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Monday, March 31, 2014

The 2014 Diversity Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Hotel, Burlington, VT
Description: The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center presents the 2014 Diversity Conference at the Hilton Hotel on 60 Battery Street in Burlington, VT.

Closing Keynote by Benjamin L. Crump, Esq., Trayvon Martin's Lead Attorney.
Mr. Crump is a frequent author and speaker. He has recently published an article entitled “Police don’t shoot White Men in the Back, Representing Minority Victims in Police Brutality Cases.” Attorney Crump understands that the practice of law is a privilege that carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations to our society and to our democracy. He gives freely and unselfishly of his time and legal talents to represent the poor, the powerless, the defenseless and the oppressed among us. He strives through his work to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all.

Registration info: 656-5665 or conferenceregistration@uvm.edu

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UVM Biology Seminar: Susan Parks, Syracuse University

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: 105 Marsh Life Science Building
Description: Susan Parks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Syracuse University Department of Biology

“Impacts of environmental noise on whale communication”

room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

Refreshments will be served starting at 11:35 a.m. in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

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Blittersdorf Professor candidate seminar

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy candidate seminar.
Aiken 102. Reception following.

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Leadership for Sustainability: Stephen O. Andersen

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 102 Aiken
Description: Featuring Stephen O. Andersen, one of 11 United Nations Environment Program Visionaries Awardees for his work on the Montreal Protocol on Ozone. 102 Aiken Center. Information.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tobacco Free UVM Healthy Students Meeting

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Center Rosa Parks Room
Description: UVM will join with more than 1,200 other colleges and universities nationwide to promote a healthier, 100 percent tobacco-free environment for all who live, work and study on campus. Rosa Parks Room, Davis Center. Information: tobaccofree@uvm.edu.

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RSENR Seminar: Stephen Andersen, Director of Research IGSD

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Aiken 102

Dr. Stephen Oliver Andersen is the American Director of Research at the Institute for Governance and Sustainability (IGSD) and is also Senior Expert Member of the Montreal Protocol Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP). From 1989 to 2012 was TEAP Co-Chair. He is considered one of the founders and leading figures in the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Stratospheric Ozone Layer. His leadership is recognized in several ways. He is one of eleven United Nations Environment Program Visionaries Awards for the first 25 years of the Montreal Protocol. He was awarded the U.N. Global 500 Award that has also been earned by Jimmy Carter, Wangari Maathai, and Jane Goodall. He is also the recipient of the Service to America Career Achievement Medal.

Come hear about his path to leadership.

www.uvm.edu/rsenr/lectures/

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Blittersdorf Professor candidate seminar

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy candidate seminar.
Aiken 102. Reception following.

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Learn about Grassroot Soccer in the Dominican Republic

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 234 Jeffords
Description: This Wednesday (4/2) in 234 Jeffords, Yanlico Munesi Dusdal will be visiting the University of Vermont to talk about Deportes para la Vida, internship opportunities with the DREAM Project, and his experience growing up in a Haitian batey in the DR and founding the original program. Yanlico helped build, test, implement, evolve, and lead the program from its inception at Batey Libertad through today as Youth Program Coordinator with the DREAM Project (see Yanlico in action in the early days at: youtu.be/_H9b7Nlagnw).

Please come meet Yanlico on Wednesday and perhaps participate in a game or two from the curriculum. Yanlico will also be hosting a soccer tournament and fundraiser at the Field House in Shelburne on Thursday at 9 pm ... ten dollar entry fee and plenty of indoor soccer to turn your legs into jello.

In 2005, together with his wife (Dr. Pat Erickson from the Animal Sciences Dept) Jon Erickson and a group of recent UVM graduates co-led a trip to the Dominican Republic to help pilot the first Grassroot Soccer HIV/AIDS prevention education program outside of Africa. Built on a foundation of subsequent service-learning courses, student internships and projects, a sabbatical semester in the DR, and a network of local NGO partners, they launched "Futbol para la Vida" (Soccer for Life) with a Spanish language version of the Grassroot Soccer curriculum. In 2010, the program evolved into Deportes para la Vida under the leadership of the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project and today trains Peace Corp educators and facilitates a Dominican and Haitian network of HIV/AIDS education programs (see: dominicandream.org/projects/youthdevelopment/deportes-para-la-vida).

