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    Public garden near Annapolis seeking programming consultant

    Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, MD, is seeking an educational consultant with a strong background in nature, environmental, and/or public garden programming to work with our public programs staff from the fall of 2017 to the spring of 2018 to create educational programs focusing on developing a love of nature and environmental understanding in students in pre-K through 3rd grade.

    By the end of this project, we will have program outlines and lists of resources and materials for two environmental literacy programs: one for students in pre-K through kindergarten and another for first through third graders. These programs should focus on instilling a love of the natural world and beginning to build content knowledge about the environment through hands-on activities and play. More information can be found on our website.

    Know a consultant who would be perfect for this project? Please feel free to share this message with them!

    Kristen Butler
    Director of Public Programs
    Historic London Town & Gardens
    publicprograms@historiclondontown.org

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    Natural History Society of MD: Baltimore Bats WALK with Ela-Sita Carpenter

    To supplement a spoooooky and fascinating lecture on bats, Baltimore native, Ms. Ela-Sita Carpenter, a PhD student at the University of Missouri, will also be leading a bat walk in one of Baltimore’s parks! We will be using bat detectors to record bats as they fly by! We are so lucky to have this bat expert with us and you don’t want to miss this adventurous evening! Stay tuned for the time and location!

    Note: Ela-Sita’s lecture will be held on Wednesday October 18 at 7pm. Her Bat walk will be held on Saturday October 21 (time and location TBD)

    Cost: $10 per person. You can either pay in cash at the event or prepay by following the link below.

    http://marylandnature.org/events/

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    Natural History Society of MD: Baltimore Bats LECTURE with Ela-Sita Carpenter

    Get ready for Halloween and come learn all about one of the spookiest animals, BATS! Even more than being spooky, bats are actually one of the most fascinating and beneficial animals! And in Baltimore, they are one of the least studied, which is why we are so lucky to have Baltimore native, Ms. Ela-Sita Carpenter, a PhD student at the University of Missouri, coming to talk about the research she is currently doing on bats of Baltimore for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. She studies the factors that can predict what species are present in Baltimore. She will show us how beneficial bats are and what we can do to help them! Please join us at the Natural History Society of Maryland at 6908 Belair Road on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 7pm.

    Note: Ela-Sita will also be leading a bat walk in one of Baltimore’s parks on Saturday October 21 in the evening (time and location TBD).

    Cost: $10 per person. You can either pay in cash at the event or prepay by following the link below.

    http://marylandnature.org/events/

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    Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative 2017-2018 grant program: Request for Letters of Inquiry

    Request for Letters of Inquiry

    Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative Grants Program

    Colleagues and friends in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

    We are pleased to announce a new round of grantmaking for 2017-2018 through the Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative.

    A partnership of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network and the Land Trust Alliance, the Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative seeks projects that will accelerate land conservation and stewardship on conserved lands to protect and restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

    We invite Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from eligible organizations undertaking projects that positively impact water quality and meet the stated goals and interests of the Initiative’s grantmaking program.

    The full Request for LOIs, with further details, is attached to this post and also available here. Learn about projects funded in our inaugural 2016-2017 grant round here. Also attached are general FAQs for operating the Alliance’s online application system.

    Funding requests of $10,000-30,000 will be considered, and approximately $180,000 will be available in this second year of the program. LOIs will be accepted through November 14, 2017, and successful applicants will be invited in late December 2017 to submit full proposals for consideration.

    Prospective grantees are invited and encouraged to attend a conference call and webinar on Wednesday, October 11 at 10:30 am to learn more about the grantmaking program and LOI process. More information and registration is available here.

    If you have questions or need more information after reviewing the Request for LOIs, please contact Jennifer Miller Herzog, Chesapeake Program Manager at the Land Trust Alliance at jmillerherzog@lta.org or 406-580-6410.

