The Environmental Law Program, with the assistance of several professors throughout the University System of Maryland (USM), brought together environmental scholars from the System’s 12 campuses and three environmental research centers, continuing a long-term project to create a durable interdisciplinary initiative.
Maryland Carey Law Professors Rena Steinzor and Mike Pappas, along with Professor Antonia Busalacchi of University of Maryland, College Park, led the effort to organize the 2nd annual USM Environmental Summit held at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) in College Park on April 17, 2015. The Summit was designed to build a community of more than 300 environmental scholars throughout the University System.
The summit’s over-arching goal was to bridge the gaps between disciplines and campuses to develop research, teaching, and student-recruiting opportunities for environmental scholars. The one-day conference focused on enhancing interdisciplinary curricular opportunities, improving scholarship through building research and teaching relationships, addressing challenges to stated goals, and building administrative support to sustain this effort into the future.
The conference featured:
Donald Boesch, President, Univ. of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Antonio Busalacchi, Director, Univ. of Maryland Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center; Professor Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Univ. of Maryland
Ryan Casey, Interim Director, Environmental Science and Studies Program, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Towson University
Joanna Goger, Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy, Univ. of Maryland Environmental Science and Policy Program
Ali Ishaque, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore
Jonathan Kramer, Director for Interdisciplinary Science, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
Thomas Miller, Director, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and Professor, Univ. of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Donald Milton, Professor and Director, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health; Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Affiliate, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and the Maryland Pathogen Research Institute
Margaret Palmer, Director, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center; Professor of Entomology, Univ. of Maryland
Michael Pappas, Assistant Professor, Univ. of Maryland Carey School of Law
Kennedy Paynter, Research Associate Professor and Director, Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, University of Maryland
Chris Salice, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University
Rena Steinzor, President, Center for Progressive Reform; Professor, Univ. of Maryland Carey School of Law
Christopher Swan, Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Systems, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County