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Science as Story-telling: Culturing Race, Power and Biology...

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: ECHO Lake Aquairium Science Cen.
Description: The Center for Cultural Pluralism presents:
Science as Story-telling: Culturing Race, Power, and Biology in the Petri Dish
FREE and Open to the Public!

Lakeside Hall
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

Dr. Ruha Benjamin asks how the humanities and social sciences can contribute to our understanding of the life sciences. She constructs the sciences as a form of storytelling that incorporate metaphors which help us see (and not see) particular aspects of the world we inhabit. She draws upon her stem cell ethnographic work in California and her more recent work on South African and Indian genomic science. These empirical sites serve as a window into the larger process of how scientific objectivity is often racialized. Ultimately, Dr. Benjamin
argues that until scientific initiatives take more deliberate consideration of social concerns, cutting-edge life sciences still risk excluding and exploiting many.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blittersdorf Professor candidate seminar

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Center Room 413
Description: Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy candidate seminar.
Davis Center, Chittenden Room 413. Reception following.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Field Walk with Clare Crosby and Marc Lapin

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Nat. Hist. & Sci. Methods Goethe
Description: Join students, faculty, and friends of UVM's Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning programs for Friday adventures. Walks depart from main lobby of Jeffords Hall. To receive email updates, reserve a spot, or get more info, contact Levi at wold@uvm.edu. Locations and times subject to change.

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Gund Tea: Valerie Luzadis

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Conference Room
Description: Gund Conference Room
Johnson House
617 Main Street

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Plant & Soil Science Seminar: Masa Seto, Cornell University

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Jeffords 112

Speaker: Masa Seto, Post Doctoral Fellow, Soil Insect Ecology, Cornell University
Title: Biology and management of leek moth, Acrolepiopsis assectella (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Acrolepiidae), a new invasive insect pest of Allium vegetables.

To be included in our visitors schedule, please contact Rachel.Schattman@uvm.edu

Full listing of speakers:
www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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Vermont Sierra Club photo exhibit reception in Aiken

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken Solarium
Description: The Rubenstein School is hosting the Vermont Sierra Club's traveling photo exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This exhibit consists of 14 large prints of natural areas in Vermont and New Hampshire which will be displayed in the hallways leading to the Solarium and the Green Conference room from April 3rd to the 24th

Please join us to launch this exhibit with a reception in the Aiken Solarium on Friday April 4th from 4:30 to 6:00. The reception will feature brief remarks by RSENR's own Nathan Reigner and provide members of Rubenstein, the Vermont Sierra Club and the larger environmental community the opportunity to come together and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Annual RGSA Com-Pie-Tition

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 103
Description: It's Com-Pie-Tition time!!! The RGSA's annual pie baking contest will be held in Aiken 103.

We suggest a $5 donation to come sample and judge all of the entries your colleagues have baked. Bakers eat for free! Half of the funds raised will be donated to charity (exact charity TBD) and half will support future RGSA events.

Please BYO plate and fork. Hope to see you there!

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Blittersdorf Professor candidate seminar

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Center Room 413
Description: Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy candidate seminar.
Davis Center Chittenden Room 413. Reception following.

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Campus Food and Energy Seminar

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Location: Davis Cen Frank Livak Ballroom
Description: Campus Food and Energy Seminar # 4

Revolutionizing the Lunch Line: How institutions are reimagining their food systems

Frank Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Panelists:
Kierstin Wall, Northeast Field Organizer, Real Food Challenge
Virginia Flanders, Director of Nutrition & Food Service, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Peter Allison, Coordinator, Farm to Institution New England

In the fourth and final Campus Food and Energy Seminar, our panelists will discuss sustainability trends they are seeing across institutions. Each panelist will discuss their organization’s mission and goals, key strategies and actions to increase local and sustainable food procurement, and the common challenges institutions face in attempting to increase the sustainability of their food systems. Panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

The Spring 2014 Campus Food and Energy Seminar is examining the connections between food and energy systems, with a focus on the institutional level.

