University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Environmental Summit

November 29-30, 2018

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science hosted an Environmental Summit November 30 to explore how we can make a difference in the grand environmental challenges facing our planet. With presentations and panel discussions with global thought leaders, and input from faculty students and partners, we considered what actions, partnerships, innovations, and technological advances could be pursued to ensure that the vision in UMCES’ recent strategic plan becomes a reality.

To kick off the event President Peter Goodwin presented an inaugural lecture to lay out his vision for Maryland’s graduate university for the environment.

UMCES Environmental Summit 2018


Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology
November 30, 2018


8 a.m.
Registration/Continental Breakfast

9-9:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks and Inaugural Lecture - WATCH VIDEO
Introduction: University System of Maryland Chancellor Bob Caret
Grand Challenges in the Environment and Future of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: President Peter Goodwin

9:30-10:20 a.m.
Overcoming the Challenges of Inclusivity and Diversity in STEM - WATCH VIDEO
Introduction: Lora Harris, Associate Professor, UMCES
Presentation: Dr. Renetta Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, UMBC and the University System of Maryland
Panel Discussion:
Paulinus Chigbu, Professor, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Fredrika Moser, Director, Maryland Sea Grant College        
Zoraida Perez-Delgado, Graduate Research Assistant, UMCES

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.      
Healthy Urban Waterfronts - WATCH VIDEO
Moderator: Tom Miller, Professor and Director, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Panel Discussion:
Joseph Lee, KUST School of Engineering, Hong Kong
William Nardin, Assistant Professor, UMCES
Eric Schott, Associate Research Professor, UMCES
Lisa Wainger, Research Professor, UMCES
Claire Welty, Director, Center for Urban and Environmental Education, UMBC

11:15 -12:00 p.m.       
Coastal Resilience - WATCH VIDEO
Moderator: Mike Roman, Professor and Director, UMCES Horn Point Laboratory
Panel Discussion:
Joe Fernando, Murdy Endowed Professor, University of Notre Dame
Hali Kilbourne, Associate Research Professor, UMCES
Ming Li, Professor, UMCES
Allison Reilly, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
Emily Russ, Graduate Research Assistant, UMCES

12:00 – 1 p.m. 
Lunch (3rd level)

1-1:40 p.m.
Addressing Grand Challenges through Innovation: Collaboratories and Entrepreneurship - WATCH VIDEO
Introductions: Tom Miller, Professor and Director, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
William Cooper, NSF and UC Irvine (retired)
Jaap Kwadijk, Scientific Director, Deltares, Netherlands

1:40 – 2:30 p.m.          
Science to Inform Policy - WATCH VIDEO
Moderator: Bill Dennison, Vice President Science Applications, UMCES     
Panel Discussion:
Senator Paul Pinsky, Maryland State Senate
Secretary Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment
Stuart Clarke, Executive Director, Town Creek Foundation
Ann Swanson, Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission         

2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.  
Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes - WATCH VIDEO
Moderator: Eric Davidson, Professor and Director, UMCES Appalachian Laboratory
Panel Discussion:
Helen Bailey, Associate Research Professor, UMCES
Mark Cochrane, Professor, UMCES
Matt Gray, Assistant Professor, UMCES
Angelos Findikakis, Bechtel Fellow, Stanford University
Jacob Hagedorn, Graduate Research Assistant

3:15 p.m.                    
Forging Ahead - WATCH VIDEO
Dr. Peter Goodwin, President, UMCES
Claire Nemes, Graduate Research Assistant, UMCES
Christina Goethel, Graduate Research Assistant, UMCES
Ana Sosa, Graduate Research Assistant, UMCES
Suzanne Spitzer, Graduate Research Assistant, UMCES
Blake Clark, Graduate Research Assistant, UMCES

3:30 p.m.        

Opening Dinner

November 29, 2018
McCormick & Schmick’s - Inner Harbor

Dinner Remarks
Secretary Mark Belton, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Will Baker, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Robert “Bob” Rauch, Regent, University System of Maryland
Peter Goodwin, President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science



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