Cold, very isolated, and ecologically desolate are the descriptors Margaret Palmer uses when talking about her March 7 – 13 trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). Palmer, SESYNC’s Executive Director, was one of fourteen international scholars that traveled as a team to North Korea to consider ecological restoration options for the barren lands of this impoverished country. Jessica Marx, an Environmental Science Research Assistant at SESYNC, recently interviewed Palmer about the trip:
Over 2.5 billion plants were imported into the United States in 2009. This global trade in live plants is a major pathway for invasion by non‐native insect pests and diseases of agricultural and natural resources. Identifying cost-efficient strategies for reducing the economic and environmental risks associated with invasive pest introduction is a major challenge.
As part of the Maryland China Initiative, a SESYNC hosted a delegation of 18 officials from different Provincial Environmental Protection Departments.These delegates are visiting for a two-week program on environmental management and visited SESYNC to learn about how we operate and how we developing programs to create actionable science.
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Solutions to difficult problems at the interface of the environment and human society require the synthesis of diverse types of information from natural and social sciences. Today’s undergraduate and graduate students must develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities that allow them to undertake such synthesis efforts and successfully engage in interdisciplinary efforts to solve socio-environmental problems.
Dignitaries celebrate the opening of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC).
Senator Mikulski speaks on the importance of science and environmental research jobs at SESYNC's opening event.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun 7:47 p.m. EST, January 30, 2012 Scientists, economists, politicians, educators and even an artist gathered Monday in Annapolis to mark the launch of an unusual University of Maryland think tank that aims to bring academic disciplines together to tackle thorny environmental issues.
As Director of NSF’s newest synthesis center and its only one focused on bridging social and natural science to address issues of the environment, Margaret Palmer was invited to write a brief article for the journal BioScience. The editors of the journal were particularly interested in SESYNC’s focus on “actionable science”.