VINS Presents Virtual Science Symposium

Science Symposium

Photo: VINS 2019 Science Symposium / Albert Bridge School

Every school year, VINS School Programs works with community schools to identify a local environmental problem, then use science and research to solve it. In the spring, VINS hosts the Science Symposium at the VINS Nature Center, where students and teachers from participating schools gather to share the work they have been completing in their communities. This year’s research themes included “Habitat Protectors,” “Environmental Action and Crime” and “Community Problem Solvers.” The day typically includes a keynote speaker, students sharing their work, hands-on activities led by other area organizations, as well as time to enjoy nature and explore the VINS campus.

This year, due to COVID-19, the Science Symposium has taken a different approach to meet the needs of teachers and students as distance learning continues through the end of the year. During the week of May 18-22, we invite the community to join students and teachers as we present “Meet a Scientist or Engineer” on our YouTube page. You can learn about the impact scientists and engineers have in our region.

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Monday, May 18, 12:30pm
Len Reitsma, PhD.
Professor of Ecology, Plymouth State University

Delve into Len’s 18 year study on the ecology of the long distance migrant, the canada warbler.
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Tuesday, May 19, 12:30pm
Luke Groff, PhD.
Herpetologist, VT Fish and Wildlife Department

See how Luke helps to protect species in Vermont and shares why they are such an important part of the ecosystems.
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Wednesday, May 20, 12:30pm
Judy Rosovsky
Vermont’s State Entomologist and Plant Regulatory Official
(Pictured in photo on left)
Ginger Nickerson
Vermont’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, Pest Control Education Coordinator

Have you ever wondered what an Entomologist does for a living? What about a Forest Pest Education Coordinator? Find out the answer to these questions and many more! 
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Thursday, May 21, 12:30pm
Walter Opuszynski
Forest Recreation Specialist, VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Walter will share his work and why he is passionate about connecting people in our region with safe and fun experiences while they are out in nature.
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Friday, May 22, 12:30pm
Robin Tindall
Engineer and Environmental Stewardship Manager, Hypertherm

Join Robin and the team of engineers as they share what happens on a typical day at Hypertherm.
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