JUNE 2018 
UMCES Class of 2018: "The world needs your leadership"

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's fifth annual Commencement ceremony was held at its Horn Point Laboratory campus in Cambridge, Maryland, and featured keynote speaker Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

"Become a policy maker and decision maker. Get in there and learn how to do that and speak that language. Understand how decision-making occurs," said Gallaudet. "You can be that flickering candle or a solar bright star. My charge to you is to be that solar bright sun."  
Helen Bailey honored for work with dolphins, whales 
Helen Bailey, associate research professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, has been honored with the UMCES'  President's Award for Excellence in Application of Science . She was recognized for her work studying protected species to understand their movements and habitat use, and to inform conservation and management. The annual honor aims to recognize UMCES faculty committed to outstanding applications of science that have a positive impact on environmental protection and management.


Tsetso Bachvaroff of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology has won UMCES' first Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, an honor bestowed by the graduate students to recognize faculty for their commitment to students beyond the classroom.

"Working with the students is what we're here for. It's my honor," said Bachvaroff. "You guys teach me more than I've taught you."
OysterFutures project reaches consensus on Choptank 

The OysterFutures project--an experiment in consensus building funded by the National Science Foundation--brought together a diverse group of stakeholders from the oyster industry, environmental groups, other nonprofits, and government agencies to try to find common ground on ways to improve the oyster resource in the Choptank and Little Choptank Rivers on Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

UMCES scientists modeled a number of different approaches to oyster management and projected outcomes for the group to review, and they worked together to make recommendations on the most effective and beneficial approach for all. They submitted their report to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in May.
Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week shines light on estuary
The third annual Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week will take place June 2-10 with events, activities and educational programs to acknowledge the significance of the Chesapeake Bay. This valuable economic and environmental resource is a national treasure that directly connects over 18 million residents in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and beyond. Events spanning the watershed from Delaware to the District of Columbia can be found on Chesapeake Network

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