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Welcome from VASE President, Grace Spatafora, Ph.D.

Irene Heinz and John LaPorte Given Professor in the Premedical Sciences

Middlebury College, Department of Biology

Middlebury, Vermont

These are challenging times as we confront the fall out of climate change, limited resources, an aging population, and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. As citizens of Vermont, we must educate ourselves about these issues by engaging the advice and experience of our very best scientists, researchers, engineers, innovators, and medical practitioners. The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) represents many of the most distinguished members of Vermont’s science, engineering, and technology communities, including men and women who are recognized as experts in their fields of study, committed to solving science and engineering problems, and informing public policy decisions. The VASE constituency also includes members of the National Academy of Science and Engineering whose significant discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have gained broad recognition on the national and international stages.

VASE is dedicated to making evidence-based science accessible to the citizens, educators, and legislators of Vermont by:

- sponsoring equipment grants for Vermont schools and outreach programs to foster hands-on experiences in STEM

-recognizing and enabling outstanding Science Teachers (K-12) throughout Vermont who demonstrate STEM innovation in their classrooms; and,

-helping the Vermont state government resolve science and engineering problems via VASE’s recently appointed Artificial Intelligence Task Force.

In closing, I am proud to represent the Vermont Academy in its mission to secure a safer and more prosperous future for Vermont by promoting science literacy and enabling STEM opportunities for all. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about us.


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