Sponsored by the UVM Clean Energy Fund and the UVM Food Systems Initiative

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An Evening with David Dobbs

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Old Mill
Description: An Evening with David Dobbs. Award-winning science and medical writer David Dobbs. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill. 5 p.m. Information.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

RSENR Seminar: Mistinguette Smith

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Aiken 102

Mistinguette Smith is a performance consultant who helps public and nonprofit organizations to make, and measure, social change. Her approach is informed by two decades of work in public service management and organizational development, and her experience teaching health, human service, and food security leaders how to achieve strategic results by working with difference. She is also the founding director of The Black/Land Project, which gathers and amplifies stories about black people’s relationship to land and place. She is on the faculty of the Center for Whole Communities and is a trainer with the Interaction Institute for Social Change. She is a graduate of Smith College, she holds the MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University, and is certified as a diversity trainer by the Equity Institute and the US Department of Health and Human Services. She has written a play - Freedom In The Air, which is about the Montgomery Bus Boycott as network organizing. A Midwesterner by birth and a city person by nature, she lives with her wife in Northampton, MA.

Come hear about her path to leadership.
Learn about the Black/Land Project at: Black/Land Project

www.uvm.edu/rsenr/lectures/

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Field Walk with Matt Pierle, Michael Sundue, Chuck Davis

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Field Checking Phenology
Description: Join students, faculty, and friends of UVM's Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning programs for Friday adventures. Walks depart from main lobby of Jeffords Hall. To receive email updates, reserve a spot, or get more info, contact Levi at wold@uvm.edu. Locations and times subject to change.

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Gund Tea: Luis Garcia

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Conference Room
Description: Gund Conference Room
Johnson House
617 Main Street

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Monday, April 14, 2014

UVM Biology Seminar: Gretal Clarke and Allison Neal

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: 105 Marsh Life Science Building
Description: Gretel Clarke, Graduate Student, University of Vermont, Department of Biology

“Do pollinators and seed predators help explain the persistence of females in the gynodioecious Polemonium foliosissimum?



Allison Neal, University of Vermont, Department of Biology

“Sex ratio evolution and malaria parasites”

In room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.
Refreshments will be served starting at 11:35 a.m. in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

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Seminar on Travel-based Multi-tasking for Modeling and Policy

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Waterman Memorial Lounge
Description: "The Implications of Travel-Based Multi-Tasking for Modeling and Policy: A Conceptual Exploration." Patricia Lyon Mokhtarian, professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building. 3 p.m. Information.

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How do you get a whale in Vermont?

Time: 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: 219 Delahanty Hall
Description: "How Do You Get a Whale in Vermont?" UVM alum Jeff L. Howe gives a tour of Perkins Museum and a talk based on his book. 3 to 3:45 p.m.: tour of Perkins Museum. 4:15: talk at 219 Delahanty Hall. Information.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Amy Dickman luncheon with UVM Wildlife & Fisheries Society

Time: 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 311
Description: Aiken 311

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RSENR Seminar: Tracey Tsugawa - Civil Rights Investigator

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Aiken 102

Tracey Tsugawa is the civil rights investigator and trainer for the Vermont Human Rights Commission (HRC). At the Commission, Tracey focuses on bullying and harassment issues in schools as well as immigrant and refugee issues. She is a founding member of CQ Strategies, a consulting group that works with non-profit and governmental entities on cultural competency, organizational development, and anti-bias work. Tracey has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the past 28 years, currently teaching in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Vermont. She also serves as a member of the Vermont State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Tracey lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan and Cali, Colombia. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

www.uvm.edu/rsenr/lectures/

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vermont Forest Health Info Meeting

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Woodstock High School, VT
Description: Woodstock Union High School on Rt. 4 outside the village of Woodstock.
100 Amsden Way, Woodstock, VT

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UVM Student Research Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Center 4th Floor
Description: Place: Davis Center 4th Floor

On-line Application, including abstract:

Opens: Monday, February 24th www.uvm.edu/~uvmsrc/

Closes: Monday, March 24th at 5:00pm

Eligibility: The SRC is open to all medical, graduate, and undergraduate students working on a research or creative project with a UVM faculty member. Research and creative projects at any stage of completion are welcome. Please note that while the conference title is the Student Research Conference, our definition of research includes all research, scholarship, creative work and innovation.

