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Dr. Patricia Limerick to speak at ESA annual meeting

Author and historian, Dr. Patricia Limerick, will deliver the Public Plenary Address of the Ecological Society of America's 89th Annual Meeting, held this year in Portland, Oregon August 1 6, 2004. Her illustrated talk, "Naturalists, National Mission, and the Wonders of the West: The Lewis and Clark Expedition as a Parable," will launch the Society's meeting, the theme of which focuses on ecolo...

ESA 89th Annual Meeting

Members of the media and freelance writers are invited to attend the Ecological Society of America's 2004 Annual Meeting to be held in Portland, Oregon, August 1-6, 2004. The theme for the meeting is "Lessons of Lewis & Clark: Ecological Exploration of Inhabited Landscapes." Close to 4,000 scientists are expected to attend.... ...The five-and-a-half day program will include a full agenda of symp...

ESA awarded new SEEDS grant

Thanks to a new two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ecological Society of America will be able to continue its highly successful SEEDS program (Strategies for Ecology Education, Development and Sustainability) and soon add exciting new components to the program's structure. ... ..."We are looking forward to meeting our goal of building a grassroots movement of ecologically k...

$6 million appropriation to focus Sandia research on drinking water desalination, removal of arsenic

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Research in the areas of desalination and removal of arsenic in water will step up at the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories over the next few years, the result of a $6 million allocation in the FY2004 federal Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill.... ...The allocation will include $3 million for desalination and $3 million for a...

ESA and EADS-CASA sign contract to build instrument for the SMOS mission

The contract, worth 62 million euros, was signed in Madrid, Spain on 11 June 2004 at the premises of the CDTI (Centre for Development of Industrial Technology). EADS-CASA now heads an industrial consortium of more than 20 companies from all over Europe, and is committed to construct the innovative MIRAS (Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis) instrument that will form the core of...

ESA's minature Earth observer put to many uses

Launched in October 2001, the Project for Onboard Autonomy (Proba) satellite measures just 60 x 60 x 80 cm. Its main instrument takes up around a third of this pint-sized orbiter and is known as the Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS). ...Operating from a distance of 600 km away, CHRIS acquires 14-km square images of the Earth's surface to a resolution of 18 metres, in a combinat...

DELTA mission and ESA astronaut dock with ISS

Docking by Soyuz TMA-4 with the nadir port of the Russian Zarya module took place at 07:03 Central European Time (CET). Following the scheduled post-docking checks, the hatch between the spacecraft and the ISS was opened at 08:27 CET. ...... Soyuz TMA-4 lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan two days ago on Flight 8S. During the journey, Kuipers was the Soyuz Flight Engineer, taking a...

DELTA mission heading to ISS with Dutch ESA astronaut

After launch and nine minutes of propelled flight, the Soyuz TMA-4 is in orbit and it will now take the crew, Kuipers, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and NASA astronaut Edward Fincke, about two days to reach the ISS. They are scheduled to dock at 07:00 CET on 21 April, with the hatch opening at 08:25. ...Kuipers will be Flight Engineer on the Soyuz TMA-4, taking an active role in piloting and...

ESA consults European science community on candidate Earth Explorer missions

The six candidate missions for Earth Explorer, part of ESA's Living Planet programme, are: ...... EarthCARE Earth Clouds Aerosols and Radiation Explorer to improve the representation and understanding of the Earth's radiative balance in climate and numerical weather forecast models by acquiring vertical profiles of clouds and aerosols, as well as the radiances at the top of the atmosphere. Fro...

ESA calls for interdisciplinary studies of GEOs

From corn to carp to the bacteria in yogurt, people have modified organisms for specific traits for centuries. Today, genetic engineering offers the potential to provide new benefits and new risks, as does any new technology. The Ecological Society of America (ESA)'s scientific position paper, "Genetically engineered organisms and the environment: Current status and recommendations," authored by...

ESA prepares mission to search for life on Mars

Through its long-term Aurora Programme of solar system exploration, ESA is already preparing a series of robotic missions that will reveal the Red Planet's secrets and pave the way for a human expedition in decades to come. ...A major step towards the realisation of this ambitious robotic programme was completed this week with the selection of two industrial teams to carry out the detailed desig...

Slow-moving ground water slows down water-quality improvements in Chesapeake Bay

Ground water supplies about half of the water and nitrogen to streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is therefore an important pathway for nitrogen to reach the bay, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. Too many nutrients, most of all nitrogen, are the principal cause for poor water-quality conditions in the Chesapeake Bay. ... The ground water moving to streams in the...

ESA to select new Earth Explorer missions

Following the successful implementation of the ERS satellites and Envisat, which address Earth science issues of a global nature, Earth Explorers are smaller research missions dedicated to specific aspects of our Earth environment. The first four Earth Explorers were selected for development in 1999, the first of which is due for launch at the end of this year. Over the last two years the Agency...

