Get Involved. Get informed. Posted on August 31, 2015 by dwood If knowledge is power, then here are two great opportunities to boost yours: Volunteer to Save Our Trees Enjoy spending time outdoors? Concerned about the health of Vermont’s forests? Then we need YOUR help! First Detector volunteers are our front-line defense against invasive tree pest infestations. The Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Program is hosting a FREE volunteer training session on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 9:30am-4:15pm in Manchester, Vermont. They are training volunteers to (1) inform the public about the tangible threat Vermont’s primary pests (namely the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, and hemlock woolly adelgid) pose, (2) prepare their communities for a response in the event of an infestation, and (3) screen potential pest sightings. Early detection of invasive pests mitigates the economic and ecological impact to forests and prevents pest populations from becoming established in the state. YOU can help protect Vermont’s forests! Questions or to register, contact Gwen Kozlowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-656-6646 by September 9th. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Gwen by August 21, so we may assist you. For more information visit: vtinvasives.org/first-detectors. Free lecture on the Impact of Concussions in Youth Athletes The Community Medical School at The University of Vermont Medical Center and the University of Vermont offers free lectures to the community throughout the year. Pre-registration is not necessary. Click on the link for more details. With the start of fall sports,you might be interested in this lecture on November 3rd from 6:00-7:30 pm: Cerebral Consequences: The Impact of Concussions in Youth Athletes by James Hudziak, MD – Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics and Communication Sciences & Disorders, UVM Medical Center. Concussions and related problems are a major concern in professional sports like football and hockey, with little concrete evidence of the long-term consequences. In younger athletes, even less is known, but research using neuroimaging is shedding new light on the impact of sports-related sub-concussive and concussive events on young hockey players’ brain structure and function and behavior. Learn about normal childhood brain development and discuss how concussion affects youth and may impact athletes later in life.