Oct 31, 2014
Sustainable Futures: Designing Dams in the Face of Climate Uncertainty

Communications Coordinator

Earlier this month, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) hosted a policy exchange on new decision-making tools for designing sustainable water infrastructure projects. The multi-institutional meeting was motivated by the SESYNC Pursuit... Read more...

Oct 24, 2014
Ethical Synthesis: Baird Callicott on Bridging Ecological Restoration & Ecosystem Services with Philosophy & Ethics

Science Communication Fellow

Baird Callicott has devoted his life’s work to studying the ethical relationship between humans and nature. In fact, environmental ethics has a history of more than 40 years beginning with the work of Callicott and Holmes Rolston in the early 1970s. As a university distinguished research professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas, he has long been associated with exploring a core... Read more...

Oct 16, 2014
What We're Reading

"Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution; it finds itself changed from one day to the next."

— Jean Piaget, developmental psychologist and philosopher

Reading is a critical part of conceiving of and executing a successful synthesis effort. The following is a current snapshot of what just a few SESYNC... Read more...

Oct 15, 2014
Partnerships for Cyberinfrastructure: Collaboratively Building Capacity

Associate Director of Synthesis

Last week, IT staff members from five of the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s BIO centers held our second annual meeting to discuss common challenges and solutions across our programs. SESYNC’s Associate Director of Cyberinfrastructure, Mike Smorul, leads the effort under a supplemental grant from NSF to facilitate... Read more...

Oct 14, 2014
Baird Callicott on Environmental Philosophy & Ethics

Dr. Baird Callicott is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas whose work has been at the forefront of the new field of environmental philosophy and ethics. He began as an academic philosopher, but early in his career was motivated by the intellectual challenges posed by the environmental movement.

"I specialized in ancient Greek philosophy and still am actually quite interested in it," Baird says. "But in the early 1970’s, I began to think that... Read more...

Sep 25, 2014
Welcome, SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows!

From left to right: Kristina Hopkins, Matthew LaFevor, Jampel Dell’Angelo, and Lauren Yeager

Communications Coordinator

This fall, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) welcomes to Annapolis four new postdoctoral fellows... Read more...

Aug 25, 2014
Extracting the Excess, Fueling the Future

The Internship Program at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) provides undergraduate students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of socio-environmental issues. Interns spend the majority of their time working with mentors at their offices or labs on research projects and participate in weekly Internship... Read more...

Jul 29, 2014

Communications Coordinator

By now, we’ve all seen the before-and-after photo (above) illustrating what our grocery stores would look like if pollinators disappeared from our food system. Given our well-established intolerance of threats... Read more...

Jun 24, 2014
Now You See It

Many researchers in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) are harnessing the power of “big data”—a popular term used to describe the massive amount of information that is acquired, stored, searched, shared, analyzed and visualized—in the quest for answers to some of the world’s most complex problems. Using the latest computational tools to extract the most important pieces of information from these huge data sets and applying sophisticated analytic techniques,... Read more...

Jun 19, 2014
Innovative Technology for Global Food Waste Solutions

From simple sun drying systems for produce to home appliances networked with food distributors, food scientist John Floros sees a major role for technology in reducing worldwide food waste.

Science Communication Fellow

As much as one-third to one-half of the world’s food harvest is lost from field to plate every... Read more...