Two-drug approach might shorten painful labor, reduce Caesarean sections

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The nationwide rise in induced labor and Caesarean deliveries could be eased by an experimental dual drug approach that not only safely jump-starts labor but also remodels the cervix to allow for speedy natural delivery, scientists report. ......A combination of RU 486 (mifepristone) and relaxin successfully hastened labor and promoted healthy delivery of pups in rats altered s...

ESA's first step towards Mars Sample Return

If all goes according to plan, this is exactly what ESA's long-term Aurora programme of Solar System exploration will achieve a decade from now, when the first samples of Mars material will be sealed in a special capsule and returned to Earth for analysis. ...The first step towards making this great leap in human knowledge a reality was taken at the end of October with the announcement of the wi...

ESA and Rosaviakosmos sign up for two Foton flights

The outcome of a year of extensive negotiations, this order will cover the Foton-M2 and -M3 missions, which will have 660 kg of ESA-supplied scientific payloads onboard. ... ...The order binds ESA, Rosaviakosmos and two Russian partner companies (KBOM in Moscow, TsSKB-Progress in Samara) for at least the next three years, with a first launch scheduled for May 2005 and the second for autumn 2006.....

ESA astronaut flies Cervantes mission to ISS

The Cervantes mission, with European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque, and the ISS Expedition 8 crew lifted off today in Soyuz TMA-3 on flight 7S to the International Space Station. The launch took place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11.38 local time (07.38 Central European Summer Time).... ...Once in orbit it will take Duque and the two other crew members on board, Russian co...

Return to space for Spanish ESA astronaut

Duque, a member of ESA's astronaut corps since 1992, becomes the sixth European, and first Spaniard, to visit and work on the International Space Station. ... ...His mission takes its name from Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), author of Don Quixote. The main purpose of this 10-day mission is to carry out an extensive scientific programme comprising a series of experiments in the fields of life an...

ESA providing Kyoto estimates of French Guianas tropical forests

Like all the so-called "Annex I" signatories to the Kyoto Protocol, France is required to measure and reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions. But France is also the only such country possessing tropical forests, most of which are in French Guiana. ...Tropical forests represent a vast store of carbon, while their deforestation represents a significant source of anthropogenic (man-made) green...

Survey of Chesapeake Bay watershed residents may save the bay

Blacksburg, Va. -- With the population of the Chesapeake Bay watershed projected to increase by more than one million people during the next 15 years, efforts to educate each citizen about their impact on the bay is becoming more critical. To address this issue, the Conservation Management Institute of Virginia Tech conducted a survey of the current residents of the bay watershed as part of an ef...

Miniature implantable sensor likely lifesaver for patients

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 22, 2002 -- Using a tiny wireless sensor developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, doctors will know in minutes instead of hours if an organ is getting adequate blood flow after transplant or reconstructive surgery. ......Conventional methods for assessing circulation involve invasive procedures or extensive laboratory testing. In some cases, by the time doctors realize...

Screening certain infants can be lifesaving, Wake Forest study shows

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Investigators at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have demonstrated for the first time that screening newborn infants for a particular genetic defect can be lifesaving when their mothers develop a rare complication of pregnancy. "It allowed early diagnosis and dietary treatment in affected infants before symptoms appeared," said Jamal A. Ibdah, M.D., Ph.D., the...

ESA benefits grizzly bears

The debate over the Endangered Species Act ranges all the way from making it weaker to making it stronger, but there has been little good evidence for either side. Now new research shows that legal protections are critical to conserving grizzly bears in the contiguous US....... "This is direct evidence for the dramatic beneficial effect of conservation policies enacted through legislation such as...

2002 ESA award winners

The Ecological Society of America is proud to announce the following winners for ecological achievement. The awards will be given at ESA's 87th Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona on August 8, 2002. ...... ...Melinda Smith...... The Murray F. Buell Award is given annually for the most outstanding paper presented by a student at the previous Annual Meeting. Melinda Smith received the award for her...

Forecasting jellyfish in Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - Before planning your next beach outing on Chesapeake Bay, you will of course check the weather forecast, and before long, you may be able to check the jellyfish forecast as well. A team of scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several universities has developed a prototype forecasting system that predicts the likelihood of sea nettles, a stinging jelly...

Discovery of activated protein C leads to lifesaving drug

University of Vermont College of Medicine Professor of Biochemistry George L. Long, Ph.D., received the Inventor of the Year Award, one of the nation's most prestigious awards for breakthrough inventions given by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) at an annual ceremony held June 5 in Washington, D.C. ...... Long was one of a team of scientists who shared the 29th Annual Inventor o...

First joint meeting between ESA and SER

Combining ESAs 87th Annual Meeting and SERs 14th International Conference, the four-and-a half-day program will include a full agenda of 36 symposia, several scientific field trips and workshops, and a large exhibit hall. Exhibits will feature scientific texts and new publications, with a special focus on ecological restoration through modern and traditional methods. ...... The meetings opening...

