Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

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94 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 3 2 UMD Assistant Professor Awarded $1.1 Million Katherine Tully, Ph.D., assistant professor of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, was recently awarded $1.1 million by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to further her research on sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Tully's research combines crop research, wetland ecology, geological and chemical analyses and economic modeling to determine what crop management strategies work in saltier environments and to identify practical applications that will be the most cost effective and profitable. The research will be conducted through a variety of field trials and greenhouse experiments that will help determine what crops can survive and are productive in the new saltier environment. Trade-off analysis will be conducted to determine the best options for farmers economically, while also protecting the environment and the Chesapeake Bay from added nutrient runoff. Tully's multi-disciplinary team of collaborators includes Dr. Keryn Gedan (George Washington University), Dr. Jarrod Miller (University of Delaware) and Dr. Rebecca Epanchin-Niell (Resources for the Future). ABI Remains in Positive Territory The Architecture Billing Index was off slightly month over month but still showed that business was up. The drop was 1.6 points to 51.3, but above the 50 point threshold needed to indicate there were more billings in June than in May. And it is the ninth consecutive month to register an expansion. The commercial / industrial and residential sectors had a good showing, as did the South as a region. Its score was up 2.1 points to 57.4; however, the ABI was down in the West and Midwest and flat in the Northeast. The subcategories in these regions all came in around 50 signaling business was at least as good in June as it had been in May. The institutional sector was actually below 50 in the latest index but as always, overall increases in architecture service billings bodes well for the construction industry moving forward.

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