Saturday, August 29, 2015

News and Events

Professor Anand Patwardhan Delivered Keynote Address at 4th ANCT Workshop: Climate Change and Urban Environment

On July 16, University of Maryland School of Public Policy Professor Anand Patwardhan had the honor of delivering a keynote address to the 4th Asian Network on Climate Science and Technology (ANCT) Workshop: Climate Change and Urban Environment. His address, titled “Measuring the Unmeasured: Informal Sector Vulnerability and Private Adaptation,” focused on a study using primary data collected from households, depicting the vulnerability and impacts on poor......

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1,800 Years of Global Ocean Cooling Halted by Global Warming

Comprehensive analysis of ocean surface temperature data shows a cooling trend preceding the Industrial Revolution

Prior to the advent of human-caused global warming in the 19th century, the surface layer of Earth’s oceans had undergone 1,800 years of a steady cooling trend, according to a new study. During the latter half of this cooling period, the trend was most likely driven by large and frequent volcanic eruptions. An international team of researchers reported......

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ScienceBeat program to increase understanding about climate change

With a lack of accurate understanding about the causes and consequences of climate change in many Americans, ScienceBeat, a Council on the Environment-funded program, will promote more complete education of the topic in certain Prince George’s County high schools. The program, created and run by University of Maryland researchers, will be tested on science and English or journalism students of three high schools using six interactive modules. The modules will be taught in class and......

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Seed grant will fund project to research climate change and water in Middle East/North Africa

The Council on the Environment recently awarded a $90,000 seed grant to a project to help research the effects of climate change on food and water availability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The MENA region has had a history of water shortage and food production problems due to climate change. This project plans to establish a research center to form climate predictions and research ways to optimize available water use, particularly toward agriculture. Dr. Raghu......

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Four Named 2015 Distinguished University Professors in UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Four faculty members in the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) have been named 2015 Distinguished University Professors
  • Catherine Carr
  • Jordan Goodman
  • Christopher Monroe
  • Margaret Palmer
These four awardees join the list of 23 current CMNS professors (and 11 CMNS emeriti faculty members) who have received the honor. Distinguished University Professors are faculty members who have been recognized......

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UMD SPH Leaders Participate in White House Summit on Climate Change and Health

Dean Jane Clark joined public health, academic and government leaders on June 22, 2015 for theWhite House Summit on Climate Change and Health, which focused on the critical role that the public health community can play in communicating and preventing climate change impacts on human health. The event took place less than a week after Pope Francis issued his groundbreaking encyclical calling for swift action in response to the global threat of climate change and just a day after......

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UMD Rises in Global Scientific Productivity Rankings

Earth and Environmental Sciences specialty ranking jumps 20 spots.

The Nature Index 2015 Global, a ranking from the journal Nature, ranks the University of Maryland No. 54 among the world's most productive scientific research institutions, up one spot from 2014. UMD ranks No. 14 among public U.S. universities and No. 27 among all U.S. universities.  The ranking, which includes non-academic institutions, is based on research productivity in the world's top......

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Professor discusses using experience curves to predict costs of energy technologies

With great government and consumer interest in energy technologies to facilitate sustainable living, an important consideration is the cost. One way to predict for the costs of such technologies, according to Dr. Eric Williams, an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is to look at experience curves taken from observing historical trends. Experience curves, or learning curves, use data from the past to forecast the cost of adopting different technologies.......

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ConE recognizes Stephanie Lansing, Junior Faculty Award recipient

The Council on the Environment held a lecture to recognize Dr. Stephanie Lansing, the recent recipient of their Junior Faculty Award. Lansing, a University of Maryland environmental science and technology professor, presented some of her work on anaerobic digestion, a waste treatment technique that breaks down materials and produces energy (methane). In 2010, Lansing led a USAID-sponsored digester building mission to Haiti. With a lack of centralized sewage, the country was badly......

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UMD professor releases paper on distortion of climate change information among policy actors

While scientists have reached a general consensus on the causes of climate change, policy actors still tend to have conflicting views on the state of the science. Dr. Dana R. Fisher, director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, recently published a paper examining information distortion as it affects discussion on climate change policy among policy elites. Fisher, a professor of sociology, has been researching climate change policy since the......

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Dana Priest joins the ConE board

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and Washington Post reporter Dana Priest recently became a member of the Council on the Environment. Priest, who has worked as a Pentagon correspondent and reported on CIA global counterterrorism operations and secret prisons, recently became a journalism professor at the University of Maryland. Her teaching focus is on national security issues. Priest said although she had not planned on joining many university groups, she was interested in learning......

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