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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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RACC Q1 Leader Andrew Schroth Presents at Friends of Northern Lake Champlain Executive Board Meeting

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

On March 28th 2016, Andrew Schroth presented an overview of both RACC and NEWRnet research in the Missisquoi Basin to the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain executive board at their monthly meeting, which was followed by a lively question and answer session. Progress was made towards establishing a partnership between EPSCoR researchers and the citizen stakeholder group based on our mutual interest in promoting improved water quality in the Missisquoi Basin. Schroth will meet with the group again at their annual meeting in May.
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Teaching Their Teachers: Grant Advances Classroom Innovation in Rivendell District

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43
Less than a decade ago, Rachel Sanders was exploring what makes life in the oceans tick and Laszlo Bardos was looking for engineering solutions to improve computer software.

And while they are both still eager to teach their subjects, this year the are pursuing a different agenda: influencing the way their colleagues in the Rivendell Interstate School District are teaching those and other topics. Armed with a $100,000 grant, they will spend the 2016-2017 school year coaching other teachers in ways to help their students learn by, among other things, teaching their teachers.
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RACC Interns present at 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference in Saratoga Springs NY

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

On March 5th 2016 Melissa Segall (2015 RACC intern) and Nasser Abdel-Fatah (2014 RACC intern) presented posters at the 41st Annual Northeastern Storm Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York. This conference is organized by the students in the Meteorology program at Lyndon State College (now in its 41st year). Melissa Segall is one of the board members that helped to organize this years' meeting. Dr. Tania Bacchus, Professor Environmental & Health Sciences at Johnson State College, worked with the students on the research.
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CWDD Outreach: Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax Middle School 7th Grade

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 14:43

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, BFA-Fairfax Middle School 7th grade students took a close look at their campus landscape including the Mill Brook which happens to run right on the school grounds! Mr. Chris Palmer, a 7th and 8th grade science teacher, has incorporated Mill Brook in the science curriculum unit on water quality, blue-green algae blooms, and how these issues relate to the students. The study site, Mill Brook, flows directly into the Lamoille River which empties into Lake Champlain. Laura Yayac, Janel Roberge, and Lindsay Wieland from the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity at Saint Michael's College (CWDD) visited the classroom and highlighted for the students, the connection between the health of their local stream and algal blooms that occur downstream.

Students were introduced to simple scientific research methods and discussed how their actions can help impact regional environmental issues. For example, at the stream, students divided into two groups to learn how researchers collect stream data and make observations. The students measured several parameters with pH probes, took temperature readings. Students also took grab samples from the stream to analyze in the lab. Lab tests included measures of phosphates, nitrates, chlorine, and dissolved oxygen - which are measures that enable scientists to understand the health of the stream and the watershed.

When asked about the value of this type of outreach event, Mr. Palmer answered, "My students getting experience doing research with real scientists outside the confines of my classroom laboratory - big time authenticity!"
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Method Developed To Predict Local Climate Change - reportingclimatescience.com

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 04:26

Method Developed To Predict Local Climate Change
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... of High-Resolution Climate Simulations over the Mountainous Northeastern United States by Jonathan M. Winter, Brian Beckage, Gabriela Bucini, Radley M. Horton and Patrick J. Clemins published in Journal of Hydrometeorology, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-15- ...

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Champlain College team wins LaunchVT Collegiate Competition - Vermont Biz

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 16:14

Champlain College team wins LaunchVT Collegiate Competition
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LaunchVT is Vermont's statewide business competition and is made possible thanks to our sponsors, including: the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Department of Economic Development, Vermont EPSCoR, Free Press Media, ...

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2016-02-17 2016 The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 21:16
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2016 Solicitation 1. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday May 11, 2016.
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LaunchVT applications open; announces new collegiate program - vtdigger.org

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 15:15

LaunchVT applications open; announces new collegiate program
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LaunchVT is made possible thanks to our sponsors, including: the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Department of Economic Development, Vermont EPSCoR, Free Press Media, People's United Bank, New England Federal Credit ...

