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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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Dr. Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez Presents at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:30
Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, PhD, Vermont EPSCoR's CWDD Coordinator, presented on the topic of diversity, equality, and inclusion at Universidad Ana G. Mendez 2nd Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium in Carolina, Puerto Rico on May 17, 2019. Presenting remotely to approximately 400 students, Dr. Sosa-Gonzalez detailed Vermont EPSCoR's diversity efforts as a case study to foster inclusion and diversity. She also answered questions from the audience about how Vermont EPSCoR built and expanded its network and why the program considers training to be an important part of the diversity initiative.
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BREE High School Teacher presents at NSF Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) All Scientists Meeting

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:30
BREE High School teacher Glenda Almodovar Morales presented her Vermont EPSCoR funded research at the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (NSF LTER) All Scientists Meeting in Pacific Grove, California in October 2018. The meeting, which occurs once every three years, provided Ms. Almodovar Morales with an opportunity to highlight research that her students worked on during the 2017-2018 academic year.
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VT EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Awardees Attend National Science Foundation Convergence Meeting

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:30
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) held a first ever meeting with all Research Infrastructure Improvement Awardees (RII) Tracks 1 -2 and 4 in Old Alexandria, Virginia on May 15 – 17, 2019. The meeting theme focused on “Convergence” and provided the opportunity for Principle Investigators (PIs) from all EPSCoR states and jurisdictions around the country to hear about funding trends at the NSF and other EPSCoR-like programs including the newly announced funding opportunities expected from the Department of Defense (DEPSCoR) program. The forum also provided a venue for PIs from different RII funding mechanisms to network and discover potential future collaborative areas of common interest – and convergence.
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High School Teams from Puerto Rico Participate in Cultural Exchange Visit with Burlington High School Pilot Burlington City and

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:30
Several VT EPSCoR CWDD High School Student Interns from Puerto Rico traveled to Vermont to attend the Annual Research Symposium and share experiences with Vermont students at Burlington High School for a cultural exchange visit. Burlington High School is in the pilot year of the Burlington City & Lake (BCL) Semester.
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Advancing young girls by Dr. Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:30
f we want to build the capacity for scientific solutions that address the needs of all Vermonters then we must encourage the voices of under-represented groups to join the conversation. Having more scientifically trained people in Vermont, no matter what career pathway they take, is incredibly important for our state’s economic future. Even if we can’t see it, science is built into practically everything we do: from the decisions we make to the products we use. We strive to enrich our story by offering opportunities to those groups who have been traditionally underrepresented in these areas by connecting more students of different genders, races, ethnicities, and socio-economic positions, to career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
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Forum to Advance Science and Policy Recommendations on Lake Champlain Water Quality

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 18:09
A forum to advance science and policy recommendations on Lake Champlain water quality was held on May 8th, 2019 at the St. Michael's College Dion Event Center.

Objectives:
To build foundations for transboundary water quality management

To clarify existing science and policy initiatives in both countries

To identify gaps in science, data, and policy across transboundary borders and consider opportunities for partnerships among science communities

To review and further develop policy and management recommendations to inform the study report
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Q&A: Space company climbs into universe of small satellite propulsion

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 18:09
Ryan McDevitt, 37, is CEO of Benchmark Space Systems, a 2-year-old South Burlington company that makes compact propulsion systems for small satellites.

Benchmark has six employees and is hiring three more to meet a $680,000 contract signed with the U.S. Air Force in March. In November, the company closed on $1.1 million in investment from local angel investors and two venture capital firms: Launch Capital in Boston and Fresh Tracks in Vermont. It’s receiving another $600,000 from investors this month and expects to start selling its product to other customers later this year or early in 2020.
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Forecasted Funding Opportunity for DoD - Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Program

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 17:54
The DoD released a Notice of Intent for the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Program. Approximately $3.6 million may be made available to support up to six awards. Eligibility is restricted to institutions of higher education in DEPSCoR eligible states. Application due dates are to be determined. More information regarding
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LaunchVT announces 2019 Accelerator Cohort

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 12:34
LaunchVT has selected the eight Vermont startups that will be participating in its 2019 Accelerator Cohort. This is the seventh cohort of startups to come through LaunchVT’s acceleration program. Over the past six years LaunchVT has provided business development support, strategic coaching, and over $550,000 in cash and services to accelerate 43 Vermont startups.
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Informational Session: EPSCoR RII Track-1 Grant Proposal Process

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 12:34
An informational session was held at the UVM Davis center to provide an overview of the NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure and Improvment (RII) Track-1 grant proposal process. The session was led by Arne Bomblies, PhD, PE, State Director of Vermont EPSCoR.
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BREE GRAs Present at UVM Student Research Conference

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 06:00
BREE graduate research assistants Kevin Andrew and Brittany Lancellotti presented research posters at the UVM Student Research Day on April 17, 2019.
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BREE Members Present at Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 06:00
BREE Integrated Assessment Co-Leader Asim Zia, PhD and Graduate Research Assistant, Kevin Andrew, each presented at the Second Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems (NERCCS) in Binghamton, New York on April 5, 2019.
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Long Trail students win awards

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 06:00
DORSET — Long Trail School junior Langston Quail and seniors Zachary Lee and Hope Soucy were awarded gold medals as top students at this year's Vermont Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Fair at Norwich University on March 30. These three students presented their research on the influence of stream velocity and habitat (upstream and downstream side of river rocks) on macroinvertebrate taxa from the Mettowee River. They were also recognized as state finalists for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and were presented with the prestigious Air Force Science Fair Award.
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Dr. Alan Betts Introduces Lothrop Elementary Students to Climate Research

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 17:28
Alan Betts, PhD, a climate scientist with the Vermont EPSCoR BREE program, visited Lothrop Elementary School in Brandon, Vermont on April 3, 2019 to introduce students to weather and climate science.
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Elementary students at JJ Flynn in Burlington VT Learn How to Use a Microscope and Examine Stream Insects

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 17:28
BREE postdoctoral associate Dr. Dustin Kincaid, BREE graduate research assistant Brittany Lancellotti, and CWDD Coordinator Dr. Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez introduced students at JJ Flynn Elementary School in Burlington, VT to stream research on March 25, 2019. They brought microscopes, magnifying glasses, and macroinvertebrate species for students to examine at the JJ Flynn Elementary School Maker's Faire for grades 1 through 5.
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Brave Little State: How Is Climate Change Affecting Vermont Right Now?

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 17:28
We know the predictions are dire; we know there are urgent conversations to be had about policy. But to answer this listener question, we stay focused on the present.
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