    Best regards,

    Jamie Baxter                                                 Jennifer Miller Herzog

    Program Director                                         Chesapeake Program Manager

    Chesapeake Bay Funders Network           Land Trust Alliance

    FAQs Using the Online Grant Application and Reporting System, Oct 2017

    Chesapeake Land and Water Initiative Call for LOIs, Oct 2017 FINAL

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    October Guided Hikes and Kayak Trips at CBEC

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    Guided Kayak Trips

    October 5th at 5:30pm
    October 15th at 1:00pm
    October 19th at 5:30pm

    An ACA certified Kayak Instructor and Naturalist will guide you through basic kayak instruction and then lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! Guided trips are offered three times a month from May through October during the 2017 season. These trips are for beginner to intermediate kayakers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point.

    Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form:  https://www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours/

     

     

    Guided Hike: Meditation in Nature “Forest Bathing

    October 12th at 1pm

    Join us for a guided hike on CBEC’s Lake Trail for this unique opportunity to appreciate some of the natural features and treasures found on our property.  Along our journey, we’ll practice “Forest Bathing”, a mindfulness approach that helps us deepen our engagement with nature through attentiveness, noticing, silence and stillness.  With a Meditative Facilitator serving as guide, we’ll pause along the trail to immerse ourselves in each habitat experience.  The trail is a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula, with a half-way rest stop with restroom accessibility.  Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and binoculars. Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.

    Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members

    Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip.

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-15/

    Guided Hike:  Name That Tree on South Meadow Trail

    October 21st at 1pm

    Join us for a guided hike on CBEC’s South Meadow Trail for interpretation on the succession of this meadow into a young forest.  CBEC’s Certified Interpretive Guide will be paired with visiting Naturalists to identify the trees and shrubs along our journey pointing out identifying characteristics, ecological implications, unique host relationships, and human interdependent relationships.

    Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and binoculars.  Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.

    Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members

    Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip by completing the online form:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-11/

     

    Questions can be sent to Courtney Leigh Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 443-262-2032. Space is limited

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    NHSM Nature Connections: National Fossil Day

    Hi Chesapeake Network!

    Join us to learn all about fossils in celebration of National Fossil Day 2017 on Sunday October 15. This is a FREE program going on from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Feel free to stay the entire time or just stop in for a few minutes. Some local fossil collectors and experts will be in showing off their amazing fossil collections. Learn about how fossils are created and found and you might even be able to take some fossils home with you. And come and be the first ones to check out the Natural History Society’s newly acquired megaladaon shark jaws!

    Note: This program is a continuation of our celebration of National Fossil Day that will follow our fossil lecture night with Dr. Stephen Godfrey from the Calvert Marine Museum on Wednesday October 15 which you can register for at http://marylandnature.org/events/.

    PARKING INFORMATION: Our parking lot has been renovated with a stormwater management system, with native landscaping. It’s beautiful!, but we have fewer parking spots. Click here for information, directions, and maps to alternative over-flow parking. Once parked, come to the double glass doors at the top of the ramp and stairs.

    Thank you so much and hope to see you all there!

    Jillie at NHSM

    Jillie Drutz**Natural History Society of Maryland**jadrutz@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

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    Keep the Natural History Society of Maryland going! Please consider donating and becoming a member of NHSM. Find out more here: http://marylandnature.org/support-maryland-nature/

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    Administrative Officer III Recruitment #17-002247-0043

    This position serves the departmental outreach coordinator for underserved populations.   The core function of the position is to assist the department in building better relationships with diverse and underrepresented communities for the purpose of enhancing customer services to all communities served by the Department of Natural Resources.  In addition, the position will support the DNR Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator with the implementation of the Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan (SDEIP).  Bilingual skill is preferred for this position but not required.

