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2015 RACC Intern Nicolas Gomez Andujar to present RACC Research at Ecological Society of America Conference

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 12:09

2015 RACC Intern Nicolas Gomez Andujar has received a travel award to attend the Ecological Society of America conference in Florida! Nicolas will be presenting his RACC research at the conference which will be held on August 6th -12th, 2016. His internship was with RACC member Dr. Yu-shiou Tsai. He worked on evaluating an Interactive Land Use Transition Agent-based Model on the Missisquoi River watershed.
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RACC member Alan Betts: Reinventing Hydrometeorology using Cloud and Climate Observations

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 12:09

RACC member Alan Betts reciently gave a talk entitled "Reinventing Hydrometeorology using Cloud and Climate Observations" at a symposium at Princeton in honor of Eric Wood who has been a professor there for 40 years. The talk covered Dr. Betts' research on snow as a climate switch, the long memory in spring of precipitation back through winter, and the impact of cloud and precipitation memory on summer climate.
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RACC Leader Arne Bomblies to give presentation at the NOAA in Vermont Roundtable

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 12:09

RACC Leader Arne Bombles will present on the role of NOAA data in RACC and BREE at the NOAA in Vermont Roundtable on June 23rd, 2016.

In 2014, NOAA began a series of thematic, state-based roundtables with Congressional district staff to broaden awareness of the lesser known and sometimes lesser seen aspects of our mission in Vermont. The briefings have been well-received due to their local focus and relevance to all participants. Each topic is demonstrated using a model which pairs a NOAA subject matter expert with an end user or partner to demonstrate the utility of that science, product or service to that state. The roundtables - held so far in Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia - have been successful at bringing attention to key state and local partnerships, and even broadening awareness within NOAA of important collaborations.

The Vermont roundtable will be held at the ECHO Center from 10:00am to 3:00pm Thursday, June 23. It will highlight NOAA expertise and collaboration in building community resilience in Vermont and include discussion of precipitation trends, flooding, harmful algae bloom forecasting, climate services, reference datums, green infrastructure and floodplain management. Breck Bowden, Lake Champlain Sea Grant Director, will be the host.
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Watershed Moments - Dr. Peter Isles and Graduate Research Assistant, Linyuan Shang

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 21:15
Presented here is the second of three 2016 Watershed Moments Scholarly Conversations Videos.

"Watershed Moments", features brief, informal discussions between faculty, graduate students and post doctoral associates, sharing and learning about a recent accomplishment in the member's field of expertise with a colleague or student from outside their field of expertise.

This video features a discussion on:
"Dynamic internal drivers of a historically severe cyanobacteria bloom in Lake Champlain revealed through comprehensive monitoring" with Peter Isles, PhD candidate (now graduated class of 2016), VT EPSCoR and Linyuan Shang, Graduate Research Assistant, VT EPSCoR.
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Watershed Moments - Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed and Graduate Research Assistant, Ryan Sleeper

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:05
Presented here is the first of three 2016 Watershed Moments Scholarly Conversations Videos.

"Watershed Moments", features brief, informal discussions between faculty, graduate students and post doctoral associates, sharing and learning about a recent accomplishment in the member's field of expertise with a colleague or student from outside their field of expertise.

This video features a discussion on:
"The use of CMIP5 data to simulate climate change impacts on flow regime within the Lake Champlain Basin" with Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, VT EPSCoR and Ryan Sleeper, Graduate Research Assistant, VT EPSCoR.
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Castleton to invest $3.6 million in STEM facilities - Vermont Biz

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:05

Vermont Biz

Castleton to invest $3.6 million in STEM facilities
Vermont Biz
Over the last six years the department has won more than $750,000 in grant funding from agencies such as the NSF, the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN), VT-EPSCoR, the USGS, and NEWRnet for active research. The majority of these funds have gone to ...

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Vermont EPSCoR Outreach Team Member Rachel Seigel - Rubenstein School Student Takes Playing in the Sandbox to New Heights

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:42
This summer, Seigel will collaborate with Dr. Donna Rizzo of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, her graduate students, and two local high school students to make improvements to the Automated Reality Sandbox.

