlington, VA, on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012. The Vermont EPSCoR program is housed at the University of Vermont (UVM). The panel, titled "Expanding the Research Horizons and Impact of Less Research Intensive Institutions", focused on activities being undertaken by the Internet2 community to include educational institutions outside of the "R1" research university community including primarily undergraduate colleges, community colleges, K-12 schools, libraries, museums, and education-based associations. Dr. Clemins outlined the efforts of Vermont EPSCoR and UVM to establish a Vermont Internet2 Sponsored Educational Group Participant (SEGP) network and the three main aspects of that process: (1) to connect educational institutions to a broadband educational and research network, (2) to integrate broadband technology into educational activities, and (3) to empower a community of educators, learners, and researchers to create their own collaborations. Other panel members included Wole Akpose, Chief Security Officer at Morgan State University, Robert Mays, Director of Network and Communications at Villanova University, and Dr. Karl Steiner, Senior Associate Provost for Research Development at the University of Delaware. The panel was moderated by Dr. Beverly Hartline, Associate Provost and Dean at University of the District of Columbia.
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2012-05-04 - Study: Extinction Could Rival Climate Change

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 14:28
Over the last two decades, there has been growing concern that very
high rates of modern extinction -- loss of plant and animal species due
to habitat destruction, overharvesting and other human-caused
environmental changes -- could reduce nature's ability to provide goods
and services that people need, "like food, fuel, carbon storage, clean
water, and habitat," says the University of Vermont's Carol Adair.
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Energy-Efficient Aiken Center Offically Opened at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - UVM News

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 14:27

UVM News

Energy-Efficient Aiken Center Offically Opened at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
UVM News
By Jon Reidel Governor Peter Shumlin, Dean Mary Watzin and Lola Aiken (center) cut the ribbon at the official opening of UVM's newly renovated George D. Aiken Center. (Photo: Sally McCay) Lola Aiken officially opened the refurbished George D. Aiken ...

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2012-04-30 - RACC team member Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux: Backward Seasons, Droughts and Other Bioclimatic Indicators of Variability

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 05:34
With the potential for setting a record low minimum temperature in a few hours, I thought you might like to read more about the backward spring that we are coming out of as temperatures climb for the rest of the week.
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2012-04-30 - RACC team member Alan Betts: Insite Interview

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 05:34
RACC team member Dr. Alan Betts is interviewed on Insight a public affairs program for Rutland County hosted by Laura Vien. Alan and Larua are joined by panelists Royal Barnard and Alan Keays for a discussion about weather. The interview aired on 4-18-2012.
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2012-04-25 - Asim Zia- Risk Zones: Comparative Lesson Drawing and Policy Learning from Flood Insurance Programs

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:16
Risk insurance mechanisms have been proposed as proactive policy options to enhance the resilience of communities for coping with extreme events. Many risk insurance mechanisms require designation of "risk zones" to legalize governmental interventions. After a three-day workshop and ensuing interviews, "wicked" challenges were identified in the designation of risk zones: risk thresholds; land value; damage-reduction; land-use planning; forecast uncertainty; map accuracy; modifiable-areal-unit problem; winners and losers; single versus multiple hazards; and cross-jurisdictional administrative boundaries. A total of 56 peer-reviewed studies are synthesized that evaluate these "wicked" challenges in flood insurance programs and derive deliberative heuristics for designating risk zones in publicly sponsored insurance mechanisms.
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2012-04-25 - Resilience, A Report on the Health of Vermont's Environment - The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:16
The Agency of Natural Resources is pleased to present this
report on the health of Vermont’s environment.

Most of us will never forget the historic floods of 2011 and the
damage they delivered to our homes, farms, businesses, and
public infrastructure such as roads, water systems, and bridges.
The impacts on Vermont’s natural environment were also severe.

As we continue to bounce back, we have a unique opportunity
to reflect and learn. Hardship reminds us that we must continually
strengthen our understanding of the major risks facing our
ecosystems and our communities. It prompts us to ask: What can
we do to minimize these risks? And how can we prepare for
adversity if some risks cannot be fully mitigated?
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2012-04-24 - EPSCoR 2030: A Report to the National Science Foundation

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:15
EPSCoR 2030 Workshop - January 19-20, 2012, Washington, DC

A panel of nationally recognized scientists and engineers met at the behest of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in terms of its relevance to the National research agenda. The two-day workshop produced observations about the value of the NSF program and recommended programmatic changes to be made both by NSF and by the EPSCoR states that can enhance EPSCoR’s effectiveness.
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2012-04-23 - NEBHE's "Locally and Regionally Engaged" Summit

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:14
We extend our sincere thanks for your participation in the New England Board of Higher Education's Locally and Regionally Engaged: New England Colleges and Universities as Drivers of Innovation, Workforce and Economic Development summit, held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
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2012-04-20 - Educators gather to contemplate Climate Change

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:12
Educators from Vermont and New York gathered at St Michaels College near Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, March 1o. Sponsored by CBEI ( the goal of the event was to share with teachers information and tools to teach about climate change—and an opportunity to think about how that could happen in their own classrooms. It was a great day!
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Irene Devastation Now Visible By Google Maps - Vermont Public Radio

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:12

Irene Devastation Now Visible By Google Maps
Vermont Public Radio
VPR's Mitch Wertlieb turned to two professors at St. Michael's College, Geography Professor Richard Kujawa and Environmental Studies Professor Laura Stroup to tell us the value of having these images at our digital fingertips.

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One of the winners of the second annual Green Mountain Environmental ... -

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 09:59

One of the winners of the second annual Green Mountain Environmental ...
Mary Watzin, Dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, speaks about the importance of the Citizen Scientist movement during Green Mountain Environmental Leadership Awards at ECHO in Burlington on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

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