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December 19, 2016 - Doctoral Dissertation Defense by Jody Stryker

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 10:11
Jody Stryker, a PhD candidate with Vermont EPSCoR, presented her doctoral dissertation defense on Monday, December 19, 2016. The defense, "Sediment Mobilization from Streambank Failures: Model Development and Climate Impact Studies," presented modeling information that helps to measure sediment mobilization in the Lake Champlain Basin.
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Andrew Schroth Nominated to Technical Advisory Committee

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 10:11
Vermont EPSCoR member Andrew Schroth, PhD was appointed to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) on December 14, 2016.


As a member of the TAC, Dr. Schroth's role includes presenting the Basin Program Steering Committee with technical information to be used in decision making, advising on emerging management issues, overseeing and facilitating technical aspects of implementation projects, and interpreting technical information such as monitoring program results to help determine the success or redirection of projects.


"I am pleased at the Lake Champlain Steering Committee's recent appointment of Dr. Schroth to the LCBP Technical Advisory Committee," said LCBP Executive Director Eric Howe. "Andrew will bring a welcome perspective to the LCBP's science-based committee with regards to in-lake and tributary monitoring projects, particularly for cutting-edge monitoring approaches to help us solve management problems associated with nutrient loading to and in Lake Champlain."


A professor at the University of Vermont (UVM) since 2012, Dr. Schroth's research focuses on nutrient and algal bloom dynamics within the Lake Champlain Basin.


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VT EPSCoR CWDD Macroinvertebrate Workshop

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 19:17
On December 13, 2016 Professor Declan McCabe from Saint Michael's College and CWDD Research Technician Janel Roberge welcomed four High School Streams Project Teams in addition to seven educators from around Vermont to the Saint Mike's Campus for an annual Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop. Educators got to learn more about the Macroinvertebrate App created by EPSCoR's own Declan McCabe as well as a chance to practice their macroinvertebrate identification skills. Participating High School Teams dedicated their time to picking, sorting, and in some cases identifying the macroinvertebrate samples they themselves collected earlier this year. Participants also enjoyed the photograph-capable microscope provided by Dr. McCabe.
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NorthEast Water Resources Network (NEWRnet) Intern Receives Environmental Studies Award from the University of Vermont (UVM)

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:13
Austin Wilkes was recently awarded the Ian A. Worley Award by the environmental studies department at the University of Vermont. Wilkes was an undergraduate intern in the NEWRNet program during the summer of 2016 and is currently a senior at the University of Vermont. He studies environmental science with a focus on chemistry, and was honored for his work to understand riverine iron chemistry across NEWRnet catchments with Dr. Andrew Schroth, Research Assistant Professor of Geology (UVM), an Ecological Systems Science Leader with the Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VT EPSCoR) and the Sensor Group for NEWRnet.

The Ian A. Worley Award was named for the Director of the Environmental Program from 1994 to 2008, and is intended to encourage and support creativity and independent thinking in the pursuit of addressing environmental goals. Students recognized with this award receive financial support for their proposed innovative and imaginative projects.
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Vermont EPSCoR 2016 Funding Update Newsletter

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:52
We are happy to share with you the following funding opportunities and positions offered through Vermont EPSCoR in this "Funding Updates" issue of our e-newsletter
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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

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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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