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2016-01-05 NEW RACC Publication: The mobility of phosphorus, iron, and manganese through the sedimentwater continuum of a shallow eutrophic freshwater lake under stratified and mixed water-column conditions

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 06:04
The management of external nutrient inputs to eutrophic systems can be confounded due to a persistent pool of phosphorus (P) in lake sediments. The behaviors of P and trace metals depend largely on the reductive dissolution of amorphous iron (Fe) and manganese (Mn) (oxy)hydroxides in sediments; however, a holistic understanding of these dynamics in relation to the broader ecological and hydrodynamic conditions of the system remains elusive. We used a high-frequency monitoring approach to develop a comprehensive conceptual model of P, Mn, and Fe dynamics across the sediment water continuum of a shallow bay in Lake Champlain (Missisquoi Bay, USA).
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2016-01-04 Taylor Ricketts: Wild Bees Declining In Major Agricultural Areas

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 06:04
As wild and domesticated bee populations continue to decline, a new study from the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics shows the regions most affected across the country. The study was led by Insu Koh, a postdoctoral researcher.

Professor Taylor Ricketts, director of the Gund Institute and a senior author of the study, tells Here & Now's Robin Young that agricultural areas are contributing to the decline, even when they need bees more than ever.
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2015-12-16 2016 2016 Call for VT Space Grant / NASA EPSCoR Faculty Research Grants

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 00:07
2016 Call for VT Space Grant/NASA EPSCoR Faculty Research Grants

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m.


The Vermont Space Grant / NASA EPSCoR Program is pleased to announce the 2016 Faculty Research Competition. Subject to the timely receipt of NASA funding, this competition will fund a limited number of Vermont faculty research projects that are strongly aligned with new and continuing NASA research priorities and technology needs. Investigators may wish to consult the current priorities within NASA's Mission Directorates (http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/missions/index.html).
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2015-12-16 2016 Call for VT Space Grant Fellowships

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 00:07
Vermont Space Grant Consortium: Call for Proposals

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS FOR AY2016-2017

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m.

The Vermont Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce a competition for Graduate Research Assistantships for a twelve-month period consisting of the 2016-2017 Academic Year and the Summer of 2017. This competition is open to U.S. graduate students enrolled in M.S. and Ph.D. students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
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2015-12-14 Under Water December Is Peak Leaf Season

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 00:07
By December, foliage season is long over for us humans, but it's peak season under the water. Last month, fallen leaves accumulated in our streams and rivers, starting a process that's critical for the nourishment of everything from caddisflies on up the food chain to eagles and even people. In fact, most of the Northeast stream food supply originates in the form of fallen leaves. - See more at: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2015/12/under-water-decembers-peak-leaf-season.html#sthash.dcVqDHnB.dpuf
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2015-12-09 Higher Education and K12 - Partnerships for Success

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 12:46
K12 gets students first - long before they reach higher education. What kinds of partnerships can better serve the overall trajectory of IT services, from K12 through higher education? CT asked Larry Dougher about K12/higher education IT partnerships.
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2015-12-01 RACC Member Alan Betts - Radio Interview on WGDR - Nov 24 2015

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 12:46
RACC member Alan Betts interviewed on 10/24/2015 on WGDR Radio.
Joseph Gainza, Producer & Host - Gathering Peace
WGDR 91.1 FM WGDH 91.7 FM
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Meet UVM's COP21 Team - UVM News

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:24

Meet UVM's COP21 Team
UVM News
From left, sophomore Gina Fiorile and professors Asim Zia, Lini Wollenberg and Jennie Stephens will travel to Paris to attend a conference that many hope will result in the most significant international climate change agreement to date. World leaders ...

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2015-11-24 2016 VT EPSCoR Delegation Attends National NSF EPSCoR Meeting in Portsmouth, NH

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:59


A delegation of Vermont EPSCoR participants attended the national NSF EPSCoR meeting in Portsmouth, NH on November 2 -3, 2015. Dr. John N. Evans, President of the Vermont Technology Council, was an invited speaker for a panel discussion entitled "Addressing the EPSCoR Trifecta: Research, Science & Technology, and Economic Development". University of Vermont Professor and Chair of Geography, Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, participated in several workshops including a facilitated breakout session on collaboration in jurisdictions focused on Climate Dynamics. Postdoctoral Associate, Dr. Steven Scheinert, was an invited poster presenter for his research entitled: Bridging the Meso and Micro Level Scales of Social Complexity within a Socio-Ecological System: Modeling the Relationship between Governance Networks and Land Use/Management Decisions in the Northeastern Segment of the Lake Champlain Basin.

