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Dr. Alan Betts Presents at the Nature Museum - April 12, 2017

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:42
VT EPSCoR member an scientist Alan Betts, PhD was an invited presenter at the Nature Museum in Chester, Vermont on April 12, 2017. His talk, titled "The Climate Challenge Deepens: Are We On Track?" was presented to more than 50 people gathered to learn about how climate change is impacting the natural world in Vermont.

Dr. Betts previously spoke at the Nature Museum in 2013. His most recent presentation received an enthusiastic response, with audience questions continuing right up to the scheduled end time of 9:00 PM.
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CWDD Attends J.J. Flynn Elementary School Maker Faire

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 03:15
Members of VT EPSCoR's CWDD program attended the J.J. Flynn Elementary School Maker Faire in Burlington, Vermont on March 20, 2017.
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Vermont/Puerto Rico Student Exchange

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 03:15
The Vermont/Puerto Rico Student Exchange enabled teachers and students from three Puerto Rico high schools (Robinson, Juan Ponce de Leon and Specialty School of Fine Arts Ernesto Ramos Antonini) and one Vermont high school (Hartford) to participate in the Exchange.
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2017 Visit to Vermont Statehouse

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 03:15
Janet Murray, Director Professional Development & Education Core at the Vermont Genetics Network, Mike Winslow, Center for Workforce Development and Diversity Coordinator at Saint Michael's College, and Lillian Gamache, Assistant Vermont State EPSCoR Director & Project Coordinator, visited with numerous legislators at the Vermont Statehouse on March 30, 2017.

They spoke with House Representatives and Senators from many different counties. A few included Windsor, Franklin, Chittenden; towns from Charlotte, Essex, Brattleboro, Ferrisburgh.

The meeting was part of an annual event held at the Vermont Statehouse. Topics discussed included Vermont EPSCoR's role in workforce development, private sector support, and research opportunities for middle school, high school, and undergraduate students.

The busy morning was an informative exchange between legislators, Janet, Mike and Lil!
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Dr. Christopher Koliba Invited Speaker at Vermont State House

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 03:15
Dr. Christopher Koliba, BREE Social Systems Leader, was an invited presenter at the Vermont State House as part of a "Leadership Briefing Session" organized by the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) on February 2, 2017.
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Internet2 Enables LoLa Music Connection Between Tennessee and Vermont

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:47
On Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m., members of Lee University, the String Theory Youth Initiative (STYI), along with violinist Robyn Bollinger, will connect with young musicians in Burlington, Vermont, using LoLa (Low Latency Audio Visual Streaming). STYI musicians will perform with students from the Vermont Youth Orchestra. This event, which will take place at the Chattanooga Public Library (fourth floor), will conclude with a performance featuring cellist Emily Taubl along with Ms. Bollinger. This event is in collaboration with the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.

The LoLa technology referred to ONLY runs over Internet2 - technology supported by VT EPSCoR and the University of Vermont.

Burlington, through the Fletcher Free Library and Big Heavy World, is one of a dozen hotspots of LoLa activity in the entire world.
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Photos from the 2017 VT EPSCoR Student Research Symposium

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:47
Another successful symposium.
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LaunchVT announces finalists for pitch competition

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 00:13
LaunchVT announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Pitch Competition on Tuesday. The finalists will be paired with coaches for the competition on May 12 and the chance to win over $75,000 in cash and prizes.
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UVM spinoffs have strong presence at national innovation summit

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 00:13
Four start-up companies that grew out of the research of University of Vermont faculty and graduate students, two technologies developed by UVM faculty that have commercial potential, and a start-up launched by staff at the UVM Medical Center will be on display at the invitation-only National Innovation Summit & Showcase, the world's largest showcase of industry-vetted emerging-technologies ready for commercialization.

The event will be held May 14 through 17 at the Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

The seven invitees place UVM and the UVM Medical Center in the top 10 percent of all universities, federal labs, government research centers and companies submitting applications for the event.
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Time Travel in a Peat Bog - Bennington Banner (subscription)

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 18:06

Time Travel in a Peat Bog
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Research led by the University of Vermont's Brian Beckage has chronicled tree movement over the last 40 years in the Green Mountains. In his study blocks, fir trees at lower elevations have declined, while seeds that fell above the species' historic ...

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Vermont Companies Accepted at the National Innovation Summit & Showcase Conference

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:58
Several Vermont companies will attend the National Innovation Summit & Showcase Conference in Washington, DC. The list of Vermont companies in attendance at this high-profile showcase include multiple organizations that received seed funding from UVM and Vermont EPSCoR.

