Pat Manley and Tom Manley (both Geology) have received funding as part of a statewide grant awarded to the VT-EPSCoR program at the University of Vermont (UVM) by the National Science Foundation. The goal of this five-year grant, titled Basin Resiliency to Extreme Events (BREE), is to study and promote resiliency in the Lake Champlain Basin. Pat and Tom will be working with UVM researchers and Middlebury students to study circulation and sediment dynamics of the Winooski River outflow in order to better understand the delivery and disposition of sediment, nutrients, and potential contaminants into Lake Champlain. Year 1 of this 5 year program will focus on the deployment of 10 year-long subsurface moorings, high resolution bottom mapping of the region, and the deployment of 4 subsurface neutrally-buoyant Lagrangian drifters that will map water movement throughout the Main Lake at various depths. In subsequent years, these operations will be repeated to produce a long-term data set that will concurrently be used to calibrate a 3-dimensional numerical model of lake circulation.
2017 Flexible Spending Accounts Update
If you are a benefits-eligible employee who is enrolled in a 2017 flexible spending account, you may have recently received a Welcome email from MyCafeteriaPlan. The email outreach effort sent by Middlebury’s new FSA service, MyCafeteriaPlan, provided by Business Plans Inc. You may access your online portal to your flex account(s) via the instructions in that email. Once logged on to the portal, you will be prompted to update your username and password by following the instructions available at this link: http://www.middlebury.edu/system/files/new_user_login_information_extended.pdf. You may also update your profile with your preferred contact information, such as a personal email address or physical mailing address. Or you may leave your profile as is, and receive correspondence on your work email account. The portal also gives you access to your account balances, transaction history and an option to submit your claims electronically.
Accessing the flexible spending portal at MyCafeteriaPlan.com is an enhanced service, which many employees may find useful. But if you prefer to not log on, you will still be able to utilize your ‘Benny’ card and/or submit claims utilizing the claim form that is available for download on Middlebury’s website at this link: http://www.middlebury.edu/system/files/media/Claim%20Form_FSA%20Flex.pdf
If you have questions about your 2017 flexible spendng account, feel free to reach out to customer service at MyCafeteriaPlan at (937) 865-6500 or toll free at (800) 865-6543. You may also contact Nancy Lindberg or Franklin Daniel in Human Resources at 802-443-3372.
2016 Flexible Spending Accounts Reminder
If you participated in a flexible spending account in 2016 and still have a remaining balance, you have until March 15, 2017 to seek reimbursement for dates of service which occurred in 2016. While at this point in time you can no longer use your 2016 benefits debit card for claims, you may file your claims by using a paper claim form and submitting it via mail, fax or via electronic upload. Here is a link to the 2016 CBA FSA claim form: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/170601/original/CBA_Blue_Flex_Claim_Form.pdf
Here is a link to the site for uploading your 2016 FSA claims: https://secure.cbabluevt.com/electronic-submission.aspx?app=reimbursement
After March 15th, remaining 2016 Health FSA balances, up to a maximum of $500 will be rolled over to your 2017 Health FSA account.
|Thomas Corbin||Staff||1/3/2017||Assistant Treasurer’s Office|
|Susan Grant||Staff||1/4/2017||Facilities Services|
|Mary Brady||Staff||1/4/2017||Student Financial Services|
|Jane Schoenfeld||Staff||1/6/2017||Davis UWC Scholars Program|
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The annual Relay for Life event will celebrate all cancer survivors, honor those who have lost their battles and fight back against this disease by raising money for cancer research and patient support programs. There will be live entertainment, delicious food, lawn games, empowering speakers and a luminaria ceremony. To sign up your team and start fundraising now please visit our website here. Guests are also welcome to register the day of the event, with a suggested $10 donation to the American Cancer Society. If you are a cancer survivor please contact email@example.com as we would love to celebrate all survivors with a special, catered dinner at our event.
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Guntram Herb (Geography) has been accepted to the Digital Native American and Indigenous Studies workshop that will take place in May at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. This award covers all expenses of the workshop, including travel. The workshop will be instrumental for the development of new digital teaching modules on indigenous borderlands.
Noah Graham (Physics), a 2005 recipient of the Cottrell College Science Award, has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation, a private foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences. This program is highly selective–only 5% of Cottrell College Science Award recipients since 1994 have been invited to join this stellar group. This honor places Noah in a national community of outstanding scholar-educators who produce significant research and educational outcomes and makes him eligible for unique grant opportunities. Congratulations Noah!
Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) for his role in a collaborative research project titled What Makes Radio-detected and Optically-detected Supernova Remnants in NGC6946 Different? The project, carried out in collaboration with colleagues from STScI, Johns Hopkins University, and Hofstra University, will use new observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, in conjunction with existing data from Hubble, from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, from optical telescopes at Kitt Peak in Arizona and Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and from the Jansky Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico. The study will focus on understanding the remnants of exploded stars in the “Fireworks Galaxy,” so named because it has produced more supernovae (9) in the past century than any other known galaxy. The researchers hope that their work will shed new light on the cycle through which stars are born, live, die spectacularly as supernovae, and disperse matter that will eventually become the raw material for new stars.