Monday, July 28, 2014

News and Events

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

The University of Maryland (UMD) held its first Lightning Safety Awareness reporters' workshop on June 24, 2014, raising awareness about lighting safety both for people and for building structures through multiple presentations, panel discussions, and a Lightning 101 class. Hosted by UMD's Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), presenters from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service (NWS), Federal Alliance for Safe Homes ......

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University of Maryland-led Consortium Wins Renewal of $93 Million NOAA Climate Institute

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The University of Maryland will continue to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supported Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) for the next five years, following a renewal of the existing cooperative agreement for the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019. Initiated in May 2009, this partnership between NOAA, University of Maryland, North Carolina State, and 17 other institutions is one of the largest research consortiums......

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ConE’s Green Fellowship Encouraged Interdisciplinary Research for Graduate Students

            With the Council on the Environment’s Green Fellowship funding, two teams of graduate students had the motivation to pursue interdisciplinary research over the past two years.             David Daily and Scott Tjaden worked together to study the effectiveness of planting green roofs in mitigating the urban heat island effect of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. Daily’s graduate......

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And the Junior Faculty Award goes to… Dr. Sujay Kaushal


           Dr. Sujay Kaushal has always loved water.            “I was inspired by growing up near streams and rivers during my childhood and an early appreciation and love of running waters,” said Kaushal, the 2014 recipient of the Council on the Environment’s Junior Faculty Award.            Over the past five years Kaushal has exemplified his commitment to freshwater......

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ConE Seed Grant Recipients to Research Wildfire Pollutants/Aerosol Emissions

The Council on the Environment will award a $90,000 seed grant to an interdisciplinary team of researchers whose goal is to quantify wildfire pollutant/aerosol emissions using simulations, data assimilation and satellite observation.   The team's five members are Evan Ellicott and Christopher Justice from the college of behavioral and social sciences, Michael Gollner and Arnaud Trouve from the school of engineering, and Kayo Ide from the department of atmospheric and ocean......

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Bahá'i Chair for World Peace Speakers Discuss Climate Change and Food Security

At the 2014 Bahá'i Chair for World Peace Second Spring Symposium, co-sponsored by the Program for Society and the Environment, Dr. Paty Romero-Lankao of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Dr. Debra Davidson of the University of Alberta spoke about urbanization and the link between climate change and food security, including what steps we can take now to manage the risks posed by climate change. Romero-Lankao, an interdisciplinary sociologist and a research......

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Council on the Environment Announces 2014 Junior Faculty Award Winner

The University of Maryland Council on the Environment has awarded its second annual Junior Faculty Award to Dr. Sujay Kaushal, of the geology department and the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center.  The award, which includes a cash prize of $3,000 and the chance for the recipient to deliver a lecture on his or her accomplishments to the university community, is given to a faculty member to honor achievements over the past three to five years that have raised the......

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Dr. Wladimir Alonso Speaks on the Seasonality of Respiratory Infections

In a joint seminar that brought together the frequently connected themes of environment and public health, Dr. Wladimir Alonso — director of Origem Scientifica and a research fellow at the Fogarty International Center — presented a number of theories about the reasons for seasonality of respiratory infections such as influenza.    However, Alonso said, there is ultimately no way of knowing for certain why influenza levels tend to peak in winter in temperate......

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Spotlight on New Architecture Faculty: Willow Lung-Amam

Willow Lung-Amam, who joined the university’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in the fall as an assistant professor, has been interested in the intersection of social inequality and urban planning since her time as an undergrad at Stanford University.   “I became fascinated by housing as an issue that I came to understand as deeply entangled within the history and ongoing issues of racial segregation and social inequality,” she......

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Terps Take First Place in International Design Competition

An interdisciplinary team of five graduate students from the University of Maryland’s architecture, urban planning, real estate development and landscape architecture programs has advanced to the final round of the 2014 Urban Land Institute / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition (ULI/Hines). UMD’s team is one of four schools to land a finalist slot in this year’s competition—joining Harvard University, UT Austin and Georgia Institute of Technology—by......

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Spotlight on New Architecture Faculty: Jana Vandergoot

Assistant professor Jana Vandergoot joined the University of Maryland after working in the field as an architect for almost ten years, bringing her expertise in urban design and her passion for scholarship to the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  Vandergoot, who teaches architecture and urbanism studios, as well as a course on analysis and design, said the university’s location in a major metropolitan area and its support for interdisciplinary research......

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