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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Missing Campus, Vermont Students Recreate Their Favorite Haunts — in Minecraft

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 7:00 AM

The in-progress UVM Minecraft campus from above - COURTESY OF UVM CAMPUSCRAFT
  • Courtesy of UVM CampusCraft
  • The in-progress UVM Minecraft campus from above
The University of Vermont campus is a quiet place these days. With online learning in place, most students have returned home to 47 states and 67 countries. For students like Lauren Posklensky, it was lonely to be suddenly separated from campus and her friends there. Transitioning to online classes, she said, was “pretty rough.”

But Posklensky kept in touch with a group of friends from UVM and often played Minecraft with them. That's a video game in which players can build and manipulate a blocky, 3D world.

Posklensky heard about a school in Japan hosting a virtual graduation ceremony in Minecraft. She half jokingly suggested to her friends that they should try to recreate the UVM campus in the game.

And UVM Campus Craft was born. The students have built the Dudley H. Davis Center, complete with a cozy version of Henderson’s Café, and have made progress on the Old Mill and Waterman buildings. Their main goal is to finish the UVM Green, adjacent to Waterman, so graduating seniors can virtually walk across it like they would during a normal UVM graduation ceremony.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

FourScienceVT Provides Educational Support for Vermont Students

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2020 at 3:21 PM

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium - FILE: MARGARET GRAYSON
  • File: Margaret Grayson
  • The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
Four Vermont-based science museums have teamed up to create FourScienceVT, an association of likeminded organizations aiming to provide STEM education for homebound students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The organizations are the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, the Montshire Museum of Science and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Post-Fire, Center for Cartoon Studies Recovers From Water Damage

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 9:01 PM

The saturated laboratory at the Center for Cartoon Studies - DAVE LLOYD
  • Dave Lloyd
  • The saturated laboratory at the Center for Cartoon Studies
Updated February 5, 2020.

If the fire doesn't get you, the water does. That's what the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction learned the hard way last month.

On January 3, when the school was on break, an accidental fire broke out in an apartment over its offices and lab space, in a former department store called the Colodny Building. (CCS' classrooms and extensive library are in a second building, the former post office, just down the street.) The apartment was unoccupied and being worked on when a fire started and was quickly contained.

But not quickly enough to prevent the sprinkler system from doing its job, which was to saturate everything in sight.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

UVM Partners With U.S. Army's Cold Regions Research Lab in New Hampshire

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 10:52 AM

Testing snow guns at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. - FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF CRREL
  • File photo courtesy of CRREL
  • Testing snow guns at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.
Here's some very cool news out of the University of Vermont: On Wednesday, UVM announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), which is based in Hanover, N.H. According to a university press release, the partnership will allow UVM students to conduct math, science and engineering research in the facility's Arctic-like laboratories.

Never heard of CRREL? That's not surprising, given that the research facility, which is part of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, maintains a relatively low public profile — and even lower thermostat settings.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Speaks at Sold-Out UVM Event

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Ta-Nehisi Coates - COURTESY OF GABRIELLA DEMCZUK
  • Courtesy of Gabriella Demczuk
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
Best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates was 33 when he voted for the first time. That was in 2008 and he voted for Barack Obama, Coates told the 3,200-strong audience at the University of Vermont’s indoor tennis courts on Tuesday evening.

The West Baltimore, Md., native said he had a “very radical but limited view of politics." Coates had felt that voting was "bad" and thought he would end up endorsing “for the lesser evil, at best.” But a professor friend recently told him, “Yes, that’s true, but I’m in favor of less evil.”

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Tech Heavyweight Tan Le to Discuss Brain-Computer Interfaces at UVM

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Tan Le - COURTESY OF TAN LE
  • Courtesy of Tan Le
  • Tan Le
Five years after Tan Le was recognized in 1998 as Young Australian of the Year, she found herself at a career crossroad. She had been trained as a lawyer, done a stint as an entrepreneur and was also a community advocate.

But she was seeking a lifelong endeavor. “I wanted to find something that wasn't just a short stint or exciting for a few years,” recalled Le. And she found her calling in studying the human brain.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Abenaki Nation Partners With City of Burlington

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Items given to State of Vermont in 2011: soapstone pipe, fur tobacco pouch, peace wampum belt - CHIEF DON STEVENS
  • Chief Don Stevens
  • Items given to State of Vermont in 2011: soapstone pipe, fur tobacco pouch, peace wampum belt
In early May, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger's office announced a new partnership with the Vermont Abenaki Alliance. The collaboration grew out of controversial discussions over the "Everyone Loves a Parade!" mural on Church Street, which not everyone loves.

(If you haven't been keeping up: Calling the artwork racist, Albert Petrarca vandalized the mural's identification plaque in October 2017. Since then, community members and City Council representatives have been debating whether to replace or alter the mural to depict a more accurate history of Burlington.)

The focus of the City and Abenaki Alliance collaboration will be public events and education about native people and history. The release notes a July 7 event on Church Street and, in the future, a permanent exhibition at the Burlington International Airport.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Sudanese Community Rallies to Send Kids to Camp Rock Point

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:51 AM

From left: Deacon Stan Baker, Rev. Sherry Osborn, Bishop Thomas Ely, Chol Dhoor - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • From left: Deacon Stan Baker, Rev. Sherry Osborn, Bishop Thomas Ely, Chol Dhoor
This summer might bring a new experience for fourth graders Nyankoor Anyang and Rosa Kuku. Along with their teammates from Chittenden County's Nile Bright Stars Academy soccer team, the students hope to spend a week at Rock Point Camp in Burlington. The entire local Sudanese community is rallying behind them.

Last Saturday, the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont and the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington  organized a fundraiser dinner so that kids from the Sudanese community can attend Rock Point Camp, which is run by the Episcopal Diocese.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Generator to Present Big Thinkers in 'Reckless Ideas' Series

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Josh Bongard - VERMONT COMPLEX SYSTEMS CENTER
  • Vermont Complex Systems Center
  • Josh Bongard
The Generator Maker Space in Burlington's South End is launching a new speaker series that follows the previous Big Maker Series.

"Reckless Ideas" is the brainchild of Generator director Chris Thompson and Juniper Lovato, outreach director for the Vermont Complex Systems Center. That part of the University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences deals with trans-disciplinary ideas.

"I met Juniper a few months ago when she was just getting ready to move to Vermont with her husband, Laurent [Hébert-Dufresne]," Thompson writes in an email. "We were talking over coffee at Muddy Waters about all the incredible people doing intriguing, original work around Burlington who she had to meet. Within about half an hour, we had decided that we had to collaborate on a speaker series as an excuse to bring them together."

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Tibetan Musician Fosters Cultural Connection Among Youth

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 1:44 PM

Migmar Tsering (far left) and his students. - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Migmar Tsering (far left) and his students.
Some music instructors might feel disappointed if their students were to stop playing after a few years. But Migmar Tsering doesn't feel that way.

Just over a year ago, the Tibetan man started a music school, Rolyang Lobling, at King Street Center in Burlington to teach local Tibetan youth how to play the dramyin — a traditional Himalayan lute. Through music, he hopes to inculcate a sense of Tibetan identity and camaraderie among his students.

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