We provide support in the form of workshops and online tutorials. Go to the SRC calendar for information on upcoming events.

The conference also serves as a resource for students who are not yet involved with research but wish to learn about how to engage in research pursuits. We hope that the faculty, staff, and students who are not presenting will attend the conference as visitors so they can see the outstanding research, scholarship, and creative works of our student population.

If you have any questions about the 2014 SRC, please send an e-mail to uvmsrc@uvm.edu or call Andrea Elledge at 802 656-8867.

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Marsh Professor-at-Large: Amy Dickman on carnivores in Tanzania

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Waterman Memorial Lounge
Description: Amy Dickman, Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, will give a free, public lecture on “Warriors, Witchcraft & Women: Carnivore Ecology and Conservation in Tanzania’s Ruaha Landscape,” in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building.

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UVM Investiture of Endowed Faculty

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ira Allen Chapel
Description: The University of Vermont Foundation is pleased to invite you to the University’s first investiture of endowed faculty on this Wednesday, April 16, at 3:30pm in Ira Allen Chapel. Investiture ceremonies are symbolic traditions dating to the Middle Ages, when early European universities honored their scholars with elaborate rituals. This new tradition at UVM will further elevate the stature of endowed faculty positions, which rank among the highest honors the University can bestow, and will highlight the importance of endowed positions in their support of the academic enterprise.

The UVM Foundation is proud to have a role in both facilitating and now celebrating this unique confluence of academic excellence and individual philanthropy.

There is no need to RSVP if you are interested in attending.


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Our Climate Reality presented by Chad Nichols

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Champlain Coll Alum Auditorium
Description: The Climate Reality Project presents "Our Climate Reality" by Chad Nichols at Alumni Auditorium of Champlain College at the corner of Maple and South Willard Streets in Burlington.

Community by community, we are demading action on climate change. Join us for a presentation on the impacts, solutions, and what you can do to help drive action. This event is hosted by a Climate Reality Leader, one of over 6,000 dedicated volunteers in 100 countries around the globe who has been personally trained by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to educate the public about climate change.

www.ClimateRealityProject.org

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

RSENR Doctoral Proposal Seminar & Defense: Lucia Orantes

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Aiken 103
Description: Assessing Source-Sink Dynamics of the Chagas Disease Vector, Triatoma dimidiata, in high-risk communities in Guatemala

By Lucia C. Orantes

Seminar: 9:00 am, Aiken 103
Defense: 10:00 am, Aiken 103

Committee
Kimberly Wallin, Associate Research Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Sara Helms Cahan, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Advisor
Donna Rizzo, Professor, School of Engineering, Committee Chair
Leslie Morrissey, Associate Professor, RSENR, Committee Member

ABSTRACT
This research aims to understand the small-scale distribution and migration of Triatoma dimidiata, a vector of Chagas disease, within two towns from Jutiapa, Guatemala. Triatoma dimidiata is the main vector of the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi in Central America, where the number of communities at risk of infection is steadily increasing. Currently, most control efforts focus on eliminating the vector from households through the use of insecticides; however, T. dimidiata is capable of living in both domestic and sylvatic environments. This variation in habitat quality may allow populations to behave as a source-sink system, where outdoor habitats are reservoirs, and indoor habitats are colonization sinks. Consistent with this hypothesis, T. dimidiata is likely to re-infest sprayed houses within the same year of treatment.

I will integrate the use of high-throughput genetic data and geospatial tools to test whether source-sink dynamics can explain spatial and temporal patterns of infestation within the towns of El Chaperno and El Carrizal in Guatemala. To understand the spatial movement patterns of the vector, I will quantify genetic connectivity of individuals within each town and detect any clustering patterns that can indicate domestic reservoirs. To assess the relative importance of external migration versus local colonization, I will look at the population genetics of re-infesting populations after seasonal migration and pesticide fumigation. This work will increase the understanding of source-sink dynamics of T. dimidiata, assess the impact of migrants in domiciliary environments, and quantify the effectiveness of fumigation in vector populations.

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RSENR Forest Service seminar: Alex Royo

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 311
Description: Fire, Gaps, and Deer: The Roles of Multiple Interacting Disturbances in Eastern Hardwood Forests.
Presented by Alex Royo, Research Ecologist, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service.

