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2019 Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 10:30
The 11th annual Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium showcased the work of student researchers in the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program. The event took place on Tuesday April 2, 2019 in the Dion Student Center on the Saint Michael's College campus 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 year-long high school research projects and 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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Dr. Asim Zia leads pre-conference workshop at ASPA Section for Complexity and Network Studies Meeting

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:00
Dr. Asim Zia, Co-Leader of the BREE Integrated Assessment Team, organized a workshop titled "Advancing Public Service Through Big Data and AI." The workshop, held on March 7, 2019 in Washington, DC, at the American Society for Public Administration Meeting. The workshop included a panel of experts who discussed the opportunities and challenges posed by “rapidly spreading digital revolution, internet of things, drones and ubiquitous computing. While these new disruptive technologies have led to the widespread diffusion of big data, service delivery, machine learning and AI technologies in the private sector, the public sector agencies are lagging far behind in both regulating the adverse impacts of AI (e.g. strategic spread of fake news and rumors in elections through advertising campaigns in social media) as well as harnessing AI technologies for addressing persistent public sector issues (e.g. social equity, infrastructure resilience, sustainable development, and government accountability).”
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BREE Members Present at ASLO 2019 Aquatic Sciences Conference

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:00
BREE Ecological Systems Team Co-Leader Andrew Schroth, PhD and Vermont EPSCoR GRA Wilton Burns attended the 2019 Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Aquatic Sciences Meeting, which ran from February 23rd through March 2nd in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While there, they presented a poster titled "Understanding the timing and intensity of cyanobacteria blooms in St. Albans Bay and Missisquoi Bay," which featured BREE research.
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Macroinvertebrate Mystery at Lyman C. Hunt Middle School

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 19:33
On February 5th and 7th, the CWDD traveled to Lyman C. Hunt Middle School in Burlington, VT to lead students through a Macroinvertebrate Mystery. Approximately 40 students participated in the event. Each student received macroinvertebrate samples to examine. They then found, grouped, and tallied as many insects as they could in order to figure out whether the streams the samples came from were healthy or polluted.
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Hypothesis Creation with Lyman C. Hunt Middle School

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 19:33
VT EPSCoR post-doc Erin Seybold and CWDD members LeeAnn Trusela, and Janel Roberge traveled to Lyman C. Hunt Middle School on February 14 2019 and led roughly 40 students through hypothesis creation and testing.

The middle school students had received visits from the CWDD the week prior, where they gained some background knowledge about macroinvertebrates. This time, students learned about land use and its impacts on macroinvertebrates. They then created hypotheses that they tested using data taken from VT EPSCoR's Streams Database.
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Vermont EPSCoR Winter 2019 Magazine

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 19:33
We are happy to share with you the latest news from Vermont EPSCoR in this 2019 winter
Magazine.
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Ice Capades

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 10:47
Come mid-January, when I’m acclimatized to Vermont’s winter, I enjoy an occasional stroll on the icy surface of Lake Champlain. I favor bays sheltered from the brunt of winter winds where the ice has had ample time to thicken. I pull microspikes on over my boots and off I go.
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Manure decisions extend beyond growing season to influence GHG emissions

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:27
Decisions farmers make over the spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions later in the winter, a new study from the University of Vermont concluded.
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Dr. Alan Betts Speaks at Rutland High School

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:34
Dr. Alan Betts, a member of the BREE Climate and Integrated Assessment teams, spoke to a student group of ecologists, economists, and environmental scientists at Rutland High School on January 17, 2019. Approximately 40 people attended the talk titled "The Climate Change Challenge." Additionally, students from Rutland High School's Environmental Club participated in an extended discussion after the talk's conclusion.
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2019 Alan Alda Communicating Science Workshop

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:09
Vermont EPSCoR hosted an Alan Alda Communicating Science Workshop on January 19, 2019.

Instructors Nancee Moes and James Rea from the Alda Center at Stonybrook College facilitated an all-day workshop composed of 20 Vermont EPSCoR faculty, GRAs, Post-Docs, and additional students and scientists. The workshop began with an introduction and group exercises, then split into two tracks in the afternoon which allowed attendees to work in small groups and receive more intensive training.
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Herreld Rosado-Loubriel, 2018 Vermont EPSCoR Undergraduate Intern, presents at ABRCMS

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 03:00
CWDD Coordinator Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez attended the 2018 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), which ran from November 14 to November 17, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.
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Scott Hamshaw Awarded CUAHSI Fellowship

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 03:00
Dr. Scott Hamshaw, a post doc with Vermont EPSCoR's BREE project, was selected for Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowship funding from the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) in December 2018. The funding will support a project that Dr. Hamshaw is collaborating on with UVM Computer Science PhD student Ali Javed, building a small software implementation that uses some of Dr. Hamshaw's research on storm event analysis.
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Large contingent of BREE scientists attend the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:32
A large contingent of BREE scientists attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting, which ran from December 10th to December 14th in Washington, DC. More than a dozen BREE faculty members, post docs, graduate students, and undergraduate interns made oral and poster presentations. Topics of these presentations included evaluating climate model parameter specifications, estimating sediment and phosphorous transport during floods, modeling impacts of watershed management on lake cyanobacteria blooms, and more.
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Doug Denu Presents Masters Defense

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:32
Doug Denu, a GRA with Vermont EPSCoR, presented his masters defense on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. His defense, "Predicting Reach-scale Sediment Regimes to Prioritize River Restoration and Conservation," examined river data gathered from the framework provided by a Self Organizing Map (SOM) and Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm (MOGA).
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Dr. Asim Zia Leads Panel at UNFCCC

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:32
BREE Integrated Assessment Co-Leader Dr. Asim Zia led a panel on December 8, 2018 titled "Implementing Food-Energy-Water Security Early Warning Systems for Adaptation to Climate Change" at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland.
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Vermont EPSCoR Travels to Grand Isle State Park

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:32
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.
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CWDD Participates in Harwood Union Middle School Field Day

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:32
Middle school students from Harwood Union Middle School in Moretown, Vermont participated in an engaging field day on October 24, 2018, with the help of CWDD members Janel Roberge and LeeAnn Trusela. Approximately 40 students were instructed how to make scientific observations that would indicate the health of Lozelle Brook, which ultimately flows into Lake Champlain. Students further investigated those observations using water and macroinvertebrate sampling techniques. These techniques included using a kick net and scrubbing rocks found in the streams.
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The Life of a Scientist

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:32
Vermont EPSCoR post-doctoral associates, Drs. Scott Hamshaw and Dustin Kincaid, Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Daniel Demers, CWDD members Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez and Janel Roberge visited Courtney Asaro’s first grade STEAM class at Flynn Elementary School for three days in September 2018. The topic was “Life of a Scientist”. All Vermont EPSCoR members briefly talked to the students about what they did as scientists. The groups of roughly 20 students made observations about water samples and macroinvertebrate samples, using magnifying glasses for the first time in many cases, before playing an interactive game that involved students relating their own interests to activities that real scientists do.
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Fall 2018 Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Meeting

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:32
The VT EPSCoR Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Fall Meeting was held on November 30th, 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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CWDD Attends People's Academy Outreach Event

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:32
On October 8, 2018 CWDD's Janel Roberge and LeeAnn Trusela traveled to Morrisville, VT to assist two science teachers from People's Academy in leading roughly 35 AP Biology students through an all-encompassing field day. At the Wild Brach and Ryder Brook stream sites, students were tasked with conducting site, water quality, and babitat assessments, along with learning and executing processes used to measure the flow of the streams. Additionally, students learned about the importance of biological indicators through sampling their sites for benthic macroinvertebrates.
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