Vermont business continue to make headlines! Learn more about employee owned Chroma Technology Corp in Southern Vermont and how their custom optical filters are changing scientific research.
“The thing that’s kind of unique is, they have their finger on the pulse of where science is moving.”
At the Warshaw Molecular Motors Group, a research laboratory at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, David Warshaw and his eight colleagues spend their days peering through high-powered microscopes, looking at motors that are 5,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.
They’re studying the tiny engines that power the human heart and how genetic mutations of those engines can lead to genetic forms of heart failure. Those include sudden cardiac death, which occurs in about one in 200 people worldwide. High-tech microscopes allow Warshaw’s group to magnify cellular structures so they are visible to the eye, but the scientists must use them in conjunction with a light-splitting optical filter to see the cell’s individual components…The optical filters in Warshaw’s microscopes didn’t come from China or Japan, or even Boston. They were made in Bellows Falls by Chroma Technology Corp., a 128-employee company founded in 1991.
From Triple Pundit:
7 Global Food Conglomerates Partner on Water Stewardship Commitments
A recent article from Triple Pundit highlights incredible partnerships working together to reduce industrial agriculture impact on water. Read the whole article here and do some digging to see what kind of opportunities may be created that could help you build your network.
The perfect example of mixing liberal arts learning with STEM! Check out this video highlight of Associate Professor of German Florence Feiereisen and her student research team.
This summer students worked on a collaborate research project in the field of computation linguistics. They designed and implemented a pop song lyrics generator that forms grammatically correct and semantically coherent lyrics resembling the style and vocabulary used in popular songs from 1980 to 2015.
The Fund for Innovation (FFI) was established in honor of Middlebury’s 16th President and his wife in March 2015 by a group of donors who believe that a distinctive culture of creative thinking is essential to the Middlebury community. For more information on the Fund for Innovation visit: go.middlebury.edu/fundforinnovation
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Scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, propose using an assessment tool to diagnose addictive disorders that considers addiction-related behaviors, brain imaging, and genetic data. According to a new review article, the Addictions Neuroclinical Assessment (ANA) would facilitate future understanding of the origin of addiction at a biological level, and could ultimately lead to more effective individualized treatments for addictions. Read the full article here.
Are you aware there are some pretty incredible peer resources on campus for STEM students?
The Center for Teaching, Learning & Research (CTLR) hosts STEM and Quantitative Skills Support.
Resources they offer:
- Professional Tutoring – The Director of Quantitative Support, Jeanne Albert, is available to assist students in a number of ways, including reviewing prior mathematics knowledge, discussing homework, preparing quantitative reports, and studying/practicing for tests. Students may schedule weekday sessions in advance, or may drop in, as needed, to LIB 225.
- Peer Tutoring – Peer tutors are available to assist students with homework, quantitative projects, and test preparation. Tutors typically work with students from a specific course at drop-in study group sessions, or—when recommended by the Professor—on a one-on-one basis. All CTLR peer tutors have been approved by a faculty member in the appropriate discipline and have received critically important training from CTLR in successful tutoring practice. Classes for which tutoring is available range across the curriculum, including courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology. The peer tutoring drop-in schedule is usually finalized during the first few weeks of the semester.
- Study, Engage, Learn – For a guide to successful learning strategies in a wide range STEM disciplines, visit go/learnSTEM.
- Math Review – Practice and review materials are available for many precalculus topics, including algebra and trigonometry. Visit the math review page for a selection of downloadable files, links to online resources, and self-assessment quizzes.
Article by Howard Weiss-Tisman/VPR
High-tech companies that provide well-paying jobs are good for the local economy. Keeping those companies from moving out of state, as well as recruiting new companies, has been a focus of business leaders in Vermont.
Since Vermont Yankee nuclear plant closed in 2014, business leaders have worked to reduce the roadblocks to future development and retain companies with roots in Vermont. One company, employee-owned Chroma Technology, has decided to stay and expand in southern Vermont. Its optical filters are used in biomedical research, and this technology is used in a variety of industries across the globe. The expansion will help create jobs and provide continued investment in the local community.
STEM students, what has your experience been like at Middlebury?
“Researchers say there are 3 main factors that explain why women are more represented in some STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields than others.
The most powerful one, they say, is a “masculine culture” that makes many women feel like they don’t belong.”
Creativity will become one of the top three skills workers will need. With the avalanche of new products, new technologies and new ways of working, workers are going to have to become more creative in order to benefit from these changes.
Read the full article by Alex Gray in World Economic Forum here.
In a move to bolster the astronomy community’s efforts to expand the representation and participation of underrepresented minorities in the field, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) last week endorsed the vision of an inclusive community that emerged from the 2015 Inclusive Astronomy meeting. In addition to the endorsed vision statement, that meeting led to specific suggestions for helping departments and institutions improve diversity and inclusion—including strategies to create an inclusive environment, remove obstacles that prevent some students from continuing on to graduate programs, and broaden involvement in making decisions that affect the community. Read the full Science Magazine article by Maggie Kuo.