"When Rachel contacted me, her excitement was infectious and very indicative of why these systems are so popular with science museums and public outreach events," said Rizzo, who herself was mesmerized by her first experience playing in an AR Sandbox. "I've always wanted to find a way to use the ARS system to help explain some of the Vermont EPSCoR research on adaptation to climate change (RACC) we're doing in the Lake Champlain Basin. I'm hoping this summer that Rachel, in tandem with a few of my graduate students and some of the new EPSCoR undergraduate interns, might develop an educational module to help spread the fun and excitement of this research in a more hand-ons way."
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ISCO Installations for the 2016 Field Season

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 21:23

It's officially field season! On May 12 and 13, VT EPSCoR Research Technicians, Saul Blocher and Janel Roberge, installed seven ISCO automated water samplers along the Winooski and Missisquoi Rivers. RACC ISCOs collect water samples before, during, and after storm events from May through November. Samples are analyzed in water quality labs on Saint Michael's College and Johnson State College campuses for TSS and various nutrient analytes.
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RACC Vermont and Puerto Rico School Exchange 2016

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 08:18

Six RACC high school teams from Vermont and Puerto Rico initiated a high school science and cultural exchange program during the spring of 2016. RACC high school teams met last summer at the 2015 Streams Project high school training week at Saint Michael's College, which is geared towards promoting scientific research focused on adaptation to climate change in both regions. The exchange started with a trip to Vermont in March for four teachers and ten students from Jose E Aponte de la Torre High School, Juan Ponce de Leon High School, Aurea E Quiles High School, and Academia Maria Reina. Then, students from Vermont schools Hartford High School and Bellows Free Adademy-Fairfax traveled to Puerto Rico during the April school break.

While in Vermont, students visited Hartford High School where they learned data collection methods to measure carbon in plants and to determine how soils absorb water and nutrient runoff with Curriculum Developer Didi Pershouse. Students were welcomed by the Spanish class where they shared typical cuisines from Vermont and Puerto Rico, while practicing speaking in Spanish. Students visited a nearby sugar shack as well as Dartmouth College to tour the campus and visit the life sciences building. Dartmouth graduate students spoke about their research on soil carbon cycling and evolutionary ecology.

Students then traveled to Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax to participate in homestays with local families. While in Fairfax, students attended a Spanish class, a social studies class, and learned how to construct Global Decomposition Bags for deployment in Puerto Rico. Students also visited the Proctor Maple Research Center and the Green Mountain Dairy Farm to tour a working dairy farm and biodigester.

A couple weeks later, Vermont students and teachers traveled to Puerto Rico during their spring break. Students visited the Children's Museum in Carolina and toured by boat the Pinones Lagoon and mangrove channels. Students experimented with a typical Puerto Rican lunch, followed by a tour of Old San Juan. They visited the afterschool program at Jose E Aponte de la Torre High School for chemistry, physics, research methods, and botany classes.

The trip to the El Verde Field Station, which is managed by the Luquillo Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program, started with a talk by Dr. Jess Zimmerman and Sarah Stankavich. Students learned field protocols for soil characterization, vegetation dynamics research, and data entry. That afternoon, the teams kayaked at the bioluminescent bay in Las Croabas. Students visited nesting sea turtles at the Northeast Ecological Corridor (NEC), in Luquillo and learned Bomba y Plena dances before having free time to explore the beach.

Teams visited the LTER Schoolyard parcel in the Guanica Dry Forest Reserve which included a hike to Fort Capron Ruins and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Site and board walk. The final day in Puerto Rico included a tour of the Arecibo Observatory and the Juan Ponce de Leon High School in Florida. While at the school, students learned about vegetation protocols and parcel delineation before collecting data in the school forest.

Both students and teachers benefited from these cultural and scientific exchanges. A second exchange program will be planned for the subsequent school year, and will involve more high schools from Vermont and Puerto Rico.
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Dr. Peter Isles - Successful Dissertation Defense

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

Congratulations to Dr. Peter D.F. Isles for the successful defense of his dissertation! The committee felt that he did an outstanding job in both his oral and written components. Peter will be a great asset to the team that he is joining in Sweden for his post doc, as well as whatever lucky university eventually lands him as an assistant professor. He will be leaving UVM after he ties together some of the manuscripts associated with his thesis, so be sure to congratulate him when you see him.
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Wheel Pad Wins VT EPSCoR Innovate Cash Prize

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

The annual LaunchVT business pitch competition was held on May 5th, 2016 at Main Street Landing in Burlington Vermont. The winner, Ogee, a skin care products company received $30,000 in cash and more than $45,000 of in-kind support.

