Sustainable Agriculture Matrix workshops

Bill Dennison ·
5 July 2023

Dr. Xin Zhang has assembled an international consortium of agricultural researchers in a program entitled “Sustainable Agriculture Matrix: A transdisciplinary and transnational network to guide the pursuit of sustainable agriculture”. The consortium includes researchers from the United States, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Austria, and sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Ghana, and Morocco). Xin, and her faculty research assistant Kevin Jackson, organized two Sustainable Agriculture Matrix (SAM) workshops, the first workshop was in Istanbul, hosted by Dr. Levent Ozturk in October 2022. The second workshop was in Panama in June 2023.

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Rita Rossi Colwell Center dedication

Bill Dennison ·
30 June 2023
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On 22 June 2023, the building housing the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore, Maryland was renamed the Rita Rossi Colwell Center in a gala event. It was a spectacular evening of tributes to Rita, organized by IMET Director Russell Hill and his capable staff.

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Release of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Report Card

Bill Dennison ·
28 June 2023
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On 6 June 2023, we released the 2022 Chesapeake Bay Watershed report card along the shore of the Potomac River in Alexandria, VA. This was the first time that we released the annual Chesapeake report card in Virginia, and we featured speakers from Maryland and Virginia. Following our speakers, I gave my remarks about the report card results and their broad implications.

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This cover art featuring drawings of important aspects of the Chesapeake watershed, like representations of agriculture, recreation, keystone species, and the fishing industry, was created by Sidney Anderson at UMCES IAN for the 2022 report card.

Diving Deep into the 2022 Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Report Card: Progress, Challenges, and a Call for Action

Anna Calderón ·
23 June 2023
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At a press conference held by UMCES IAN at Daingerfield Island’s Washington Sailing Marina, the annual Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Report Card was unveiled. Alongside the Chesapeake report card, a Potomac River and Watershed Report Card was unveiled for the first time as a part of the Belmont Forum COAST Card Project. Read more about the new elements included within the report card, and what the 2022 grades have to tell us!

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Cambridge Packing House event with Horn Point Laboratory graduate students

Bill Dennison ·
12 June 2023
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Horn Point Laboratory Director Mike Sieracki and Carin Starr organized a nice event at the Cambridge Packing House. The event featured eight graduate students and their advisors from Horn Point Laboratory. Each graduate student had nice displays, including videos, live organisms, and colorful posters. I loved the diversity of students and the diversity of projects that were being undertaken.

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Dr. Natalie Snider graduates from UMCES

Bill Dennison ·
8 June 2023
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The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) holds an annual graduation for its Master's and Ph.D. students. The graduation rotates between the four UMCES laboratories and this year it was held in Frostburg, MD at the Appalachian Laboratory on 19 May 2023.

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University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Faculty Convocation

Bill Dennison ·
1 June 2023

Every year, the faculty from the various units of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) gather for a day and a half at one of the campuses. This year, the Faculty Convocation was hosted by the Appalachian Laboratory. We had beautiful crisp spring weather in the mountains and a very engaging Convocation with the theme “Research Grand Challenges”.

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Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay with Carin Bisland

Bill Dennison ·
26 May 2023

On 15 May 2023, a large contingent of Chesapeake Bay advocates, practitioners, and scientists gathered at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport to celebrate the career of Carin Bisland, who was the Branch Chief, Partnerships and Accountability Branch of the Chesapeake Bay Program.

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Attending Lawren Caldwell’s graduation

Bill Dennison ·
24 May 2023
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Last summer, Global Sustainability Scholar Lawren Caldwell was a rising Junior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, but she was such a diligent student that she actually finished her undergraduate program early and graduated on 13 May 2023. I was invited to her graduation, which was a splendid event held in the Greensboro Coliseum.

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