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    Horn Point Open House

    The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory invites the public to a free Open House on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located along the banks of the Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the laboratory is renowned for its study of marine ecosystems.
    The theme for this year’s event is “Bay Strong – fighting for a clean environment.” It features exhibits by the laboratory’s scientists of their investigations in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal areas along the Atlantic Coast. This year’s theme will introduce our visitors to the super heroes fighting for a healthier Chesapeake Bay. All Community Open House activities are free and open to the public, and children will receive a free t-shirt.
    “This is the best day of the year for the community to learn about the science of the Bay. Everyone at the lab is on deck to explain their research with activities and displays that make it easy to understand,” said Horn Point Laboratory Director Mike Roman.

    The open house is designed to interest all ages and will take place rain or shine. The Horn Point Laboratory campus is located 2020 Horns Point Road on Route 343 outside of Cambridge, Maryland.

  • New Job Announcement
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    Program Manager – Rock Creek Conservation Corps

    Rock Creek Conservation Corps, or “RC3,” is a summer youth conservation program that helps protect and revitalize Rock Creek and its parklands while providing transformative experiences to youth and empowering non-traditional leaders in conservation to develop and sustain a culture of environmental stewardship for future generations. July 2017 marked the third year for the program and included 40 students, ages 16-19. In 2018, the program will be expanded to include 60 students.
    The RC3 Program Manager will oversee the management of the Rock Creek Conservation Corps, including youth stream teams, which are an integral part of the program. The selected candidate will work closely with the Director of Programs & Operations to plan for and implement the continued growth and expansion of RC3. The RC3 Program Manager will also provide support, when needed, to other Conservancy programming, especially volunteer programs.
    For the complete job announcement, please visit http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/who-we-are/employment

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    Trash Summit: Transforming Communities for Clean Land, Safe Water, Healthy Lives

    The 11th Annual Trash Summit will bring together hundreds of community members, business leaders, elected officials, non-profit partners and municipal staff to explore local to regional solutions. Join us and be a part of the conversation.

    This year’s Summit features keynote speaker, Rachael Miller, co-founder and executive director of the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean. Hosted at Nationals Park, beside the Anacostia River, the event will include a variety of round table discussions and panels with local leaders, presentations on the topic, and an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding community members working towards a trash free watershed.

    Learn more:

    http://fergusonfoundation.org/potomac-watershed-trash-summit/potomac-watershed-trash-summit/

  • New Job Announcement
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    Engineer III-Environmental

    St. Mary’s County DPW&T is seeking an individual who is familiar with and can manage and coordinate all phases of an MS/4 Phase II permit, which will be issued to the County in the near future.

    See position description for details. 

    Salary $81,806 to $94,969 depending on education and experience.

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    Environmental Science Educator

    NatureBridge in the Mid-Atlantic region is seeking experienced environmental educators to work an exciting position shared between our campuses in Virginia (near DC) and California (near San Francisco). The position runs from April-November 2018, and compensation includes housing, a travel stipend, and benefits. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge is one of the leading organizations in the field of outdoor science education, and runs programs in 7 national parks around the country. Application review for this position will begin on November 13th.

    For more information please visit this link 

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    Engineer III

    Engineer III – Watershed Management Capital Projects Division
    Montgomery County Government
    Department of Environmental Protection
    Rockville, Maryland

    Salary Range: $63,439 – $105,241

    The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy and healthy communities. DEP is seeking an experienced Engineer to provide construction engineering support. The position resides in the Watershed Restoration and Stormwater Management Construction Section of the Division of Watershed Management Capital Projects.

    The position provides construction engineering services support in ongoing efforts to comply with Montgomery County’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Discharge Permit (MS4) as it relates to the planning and implementation of stormwater facility and stream restoration funded through the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) in the Department of Environmental Protection. Duties include: engineering and construction contract management and review of capital project construction cost, schedule and quality control. The position is responsible for specific projects including new and retrofits stormwater management ponds, Environmental Site Design (ESD) and Low Impact Development (LID) projects, stormwater facilities, stream restoration and other environmental restoration.

