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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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Mamava owners recognized in D.C.

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 17:27
The owners of Mamava received their 2018 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year awards during a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Monday.

Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson of Mamava were recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement. The Burlington-based company designs and manufactures free-standing lactation suites for nursing mothers.
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LaunchVT reveals eight startups for 2018 cohort

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:05
On Thursday LaunchVT announced the eight Vermont startups that will be participating in its 2018 cohort. This is the sixth cohort of startups to come through LaunchVT’s early stage acceleration program and pitch competition. Over the past five years LaunchVT has provided mentorship and over $400,000 in cash and in-kind services to accelerate 35 Vermont startups.
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Dr. Dylan Burns, Recipient of a 2017 VT EPSCoR Pilot Award: UVM-Developed Technology Earns Smart 50 Award

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
Digging a hole in most major cities - for new construction or infrastructure repair – is no minor undertaking.

With a dozen or more separate utilities required to inspect the ground under the dig site for a welter of obstructions like water, sewer and gas pipes, electric lines and electric generators - some so old they don’t appear on city maps – the permitting process can take 18 months or more.

Transformational new technology being developed jointly by the University of Vermont and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga could reduce the inspection process to an afternoon’s work.
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Vermont EPSCoR's Innovation Prize Winner: Mamava Founders Named VT Small Business Persons of the Year

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The owners of a Burlington company were named the 2018 Vermont Small Business Persons of the Year.

Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson of Mamava are being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement. Mamava designs and manufactures free-standing lactation suites for nursing mothers.
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Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
The 10th annual Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium was held on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at the University of Vermont's Davis Center. The Symposium showcased the work of student researchers in the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program. Over 60 high school students and teachers attended from schools throughout Vermont, Boston, South Carolina and Puerto Rico. New this year was a presentation from VT PBS on Saving Our Waters Curriculum guides for high school and middle school classrooms.
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Dr. Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez named Coordinator, VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development & Diversity at Saint Michael's College

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
VT EPSCoR is very happy to welcome Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, Ph.D., as the Coordinator of the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development & Diversity at Saint Michael’s College (CWDD).
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Backswimmers: Upside-Down Aquatics

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:01
I had just finished my safety talk to some middle school students when I heard a bloodcurdling scream. In many years handling aquatic insects and other small water creatures, I have never been wounded. Crayfish have once or twice gotten hold of me but never drawn blood. So I was quite surprised to hear through the minor chaos that a student had actually been bitten.
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Undergraduate Intern Outreach in Puerto Rico

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:18
CWDD Coordinator Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, Ph.D. traveled to Puerto Rico in January 2018 where she spoke to students interested in internship opportunities with Vermont EPSCoR. Veronica spoke with students at the University of Puerto Rico, Universidad del Este, Universidad del Turabo, and Universidad Metropolitana. Approximately 150 students interested in STEM opportunities attended.
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