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Northern Canoe Trail Film Tour

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlingto
Description: Event: Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival’s World Tour 2014

Films: Creek Boater, Fundy Fun, Have Kids-Will Paddle, Kitturiaq, Kayak Free Kayaking, Stand, Why We Fish

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 door, $10 students. Purchase advance tickets online now.

Bonus: Meet the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s new executive director Karrie Thomas! All attendees can enter a raffle for maps, books, and more provided by NFCT and Outdoor Gear Exchange.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Amy Dickman lectures in WFB 283 class

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
Location: Aiken 112
Description: Aiken 112

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Friday Field Walk with Levi Old and Laura Yayac

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Bule Water, Blue Bin
Description: Join students, faculty, and friends of UVM's Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning programs for Friday adventures. Walks depart from main lobby of Jeffords Hall. To receive email updates, reserve a spot, or get more info, contact Levi at wold@uvm.edu. Locations and times subject to change.

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Gund Tea: Subhrendu Pattanayak

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Conference Room
Description: Gund Conference Room
Johnson House
617 Main Street

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RSENR PhD proposal seminar & defense: Sarah Pears

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 311
Description: Forest regeneration and biodiversity following wind disturbance and salvage harvest in northern forests

By Sarah Pears

Seminar: 3:00 pm, Aiken 311
Defense: 4:00 pm, Aiken 311

Committee

Kimberly Wallin, Associate Research Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Donna Rizzo, Professor, School of Engineering, Committee Chair
Carol Adair, Assistant Professor, RSENR
Jon Erickson, Professor, RSENR

ABSTRACT
Stand-replacing disturbances due to severe weather have historically been rare in the Northern Forest; however, the frequency of extreme storms in the region is projected to increase. A windstorm in 2010 severely damaged trees in Chittenden County, Vermont. Forest managers salvage harvested storm-impacted stands, removing trees blown over or otherwise injured. This proposed research will quantify cumulative impacts of windstorm and salvage harvest on ecosystem services in the Northern Forest. Across a range of disturbance intensities I will quantify regeneration and factors that influence tree recruitment including coarse woody debris abundance, remnant canopy trees, and interactions between Rubus and native tree species. I will also quantify disturbance impacts to species richness and diversity of herbaceous plants and ground-dwelling invertebrates along a gradient of disturbance intensity. This biodiversity data will serve as a test of the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis, which predicts that highest biodiversity results from moderate intensity or frequency ecosystem disruptions. I expect to find forest recovery rates highest at sites subjected to wind disturbance and moderately intense salvage harvest. Rubus species likely have allelopathic and shading impacts on native hardwood species, thus limiting their recruitment in post-disturbance vegetation. I expect biodiversity to be highest in sites where salvage harvest was moderate. I will share results and conclusions via peer-reviewed publications, professional and academic conference presentations, press releases, and public workshops for Vermont forestland managers.

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail: Peter Macfarlane

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlingto
Description: Event: A Personal Odyssey Along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Peter Macfarlane shares his month-long journey paddling 750 miles of the longest inland water trail in the nation. Learn more about Peter at 1 Man, 1 Canoe, 750 Miles.

Cost: Free

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Monday, April 21, 2014

UVM Biology Seminar: Matthew Forister, University of Nevada

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Description: Matthew Forister, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

“Ecological bridges and evolutionary consequences: insights into a host switch from the field and genome”

in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

Refreshments will be served starting at 11:35 a.m. in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

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Film: The Last Irene: Where Did All the Water Come from?

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Billings
Description: This film focuses on the effects of Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont and the storm's connection to the wider, global climate. Students will be able to interact with an expert panel following the screening. Campus Center Theater, Billings. 4 p.m. Information: ldupigny@uvm.edu, 656-2146.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Eco-Arts Gala

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Cen SilverMaple Ballroom
Description: All are welcome to an Earth Day celebration of environmental arts, literature, and media. Come enjoy student creativity evoking land, beauty, experience, irony, humor, and insight in a range of art forms. Meet the artists and writers with their paintings, prints, collages, films, music, and sculptures. Food fare for art viewers from noon on. Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: stephanie.kaza@uvm.edu.

