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Apr 10, 2014
Heartbleed Vulnerability & SESYNC Passwords

Immediately after the Heartbleed vulnerability was announced, SESYNC IT staff conducted a thorough review of all websites, services, and software potentially vulnerable to the exploit and found none of our research systems were impacted. While we are not requiring external SESYNC researchers to change their password, we do encourage regular password changes as best practice.


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Apr 10, 2014
Data Carpentry Bootcamp

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is running a Data Carpentry bootcamp May 8–9, 2014, and invites applications from prospective attendees. Data Carpentry's aim is to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain.


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Apr 10, 2014
SESYNC Announces Summer Computational Institute

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), funded by a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Maryland, invites applications from small teams of researchers for a one-week Computational Institute on conducting data-driven, socio-environmental synthesis research. The workshop will be held July 7–11 at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland.


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Apr 09, 2014
Now Hiring: Graduate Research Assistant

A full-time graduate research assistantship (GRA) is available for a UMD graduate student working on natural or social problems relevant to the dynamics of socio-environmental systems. The Center seeks applications from current PhD students from any discipline who have passed their qualifying exams (a.k.a. preliminary exams), and have an interest in scientific research program development and management.


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Apr 08, 2014
Now Hiring: Summer Research Assistant

A full- or part-time summer research assistant position is available with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The research assistant will spend her/his time working on an exciting new endeavor to determine the best strategies to minimize biodiversity loss and maximize provisioning ecosystem services under varying land-use conditions.


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Apr 02, 2014
New Model Shows Moderate Resource Use & Reduced Economic Inequality Are Keys to Sustainability

A new analytical tool adds human factors to a widely-used biological model of how animal populations interact, suggesting that human societies can reach a steady state that is sustainable when they do not over-deplete natural resources and avoid extreme economic inequality. The paper, titled “Human and nature dynamics (HANDY): Modeling inequality and use of resources in the collapse or sustainability of societies,” was published in the May 2014 issue of the journal Ecological Economics. Its authors are Safa Motesharrei, a Ph.D. candidate in applied mathematics at the University of Maryland (UMD); Jorge Rivas of the Institute of Global Environment and Society; and Eugenia Kalnay, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at UMD.


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Mar 20, 2014
SESYNC, UMD Researchers to Publish Paper in Ecological Economics

Researchers from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), the University of Maryland (UMD), and the University of Minnesota have written a paper titled “Human and Nature Dynamics (HANDY): Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies” that has been accepted for publication in the journal Ecological Economics.


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Feb 26, 2014
Accepting Applications for Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies Short Course

SESYNC invites participants for a four-day short course on Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies. The course will be held July 15–18, 2014, at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD.


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Feb 11, 2014
SESYNC, RFF Awarded $250K Grant by Packard Foundation

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Resources for the Future (RFF) recently received a grant in the amount of $250,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The research supported by this generous grant will focus on how information flows between researchers, institutions, and decision-makers, especially at the federal level.


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Jan 20, 2014
January 21 Seminar Canceled

The seminar entitled What If "Rural" Were an Ethnicity & Protected Class? scheduled for January 21, 2014, has been canceled. It will be rescheduled on a later date.


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