Wednesday, April 23, 2014

News and Events

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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UMD Sustainability Fund Grant Recipients, 2013-14

The University Sustainability Fund provides funding for projects that encourage the use of renewable energy at the University of Maryland, increase the university’s energy efficiency, reduce waste created in the campus community, and promote sustainability in all aspects of UMD life. The Fund is supported by student fees, and this year, the Office of Sustainability received 55 applications, requesting a total of $2,151,000.    These are the grant recipients for the......

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UMD Students Help Revitalize Eastern Shore Community

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – This semester, 58 graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Maryland's architecture program are closely collaborating with the residents of Salisbury, Md., as they make steps towards a master plan for revitalization. The project, which is also a beta test for the university's forthcoming Program for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), is pairing student expertise with the institutional knowledge of Salisbury's residents in a......

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University awarded sustainable Gold rating

    The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education gave this university the second-highest ranking in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System on Tuesday night. In conjunction with other offices across the campus, the Office of Sustainability has been compiling the data needed for the Gold rating for two years. It puts this university in the top 20 percent of schools that participate in ......

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Spotlight on New Environmental Faculty: Jelena Srebric

In her role at the University of Maryland’s Sustainability in the Built Environment center, which was created to promote research in sustainable design of buildings and communities, mechanical engineering professor Jelena Srebric will lead a team of faculty in working to address sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective.

“I get truly excited thinking that the entire human population can live in much better environmental conditions than what we are experiencing......

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ESSIC Director Antonio Busalacchi Appointed to UCAR Board of Trustees

As a newly appointed member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research’s board of trustees, ESSIC director Antonio Busalacchi will begin his term at the consortium in February. UCAR, which was founded in the late 1950s, now brings together experts from more than 100 member universities and colleges, all of which offer degrees in the atmospheric or climate sciences. While UCAR provides support for its member universities, its overall aim is to advance the field of......

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ConE Green Fellowship: Analyzing the Effects of Nanomaterials on the Environment

The three members of this year’s Green Fund Fellowship winning team have begun to use their knowledge in different disciplines to craft a plan for analyzing the impact of nanomaterials on the environment. Ravindra Kempaiah, a graduate student in chemistry and biochemistry, and Rianna Murray and Crystal Romeo Upperman, both graduate students in public health, proposed  research on nanomaterials in surface water, narrowing their focus to the state of......

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Terps Win Sustainable Growth Challenge

Students from the University of Maryland Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture were awarded first prize in the first-ever Sustainable Growth Challenge organized by the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. From a pool of 12 university teams throughout the state, the group of Terps was chosen to present before a jury of planners and state agency officials in December in Annapolis.   Their winning submission entitled “Design and Planning for Sea Level......

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Grape expectations: Climate change is already transforming the wine industry

Antonio Busalacchi knows quality wine. As a sommelier, his educated palate can discern the oak undertones or mineral accents of a wine — flavors that elude most wine drinkers. He picks up on other nuances too. One sip of deep, inky purple, and he can distinguish the jammy, syrup-ripe fruit flavor of a shiraz grown in a warm climate from the lean olive notes of a syrah, made from the same grape, grown in a cooler region of France.   In his day job, Busalacchi......

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Checking on Earth's 'chimney'

For years, scientists have suspected that the warm waters of the western Pacific Ocean play a key role in shaping the Earth's climate. But satellite data provided only a partial picture of what's happening in this remote region of the globe.   Now, an international team of researchers, including several from Maryland, is engaged in an ambitious effort to quantify those natural processes, making dozens of flights in three aircraft from mid-January through February to......

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