Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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  • Reclaim the Bay Challenge
  • The Mountaintop Witness
  • Professor Nathan Hultman on CSPAN February 2, 2014
  • 2014 Council on the Environment Junior Faculty Winner
  • UMD Scientist Speaks on Air Quality
  • SESYNC Postdoc Opportunities
  • UMD and NASA Goddard Open Joint Global Carbon Cycle Center
  • Busalacchi discusses severe weather and global warming on News Channel 8

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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

William Bowerman


Dr. Bowerman's current research is focused in two primary areas: the use of birds to indicate the health of the environment; and, impacts of Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy, a fatal disease of eagles and waterfowl. He utilizes birds at the top of the food chain to monitor the concentrations and effects of bioaccumulative compounds of concern. For over 20 years he has been working with bald eagles. He recently began working with collaborators in Sweden, Russia, Uganda, and South Africa on projects with white-tailed sea eagles, Steller's sea eagles, and African fish-eagles. He has also been collaborating with scientists in South Carolina and Georgia to determine what causes AVM and how to manage to protect eagles and waterfowl from this disease. The working group includes personnel from the South Carolina DNR, NOAA, University of South Carolina, University of Georgia, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Georgia DNR.

Latest Information

Collaborative Research with SESYNC Postdocs July 29, 2014 Tuesday, 29 July 2014 The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks Research Collaborators (PhD required) interested in mentoring incoming SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows…
Sustainability Fund Applications 2014-2015 : New Deadlines July 24, 2014 Thursday, 24 July 2014 The University Sustainability Fund, supported by an undergraduate student fee, has been very successful in furthering campus sustainability projects. In May 2014,…
UMDConE July 24, 2014 University Sustainability Fund: $350000 available for faculty/staff applicants by Oct 1, student applicants by Jan 15 http://t.co/dgJnzBWtok 5 days ago from Twitter Web Client
UMDConE July 23, 2014 RT @UMDGradSchool: Funding opportunity! @UMDConE Green Fellowship for Collaborative Research on the Environment (Deadline: Nov. 17) http://… 6 days ago from Twitter for Websites
UMDConE July 22, 2014 Global temperature reaches record high in June following record warmth in May -- ScienceDaily http://t.co/qkxhk4jNDe 7 days ago from Twitter for Websites
Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets July 24, 2014 Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun — and have come up nearly dry.
Creating Optical Cables Out of Thin Air July 22, 2014 Physics Professor Howard Milchberg created "air waveguides" to enhance light signals collected from distant sources.
UMD Center Receives $3+ Million from NIH to Bolster National Drug Surveillance System July 17, 2014 Data from new system will inform rapid and effective public health responses.
Bird Watching in the 21st Century July 17, 2014 Birdsnap—a new app developed with the help of a UMD computer scientist—can identify birds from photos, using methods borrowed from facial recognition software.
From finding Nemo to minerals: What riches lie in the deep sea? July 29, 2014 As fishing and the harvesting of metals, gas and oil have expanded deeper and deeper into the ocean, scientists are drawing attention to the services provided by the deep sea, the world’s…
Evolution in rainforest flies points to climate change survival July 29, 2014 Scientists believe some tropical species may be able to evolve and adapt to the effects of climate change. The new findings suggests some sensitive rainforest-restricted species may survive…