Wednesday, July 29, 2015

News and Events

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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ConE awards the Junior Faculty Award to Stephanie Lansing

Dr. Stephanie Lansing first discovered her interest in anaerobic digestion during a Peace Corps mission in Belize as an environmental educator. She noticed the lack of sanitation and wanted to find a way to produce energy from the waste. Converting waste into energy is now the University of Maryland assistant professor’s passion and career. Lansing, the recent winner of the Council on the Environment’s Junior Faculty Award, has been involved in a variety of sustainability and......

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ESSIC hosts 2nd Annual USM Environmental Summit to promote collaboration

The 2nd Annual Environmental Summit, held April 17 by the University System of Maryland, brought together environmental professors and researchers from over the state to foster innovation and collaboration on ideas. The goal of the USM, which is comprised of several Maryland public universities, is to create a network of programs and available resources for students. To bridge gaps and build stronger relationships, the summit encouraged cooperation among participants, offering examples......

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Climate change affects public health, experts say

Changing climate conditions, such as higher temperatures and heavier rainfall, have led to increases in health-related events, including injuries and the outbreak of diseases, according to experts. During a series of lectures, held in recognition of National Public Health Week, on April 9 at the University of Maryland, speakers discussed reasons behind the recent observed increase in diseases, including cholera, salmonella, and asthma and hay fever.  Keynote lecturer Dr. Rita......

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Environmental Justice and Health Lecture

April 21, 2015  Featuring guest speaker: Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper We live in an age and in a society where lots of people really want to do some-thing positive for the environment. Most want to do work that will truly make a difference and challenge status qou social norms. The problem is that many people are torn on exactly how to accomplish this. The choices and options are many. How can you ensure that your efforts to make a cleaner planet and a more environmentally......

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