    The successful candidate must have the ability to work in a collaborative environment within a large organization with multiple priorities, and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

    This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a County vehicle to attend meetings, visit sites for field investigations, conducting surveys, and/or observing or inspecting construction, and performing other work at locations outside the office.

    Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be required.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in the design, construction, and contract management of stormwater management, ESD, and stream restoration projects.

    Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental, Civil or Water Resources Engineering, or related field. Registration as a Professional Engineer may substitute for the degree.

    Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, provided such combination includes at least sixty (60) accredited semester hours (or an equivalent amount of accredited professional training) in engineering or related courses appropriate to the assigned position.

    License: Possession and maintenance at all times of a valid Class “C” (or equivalent) driver’s license from the applicant’s state of residence or the ability to perform work at locations outside of the office.

    We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

    To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit our website at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hr/recruitment/applynow.html and then click on “Apply Now.”
    Click “Search Jobs” and see the full job description under the “General Professional” Job Category.
    Interested candidates must create an account in order to submit a resume.

    The requisition number is IRC27822

    This Recruitment Open Until Filled

    All resume submissions must address the preferred criteria for the position,  which are listed in the full advertisement, preferably in a separate section of the resume.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the *Helpful Hints when Applying for Jobs*  on the Office of Human Resource’s “Apply Now” webpage for important information about the County’s application requirements and process.

    EOE. M/F/H.

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    Rain Garden & Bayscape Maintenance workshop

    Need confidence in keeping your rain garden or Bayscape looking and working its best? This is the workshop for you!

    Native plants such as those used in rain gardens and Bayscapes typically require less maintenance than ornamental plants. That said, native plant gardens still require weeding and a few other types of care throughout the year to keep them at peak performance. We are excited to offer our inaugural Rain Garden & Bayscape maintenance workshop on October 14th in Perry Hall.

    Register online here or contact Amy Young, Clear Creeks Project Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator, at ayoung@gunpowdervc.org or (410) 404-4748

    Get valuable maintenance advice for these special gardens from our landscape architect, Jack Leonard, at this FREE workshop. Recommended for clients that have had rain gardens and/or Bayscapes installed by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. Open to the public!

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    MSRA Fall Field Trip & Student Night/Job Fair

    The Maryland Stream Restoration Association will be holding our Fall Field Trip on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at the Kelly Branch Stream (located in Baltimore County). Representatives from EQR and Century Engineering will be discussing the recently completed Kelly Branch Stream Restoration Project.  After the field trip please join us at the Student Night and Job Fair at Towson University. More information can be found on our website at: https://marylandstreamrestorationassociation.org/events

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    i-Tree Online Workshop: Using the i-Tree Database

    i-Tree Online Workshop: Using the i-Tree Database
    Join the Urban Natural Resources Institute for the September  i-Tree Web Learning Session

    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    1:00 PM (Eastern)
    i-Tree Online Workshop: Using the i-Tree Database

    This session will introduce the latest i-Tree tool: Database.  Database provides a central submission site for new data that users develop while completing thier own i-Tree studies. Submitted data is vetted and officially added to i-Tree Eco. i-Tree Database allows users to: View and comment on the tree species and location data in the databases; Add new species, location, precipitation, and pollution data to the databases.

    This will be a very informative session, and take a look at this new i-Tree tool that has not yet be presented during the i-Tree Webcast Series.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for this session.
    Please visit https://goo.gl/PNhpUF to reserve your seat.

    The Urban Natural Resources Institute is an initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

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    Crew Leader, Montgomery County Conservation Corps, Part Time Job Opening

    The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is hiring for a new Conservation Corps in Washington DC. The Part Time Conservation Corps Crew Leader (PTCL) is responsible for ensuring the regular, reliable, and professional field-based implementation of conservation service projects while ensuring the training, safety and quality work performance of corps members.  The PTCL implements a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach by seizing opportunities to enhance teamwork, self-confidence, problem solving, conflict resolution, trust, and leadership amongst Corps participants.  The PTCL oversees the crew of Corps members in the field, interacts with the public, as well as with LAYC staff, and maintains the integrity of the Conservation Corps program by always demonstrating reliable and professional behavior.

