Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • Busalacchi elected NAE Member
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus Brown Bag
  • Climate Action Summit May 5-6, 2016
  • UMD Students attend COP in Paris 2015
  • Waters Edge wins National Academy of Sciences Award
  • ConE Chair Addresses House Subcommittees on Space and Environment
  • SESYNC Undergraduate Summer Opportunities
  • UMD Rises in Rankings
  • Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

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Chair's Welcome

Antonio Busalacchi
Antonio Busalacchi
Council Chair

It is with real pleasure that I welcome you to the Council of the Environment of the University of Maryland. Our University has tremendous breadth and depth in environmental and earth system science and, as a land grant university, is committed to bringing those resources to support the work of local communities and government, and to promote economic development in the State. Our strengths spread across a wide spectrum of academic fields such as anthropology, agriculture, architecture, climate and earth science, ecology, economics, energy, engineering for sustainable infrastructure, public health, public policy, sociology, and transportation. The Council will work to integrate this diversity of effort and to develop new opportunities. The public and private sectors in the State are also deeply engaged in environmental issues, to which they too bring great strengths. The Council will build new partnerships to connect these efforts with the University. As Chair, I am excited at the...


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Featured Council Members

Margaret Palmer


Dr. Margaret Palmer is Director of the National Socio‐Environmental Synthesis Center, an NSF and University of Maryland supported research center dedicated to creating synthetic, actionable science related to the structure, functioning, and sustainability of socio-environmental systems. In addition, as a Professor at the University of Maryland in the Department of Entomology and at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), she oversees a large research group focused on watershed science and restoration ecology. Having worked on streams, rivers, and estuaries for over 27 years and leading scientific projects at national and international levels, she has more than 150 scientific publications and multiple ongoing collaborative research grants. She is past Director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, serves as an editor for the journal Restoration Ecology and co‐authored the book The Foundations of Restoration Ecology.

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PhD Student Colin Miller Awarded Green Fellowship For Collaborative Research On The Environment January 19, 2016 Mechanical Engineering PhD student Colin Miller, advised by Professor Michael Gollnerin Fire Protection Engineering and Geographical Sciences PhD student Kristofer Laskowere recently…
Tracking adaptation to climate change January 15, 2016   TRAC3 member Alex Lesnikowski (far left) presenting at COP21 The Tracking Adaptation to Climate Change Consortium (TRAC3) presented their research…
UMDConE February 12, 2016 RT @umiacs: Paul Torrens @GISUMD & @umiacs on @NSF radio discussing #BigData to predict how people react to hazardous weather https://t.co/… 18 hours ago from Twitter Web Client
UMDConE February 11, 2016 UMD "PALS" Program to Partner with Anne Arundel County, City of Annapolis https://t.co/WLZVNtVUdd 1 day ago from Twitter Web Client
UMDConE February 09, 2016 ConE Chair Busalacchi elected member of @NAE_DC - https://t.co/xs7NPEA6sQ @UMDscience @ESSICUMD @AOSC_UMD 3 days ago from Twitter Web Client
Gravitational Wave Detection Validates Einstein & Early Work of UMD Physicists February 12, 2016 An international team of scientists that includes UMD physicists has opened an unprecedented new window on the universe with the first observation of ripples in the fabric of space-time.
UMD Researchers Assess Potential Public Health Impacts of Fracking in Maryland February 10, 2016 UMD researchers are helping to inform the conversation about the potential risks associated with unconventional natural gas development and production.
UMD Names Susan J. Dwyer Executive Director of the Honors College February 09, 2016 Dr. Dwyer will oversee all aspects of the Honors College, including establishing expectations for intellectual engagement, overseeing curricular and co-curricular activities, working with a…
University of Maryland Debuts "Maryland Dialogues on Diversity and Community" February 08, 2016 Series of events on issues of race, diversity and inclusion include conversation with acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voice Kevin Powell.
New method for bio-designing yeast could improve biofuel production February 12, 2016 A new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass has been discovered by researchers. Both the yeast strain and the method of…
Rare beluga data show whales dive to maximize meals February 12, 2016 As the Arctic continues to change due to rising temperatures, melting sea ice and human interest in developing oil and shipping routes, it's important to understand belugas' baseline behavior,…