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To study Earth’s critical zone, UVM team wins $3.2 million

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 9:45am -- tim

University of Vermont Land-use change. Environmental change. Extreme natural events. Wildfires and hurricanes. All are impacting the planet’s so-called critical zone, where water, air, soil, rock and life interact. To explore these overlapping disturbances to the critical zone, the realm that spans from the treetops to the Earth’s bedrock, University of Vermont researchers have been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The UVM team will focus on snow-dominated ecosystems across the US Comprised of disciplines from engineering to soil chemistry, the team will use big data, earth science and complex systems tools to investigate how short- and long-term disruptions to the critical zone affect its ability to resist and recover.

UVM, SUNY-Plattsburgh receive additional funding for Sea Grant Institute

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 7:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lake Champlain Sea Grant scored in the upper third of the 34 Sea Grant programs nationally, earning it a permanent increase to its base funding. Beginning February 1, 2022, Lake Champlain Sea Grant will have an operating budget of $1,279,000 per year. The Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG) Institute attracted additional federal funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for research, outreach, and education to benefit the Lake Champlain basin.

Campbell-Andersen: Hundreds of Vermonters speak up to support renewable energy

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 3:40am -- tim

by Olivia Campbell-Andersen, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Vermont We have an opportunity now to determine how we rebuild from COVID-19’s devastating economic effects. We can and should choose to build clean-energy jobs across Vermont. The climate crisis threatens life as we know it and we need to take action while we still can. Continuing net-metering is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways Vermont can get people back to work, mitigate the effects of fossil-fuel pollution and strengthen our grid infrastructure.

Vermont Research News: Racial disparities in traffic stops

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 8:18pm -- tim

Vermont Research News A recent study of the Bennington Vermont Police department’s traffic stop data has uncovered statistically significant discrepancies in the treatment of minorities.  Hispanic drivers are three times more likely than white drivers to be arrested as the result of a traffic stop.  Black drivers are three times as likely to be searched.  These searches led to the discovery of contraband significantly less than searches of other races.

Vermont AOT gets $9.7M in federal relief funds for 2019 storm damage

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) today announced that it has received $9.7 million from the US Department of Transportation under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Emergency Relief Program for necessary repairs to roads and bridges due to damage from severe rainstorms, snow melt, and flooding in 2019.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Asymptomatic cases younger and more common with more testing

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 4:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nearly three in four Vermonters with COVID-19 experience symptoms. However, those who are asymptomatic trend younger and have become a higher percentage of positive cases. This is in part explained that Vermont is doing a lot of testing and there are many fewer cases than at the height of the pandemic. For symptomatic cases, the average recovery time is much shorter for those under 20 (less than a week versus around two weeks for everyone else). Meanwhile, the Vermont Department of Health reported today three new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont.

Scott reappoints Jessica Holmes to Green Mountain Care Board

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 4:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the reappointment of Jessica Holmes, PhD, to serve as a member of the Green Mountain Care Board. Holmes has served on the Board since 2014.Holmes is a professor of economics at Middlebury College, teaching courses covering microeconomics, health economics and the economics of social issues.

UVM receives $19.4 million NIH grant to promote biomedical research and education

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 2:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont has received a $19.4 million, five-year award from the National Institutes of Health to foster biomedical research expertise among faculty at Vermont’s four-year colleges and attract students at those schools and at UVM to careers in the biomedical sciences. The new grant is the fourth consecutive multi-year award UVM has received from NIH to fund the initiative, formerly called the Vermont Genetics Network.  

Judge dismisses Rutland gym's challenge to the governor's executive order

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 1:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced that a judge has dismissed a Rutland gym’s countersuit against the State of Vermont over the governor’s pandemic-related Executive Order. The gym, Club Fitness of Vermont, had tried to argue that the State of Vermont should pay damages to the gym, which closed from late March through June under the governor’s closure orders.

Vermonters may still file Property Tax Credit and Renter Rebate claims

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 1:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters may claim a Property Tax Credit or receive a Renter Rebate to help offset the cost of housing, but those claims must be filed by October 15, 2020. The Vermont Property Tax Credit and Renter Rebate programs help make housing more affordable for thousands of Vermonters, and the Department of Taxes has seen a marked decrease in the number of claims filed this year. 

Tom Thompson named president of Porter Medical Center

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tom Thompson, who has been serving as the interim president and chief operating officer of UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center since last February, has been selected as the permanent President/COO of Middlebury's Porter by the UVMHN and Porter boards. Thompson joined Porter last winter to help lead the organization through the implementation of the next phase of the Epic Electronic Health Record system and develop a three-year strategic plan for the organization. Soon after his arrival, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and became an unanticipated and primary organizational focus.