Bob Gramling

Bob Gramling, MD, DSc

Lab Principal Investigator

Holly and Bob Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine

Professor (with tenure) of Family Medicine  


Interests: Laughing, hiking, biking, writing, dancing, sharing big ideas, iaido

Personal Life Advice: "Pay attention for a second arrow"





Donna Rizzo, PhD

Machine Learning Investigator

Professor and Dorothean Chair, School of Engineering


Interests: Machine-Learning and developing computational tools to improve the understanding of human-induced changes on natural systems and the way we make decisions about natural resources and multi-scale environmental problems.

Personal Life Advice: "Learn a lot and have fun!"


Maggie Eppstein, PhD

Machine Learning Investigator

Research Professor and Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science


Interests: Research-wise, I love discovering things about how the world works using computational modeling and analysis in a wide variety of application domains. Aside from research, I love being in Nature – especially camping, hiking, kayaking, and rock-hounding. Around the house I love designing remodeling projects (that my husband implements), landscaping and perennial gardening, sewing, upholstering, and other creative crafty projects, and hosting family get-togethers over the Holidays for my two grown sons and various other siblings, cousins, in-laws.

Personal Life Advice: A wise piece of advice passed down to me from my Mom: “If you’re going to feel guilty about something, don’t do it. Once you decide to do something, don’t feel guilty about it.


Steve Berns, MD

TalkVermont Director

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine


Interests: Hiking, running, camping, traveling, baking pies, indie rock, and anything Harry Potter

Life Advice: "You can't be that kid standing at the top of the water chute, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute"


Tara Pacy, MHA, RN

TalkVermont Advisor


Interests: Learning systems, yoga, people

Life Advice:"Listen to understand, not to reply" - Stephen R. Covey 

Katharine Cheung, MD PhD

Katharine L. Cheung, MD, PhD

Telemedicine Investigator

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Nephrology

Center of Aging


Interests: Hiking, kayaking, cooking, gardening

Life Advice:"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking." -W.B. Yeats


Anne Campbell

TalkVermont Project Coordinator 


Interests: Reading, crafting, hockey, and Disney

Life Advice: "Live well, laugh often, love much"


Liam John 

Study Coordinator 


Interests: Work: Aging, dementia care, and end of life decision making. Play: Cello, cross-country and backcountry skiing, gravel road cycling, and trail running.

Life Advice: "You only have enough time for the things that are important to you"


Liz Gajary, RN, MA

PCCRI Study Coordinator 


Interests: Dogs, goats, horses, travel, people, food and cooking, hiking, being outside doing anything!

Life Advice: "Life is a dance. Learn to dance well!"


Larry Clarfeld, MS

PhD Student - Computer Science


Interests: My interests outside of academia include field ecology, birding, hiking, camping, playing guitar and spending time with my family. 

Life Advice: "Don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff"

Lindsay Ross

Lindsay Ross

Research Assistant 

Undergraduate (Senior)-Computer Science

Interests: Cooking, running, singing, crafting 

Life Advice: "If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time." -Billy Joel


Brigitte Durieux

Research Assistant

Undergraduate (Junior) -  Biochemistry and French


Interests: Music, hellbenders, painting, cooking, space, reptiles, mythology, traveling, biodegradable plastics, thelyphondia (vinegaroons in 6th grade).

Life Advice: "Believe in yourself"


Cailin Gramling 

Research Assistant

Undergraduate (Junior) -  Philosophy


Interests: Writing, philosophy, dance, sleep, debate

Life Advice: "I feel like I have not lived long enough to give life advice. When I am older and wiser, I will get back to you!"


Laura Hirsch

Research Assistant

Undergraduate (Senior) - Statistics


Interests: Cycling, Irish Dancing, gardening, and hiking

Life Advice: "If the grass is greener on the other side, there is probably more manure there"

Lab Alumni:



Viktoria Manukyan, MS

Product Engineer at Global Foundries 

UVM Complex Systems Master's Degree 2018

Interests: Big Data, Machine Learning, SUP Yoga and Dancing

Life Advice: "Being confident and believing in your own self-worth will make everything possible"


Aidan Ryan

Research Assistant

Undergraduate (Senior) - Civil Engineering


Interests: Playing guitar, anything outdoors, and of course diner breakfasts

Life Advice: "To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift" -Steve Prefontaine


Bridger Banco

Research Assistant

Undergraduate (Junior) - Environmental Engineering


Interests: Hiking and backpacking, paddling, fishing, dogs, skiing, and birding

Life Advice: "Be kind to others and others will be kind to you. Also, always have fun!"