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2016-02-08 2016 2016 RACC Retreat - Photos, Videos and Slides

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:17
A very successful and interactive All Hands Meeting for RACC and NEWRnet was held on February 6, 2016 at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. Dr. C. Susan Weiler, NSF Program Director, attended and provided welcoming remarks to the group along with Dr. Judith Van Houten, VT State EPSCoR Director. A series of innovative presentations from science leaders, graduate research associates and post-doctoral associates were conducted in short time sequences to provide an overview of the work and progress of the research. Presentations were grouped in teams and by area of study.
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2016-02-08 2016 Alan Alda Communicating Science Workshop

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:17

The second Alan Alda Workshop on Communicating Science was held at the University of Vermont on February 1st and 2nd, 2016. Twenty-five faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral associates from across the disciplines and various institutions in Vermont participated in the one and a half day interactive workshop. There were also two larger plenary sessions with about 75 attendees. Through improvisational methods and story-telling exercises developed by the Alda Center, the participants practiced and developed new techniques to help communicate sometimes highly technical research concepts to a wide audience including the broader public and non-experts outside their specific field of study. The workshop culminated with a session on video messaging allowing each participant to record a short video on an aspect of their research.
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2016-01-28 RACC Member Scott Hamshaw puts drones to work to avoid natural disasters

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:19
When Vermont's first-responders hit the ground after a natural disaster, they could get a big lift from above. Drones can provide a big picture view of the scene, but some researchers believe they can do even more, potentially preventing a disaster before it strikes.
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2016-01-25 Land Trusts & Conservation Easements: Richard Kujawa

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:34
Saint Michael's Geography professor explains his fascination with Vermont. I wanted, from the get-go, to be engaged in the places that I visited and lived. And one of the things that's fascinating about Vermont is that those places and the institutions and the people in those places are remarkably accessible, he says. The legislative record and nonprofits in the state and other researchers in the state represent kind of a laboratory, if you like, for you to look at the way in which sometimes very big picture research questions can be examined on a manageable scale.
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Governor's Institutes to launch two new topical institutes - vtdigger.org

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:34

Governor's Institutes to launch two new topical institutes
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The Institute will receive support from VT-NASA and VT-EPSCOR as well as the Agency of Education. At 33 years old, the Governor's Institutes of Vermont is best known for its longest running Institutes focusing on Arts, Current Issues, and several STEM ...

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2016-01-20 Johnson and Lyndon State Undergraduate Interns Present Research Findings at National Conferences

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 03:05

The Climate Science Lab located at Johnson State College, and led by Dr. Tania Bacchus, Professor of Earth Science and Meteorology, collects and evaluates lake and mountain weather station datasets in northern tier Vermont to better understand climate change in Vermont. The lab is funded by the VT ESPCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Champlain Basin (RACC) grant #1101317.

Two RACC interns from Dr. Bacchus' lab presented posters at the 2015 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco in December. Melissa Segall is currently a senior at Lyndon State College, and worked in Dr. Bacchus' lab during the summer of 2015. She presented her RACC research titled: "Large Precipitation Events in Northern Vermont Compared to Global Temperature Anomalies and Carbon Dioxide Concentrations". Ashley Fortin worked in Dr. Bacchus' lab during the summer of 2012 and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from Lyndon State College in 2014. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University in San Francisco. Ashley's research poster was titled: "The Influence of Declining Arctic Sea Ice on Sudden Stratospheric Warming Events".

Melissa Segall also took her RACC research poster to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting in New Orleans for the annual conference in January, 2016.

Nasser Abdel-Fatah, a senior at Johnson State College and RACC intern in the summers of 2014 and 2015, has had an abstract accepted for the Northeastern Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Albany, New York in March, 2016. Nasser will present his RACC research titled: "Detailed Analysis of Climate Trends from the Northern Tier of Vermont from 2000-2014".

The VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) places undergraduate students interested in learning more about science careers and working as part of a team of researchers at several Vermont campuses. The CWDD is located at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont.
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2016-01-20 RACC High School Team presents poster at AGU

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 03:05

On December 17th, 2015, a RACC high school team from Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax presented their research poster at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Earth Sciences teacher, Tom Lane, BFA-Fairfax High School Juniors, Rebekah Larose and Sophie Lee, along with CWDD Director, Lindsay Wieland, traveled to San Francisco to present their Streams Project research. The teams in the High School Streams Project look at total phosphate, total nitrogen, and TSS in streams feeding into the Missisquoi and Winooski Rivers.
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