David Blow's 2017 series on the local impact of undocumented immigrants won first place for the 2018 New York State Associated Press "Investigative/Enterprise Reporting" category as well as first place for "Distinguished Investigative Reporting" in the 2018 New York New Publishers Association awards. It was a powerful experience to write these stories and I felt a lot of pressure to tell the stories of these immigrants well. Judges for The New York News Publishers Association wrote: "Immigration is a complex issue, and their investigation provided a great public service. If every paper reported on the issue like this, Americans would understand immigration so much better." I don't write stories to win awards, but it does feel good to know other journalists like and respect the work. A link to first story is belowPart 1: Living in fear: Area volunteers are helping immigrants improve their lives
Dr. Vermilyea co-authored a publication in Biogeochemistry with his collaborators at the University of Vermont. This work used in-stream sensors to understand the sources of nutrients to our streams and rivers under different types of stream flow conditions in order to understand how water quality is influenced by land use and land cover.
Professor Vermilyea is a co-author on a recent publication that explores the use of high-frequency sensors in local waterways to quantify the amount and type of phosphorus being exported from our Vermont landscape into Lake Champlain. This is important work that can help us better understand the movement of a critical nutrient that has implications for harmful algal blooms and other water quality issues
Dr. Clark completed two state-wide public opinion polls for VPR and Vermont PBS for the 2018 Vermont primary and general elections. The data are used to generate public conversation about the elections and about public policy. In addition, the data will be used for Dr. Clarke's own research purposes and in the classroom to explore issues of Vermont politics.
Professor Brande presented paper at the Costume Society of America, Southeastern Region & Mid-Atlantic Joint Symposium: Costume Across the Curriculum & Into the Community held at Shippensburg University. The title of my paper is One Dress: Contributing to the Liberal Arts with High-Impact Practices.
Professor Smith completed a post-graduate certificate program in nursing education.
Dr. Reeves received his PhD. in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. His qualitative dissertation, titled "A joke you can't tell: Using photography to understand the lived experience of adolescents in homeless families" provided voice to a vulnerable population, using critical phenomenology and photo elicitation.