Jan 10, 2019
Mosquito net fishing exemplifies conflict among Sustainable Development Goals

I was home in South Africa in 2016 when a friend arrived for dinner, happy to have avoided mosquito bites on a recent trip to Zambia but angry to have seen the same insecticide-treated bed nets they slept under being used to catch fish. In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria in 90 countries, with 435,000 deaths, 93% of them in Africa​. Insecticide-treated bed nets are estimated to have averted 450 million malaria cases in Africa between 2000 and 2015, the largest contribution among the interventions assessed. More than 1.2 billion bed nets have been distributed in Africa since 2000­, and an even greater flow of nets will be needed to achieve the World Health Organization’s goal of reducing malaria incidence by 90% by 2030.

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Dec 10, 2018
SESYNC is Hiring for Two Positions!

SESYNC seeks applications for an Assistant Research Scientist to lead our Data Science Team and a Science Communications Coordinator to lead communciations activities at the center. 

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Nov 28, 2018
Beyond the muddy boots: making summer internships count through synthesis workshops

It’s a searing summer day on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and in chest-high waders carrying 30 pounds of soil on your back, the humidity is almost unbearable. We have spent long hours in the field and the lab as a budding undergraduate and graduate researchers, wading through wetlands and tromping through fields for the sake of “research.” The question arises in each of us – “Why am I doing this?”

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Nov 14, 2018
Negative biotic interactions drive predictions of distributions for species from a grassland community

Where are you likely to see your favourite plant or animal in the wild?

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Nov 13, 2018
First assessment of planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance shows several already crossed

Resistance to antibiotics and pesticides is rising at alarming rates. Yet, currently there is no global framework to track the threat to human health and crops. 

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Nov 02, 2018
Call for Applications: SESYNC Networks-of-Networks Workshop

On January 24-25, 2019, SESYNC will hold a 1.5-day workshop focused on team science and the fundamentals of organizational management. The workshop will be held at SESYNC’s facilities in Annapolis, Maryland. SESYNC will provide funding for travel, lodging, and meals for 30 on-site participants, and the workshop will also be web streamed for additional remote participants. 

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Oct 23, 2018
Global Launch of New Water Resources Planning Framework for Addressing Climate Change and Other “Deep” Uncertainties

At this very moment immense changes are happening at all scales, from global to local. Climatic, economic, demographic, and land-use shifts are fundamentally altering the ways in which we interact with and manage the planet’s resources — freshwater being chief among them. The stressors on water resources management will continue to increase as population and urban areas grow, and they pose a real risk to economic, social, and environmental security in many parts of the world.

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Oct 17, 2018
Job Opportunity: Science Communications Coordinator

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is seeking a full-time, experienced science communications professional to lead communications activities. The primary focus of the Science Communications Coordinator is to enhance awareness and understanding of SESYNC research and opportunities within the community of socio-environmental scientists, scientific knowledge users, and policy makers. The Science Communications Coordinator will have lead responsibility for developing and coordinating communications across SESYNC’s research network and with the educated public.

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Oct 17, 2018
New tool helps align investment with objectives in biodiversity conservation

One of the balancing acts faced by conservation agencies is how to conserve and protect as many species as possible from extinction with limited funding and finite resources. 

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Oct 05, 2018
SESYNC Funds Six New Pursuits and Workshops

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) welcomes six new projects starting in 2018.

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