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Fall 2016 Semester Summary ?>

Fall 2016 Semester Summary

By Jason Winik and Amanda Speciale   The Fall 2016 semester was a busy time for the Environmental Decision Support Science Lab! We had six undergraduate research assistants, four returning undergraduate students and two new undergraduate students, working on a number of exciting projects. After a productive semester, we have highlighted our work below to reflect on our accomplishments.    Annotated Bibliography for Technical Input Report to the 4th National Climate Assessment Under Faculty Research Assistant Felix Wolfinger’s instruction, mathematics…

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Kenney Featured in INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Newsletter ?>

Kenney Featured in INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Newsletter

By Dean Sproul   Dr. Melissa Kenney’s research on environmental decision support was highlighted in the President’s Letter in the December 2016 INFORMS Decision Analysis Society (DAS) Newsletter. Incoming President of DAS and Professor of Supply Chain & Business Analytics at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Jason Merrick, highlighted Kenney’s work as an exemplar of use-inspired science at the interface of academia and practice.   The letter highlighted two of Kenney’s recent contributions. Specifically, the President’s Letter highlighted a commentary in…

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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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