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Week of March 7, 2011

News from Across the USM Campuses

March 9th - Environmental and Sustainability Career and Internship Fair 2011 at University of Maryland, College Park - The Environmental/Sustainability Career and Internship Fair is designed to enhance awareness careers and employment opportunities within the field. It will bring together public and private sector employers whose expertise and interests lie in this area. This event will be held from 11am - 3pm in the Colony Ballroom at the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The event will be followed by an Employer Networking and Industry Series - Environmental and Sustainability from 4:30-6:30pm (location to be announced)

March 10th - "Extreme Watershed Makeover: Bringing Watershed Level Practices to the Parcel Scale," by Brian Seipp - Come hear a discussion of the roles of watersheds of all sizes, from expansive forests to a partially wooded lot. This lecture is sponsored by the University of Maryland Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. It will begin at 6pm in the Biology Psychology Building (BPS) Room 1250, on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. A brief Q&A period will follow the lecture as well as a reception. All are welcome. No RSVP required.

March 10th - Dr. Dan Fiscus, an assistant professor of biology at FSU, will present the seminar "Campus Conversation Toward a Paradigm Shift in Life Sciences to Aid Environmental Sustainability," on Thursday, March 10, at 5 p.m. in room 327 of the Compton Science Center on the campus of Frostburg State University. The seminar is part of the FSU Biology Department spring seminar series. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Fiscus at 301-687-4170 or

March 11th - Dr. Vivek Shandas,?Portland State University,?Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning?- "The Ecohydrosphere of Everyday Life: Interactions Among Land Use, Water Demand, and a Changing Climate." This seminar, sponsored by the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, will be held on Friday at 2:00pm in the Technology Research Center, Room 206, on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Visitor parking passes for the TRC lot may be purchased for $4.00 in the CUERE office in TRC 102/105 on the UMBC campus shortly before seminar. ?

The NACUBO Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference will be held at The Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University, in College?College Park, MD April 3-5, 2011 -  Colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to serve as living laboratories for sustainability.  The Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference is a comprehensive symposium that features sessions and workshops on smart growth and sustainable practices that serve the economy, the community, and the environment. This year's theme, Connecting the Classroom to the Campus to the Community, emphasizes the importance of the relationship between the physical space of campus buildings and infrastructure, curriculum, culture, capital, and community. - EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 11th

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

University of Maryland Named Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation (UM Newsdesk - University Initiatives, 3/7/11)

Horn Point sets Bay lectures (The Star Democrat, 3/3/11) [Horn Point is a laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science] (See full schedule of lectures)

State of Maryland News

Investigation pending in accident that critically injured bicyclist (By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun - Baltimore Crime Beat, 3/3/11)

O'Malley wind plan draws questions: Proposal is latest initiative to meet with skepticism in the General Assembly (By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun, 3/3/11)

Offshore Wind - A Question of Costs (By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun - B'More Green Blog, 3/3/11)

Bill would promote school vegetable gardens in Maryland (By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun - Garden Variety Blog, 3/2/11)

National and International News

Fed's Lockhart: Oil shock could lead to QE3 (By Chris Isidore, CNN Money, 3/7/11)

NASA launch failure is a blow to climate science (By Margot Roosevelt, The Los Angeles Times - Environment Blog, 3/7/11)

The specter of flaming oil ports (By Steve LeVine, Foreign Policy, 3/7/11)

Obama Considers Tapping Oil Reserve (By Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times - Energy and Environment, 3/6/11)

Hayabusa High-Speed Train Debuts In Japan (PHOTOS) (By Chris C.Anderson, The Huffington Post - Travel Blog, 3/6/11)

In New Food Culture, a Young Generation of Farmers Emerges (By Isolde Raftery, The New York Times, 3/5/11)

3 Environmental Groups to Sue Water District (By Kari Lydersen, The Chicago News Cooperative as reported by The New York Times, 3/5/11)

'Fracking' Disposal Sites Suspended, Likely Linked To Arkansas Earthquakes (By Sarah Eddington, The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 3/4/11)

Gulf Oil Spill Blowout Preventer May Have Fundamental Design Flaw (By Harry R. Weber, The Associated Press as reported by The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 3/4/11)

Shell chief Peter Voser warns oil demand could outstrip supply: Peter Voser, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, believes the $116 oil price caused by the Middle East crisis will soon ease back, but warned of a longer-term shock where "supply cannot meet demand." (By Rowena Mason, The [UK] Telegraph, 3/4/11)

Calls Renewed For Friendlier Sources Of Oil (Reported by Christopher Joyce, National Public Radio, 3/3/11)

YikeBike: Foldable Bicycle Runs On Electric Power (VIDEO) (By Joanna Zellman, The Huffington Post - Green Blog, 3/3/11)

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