Current Topics in Science Fall 2017



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Leslie Kanat Lisa Zinn Kip Potter Jim Cummings Jason Shafer David Mears Phillip Wilson and Carissa Stein
Joe Veldon
Andrea Villanti Heather Pembrook James Gascoyne John O'Meara Kent McFarland Lesley-Ann Giddings

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The first meeting of the course will be on Wednesday, 30 August 2017; the first speaker will present on the following Wednesday. The first meeting will provide an introduction to the course, its goals and requirements.

 

Comments regarding writing style

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Current Topics in Science in the news

The Rutland Herald published a really nice article about this course on 23 September 2017. Read the article here.

 

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Leslie Kanat, Ph.D. (30 Aug 2017)

The first meeting will provide an introduction to the course, its goals and requirements.

No prior reading required for this presentation.

 

 

Lisa Zinn, Ph.D. (6 Sep 2017)
The work presented is part of an national research project run by the Institute for Bird Populations and may be found at http://www.birdpop.org.

 

 

Kip Potter, Ph.D. (13 Sep 2017)

For a more in-depth introduction to some of the issues that he will discuss, Dr. Potter suggests reading the following articles that may be found in a special edition of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law:

Career opportunities with the National Resources Conservation Service may be found at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/careers/.

Other federal job opportunities may be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/.

See the cyanobacteria fact sheet from the VT Department of Health.

See the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL prepared by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Julie Moore, the secretary of the VT Agency of Natural Resources, wants to reduce by half (down to $13 million per year), the amount of money the state is spending on phosphorous cleanup (24 Sep 2017).

 

Jim Cummings, PT (20 Sep 2017)

No prior reading required for this presentation.

Mr. Cummings' PowerPoint presentation is available here.

 

Jason Shafer, Ph.D. (27 Sep 2017)
No prior reading required for this presentation.

 

 

David Mears, JD, MSEL (4 Oct 2017)

Please review the following website and read the following article prior to the presentation:

Website: http://dec.vermont.gov/commissioners-office/pfoa

Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/magazine/the-lawyer-who-became-duponts-worst-nightmare.html

There is also a good series about the PFOA problem in Vermont, entitled 'Teflon Town', on Vermont Digger at https://vtdigger.org/investigations/teflon-town-part-1/

See the video entitled "Teflon Town: Chemfab's Toxic Legacy" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=BbyXKpAyLX4

The VT Department of Environmental Conservation has a web site related to PFOA at http://dec.vermont.gov/commissioners-office/pfoa

The Trump administration rewrote rules on perfluorooctanoic acid to make it harder to trach the health consequences of the chemical. Read the New York Times article from 21 Oct 2017.

 

 

Phillip Wilson and Carissa Stein (18 Oct 2017)

Please review the following website and read the following article prior to the presentation:

Website: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/soils/health/

Article: Building Soils For Better Crops (specifically, please read Chapter 4: The Living Soil, and Chapter 9: Managing for High-Quality Soils).

 

 

Joe Veldon, M.S. (25 Oct 2017)

JSC Creative Audience Event This is a Creative Audience event (therefore the 'bring two friends' benefit does not apply for this presentation).

The Vermont Department of Health has produced a health impact assessment for marijuana regulation in the state.

Governor Scott announces the state of Vermont's Marijuana Commission.

 

 

 

Andrea Villanti, Ph.D., MPH (1 Nov 2017)

Dr. Villanti recommends reading the Executive Summary to the 2014 Surgeon General's Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking at https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/exec-summary.pdf.

Dr. Villanti's presentation to Current Topics in Science may be foun here.

 

 

Heather Pembrook, M.S. (8 Nov 2017)

No prior reading recommended for this presentation.

See the Vermont Fish Consumption Advisory bulletin.

 

 

James Gascoyne (15 Nov 2017)

No prior reading recommended for this presentation.

 

 

John O'Meara, Ph.D. (29 Nov 2017)

No prior reading required for this presentation.

 

 

Kent McFarland (6 Dec 2017)

Please review the following websites prior to the presentation:

http://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/vermont-butterfly-survey/

http://www.e-butterfly.org/

http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ebutterfly-north-america

 

 

 

Lesley-Ann Giddings, Ph.D. (13 Dec 2017)
Please read pages 1-33 in "Bioactive Compounds from Extremophiles: Genomic Studies, Biosynthetic Gene Clusters, and New Dereplication Methods".

 

 

We will not meet during the week of Final Exams.

Please submit your last paper by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 December 2017. Please bring your last paper to my office (Bentley 332).

 

 


 

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