Vermont State Director, Dr. Judith Van Houten, Cyber Specialist and Research Associate Professor, Dr. Patrick J. Clemins, Project Coordinator, Lillian Gamache and Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) and Saint Michael's College Director, Lindsay Wieland also attended workshops and breakout groups on numerous topics.
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2015-11-23 2016 Former Streams Intern now working as GIS Specialist

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:59
Former Streams intern Maya Thomas is a GIS Specialist at Civil Solutions in southern New Jersey.
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2015-11-23 2016 Big Heavy World on VT UCAN

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:59
Big Heavy World is stepping into a new world of connectivity by announcing their participation in Vermont UCAN, the regional arm of the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network, which connects over 90,000 community anchor institutions (schools, museums, libraries, community centers, healthcare, etc.) to Internet2. Internet2 is a nationwide research and education network which is 100 times faster than current next-generation 1 Gigabit networks and supports next-generation network technologies such as software defined networking. Vermont UCAN is made possible through a public-private collaboration between Vermont EPSCoR which promotes and manages the network, the University of Vermont which provides the Internet2 connectivity and technical expertise, and seven internet service providers which connect their clients to the network.
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2015-11-23 2016 NEWRnet PhD Student Matthew Vaughan Awarded Research Grant

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:59
NEWRnet PhD student Matthew Vaughan was awarded a research grant from the Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center. The funded project is entitled 'Developing high frequency in-situ methods to accurately quantify riverine phosphorus loading to Lake Champlain'. Andy Vermilyea, Beverley Wemple and Andrew Schroth are collaborators on the grant.
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2015-11-23 2016 Mediated Modeling Workshop

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:59
A day long workshop linking science, planning and policy

Over 50 members from state, local and regional organizations attended an interactive day-long workshop tackling the best approaches to ensure water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin (LCB). Representatives from Quebec, Canada and throughout Vermont participated. Members from the VT EPSCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Champlain Basin (RACC) teams provided valuable findings and methods to help policy and decision makers address the state of the Lake and its future. Biogeochemical hydrological data collected in the Missisquoi Bay, at stream bank erosion sites and climate modeling predictions and precipitation trends for the region, coupled with social elements that contribute to this overall ecosystem were shared.
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Warming planet challenges ideology - Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 03:07

Warming planet challenges ideology
Barre Montpelier Times Argus
So we, the people, must speak up, elect leaders who stand for the truth, start to work with the Earth, and build communities that are sustainable for generations to come. Alan Betts is a leading climate scientist who works with Atmospheric Research in ...

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2015-11-20 Legislative Summit Addresses Entrepreneurship "Ecosystem"

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
The University of Vermont held its third legislative summit, "Vermont's 21st Century Economy: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem," on Tuesday, attracting more than 40 legislators to campus for a packed-full day of presentations and roundtable discussions. Thirty UVM faculty and representatives from 20 state agencies also participated.
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2015-11-17 NEWRnet Outreach: Harwood Union Middle School 7th Grade

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, the CWDD Staff met Harwood Union Middle School seventh graders at Lozelle Brook - right on the school campus! Seventh grade science teacher Angela Selvaggio has been teaching her classes about watersheds and the physical, chemical, and biological indicators of water quality.
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2015-11-13 VT EPSCoR CWDD represented at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
The Vermont EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) recently joined five EPSCoR representatives from jurisdictions around the country to represent NSF-EPSCoR at the SACNAS conference. SACNAS, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, hosts a national conference each year. The 2015 National SACNAS Conference, held in Washington D.C from October 29-31, hosted speakers, workshops, conference sessions, poster presentations, and more, for undergraduate and graduate scientists. It offers an opportunity for a diverse group of researchers to disseminate their research while networking and engaging in career development opportunities.
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2015-11-12 Stream Study Raises New Questions About Lake Pollution

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
For decades, phosphorus pollution has been contributing to unwanted algae blooms in many lakes—including Lake Champlain. A raft of recent research has pointed a finger at eroding streambanks, suggesting that their washed-out soils are a major source of this phosphorus flow.
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2015-11-12 NASA EPSCoR 2016 National Research Group Competition.

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:08
Vermonts NASA EPSCoR Project anticipates that a solicitation from the National Program at NASA Headquarters for a new 2016 NASA EPSCoR Faculty Research Team Competition will be announced sometime late in the Fall of 2015. Historically, NASA EPSCoR has made awards of $750,000 for a three-year period of performance to the selected research teams, including a 50% match (1-to-2) consisting of local non-Federal funds.

As in past years, it will be necessary to select the top project(s) ahead of time so as to be prepared once the formal announcement of the 2016 Competition is posted. This local selection of projects will be made on the basis of peer-reviewed pre-proposals. Vermont faculty researchers wishing to be considered as Science PIs for inclusion in this competition must submit a pre-proposal for their proposed team research project to the VT-NASA EPSCoR Office no later than COB on Friday, November 13.
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Scientists frustrated that lake efforts oriented more toward management than ... - vtdigger.org

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 14:52

Scientists frustrated that lake efforts oriented more toward management than ...
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This goes on for more than 12 hours, as Middlebury professor Tom Manley guides student Perri Silverheart through a project involving sub-sediment mapping of the lake bed. Manley says information .... And as Vermonters embark on an ambitious task of ...

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