Sea level rise threatens marshes in Chesapeake and Delaware Bays

WASHINGTON - Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, the two largest estuaries on the east coast of the United States, are losing marshland to rising sea levels caused by greenhouse warming. Research by University of Maryland scientists suggests that virtually all coastal marshes along these bays could disappear before 2100, if the sea level continues to rise at present rates or higher rates predicted by c...

ESA Corporate Award winner 2001: Weyerhaeuser Company Limited British Columbia Coastal Forest Project Team

On Thursday, August 9, 2001 the Ecological Society of America, at its 86th Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, will present its Corporate Award to Weyerhaeuser Company Limited and its British Colombia Coastal Forest Project Team. The Corporate Award honors a company that incorporates sound ecological concepts and practices into planning and operating procedures.... ...Part of The British Colum...

ESA announces award winners for 2001

...... ...Jennifer Klug...... The Murray F. Buell Award is given annually for the most outstanding paper presented by a student at the previous Annual Meeting. The recipient this year is Jennifer Klug. She received the award for her paper Intera...

Homeground ecology 101: Sara Stein to speak at ESA Meeting

On Sunday, August 5, 2001 at 5:00 pm Sara Stein, acclaimed natural science writer and gardener, will speak at the public plenary session of the Ecological Society of America's 86th Annual Meeting. This year's meeting will be held in Madison, Wisconsin August 5-10. In an address entitled, Homeground Ecology 101, Ms. Stein will discuss the importance of connecting ecology to everyday life.... ...S...

ESA recommends cautious approach to releasing GMOs into the environment

Although genetically modified organisms have a role to play in the globe's future, scientists and governments should proceed with caution as they release these organisms into the environment, according to researchers at the Ecological Society of America. . These cautionary words were issued as part of an official statement on GMOs which the Society released today in Washington, DC.. "It's impor...

BresaGen announces Australia's first cloned pig

.Australian biotechnology company, BresaGen Limited, in association with.the Immunology Research Centre, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, has.made a major breakthrough in cloning technology. .Australia's first cloned pig is now five weeks old, has been weaned and.is healthy and growing normally. .It is anticipated that the new cloning technology will have a major.impact in guarding against the o...

LSU veterinarians deliver cloned calves by caesarian section

. . . BATON ROUGE A team of LSU veterinarians recently delivered two cloned calves by caesarean section at the university's School of Veterinary Medicine. . Mouill, French for "wet," was born on a rainy Monday morning, January 29. Soleil, or "sun," was born the following Tuesday. . The calves were cloned by Cyagra Inc. of Manhattan, Kan., under a trial procedure Cyagra is filing as a ne...

University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist is named ESA president

. MADISON -- Stephen Carpenter, Halverson Professor of Limnology and Professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been elected the new president of the Ecological Society of America.. . Carpenter will preside over more than 7,600 members in the United States and internationally. The Society, considered the country's premier professional organization of ecologists, was founde...

Farms and livestock leave their mark on the Chesapeake Bay

. . .WASHINGTON -- Pesticides, agricultural runoff and animal by-products are affecting fish, frogs and the overall state of the Chesapeake Bay. The latest findings will be presented at the 220th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. Among the highlights:. . Gian Gupta, Ph.D., of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will discuss the effec...

DNA test solving Chesapeake's toxic mysteries

. As the summer heats up Chesapeake Bay waters, a new kind of test to detect toxic marine microbes is sharpening Maryland efforts to predict fish-killing Pfiesteria. The test also helps medical studies of illness associated with the microbe. . . David Oldach of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) reports that the test, applied to samples of mud or water, rapidly identifies...

Setting the real bottom line: Dr. David Suzuki to speak at ESA annual meeting

. On Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. Dr. David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster, will speak at the public plenary session of the Ecological Society of America's 85th Annual Meeting. This year's meeting will be held in Snowbird, Utah August 6-10. In an address entitled "The Ecological Millennium: Setting the Real Bottom Line" Dr. Suzuki will discuss the i...

Chesapeake Bay watershed to benefit from new Landsat 7 land cover maps

."Smarter" land use planning and better estimates of polluted water runoff across the 64,000 square-mile (110,000-square-kilometer) Chesapeake Bay watershed are on the horizon thanks to new land cover maps being produced by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Earth Science Applications Center (RESAC) at the University of Maryland. These maps, generated by overlaying images from NASA's Landsat 7, will pro...

Acid rain revisited: ESA releases report on the ecological response to acid deposition

.Congress will soon give careful consideration to renewal of the Clean Air Act and its amendments. In anticipation of this event, a group of scientific experts met last year to discuss their research of acid deposition, often called acid rain. The results of this meeting have been summarized and are now available in a new report from the Ecological Society of America entitled, "Acid Deposition:...
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