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Employee Bike Communter Workshop

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Cen Williams Room
Description: Have you been wanting to bike more? Can’t find the time? Not sure if it is a good fit? Want to learn more? In just one short hour, participants in our Bike Commuting 101 workshop learn all this and more:

• You can do it! We’ll give you many easy ways to fit bicycling into your day.

• How to stay safe and comfortable

• How to make sure your bike is in good shape for commuting

• How to map out a route that fits with your available time and comfort level

Best of all, you'll have access to low-cost bike lights, bells, helmets, and other gear to help you stay safe! Let Local Motion help you get back into bicycling today!

Workshops with 10 or more participants are eligible for an on-site raffle for a waterproof Ortlieb bicycle bag. $80 value!

Hosted by CATMA, presented by Local Motion
Contact Us:

CATMA@UVM.EDU

802-656-RIDE (-7433)

www.catmavt.org

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RSENR Seminar: Leadership Frameworks and Student Perspectives

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Aiken 102

www.uvm.edu/rsenr/lectures/

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Earth Day Talk by Mike Bond on Elephants

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Fletcher Free Library Burlington
Description: AUTHOR TALK:
Bestselling novelist and environmental activist Mike Bond on Elephants and the Ivory Trade
Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington

Vermont Council on World Affairs & THE Fletcher Free Library present author Mike Bond discussing the ivory trade, the dire plight of the elephants, and his new novel, The Last Savanna.

At present poaching rates, African and Asian elephants are estimated to become extinct by 2025. Animal and environmental activist Mike Bond is working hard to get out the message before it’s too late. Through his socially conscious new thriller, The Last Savanna (Mandevilla Press), Bond fights to raise awareness about the very real possibility that our grandchildren will never share the earth with a living elephant—unless we do something to change that. Published in January 2014, the book is based on his real-life experiences helping to fight elephant poachers in Africa.

The Last Savanna is an unflinching look at the beauty and violence of Africa, the horror of the slaughter of the great beasts, the delicate balance of tribal life, the growth of terrorism and the timeless landscape. Its insights into how elephant poaching and drug sales are used to fund Islamic terrorist activities by Al Qaeda offshoots like Al-Shabaab are shockingly relevant and little known. And, as Bond points out, “at the heart of the book is the truth that preserving East African wildlife is the best way to fight fundamentalism. The animals are not only essential to the environment; they fuel tourism, which in turn fuels the economy.”

MIKE BOND has been called the “master of the existential thriller” by the BBC and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times. A bestselling novelist, environmental activist, advisor to U.S. and foreign governments, international energy expert, war and human rights correspondent, and award-winning poet, he’s lived and worked in many remote, dangerous parts of the world, including thirty countries on six continents.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Renewable Natural Gas Event - Turning Organic Waste into Fuel

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Billings Center
Description: A Workshop by Energy Vision, Vermont Clean Cities and The UVM-TRC
April 23, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.;
Billings Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

www.uvm.edu/trc/event/cow-power-turning-organic-waste-into-vehicle-fuel/

Agenda
8:30-9:00 Registration and Refreshments
9:00-9:10 Workshop Introduction: Moving Toward a Sustainable Transportation Future - Joanna D. Underwood, President, Energy Vision & Michelle McCutcheon-Schour, Director, VTCCC
9:10-9:30 Welcoming Address
9:30-10:50 Separated Organics and Anaerobic Digestion
Guy Roberts, Chief Technology Officer, Avatar Energy
The Big Value Proposition in Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Wastes
Mike Raker, Agricultural Energy Consultants, LLC (tentative)
Making an Anaerobic Digestion Project Work in Vermont
Dan Smith, President, Integrated Energy Systems
From Dairy Manure to Renewable Natural Gas: A Case Study
10:50-11:05 Coffee and Networking
11:05-12:20 Panel 2: The Intersection of Biogas and the Vehicle Market
Owen Brady, Key Accounts, Vermont Gas
Tapping the Natural Gas Vehicle Market via Pipeline
Nathan Carr, Biomass Account Executive, quasar energy group (tentative)
Recovering and Converting Food Waste to Vehicle Fuel
Peter Vanderhoof, Director of Fleet Operations, Casella Waste
Fleet Conversion from Diesel to CNG and the Growing RNG Option
12:20-1:20pm Lunch and Networking
1:20-2:45pm Panel 3: Exploring the Economic/Policy Landscape
Alex DePillis, Senior Development Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Ag, Food and Markets
Asa S. Hopkins, Ph.D., Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Vermont Department of Public Service
Patrick Wood, President, Ag Methane Advisors
2:45-3:00pm Final Questions and Path Forward

