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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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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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