Tuesday, August 30, 2016

  • UMD Rises in Rankings
  • UMD School of Public Health Receives $10M
  • Climate Action Summit May 5-6, 2016
  • Former VP to speak at UMD on Future of Climate Action
  • Waters Edge wins National Academy of Sciences Award
  • Tipping the Balance
  • SESYNC Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research Projects
  • Busalacchi elected NAE member
  • Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

Upcoming Events

Wed Sep 07 @10:30AM - 12:00PM

PSE Workshop:Citizen Science and the Naturenet Project

Thu Sep 08 @12:00PM - 01:00PM

UMD and Capitol Hill briefing focused on health equity

Fri Sep 16 @02:00PM - 04:00PM

ConE Meeting

Fri Sep 16 @04:00PM - 05:00PM

Jr Faculty/Green Fellowship reception

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...


Featured Council Members

Gerrit Knaap

Gerrit Jan-Knaap is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland. Knaap earned his B.S. from Willamette University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and received his post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in economics. Knaap’s research interests include the economics and politics of land use planning, the efficacy of economic development instruments, and the impacts of environmental policy. On these subjects, Knaap has published over 50 articles in peer-refereed journals. He received the Chester Rapkin award for the best paper published in Volume 10 of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, with Greg Lindsey he received the 1998 best of ACSP award, and in 2006 he received the Outstanding Planner Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Latest Information

University of Maryland climbs again in Global Science productivity rankings August 29, 2016 The Nature Index 2016 Global, a ranking from the journal Nature, ranks the University of Maryland No. 46 among the world's most productive scientific research institutions, up 8 spots from…
GEOG Research Examines the Impacts of an Increasingly Connected World August 09, 2016 Research from the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences (GEOG) is prominently featured in a new special issue of Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology titled “Linking…
UMDConE August 18, 2016 RT @UMDRightNow: Wood windows are cooler than glass, according to #UMD researchers https://t.co/wK91SJNUnT @ClarkSchool https://t.co/d4aW7g… 11 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMDConE August 18, 2016 SESYNC Invites Proposals for Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research Projects https://t.co/jxNNTgH0cF 11 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMDConE August 12, 2016 Clear Link Found between Warming Climate and Rise in Ocean-borne Bacterial Illnesses https://t.co/Cc6zqOrAL9 17 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMD Researchers Study Brain Circuits and Social Interactions in Children with Autism August 29, 2016 Psychology faculty awarded $2.6 million to study brain pathways associated with social interactions in autism.
Use it or Lose it: UMD Study Shows Stopping Exercise Decreases Brain Blood Flow August 29, 2016 Research led by the UMD School of Public Health examined cerebral blood flow in healthy, physically fit older adults before and after a 10-day period during which they stopped all exercise.
DOE Awards $1.25M to UMERC Researchers to Develop Safer, Better Batteries August 25, 2016 The Department of Energy funds UMD research on safer, better lithium-ion battery technology as part of a $57 million investment to improve vehicle efficiency.
UMD Named a Top LGBTQ-Friendly University by Campus Pride August 22, 2016 “Best of the Best” list highlights positive efforts UMD has made to promote diversity, inclusion and safety for LGBTQ students.
Anti-friction solutions? Very thin layers of water can become ice-like at room temperature August 29, 2016 New research shows that a nanometer-thin layer of water between two charged surfaces exhibits ice-like tendencies that allow it to withstand pressures of hundreds of atmospheres. The discovery…
Amazon forests: Biodiversity can help mitigate climate risks August 29, 2016 A forest with greater diversity of plants can better adjust to climatic stress. Now for the first time, a team of scientists can show this in computer simulations of the Amazon region by…