Presentations awardees who will be in attendance include WISER Systems, Greenscale Technologies, and Packetized Energy. Vermont companies accepted to showcase their work at the conference include ThinkMD and VitalVR. Two graduate student technology commercialization projects from UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Science faculty will also get to showcase their work: "Environmental responsive fibers for concrete" (a SPARKvt awardee) and "GPR for underground infrastructure" (a US Ignite/SmartCities and SPARKvt awardee). This many placements in the showcase places UVM in the top 10% of all universities, federal labs, government research centers, and companies submitting.

The 2017 National Innovation Summit & Showcase Conference will take place from May 15th through May 17th in Washington, DC. For more information about this conference, visit www.nationalinnovationsummit.com.
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NASA EPSCoR Stimuli FY 2016-17

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:58
On behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Office of Education, welcome to Stimuli, a summary of college and university research administered by NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR.
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Katie Taylor discusses LaunchVT on Vermont Edition (audio)

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 19:36
LaunchVT is a competition for Vermont entrepreneurs to gain financial and mentoring support as they attempt to move their businesses forward. On the cusp of this year's application deadline, Executive Director Katie Taylor discusses the criteria used to select finalists.
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Cub Scouts Earn Their Science Badges with VT EPSCoR

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 09:45
A group of four cub scouts and their parents met with VT EPSCoR member Declan McCabe, PhD to earn their science badges. The four scouts are part of Cub Scout Pack 678 of South Burlington and met with Dr. McCabe on February 14th.

The visit allowed the children to meet a scientist, visit a lab, and run an experiment. They experienced what it is like to test an hypothesis, make electrical circuits, and react chemicals to make a product. The scouts mixed chemicals to form "ooblek", which they made by reacting glue with borax.

In addition to their experience with the scientific process, the scouts each left with a bag of the ooblek they had created.
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The Curious Case of the Cute "Face" Crane Fly

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 08:06
An email chirped in my inbox; "Check out the cute face on this insect we found." I opened the attachment (yes, from a reliable source). My colleague Professor Peter Hope had taken a spectacular photograph through his microscope. The larva in question had fallen into a pit trap set by our first-year Saint Michael's College students in Camp Johnson in Colchester.
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The Vermont EPSCoR Communications app is now available on the Google Play Store

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:56
The Vermont EPSCoR Communications app enables you to keep up to date with Vermont EPSCoR News, Solicitations, Events, Videos and Photos.
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Researchers Present at American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 06:26
Drs. Andrew Schroth and Asim Zia attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Chapman Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico from January 22 through January 27, 2017. There they presented findings from the BREE, RACC, and NEWRnet research programs.

Dr. Schroth gave a presentation titled "Provenance Drives Chemical and Physical Partitioning of Iron During High Flow Events from Catchments to Receiving Waters: Insight from Alaska and Vermont." Dr. Zia presented "Combined Temperature and Precipitation Variability May Increase the Frequency of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Champlain, 1992-2100"

The AGU Chapman Conference focused on extreme climate events such as tropical storms, hurricanes, thunderstorms, heat waves, droughts, and more that are expected to have significant consequences for aquatic ecosystems. Funding for the event came from both NSF EPSCoR and the USDA.

Research presented at the conference will be used in a number of synthesis papers that will be developed around extreme events and water quality. These papers will be featured in a special issue of the journal Biochemistry.
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VT EPSCoR Magazine, Winter 2017

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 06:26
The Vermont EPSCoR Winter 2017 Magazine is now available!
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2017 NEWRnet Policy Workshop

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 06:25
Workshop Overview:
Leading water quality managers and policy makers participated in a unique opportunity to engage with academic colleagues and other water quality professionals in a virtual Tri-State workshop focusing on Human Behavior, Sensor Networks and Water Quality. The workshop was held by video-conference on January 18, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
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High School Team Presents at American Geophysical Union Conference in California

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 11:48
A high school team from Bellows Free Academy - Fairfax traveled with CWDD member Livia Donicova, to California in December 2016, where they presented research at the American Geophysical Union Conference (AGU) in San Francisco. The team, consisting of high school science teacher Mr. Tom Lane and high school students in their junior year, Bailey Halliday and Hallie Hoffman, presented their VT EPSCoR research poster, "Phosphorous Loading in the Lake Champlain Basin," at the poster session on December 15th.

The poster presentation gave them an opportunity to practice their communication skills and present their research findings to interested participants from around the world. The students were also invited to attend a "Bright Stars" luncheon at the conference. This luncheon honored all high school and middle school students who participated in the international event.
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