LeeAnn Trusela joined the EPSCoR team in October 2018 as the Project/Office Manager for the Center for Workforce Development & Diversity at St. Michael’s College.
Linyuan Shang, Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) with Vermont EPSCoR, successfully presented his PhD defense on Monday, October 29, 2018.
Vermont EPSCoR teamed up with UVM Innovations, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, and the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies to help sponsor an I-Corps workshop on November 2, 2018.
Vermont EPSCoR Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Caitlin Crossett joined CWDD Coordinator Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez and CWDD Education and Outreach Liaison Janel Roberge on September 27, 2018, for a trip to Grand Isle State Park, where they led approximately 40 students from Camel’s Hump Middle School through site and water quality assessments. The group also took macroinvertebrate samples from the lake and looked at them under microscopes in an effort to more deeply understand the concepts of bio indicators and human impact on water systems. This provided attending students with a deeper knowledge about their impact on Lake Champlain.
Our BREE colleagues continue to grow and receive recognitions for their expertise and accomplishments – most recently Dr. Declan McCabe who is a Co-PI on a new NSF S-STEM award that will help train more data-savvy students through scholarships at Saint Michael’s College; and Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, who will receive the 2018 Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Professional Excellence Award.
Matthew Vaughan, RACC Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) with Vermont EPSCoR and now member of the BREE Political and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) as a Technical Coordinator with the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), successfully presented his PhD defense on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Clelia Marti, PhD has officially joined Vermont EPSCoR and the University of Vermont as a Research Assistant Professor with the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. She is currently contributing to the development of a fully 3D coupled physical and biogeochemical model of Lake Champlain as part of the Vermont EPSCoR Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) project.
Wilton Burns, Vermont EPSCoR Graduate Research Associate, and members of the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) on October 11, 2018 participated in the Women Can Do! Action Expo hosted by Vermont Works for Women. Held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont, the event encouraged high school-aged girls to consider their future careers as potential scientists.
A mini-BioBlitz event was held on September 20, 2018 at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont. Approximately 55 Environmental Science students from Woodstock High School participated. CWDD Technician Janel Roberge served as a macroinvertebrate specialist in partnership with the Place-Based Education Coordinator in Woodstock, VT providing instruction on the use of benthic macroinverebrates to determine water quality at the study site. Students collected, sorted, and identified stream bugs as water quality indicators. This experience was the first time that many of the students wore waders!
Newswise â€” Residents and property owners are more likely to adopt some green stormwater infrastructure practices if they have experienced flooding or erosion on their property or in their neighborhoods, according to new research from the University of Vermont.
Dr. Rick Stumpf from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Center for Coastal Ocean Science presented a seminar and then met with interested BREE researchers on September 17, 2018. The title of his seminar was "Satellites and Cyanobacteria Monitoring in Lake Erie and Elsewhere."
Vermont EPSCoR member Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Professor and Chair of Geology at the University of Vermont, was recognized for her professional achievements by the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), which selected her as the winner of the 2018 AWG Professional Excellence Award in the Academia/Research category. The award is designed to recognize exceptional women who have made distinguished contributions in their professions during their careers.
BREE Graduate Research Assistant, Kevin Andrew, presented his current research at the University of Vermont (UVM) Computer Science (CS) Student Research Day on September 7, 2018.
Vermont EPSCoR GRA Kevin Andrew attended the San Diego Supercomputing Center at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) from August 6-10, 2018 for their Summer Institute Workshop. Kevin was able to attend because of a student travel grant he received through the program, which covered the majority of costs, including room and board on UCSD's campus for the week of the workshop.
The St. Albans Area Watershed Association (SAAWA) reorganized during their annual meeting last week, adding a new vice president to their board before hearing updates from several environment- and water-related projects in their namesake watershed.
Saint Michaelâ€™s College leaders learned Wednesday (8/29/2018) that they will receive the largest scholarship grant in the Collegeâ€™s history from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help faculty train more data-savvy scientists and science-savvy mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists through scholarships, enrichment programs and new curriculum that connects disciplines better.
Kristen Underwood, a GRA with the RACC project, delivered her PhD dissertation on Friday, August 24, 2018. The title of the dissertation was "Smart Classification and Bayesian Inference for Evaluating River Sensitivity to Natural and Human Disturbances: A Data Science Approach."
CWDD members Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez and Janel Roberge attended STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) night at historic Centennial Field on August 12, 2018 sponsored by the Community College of Vermont (CCV). Attendees at the Vermont Lake Monsters minor league baseball game were given the opportunity to explore the world of STEAM in a fun and interactive way.
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.
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.