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Oct 22, 2013
Of Mosquitoes & Men

They may be small, but their bites can be mighty.

Mosquitoes are the insects we love to hate—most species consume blood from living vertebrates, including humans, and in the process may transmit harmful, sometimes fatal diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria, and dengue and yellow fever. (Not to mention those itchy red bites that ruin your summer nights.) Surely, someone has argued that the... Read more...

Oct 18, 2013
What We're Reading

“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”
                                                   ― Mary Catherine Bateson, anthropologist

Here's what we've been sticking our noses in lately (... Read more...

Oct 07, 2013
Smart Infrastructure: Putting the Green in Stormwater Management

by MARY COLLINS
Postdoctoral Fellow

and MARY SHELLEY
Assistant Director for Computational Synthesis

Imagine a scientific endeavor that takes place in a laboratory—but not one of those labs with white coats and silent concentration. In our laboratory, we replace white coats with white... Read more...

Sep 24, 2013
What We're Reading

We don’t always have our noses in journals, but when we do, we like to tell you about it. Here are some of things we’ve recently enjoyed reading.
  

Framing Sustainability in a Telecoupled World

Authors: Jianguo Liu, Vanessa Hull, Mateus Batistella, et al.
Source: Ecology and... Read more...

Sep 23, 2013
SESYNC Word on the Street: Wicked Problems

Are you a scientist preparing for a conference presentation? Writing a blog post? Giving a media interview? David Dobbs, a science writer and blogger of Neuron Culture, has some advice for you: “Hunt down jargon and kill it.” [1]

Scientists sometimes take specialized terminology, core to the research that they do,... Read more...

Sep 19, 2013
SESYNC Feedbacks: News from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Welcome, friends and colleagues! We're excited to share our inaugural e-newsletter with you and hope you find it a useful source of information that you share with your contacts.

We want to ensure we provide you with content you find engaging and relevant. Please take a moment to complete this survey about your e-newsletter preferences.

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Sep 17, 2013
Should Ecology be More Like a Smartphone?

by KELLY HONDULA
Research Assistant

A recent article in Wired magazine about user interface design (“Why a New Golden Age for UI Design is Around the Corner”) captured my attention by describing the proliferation of smart technology and wearable... Read more...

Sep 16, 2013
Conservation Trade-offs: A Continued Conversation with SESYNC Scholars

by MELISSA ANDREYCHEK
Communications Coordinator

The following is the second in a two-part conversation facilitated between leading scholars affiliated with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). To read part one, click here.

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Sep 03, 2013
Conservation Trade-offs: A Conversation with SESYNC Scholars

MPA

by MELISSA ANDREYCHEK
Communications Coordinator

What are the unintended consequences of closing off large marine areas to fishing? Is a fish saved a forest lost?

Dr. Ray Hilborn, a former member of SESYNC’s External Advisory Board and a Professor of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences at the University of... Read more...

Aug 19, 2013
Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies

by CYNTHIA WEI
Assistant Director, Education and Outreach

Question:

What are the topics, concepts, and competencies associated with teaching socio-environmental synthesis (SES)?

Answer:

By glancing at this word cloud generated by participants of Teaching Socio-... Read more...

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