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Tobacco-Free UVM Town Hall Meeting

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Carpenter Auditorium in Given
Description: All students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Tobacco-Free UVM Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 23 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in Carpenter Auditorium (Given E131). The meeting, hosted by the Tobacco-Free UVM Steering Committee, will provide an additional opportunity, beyond the regular committee meetings, for the university community to participate in the conversation about the process for moving toward becoming a tobacco-free campus.

As communicated to the university in a memo dated March 24 of this year, UVM is in the midst of a planning process aimed at creating a tobacco-free campus environment. A broadly-representative steering committee is leading the discussion and several working groups are giving direction to the project and overseeing the details of implementation. The university is partnering with a number of external agencies and collaborating with governance groups and campus organizations as the discussion continues with the target date of January 1, 2015 in view.

Why is UVM going tobacco-free?

As a public land-grant university with an historic commitment to health, UVM seeks to provide a clean, healthy environment for the entire community. A tobacco-free campus will:

Protect people from unwanted and involuntary exposure to tobacco and passive smoke
Establish a supportive atmosphere for those trying to quit using tobacco
Create a cleaner and healthier living, learning and working environment

Multiple studies affirm that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke—including outdoor smoke.

We respect the needs of every member of the community. Pregnant women, children, those with bronchitis, respiratory problems, asthma, heart conditions and cancer are especially susceptible to serious problems as a result of passive smoke.

Join the conversation on April 23 as we talk about how to reach the goal of a tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit the website at www.uvm.edu/tobaccofree.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Real Food Talk

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lafayette 300
Description: Last month’s Real Talk was real invigorating! We got some great conversation going about next steps to getting real food on campus.

Our first goal: create a student group to shift food culture on campus and work closely with the Real Food Working Group to pressure UVM into procuring the sustainable food we need. That’s a big agenda…you want in?

There’s going to be a REAL TALK on April 24 at 6:00 pm in Lafayette 300, where we’ll go over the basics of the Real Food Challenge for folks who missed the last Real Talk, and then dive right in to the logistics of the student group!

Please send any questions to aquigley@uvm.edu or olivia.percoco@uvm.edu! Visit our Facebook page to RSVP.

We hope to see you there!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Arbor Day Celebration

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Info table outside Davis Center
Description: Celebrate UVM's trees and our official designation as a Tree Campus USA with a tree planting ceremony outside the library at noon, guided tree walks, an invasive species awareness workshop, and an Ash Awareness Week t-shirt raffle; informational table outside the Davis Center from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Information: www.uvm.edu/~uvmtrees/ Registration for events: www.surveymonkey.com/s/CJMJQPH

Highlights include:
11am: Kit Anderson will lead an ethnobotany tree walk around campus
12 pm: UVM will be inaugurated into the Tree Campus USA program and recognized for its efforts to care for and promote healthy trees on campus and in our community. We are also kicking off President Sullivan's new tree planting campaign with a tree planting and official recognition ceremony outside Bailey-Howe Library. Come join us in celebrating this exciting new aspect of UVM and its commitment to the environment.
12:30pm: Professor Mark Starret leads a tree walk of the trees on UVM's Green
2pm: Emerald Ash Borer ID workshop with Rhonda Mace: Look Up and Look Out for Vermont's ash trees!

