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Dr. Patrick Clemins Invited Speaker at State Science & Technology Institute Annual Conference

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 13:17
Patrick Clemins, PhD, Manager of Cyberinfrastructure and Partnerships with Vermont EPSCoR, was an invited panelist at the State Science & Technology Institute Annual Conference (SSTI) on September 11, 2019. Dr. Clemins was a presenter on the panel session titled "Successful Support for First-Time SBIR Applicants". Dr. Clemins outlined the different funding mechanisms that Vermont EPSCoR offers to small business owners and innovators. The panel was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Other members of the panel included Brittany Sickler (Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, SBIR/STTR, SBA), Daniel Moses (Director, Oklahoma Catalyst Programs, University of Oklahoma), and Steve Konsek (SBIR/STTR Program Director, NSF).
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Ecology Day at Camel’s Hump Middle School!

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:00
Ecology Day at Camel's Hump Middle School was held on October 3, 2019. VT EPSCoR GRAs Wilton Burns and Caitlin Crossett helped students identify macroinvertebrates and provided the middle school students with an opportunity to interact with real scientists.
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BioBlitz at Camel's Hump Middle School

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 17:18
The first ever BioBlitz event at Camel's Hump Middle School was held on September 18 & 19, 2019. During this two-day event, Janel Roberge, Education and Outreach Liaison for the Vermont EPSCoR CWDD program, accompanied 65 students to a perennial stream site and instructed students how to catalog each of the organisms that they found. Ms. Roberge led a three and a half hour excursion on the first day. During this time she served primarily as a benthic macroinvertebrate specialist but helped students to identify other organisms as well.
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National SBIR Road Tour 2020 held at the University of Vermont

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:22
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour came to Vermont on September 16, 2019 for a day-long series of panels and discussions in the University of Vermont (UVM) Davis Center. Vermont State EPSCoR Director Arne Bomblies, PhD, PE participated in a panel to discuss the variety of ways in which Vermont EPSCoR helps local small businesses, including SBIR Phase(0) and Pilot Project awards. Approximately 150 entrepreneurs and researchers attended the event.
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$3B in research funding up for grabs at inventors' event

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:00
The federal agencies that spend $3 billion each year in research grants are visiting Vermont for the first time next month to introduce themselves to local entrepreneurs.
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Jonathan Winter Wins NSF CAREER Award for Research, Teaching

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:00
Assistant Professor of Geography Jonathan Winter has won a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, which recognizes junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher and researcher and who have the ability to integrate the two.
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2019 Vermont EPSCoR Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 16:27
The 2019 Vermont EPSCoR Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium showcased the work of undergraduate researchers in the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program. The event took place on Thursday August 1st, 2019 at Main Street Landing in Burlington Vermont and was hosted by the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity. The symposium offers student researchers an opportunity to practice their science communication skills in a professional environment, and provides a critical capstone to the summer undergraduate internships. BREE 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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Castleton Student Receives Vermont EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity Scholarship

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 16:27
Tracee Turnbaugh, a Computer Information Systems major from North Clarendon, Vermont, was recently awarded the 2019 First Generation Student Scholarship from the Vermont Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research’s Center for Workforce Development and Diversity. The award is given to first-generation and Native American college students entering a STEM-related academic program at a Vermont college or university. Turnbaugh is the second Castleton student to ever receive the award.
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Dr. Alan Betts Gives Hands-On Workshop to Shader Croft Students

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 16:27
Alan Betts, PhD presented a hands-on workshop about weather, climate, and climate change to seven students and three staff members from the Shader Croft School, a non-profit organization that provides specialized instruction to Vermont students, on July 9, 2019. The group met at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT, after which Dr. Betts led a discussion and journey up Lone Tree Hill. The walking trail from Lone Tree Hill offers visitors a 1/2-mile round trip from the site's Farm Barn, offering opportunities to explore the environment and plant life along the way. Dr. Betts led students in a discussion about measuring energy balance of living plants, the temperature of the sky on a sunny day, and more.
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Declan McCabe, PhD Receives Graduate Accomplished Alumnus Award

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 16:27
BREE project member Declan McCabe, PhD received the Accomplished Graduate Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Vermont (UVM) on May 17, 2019. He highlighted his BREE research during the Honors Day Award ceremony at UVM which led up to his acceptance of the award.
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Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux Named AMS Fellow

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 16:27
Professor of Geography Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation’s premier scientific and professional organization disseminating information about the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences.
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VT EPSCoR and VGN Visit the Vermont State House

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:00
Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, PhD, Coordinator for the VT EPSCoR CWDD, and Tabitha Finch, PhD, Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) Director of Professional Development and Education Core, visited the Vermont State House on May 16, 2019 to discuss the missions of Vermont EPSCoR and VGN with state representatives.
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Vermont EPSCoR Newsletter - Summer 2019

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 08:57
Our BREE colleagues continue to grow and receive recognitions for their expertise and accomplishments. Please explore our summer newsletter.
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Video games offer clues to help curb animal disease outbreaks

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:18
Strengthening biosecurity is widely considered the best strategy to reduce the devastating impact of disease outbreaks in the multi-billion-dollar global swine industry, but successfully doing so all comes down to human decision-making, a University of Vermont study shows.
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VT EPSCoR lake and stream researchers off and running

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:18
This summer the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development & Diversity (CWDD) has been busy welcoming 18 undergraduate interns and 46 high school participants to both the Saint Michael’s College and University of Vermont campuses for the 2019-2020 research year.
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UVM researchers make key use of drones

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:18
A buzz in the skies over the Richmond green this week turned out to be the University of Vermont Spacial Analysis Lab's drone team out practicing.


The lab has been using drones since 2011 and has found them an easy way to stretch a research budget. "Drones offer a very cost effective way to collect data. They're a lot cheaper say than hiring a manned chopper to collect data or information," said the lab's Emma Estabrook, showing off the drone they use for mapping projects.
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99.3 FM WBTV - Views & Stews - The Water Show with VT EPSCoR

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:00
In our first hour, a conversation with three scientists from the VT EPSCoR program at the University of Vermont. We’ll talk about how we’re learning about water in Vermont and elsewhere. Their research is extensive and innovative, and pertinent to the issues of water quality Vermont is addressing today.
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LaunchVT startups net $135,000 in cash and services

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:00
Three female founded startups were selected to receive cash awards totalling $35,000 at the seventh annual LaunchVT Demo Night. All eight startups in the 2019 cohort have been partnered with local businesses and will receive professional services worth over $100,000. Demo Night, LaunchVT (link is external)’s annual investor showcase and pitch event, comes at the end of an eight week intensive program where entrepreneurs in the LaunchVT cohort work with a dedicated coach, strategic advisors, and each other to refine their business models, hone their pitches, and prepare for the future. Two hundred investors, advisors, and observers came out on May 31st to cheer on the founders and celebrate the local community that supports them.
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Atmosphoria Wins $15,000 LaunchVT VT EPSCoR Impact Award

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:30
Congrats to the Launch VT 2019 Cohort!
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2019 Vermont EPSCoR All Hands Meeting

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:30
VT EPSCoR held a successful kick off to Year 4 with an exciting All Hands Meeting on June 4, 2019 at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. Over 80 participants attended including the new 2019 Undergraduate interns, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and members from the VT EPSCoR External Advisory Committee.
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