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School’s Out

December 11, 2019
By: Enid C. Muñoz Ruiz Our last Environment and Society class was structured differently than normal. This was the second lecture where everyone was required to attend class in person. I was thrilled to visit the MEES lecture halls with all of their unique artifacts that I’d heard about from other students. Instead of our awe-inspiring instructors, Michael Paolisso, Bill Dennison and Suzi Spitzer, teaching us, we gave them a break by lecturing in their place.

Reflecting on water monitoring and citizen science at the Maryland Water Monitoring Council conference

December 9, 2019
On December 6th, I attended the Maryland Water Monitoring Council conference at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland.

Politics As Usual…

December 4, 2019
By: Hamani Wilson During the most recent lecture of the Environment & Society course at the University of Maryland College Park, our discussion centered on Political Ecology. We discussed Dr.

State of the Verde Watershed Conference

November 22, 2019
The Verde River is a perennial gem in Arizona’s desert backdrop. From its headwaters in the Chino Valley to its confluence with the Salt River, the Verde sustains life in the Valley as it has for centuries. The Verde is a vital resource to communities in central Arizona: it provides water, unique habitats for wildlife, and recreation and economic opportunities. Not to mention the fact that the Verde is an objectively beautiful river. For these reasons, the Verde deserves our protection.

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

November 20, 2019
By: Kayle Krieg Sandra “Sandy” Cheeks is a scientist and inventor who is working on a research project funded by Texas (as explained in Episode 70a: Chimps Ahoy). For those of you who have never seen Spongebob Squarepants, Sandy Cheeks is a squirrel that is living underwater in Bikini Bottom alongside various marine creatures, including the series namesake, Spongebob, and his best friend (forever) Patrick Star.

Take off your blindfold. There’s an elephant in front of you.

November 13, 2019
By: Taylor Gedeon Last week, the Environment and Society class discussed the need for transdisciplinary research, which cuts across typically separate disciplines in order to solve the complex problems facing our world today. This week in class, we examined one example of such research, which is a conceptual model that attempts to link human and environmental dynamics – the socio-ecological system, or SES.

Chicken Noodle Soup: A Transdisciplinary Recipe for Sustainability Science

November 6, 2019
By: Enid C. Muñoz Ruiz Ingredients:2-1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided1/2 teaspoon salt (or Adobo)1 tablespoon canola oil1 large onion, chopped1 garlic clove, minced10 cups chicken broth4 celery ribs, chopped4 medium carrots, chopped2 bay leaves1/4 teaspoon dried thyme3 cups egg noodles (about 8 ounces)1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley1 tablespoon lemon juice “Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup” by Patrick Hurley from Flickr is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

Making connections to ensure a clean and healthy Chesapeake Bay

November 4, 2019
On October 29, I attended a one-day conference called “Ensure a clean & healthy Chesapeake Bay,” which was held at the University of Maryland College Park Campus and hosted by the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGNR).

Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?

October 30, 2019
By: Kayle Krieg In the Disney animated movie, “The Little Mermaid,” adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's original story,1 there is a scene in which Ariel sits down to dinner with Prince Eric and Grimsby. She is very excited to see a fork at the table and begins brushing her hair enthusiastically. Thanks to some misinformation received from Scuttle (the seagull), she believes that this “dinglehopper” is intended for grooming, not eating.