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Kenney to Attend White House Roundtable on the Business Case for Climate Resilience ?>

Kenney to Attend White House Roundtable on the Business Case for Climate Resilience

By Amanda Speciale   Dr. Melissa Kenney is an invited participant to an off-the-record White House Roundtable on the Business Case for Climate Resilience held by the White House Council on Environmental Quality on November 28, 2016.   Kenney will join White House officials along with public, private, and nonprofit sector representatives at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC to share case studies that illustrate the various benefits of climate resilience investments and how to effectively communicate the…

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Kenney and Gerst to Attend INFORMS Annual Meeting ?>

Kenney and Gerst to Attend INFORMS Annual Meeting

Dr. Kenney and Dr. Gerst will travel to Nashville for the INFORMS Annual Meeting, held from November 13-16. Dr. Kenney co-chairs the Decision Analysis Cluster, and she is also on the Decision Analysis Society Council.   Dr. Kenney will be chairing the session titled, “Environmental Decision Analysis” and co-chairing the “New Frontiers in Decision Analysis Practice and Theory” session. She will also present her talk titled, “The Process of Co-producing a Climate Indicators System.” In this talk, Dr. Kenney will…

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Kenney Presents at Kent State’s Fourth Annual Water and Land Symposium ?>

Kenney Presents at Kent State’s Fourth Annual Water and Land Symposium

By Amanda Speciale   Dr. Melissa Kenney, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center Assistant Research Professor and American Association for the Advancement of Science Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow, traveled with over 300 other attendees from several universities, agencies, and companies to northeastern Ohio for the Fourth Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium on October 5-6, 2016. She presented her formal talk titled, “Making Hard Environmental Restoration Decisions,” on the second day of the symposium.   The symposium aims…

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Kenney, Gerst, Part of Team Awarded Grant by EPA to Research the Value of Water Quality Improvements ?>

Kenney, Gerst, Part of Team Awarded Grant by EPA to Research the Value of Water Quality Improvements

By Amanda Speciale   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded six universities a total of $4.8 million in grant money to pursue research on the economic values of water quality. Dr. Melissa A. Kenney and Dr. Michael D. Gerst are collaborating with North Carolina State University and the RTI International on the project titled, “Estimating the Benefits of Stream Water Quality Improvements in Urbanizing Watersheds: An Ecological Production Function Approach”. This three-year project (April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2019)…

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Dr. Melissa Kenney – Lead Author in Editorial About Increasing Public Engagement ?>

Dr. Melissa Kenney – Lead Author in Editorial About Increasing Public Engagement

By Dean Sproul American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow Dr. Melissa A. Kenney was the lead author in the guest editorial titled, “Engagement 2.0: increasing our collective impact,” published today in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The article emphasizes that ecologists at any career stage can benefit from participating in public engagement activities.   The authors describe “Engagement 2.0” as “a way to amplify our individual voices through collective, sustained…

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Kenney Discusses Climate Justice in openDemocracy ?>

Kenney Discusses Climate Justice in openDemocracy

By Amanda Speciale   Dr. Melissa A. Kenney was recently featured in openDemocracy’s “Collaborating with Scientists for Climate Justice” article by Ellen Platts and Claire Sabel on September 21, 2016. Platts and Sabel investigate the social inequalities and human rights issues that have begun to emerge due to climate change, especially among discriminated and underprivileged communities, as well as “vulnerable populations”  in the United States.   Dr. Kenney explains in the article that “framing climate change as a human rights…

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Kenney & Gerst’s Research Featured in “Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2016 Annual Report” ?>

Kenney & Gerst’s Research Featured in “Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2016 Annual Report”

By Natalia Jaffee, Jason Winik and Allison Baer The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2016 Annual Report, released on September 15, 2016, includes research conducted by Dr. Melissa A. Kenney, Dr. Michael D. Gerst, and J.F. Wolfinger of the Environmental Decision Support Science Lab at the University of Maryland’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. The research was produced with Dr. Irina Feygina of the Social and Behavioral Science Team (SBST), which is under the White House National Science and Technology…

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Former Kenney student recognized in paper competition ?>

Former Kenney student recognized in paper competition

Venkata Prava, a former Ph.D. student of ESSIC Research Assistant Professor Melissa Kenney, was recognized as a runner up in the 2016 Decision Analysis Award (DAS) student paper competition. The paper titled, “Partition Dependence and Carryover Biases in Subjective Probability Assessment Surveys for Continuous Variables: Model-based Estimation and Correction,” was produced as part of an NSF grant that was awarded to Kenney and Prava’s other advisors. Prava will receive a DAS certificate of merit at the Institute for Operations Research…

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Suggestions when Approaching a Professor about a Research Opportunity ?>

Suggestions when Approaching a Professor about a Research Opportunity

By Dr. Melissa A. Kenney As much as you want to find a great research opportunity, the professor or project lead wants to find a great student to work on their project. Many of these projects are things that the professor has spent a great deal of time thinking about and scoping; thus, the kind of student that they want to find to work on their project is one that is smart and incredibly passionate about their research and their…

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Welcome! ?>

Welcome!

Welcome to the Environmental Decision Support Science Lab’s blog!   Who we are Our dynamic team conducts research at the intersection of the environment, social science, and policy. We synthesize multi-disciplinary data and models and utilize stakeholder engagement in order to develop cohesive scientific research to support environmental decision making. Our areas of expertise include decision analysis, statistical and conceptual modeling, survey techniques, and data visualization. We are located at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) in College Park,…

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