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BREE Interns visit site of the flood resilient Lovett Park on Bridge Street in Waitsfield, Vermont

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:20
BREE mentors took interns from the Social Systems, IAM, and Climate teams to the Mad River Valley on August 2, 2018. Guided by Josh Schwartz, the Mad River Planning District Executive Director, interns reviewed the site of the flood resilient Lovett Park on Bridge Street in Waitsfield, Vermont. This park is located around the footprint of a historic barber shop, later a photography studio and gallery, which was swept away during Tropical Storm Irene flooding.
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$25,000 Awarded to Local Vermont Students Majoring in STEM

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:20
On Wednesday August 1, 2018, Vermont EPSCoR awarded Native American and First Generation Scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) during a ceremony held in the Senate Chambers at the Vermont State House in Montpelier, VT. Five awards were made to meritorious students from Burlington, Newport, Addison and Bellows Falls. The students are seeking degrees in Engineering , Integrated Biological Sciences and Medical Laboratory Sciences from Norwich University, Vermont Technical College and the University of Vermont.
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Vermont EPSCoR Newsletter - Summer 2018

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 16:09
Welcome to the start of Year 3. It is inspiring to begin a new year, reflect on the past year’s progress and plan for the future directions and milestones of the VT EPSCoR BREE research.
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2018 BREE CWDD High School Students

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 20:14
The second cohort of the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) high school research program had its training week at St. Michael’s College from June 18-22, 2018. The participants will continue to work on their research until the spring of 2019. They will sample streams near their schools and analyze their data to present at the 2019 Spring Research Symposium hosted by the CWDD. During orientation week, the teams learned about environmental concerns in the Lake Champlain Basin, BREE research, watershed model and stream table, water quality and macroinvertebrate fieldwork, identifying macroinvertebrate species, the macroinvertebrate phone application, data mining and analysis. Participants had the opportunity to explore the ECHO Science Center in Burlington as part of their orientation activities.
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2018 CWDD Summer Interns

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 20:14
The CWDD welcomed the 2018-2019 Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) undergraduate interns at St. Michael’s College on Tuesday May 29th, 2018 to begin their internship. The first week was a four-day orientation packed with activities, including learning about the Lake Champlain watershed and its environmental issues, hiking Mt. Philo, a Ropes Course, using a stream table, and a UVM Library Resources session. During this week, they also had an introduction to the research done under BREE, and meeting our faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral associates. Throughout the summer the interns have worked on all aspects of scientific research: literature review, data collection, data analysis and presentations. The CWDD has offered biweekly workshops on data analysis and poster preparation, among others.
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UVM Receives $1.25 Million DOT Award to Help Form Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 20:14
Dr. Mandar Dewoolkar, VT EPSCoR Resilience to Extreme Events in the Lake Champlain Basin (BREE) faculty researcher, chair and professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UVM, was awarded $1.25M from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a highly competitive University Transportation Center (UTC) called the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC).
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Welch tours St. Albans Bay

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 02:54
ST. ALBANS – A day-long tour of St. Albans found Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., joining members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Lake Champlain Basin Program aboard a pontoon in the middle of St. Albans Bay, where the Representative saw first hand the Bay’s struggles with water quality.
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Saving Our Waters wins 2018 Emmy Award

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:44
Saving Our Waters, a three-part documentary, produced by VT PBS with major funding by VT EPSCoR was recognized with a Boston/Regional Emmy Award in the Environmental category, on June 2, 2018. The series focuses on the health and resiliency of Lake Champlain Basin especially with the increase of extreme weather events. VT EPSCoR Science Leaders (pictured above) from the University of Vermont and who are from multiple disciplines ranging from engineering, social, natural and computational sciences, were instrumental in the content development and provided guidance on the science and complex issues surrounding the Lake Basin. Together they work with broader teams of researchers from across the state on the National Science Foundation (NSF) VT EPSCoR
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Dr. Arne Bomblies accepts appointment as VT State EPSCoR Director

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:44
The Office of the Vice President for Research at UVM and the Vermont Technology Council are pleased to announce that Dr. Arne Bomblies has accepted an appointment as Vermont State EPSCoR Director.
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BREE Members Share Sediment Modeling Work with New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:44
At the invitation of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), Scott Hamshaw, Donna Rizzo and Mandar Dewoolkar visited the office and field sites of NYC DEPs 10 year study on reducing sediment and turbidity in New York City’s water supply. The NYC DEP and Scott Hamshaw presented an overview of each other’s various projects and discussed potential collaborations that could arise given the overlapping research objectives of both groups. The NYC DEP also led a tour of study sites in the watersheds of the Ashokan reservoir.
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2018 BREE Mentor Training

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:44
CWDD Coordinator Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez led Vermont EPSCoR’s annual mentor training on May 17, 2018. A total of 25 BREE mentors attended the training, which involved different exercises and activities centered on aligning competencies, self-efficacy, and diversity and inclusion.
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Earth's Biggest Ice Sheet Survived the Last warm Period

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:08
The largest ice sheet on Earth was stable throughout the last warm period in geologic time, indicating it should hold up as temperatures continue to rise, researchers say.
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2018 Vermont EPSCoR All Hands Meeting

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:08
VT EPSCoR held a successful kick off to Year 3 with an exciting All Hands Meeting on June 12, 2018 at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. Over 80 participants attended including the new 2018 Undergraduate interns, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and members from the VT EPSCoR External Advisory Committee.
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Vermont EPSCoR Holds its 10th Annual Student Research Symposium

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:08
The Vermont EPSCoR CWDD team held its 10th Annual Student Research Symposium on March 20, 2018 at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. The symposium provided an opportunity for high school teams and undergraduate students to present BREE-funded research to a wide audience.
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Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez Becomes a Certified Facilitator in the National Research Mentoring Network

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:08
The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) has officially named Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, Coordinator of the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD), a Certified Facilitator in recognition of her commitment and skill as a facilitator. This places her in a select group committed to disseminating evidence-based training while contributing to the mission of creating an inclusive scientific workforce.
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BioBlitz 2018

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:08
On May 18, 2018, the CWDD's Senior Research Technician Janel Roberge traveled to Woodstock, VT to take part in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park's annual BioBlitz event. Acting as the Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Specialist, Janel led a group of roughly thirty 2nd grade students from the Prosper Valley School, Reading Elementary School, and Woodstock Elementary School through a macroinvertebrate investigation session.Students used microscopes (a first for many of them) and tallied up how many taxa of aquatic insect they found in a stream. Students then used this information to help determine whether or not said stream was healthy.
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Spring 2018 Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Meeting

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:08
The VT EPSCoR Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Spring Meeting was held on May 24, 2018. The biannual meetings offer a space for policy makers, decision makers, researchers, federal agency representatives, town and local officials from around the state and region to convene and take an active role in interactive sessions surrounding the Lake Champlain Basin.
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Alan Betts Provides Keynote Speech at 2018 Global Energy and Water Exchanges Open Science Conference

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:08
Vermont EPSCoR researcher Alan Betts, PhD attended the 2018 Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) Open Science Conference in Canmore, Alberta, Canada from May 6th through May 11th, 2018. The theme of this year’s conference was "Extremes and Water on the Edge."
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Vermont PBS Wins Two New England Emmy Awards

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:08
Colchester, VT - June 6, 2018 - Vermont PBS had a great night at the New England Emmy Awards, bringing home two of the coveted statuettes- one for environmental programming for Saving our Waters and a second in the interstitial category for MLT375: Cite Memoire.

Saving Our Waters tackles the urgent need to protect our waterways from pollution and climate change through the lens of the Lake Champlain Basin. It explores the intersection of environmental science and behavioral science necessary to make lasting changes that allow the lake to thrive. Producer Vince Franke was the award recipient for Saving Our Waters. Major funding for this production was provided by Vermont EPSCoR.
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LaunchVT 2018 Recap

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:08
2018 was an incredible year for our acceleration program and pitch competition. It was truly a privilege to work with the extremely talented and diverse group of entrepreneurs in our cohort. We had eight startups from eight different towns with eight very different products and services! This made for a unique learning environment with lots of complementary skills and experiences. The enthusiasm and dedication that each entrepreneur brought to the program elevated the level of acceleration for everyone in the cohort.
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