Center News

Mar 22, 2018
Accepting Applications: Summer Institute on Cyberinfrastructure for SES

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications to a short course on data and coding skills for socio-environmental synthesis. The 5th annual Summer Institute will be held July 24-27 at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Mar 16, 2018
SESYNC Invites Proposals for Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) requests proposals for collaborative and interdisciplinary team-based research projects under two programs: Pursuits and Workshops. 

SESYNC is a synthesis research center that brings together diverse groups in new, interdisciplinary collaborations to identify solutions to society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems. Proposals are invited for synthesis projects focused on tools, methods, and other practices applicable to actionable team research on socio-environmental problems.

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Mar 15, 2018
Webinar: Qualitative data management for interdisciplinary research

On Tuesday, April 10th at 12pm EST, Kristal Jones, SESYNC, and Steve Alexander, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, will present a DataOne webinar, Qualitative data management for interdisciplinary research. Learn more and register here.


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Mar 12, 2018
New blog post: Standardizing Non-standard Evaluation in R

Read the new blog post Standardizing Non-standard Evaluation in R.

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Mar 09, 2018
Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies

SESYNC invites applications for the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course to be held July 30-Aug 2, 2018 at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD.

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Feb 26, 2018
Request for Proposals: Graduate Pursuits

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, MD invites proposals from highly qualified graduate students interested in conducting collaborative, socio-environmental synthesis research (i.e. “Graduate Pursuits”). Informational webinars are one of the ways SESYNC actively facilitates team formation and idea generation in real time. Webinars will be held March 2 and March 13, 2018 from 12:30-2:30pm.

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Feb 09, 2018
Accepting Applications: Three Summer Short Courses

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, MD, invites applications for three summer short courses in Bayesian modeling, spatial agent-based modeling, and social network analysis. 

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Jan 31, 2018
SESYNC Welcomes Postdoctoral Fellow Colin Carlson

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Colin Carlson as a new Postdoctoral Fellow. Colin recently finished his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at the University of California, Berkeley. Get to know our newest researcher:

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Jan 22, 2018
Geoengineering could have animals running for their lives

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, scientists have started researching the potential costs and benefits of solar geoengineering - injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight back to space - as a tool for artificially cooling the planet. 

Although interest in solar geoengineering is growing, research has been lacking on how it would affect animals and ecosystems around the globe. Now, new research from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Yale University, Stony Brook University, and Rutgers University shows that starting or stopping geoengineering too quickly could escalate the rate of climate change to unprecedented speeds, having catastrophic impacts on most groups of animals.

Read the full article at Nature Ecology and Evolution.

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Jan 17, 2018
Accepting Applications: Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling: June 2018

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for a 5-day short course that will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of spatially-explicit agent-based modeling (ABM).

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