Please visit the UVM Trees website (www.uvm.edu/~uvmtrees/) for more information and to sign up for a tree walk or EAB workshop.
Questions: Sylvia.Kinosian@uvm.edu

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Gund Tea: Michael Klare

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Conference Room
Description: Gund Conference Room
Johnson House
617 Main Street

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Friday Field Walk with Dave Barrington

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Fiddleheads and Appetizers
Description: Join students, faculty, and friends of UVM's Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning programs for Friday adventures. Walks depart from main lobby of Jeffords Hall. To receive email updates, reserve a spot, or get more info, contact Levi at wold@uvm.edu. Locations and times subject to change.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

RSENR Master's Project Seminar & Defense: Kate Blofson

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: University Heights Multipurpose
Description: Intervale Out Loud: A Place-based Oral History Project

by Kate Blofson

Seminar: 10:00 a.m., University Heights Multipurpose Room
Defense: 11:00 a.m., University Heights Multipurpose Room

Committee
Dr. Stephanie Kaza, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Dr. Walter Poleman, Senior Lecturer, RSENR
Dr. Dona Brown, Professor, History, Committee Chair

ABSTRACT
Landscape analysis explores the social and ecological processes that drive landscape patterns, and is closely allied with landscape ecology and geography. UVM's PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Education) Program, with its roots in the Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning program, uses the framework of landscape analysis to express an integrative “story of place” using the lenses of the physical, ecological and cultural landscapes. While landscape analysis field methods address the physical and ecological landscapes, no clear methodology has emerged to support a holistic analysis of the cultural landscape and an understanding of relationships with place. Oral history is an open-ended, flexible method that engages diverse perspectives and generates rich detail and context in long-form narratives. It has produced important ecological knowledge, as well as other social benefits, for natural resource planning (Holmes and Pilkington, 2011; Colburn and Clay, 2007; Robertson and McGee, 2003). Using the rich cultural and ecological landscape of the lower Winooski intervale in Burlington, VT, as a case study, this project explored the value of oral history as a methodology in landscape analysis, with a particular focus on land use practices (including agriculture, foraging, and hunting); ecological information and site-specific stories; feelings and values about the land; and visions for its future. Oral histories produced important stories and knowledge about landscape change and natural communities in the lower Winooski intervale, as well as revealing meanings and values useful for an integrative and inclusive understanding of place.

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UVM Biology Seminar: Ronald E. Barry, Bates College

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: 105 Marsh Life Science Building
Description: Dr. Ronald E. Barry, Lecturer, Bates College, Biology Department

“Population Dynamics and Behavioral Ecology of Syntopic Bush and Rock Hyraxes in Zimbabwe”

in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

Refreshments will be served starting at 11:35 a.m. in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

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RSENR presentations on Colchester Bog and Carse Property

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Place-Based Landscape Analysis course in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
at the University of Vermont cordially invite you to attend the Final Presentations of our natural community, education, and public access planning work at the Carse Property in Hinesburg and the Colchester Bog.

Presentations will be starting at

1:00 PM in Room 102 of the Aiken Center on the UVM Campus.

Please join us for one or all of the presentations.

The presentation schedule will be as follows:

1:00 Carse Property (Hinesburg)
(1:00) Public Access and Education
(1:45) Natural Communities
(2:30) Wildlife

3:00 - Colchester Bog Natural Communities and Education

No RSVP is required.

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Symposium on scientific prediction

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Cen Grand Maple Ballroom
Description: Macmillan Symposium: "Prediction: The Next Big Thing." Two leading scholars working in the realm of complex social systems, Neil Johnson, a physicist at University of Miami, and Cesar A. Hidalgo, from MIT's Media Lab, will speak. Along with an experienced group of UVM faculty and students, they will explore today's landscape of scientific prediction. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. 1 to 4 p.m. Information.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

UVM Sugar on Snow party

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Bailey Howe Library Quad
Description: Bailey Howe Quad

The University of Vermont invites one and all to the UVM Sugar-on-Snow Party to celebrate the Vermont tradition of maple sugaring with a taste of the year’s first harvest. The UVM party dates back to the joint bicentennial of the University and Vermont statehood in 1991 when the Vermont Maple Industry Council’s Maple History Committee now celebrating its 27th anniversary revived the Dean Hills Sugar Party tradition that began in the 1930s and was fondly remembered by UVM and the surrounding community.

Like its predecessor, this annual event seeks to highlight the importance of maple and maple research to the economy of the state and its distinctive way of life.

Sponsored by: UVM Proctor Maple Research Center, Department of Student Life, Lynn H. Lang, Alpha Gamma Rho, Perceptions, Inc., Bailey/Howe Library, Alpha Zeta, Vermont Maple Sugarmakers’ Association and the Center for Research on Vermont.

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