LaunchVT's partnership with Vermont EPSCoR enabled them to offer a 2nd place prize of $15,000 in cash and $25,000 worth of in-kind support. This year's VT EPSCoR Innovation Cash Prize was presented by RACC member Donna Rizzo and was presented to Wheel Pad founder Julie Lineberger. Wheel Pad's goal is to build a socially-conscious, environmentally-friendly company that provides transitional housing for people newly using wheelchairs in a respectful and supportive manner.
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RACC High School Team awarded Honorable Mention for the Vermont Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

The RACC High School Team from Harwood Union High School was awarded Honorable Mention for the Vermont Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for their project titled "Baseline Stream Flow and Temperature Data for Lozelle and Dowsville Brooks and Proposed Stormwater Improvements for Harwood Union High School". Students Sydney Adams and Kyle Dash worked with their teacher Jeff Robins during the 2015-2016 academic year on RACC research and presented their project poster at the VT EPSCOR Student Research Symposium on March 29, 2016.

An awards ceremony was held on April 28, 2016 at the Vermont State House Cedar Creek Room where the students' work was celebrated with Deborah Markowitz, the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
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RACC Intern Presents Research at Landmark College Natural Science Poster Fair

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

Jakob O'Neal, a 2015 summer research intern, presented his RACC research poster, titled "Potential Correlations Between Water Quality, Habitat Quality, and Macroinvertebrate Taxa", at the Landmark College Natural Science Poster Fair on April 30, 2016 in the MacFarlane Center in Putney, VT. Jakob is a sophomore at Landmark College and worked in Dr. Declan McCabe's macroinvertebrate lab at Saint Michael's College during the summer 2015 season. He plans to finish his Associates degree at Landmark College this spring and will enroll in a Bachelor's degree program starting in the fall 2016. Great work, Jakob!
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Dr. Arne Bomblies Receives Tenure at UVM

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

Dr. Arne Bomblies has been awarded tenure at the University of Vermont. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering. Dr. Bomblies is the team leader of the VT EPSCoR RACC Watershed Processes (Q2) team. Formerly from Castle Rock, Colorado, he joined the CEMS' School of Engineering in January 2009. Congratulations Arne!
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VT EPSCoR Mentoring & Teaching of Diversity Workshop - April 30th, 2016

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43
Vermont EPSCoR held a Mentoring & Teaching of Diversity workshop at the UVM Davis center on Saturday April 30th, 2016. The goals of the workshop were to enrich knowledge about diversity and cultural identities and their impacts. Strategies and approaches for developing a more just & inclusive environment were also reviewed.

Presenters:
Sherwood Smith, Senior Executive Director, Diversity, Engagement & Professional Development

Joel Shapiro, Director, Professional Development & Training

Briana Martin, TRIO/SSS Coordinator and Access and Success Coordinator for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion
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VT EPSCoR Photo Gallery

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43
Photos from the Vermont EPSCoR photo archive.
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Vermont EPSCoR Wins $20 Million Award From National Science Foundation To Study and Promote Resiliency in Lake Champlain Basin

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

A $20 million award from the National Science Foundation to Vermont EPSCoR will help answer that question, providing much needed information to decision-makers as they govern the basin and develop policies that reach far into the future.

The award, one of the largest in Vermont history, was announced by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and University of Vermont president Tom Sullivan at press conference at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on April 18.

The five-year project will support research teams from UVM and colleges across the state that will collect data from sensors in streams, soil, and the lake and gather information on adjacent land use - by farms or developers, for instance.
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2016 Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

The CWDD was excited to showcase the innovative discoveries of over 54 posters and 8 oral presentations from student researchers through the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) program at the 8th annual Student Research Symposium on Tuesday March 29th, 2016. Over 170 people attended. This symposium brings everyone together who has worked for the past year on countless aspects of research. During the half-day symposium, networking opportunities are enabled for undergraduates, high school students, scientists, managers, government officials, and other interested state and local groups. RACC research provides valuable insights on the Lake Champlain Basin for many stakeholders throughout Vermont. The many contributions from this year's young scientists will help improve our understanding even more! Thank you to all for your effort and dedication.
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Andrew Schroth provides testimony to VT House Committee

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43
Vermont EPSCoR's Winter 2016 Magazine
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Former RACC Student presents poster at the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America in Albany, New York

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

On March 21st 2016, Nasser Abdel-Fatah (2014 RACC intern) presented a poster at the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America in Albany, New York. RACC Member and mentor, Dr. Tania Bacchus, Professor of Environmental Science Department of Environmental and Health Sciences, Johnson State College attended as did former RACC high school student, Shelby Rosten.
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