Video / Graphics Assistant Internship

SESYNC, a national research center funded through a grant to the University of Maryland, seeks to hire an undergraduate intern to work with its Communications Coordinator and IT department to produce educational and promotional materials for SESYNC.

[SESYNC Seminar] Eigenfactor: Measuring & Mapping Scientific Knowledge

As De Solla Price noted in 1965, scholarly literature forms a vast network - where the nodes are the millions of papers published in scholarly journals and the links are the hundreds of millions of citations connecting these papers. New approaches to measuring and mapping citation networks are improving our ability to identify influential articles, scholars, and institutions that have spurred new fields of research or bridged existing

[SESYNC Seminar] Understanding Individual Behavior in Social Media Using a Complex Systems Approach

The dramatic feature of social media is that it gives everyone a voice: anyone can speak out and express their opinion to a crowd of followers with little or no cost or effort, which creates a loud and potentially overwhelming marketplace of ideas. The good news is that organizations have more data than ever about what their consumers are saying about their brand. The bad news is that this huge amount of data is difficult to sift through.

[SESYNC Seminar Series] Ties that Bind: Demographic & Economic Factors Underlying Social Networks & Sustainability in Rural Alaska

Arctic communities are experiencing unprecedented challenges caused by global forces of climatic, economic, ecological, political, and cultural change. The mixed cash-subsistence economies of rural villages reflect the complex interplay among these forces, so understanding the relationship between contemporary practices and accumulated cultural values, norms, and institutions can guide efforts to assess individual adaptability and community resilience.

[SESYNC Seminar Series] Sensing Risk for Resilience: Heat Waves in Urban America

Heat wave-related mortality is higher than that of all other disasters combined. With climate change, heat waves are an increasing threat to health. This presentation will explore two facets of this situation. Drawing from in-depth qualitative research in Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, I explore why vulnerable populations and local governments have difficulty responding to this increased risk. Second, I present a new approach to addressing heat risk for vulnerable populations—individual biosensors.

[SESYNC Seminar] Synthesis of Anthropogenic Threat & Demographic Data to Predict Extinction Risk

The U.S. Endangered Species Act requires not only protection of all listed threatened and endangered species, but also recovery of species so that they are no longer at risk of extinction. Determining when species are recovered has proven to be difficult, in part because we do not know how to systematically measure the effects of the various factors that contribute to extinction risk. As a result, it is difficult to determine how much of those factors must be alleviated for species recovery.


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