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BALTIMORE, MD (April 28, 2016)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, a world-renowned research and educational institute dedicated to understanding and managing our natural resources, recently appointed Joe Farren, Executive Vice President with Powell Tate, a division of Weber Shandwick, to its Board of Visitors. 

Activities for Learners of All Ages

FROSTBURG, MD (April 22, 2016) – If you’re curious as to what four-year old children and river otters could possibly have in common (answer: they’re both “selective” eaters), visit the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am to 2 pm for its annual Open House. No matter your age or background, you'll have a chance to immerse yourself in hands-on experiments, interact with scientists working (and residing) in your community, and enjoy aerial drone demonstrations to learn how researchers are using this technology in our area. 

BALTIMORE, MD (April 15, 2016)—Professor Russell Hill, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) faculty member and director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), has received a 2016 USM Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring, the highest honor that the Board bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.

FROSTBURG, MD (March 28, 2016) – Ms. Kelly Pearce was recently presented with the Outstanding Wildlife Student Award by the MD-DE Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Ms. Pearce is a PhD candidate in the Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her studies are based at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science-Appalachian Laboratory.

CAMBRIDGE, MD (March 23, 2016)—A collaborative project to develop consensus on recommendations for oyster fishing practices and restoration in the Choptank and Little Choptank Rivers started off on the right foot at a kick-off meeting February 26-27 at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland.

Study is step toward understanding how to help bats impacted by wind-energy development

FROSTBURG, MD (March 17, 2016)—Wind energy is a growing alternative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels. However, one impact of large-scale wind energy development has been widespread mortality of bats. A new study from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science tracks down the origin of bats killed by wind turbines in the Appalachian region in hopes of better understanding the risks to affected populations.

Award to benefit Garrett and Allegany County high schools

FROSTBURG, MD (March 9, 2016) — The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science-Appalachian Laboratory is pleased to announce that the Marcellus Shale Stream Monitoring Coalition (MSSMC) will receive the 2016 Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Award.

FROSTBURG, MD (February 10, 2016)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Maryland’s leading research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, recently appointed Janice Keene, founder and president of the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation in western Maryland, to its Board of Visitors.  

FROSTBURG, MD (December 9, 2015)—Emissions controls on coal-fired power plants are making a difference in reducing exposure of mercury to people, especially in the western Maryland community. A study of air quality from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science found that levels of mercury in the air from power plant emissions dropped more than half over a 10-year period, coinciding with stricter pollution controls.  

CAMBRIDGE, MD (November 19, 2015)--These days, Dr. Donald Boesch is driving around town in a plug-in hybrid car that when fully charged runs the first 20 miles purely on electricity. As president of the University of Maryland Center of Environmental Science and Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability for the University System of Maryland, he is leading the way in higher education’s commitment to take action on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and becoming more resilient to climate disruptions.

CAMBRIDGE, MD (November 20, 2015)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science announces the appointment of Kent Island resident Lynn Rehn as Vice President for Administration. She joins the leadership team at Maryland’s premiere environmental research university, headquartered in Cambridge, Md., as the chief financial and operating officer.

FROSTSBURG, MD (October 14, 2015)--A new study shows that surface water temperature in the Chesapeake Bay is increasing more rapidly than air temperature, signaling a need to look at the impact of warming waters on one of the largest and most productive estuaries in the world. The study, completed by Haiyong Ding and Andrew Elmore of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Appalachian Laboratory, was published in the October issue of Remote Sensing of Environment.