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    11th annual cardboard boat race and Get to Know CES

    Join the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College for their 11th annual cardboard boat race and get to know CES event. Spend the afternoon on the waterfront enjoying live music by the High & Wides, beer, ice cream and more.

    At the event, Center for Environment & Society staff will be on hand discussing, and sometimes demonstrating, their innovative and educational programs. Visit each booth for a chance to win a 90 minute cruise on the Chester River for up to ten people on the research vessel Callinectes or a guided tour of beautiful Chino Farm, including the bird banding station and historic grasslands, for up to six people. Stop by the trivia table to test your CES knowledge and win a tee shirt! Other activities include river cruises aboard the 46-foot Callinectes ($5 per person), kayaking and paddle boarding on the Chester River.

     

    Click here: Get to Know CES to learn more about the event! 

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    Spaces still available for Restoring Habitat in the Chesapeake Bay Region of the Atlantic Flyway

    A FREE workshop for landowners and those who work with them

    to enhance and protect the value of open space.

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    9AM-2PM

    Pickering Creek Audubon Center

    Easton, MD

    Learn the value of large-tract habitat restoration projects to birds, wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay. Explore restoration methods like warm season grass meadows, forest buffers and especially restored wetlands. See on the ground examples at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. The workshop will include presentation materials that can be used to share information with other interested persons or community groups. Resource materials will also include contact information for technical and financial assistance required to initiate a restoration project. Lunch provided.

    To register, email Mark Scallion at mscallion@audubon.org or call Pickering Creek Audubon Center at 410.822.4903 by September 22nd.
    Please indicate dietary preference when registering.

    Offered in Partnership with Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage

    Sponsored by Waterfowl Chesapeake

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    2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference

    Registration for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference has been extended to September 25, 2017.  The conference will be held October 12-13, 2017 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.

     

    Theme: Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions

    The conference will focus on current water research efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region.

     

    Conference Agenda

    The conference agenda is available online here.

     

    Keynote Speakers include:

    Dr. Thomas Graziano, Director, Office of Water Prediction, National Weather Service

    Austin Caperton, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

     

    Each conference participant will have the opportunity to learn from keynote speakers, directors of the Mid-Atlantic Water Research Institutes on addressing water issues through research, your choice from 55 oral presentations, and 17 poster presenters.  Concurrent session topics include watershed management, stormwater, modeling and forecasting, water monitoring and data management, groundwater, water-energy nexus, and aquatic life resources.  Numerous networking breaks will be provided.

     

    Contact Hours for Continuing Education

    A certificate of contact hours can be earned by those who participate in the breakout sessions at the conference.  There will be five opportunities to earn contact hours, with a total of six hours, forty minutes of contact time possible for participating in the conference.

     

    Registration Information

    Registration covers full access to conference sessions, networking reception, and poster session as well as conference meals and breaks.  Special rates are available for students.  Register here.  Registration closes September 25, 2017.

     

    Questions?

    For more information, see the conference website at http://midatlanticwrc.org/.  If you have additional questions, please contact Andrew Stacy at wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu (304-293-7085).

     

    About the Conference Hosts

    This regional conference is a collaborative effort of the Water Resources Institutes of Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.  These institutes were established under the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1964.  Each institute is housed at a land grant university and serves to link water experts in our nation’s universities with those who manage and use water resources.  More information about the institutes can be found here.

     

    Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

    If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference or sponsoring it, please see the conference website or contact the Conference Coordinator, Andrew Stacy, at wvwaterconference@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7085.

     

    Thanks to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, ALS, and USGS Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center for sponsoring the conference.

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