13 June 2016

BES Quarterly Meeting June 16 - Extreme Events

Please join us for the BES June Quarterly Meeting

Thursday June 16, 2016, 8:30-4pm
Room 206, Technology Research Center (TRC) on Campus of UMBC

Organizers: Peter Groffman, Morgan Grove, Claire Welty, Larry Band 
and Emma Rosi-Marshall

Meeting theme: Extreme Events:  Exploring the history of extreme events in Baltimore (e.g. heat, river flooding, coastal flooding, droughts)

Agenda will be posted here before the meeting. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Emma Rosi-Marshall
Co-Director, Baltimore Ecosystem Study

07 June 2016

Baltimore Data Jam Awards Ceremony - June 18

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study will host the Baltimore Data Jam Awards Ceremony and Celebration on June 18th from 10am-noon in the UMBC Engineering Building.  

You are cordially invited to attend, meet with participating students and view their projects.  We hope to have a strong showing of BES participants to engage with the students and celebrate their accomplishments!  

For the past 16 years, scientists with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) have been studying the city and its surroundings as a socio-ecological system, or ecosystem. This pioneering research encompasses nearly every aspect of the city – its people, its soils, plants, animals and microbes, its history, institutions, economy and neighborhoods and its waters, airs and even the ground beneath our feet. 

The wealth of data about this region is tremendous. In fact, many urban scientists consider Baltimore the most intensively studied city in the world! We now are working harder than ever to find new, creative ways to summarize and present these data to non-scientist audiences.

The Baltimore Data Jam Competition has been designed for teachers and their students to use creativity and skills to find interesting ways to present some of these data and other results in a friendly, educational and competitive atmosphere.

Projects will be judged on two submissions: 1) a written report; and 2) a creative and unique project (physical model, skit, song, visual representation, etc.).

Judging criteria include a review of the report and its components, accuracy of data trends and comparisons, and overall creativity. As you will see, the Baltimore Data Jam emphasizes creativity in presenting data. These are the very skills that are and will continue to be necessary as our ability to collect data outpaces our ability to make it understandable to the general public.

All participating students and their families are invited to  attend the Baltimore Data Jam Competition Celebration and Awards Ceremony, June 18th at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (10am-noon).  

Please RSVP to Bess Caplan by June 10th if you plan to attend. caplanb@caryinstitute.org.

Bess Caplan
Ecology Education Program Leader
Baltimore Ecosystem Study

25 May 2016

Parks & People Community Greening Celebration June 2

Parks & People invites you to the Community Greening Celebration on Thursday, June 2nd at 6pm at our new campus (2100 Liberty Heights Ave.). 

Celebrate Baltimore’s gardeners, tree planters, greening cheerleaders, volunteers and anyone who believes in a cleaner, greener city at this annual event! The event is a great way to pat yourself on the back for all of your hard work this spring.

Enjoy food from Neopol Smokery, local beverages from Raven Brewery, live music, an awards presentation, and more.

or Click here to register: tiny.cc/GREENINGCELEB

Awardees are:

  •     Grant Project of the Year – Hamilton Elementary Middle School #236
  •    Volunteer Group of the Year – M&T Bank
  •    Edible Garden of the Year – Filbert Street Garden
  •    Partner of the Year – Baltimore Mosquito Study
  •    Community Greening Champion – Inez Robb

This year, the Community Greening Celebration is a pay-what-you-wish event with all proceeds supporting greening grants to local gardens and farms. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, please share this event with others. All are welcome to attend!

Thanks and look forward to seeing you at the event.


Valerie Rupp
Director of Community Greening

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Parks & People Foundation
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02 March 2016

BES Mosquito Research Focus of Baltimore Sun Article

Recent news about the Zika virus has heightened interest in mosquitoes.  The Baltimore Sun published an article by Meredith Cohn, "Study shows poorer neighborhoods have more mosquitoes." on February  17.  The article highlights mosquito research by BES Co-PI Shannon LaDeau.

Here is a link to the article: