October 23, 2014

2014 International Riversymposium

Simon Costanzo, Heath Kelsey, Dave Loewensteiner, Judy O’Neil, Jane Thomas and I attended the 17th Annual International Riversymposium in Canberra, Australia, 15-18 September 2014. The theme of this year’s symposium was ‘Large River Basins’ which was quite topical for the IAN team completing the draft Mississippi River report card. The location of the symposium in […]

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October 21, 2014

Mississippi report card video

As part of the release of the draft Mississippi River report card, we partnered with

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October 14, 2014

Mississippi River report card song

We recently (1-2 October 2014) launched the draft Mississippi River report card in Louisville, KY as part of the America’s Watershed Initiative Summit. The process of developing the report card is depicted in the following poem I wrote for the occasion.   We started out in St. Louis, Missouri We set the goal–a watershed report […]

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October 9, 2014

Did you know the Willamette River flows north?

One of the things I love most about my job is that I’m constantly learning about different places, working with local experts that share their knowledge and passion for the place they live, and the science they do. Right now I’m learning about the Willamette River in Oregon, as the IAN team is working in […]

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October 7, 2014

Draft Mississippi River report card released at 2014 America’s Watershed Initiative Summit

Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, Brianne Walsh and I traveled to Louisville, KY on the banks of the Ohio River to participate in the 2014 America’s Watershed Initiative Summit. This Summit represented the culmination of a series of basin workshops and a concerted effort by IAN Science Integrators, Science Communicators, and Science Communication Interns […]

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September 23, 2014

Thiess International Riverprize finalists for 2014

The four Thiess International Riverprize finalists provided inspirational examples of creative solutions for river protection and restoration. The winner of the 2014 Riverprize was the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine, a group of committed and passionate individuals who have transformed the “Sewer of Europe” into a river with high water quality, migratory […]

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September 18, 2014

The importance of university child care: Attending the dedication of Munro Center, University of Queensland

During our ten-year stint at the University of Queensland, we were fortunate to have access to high quality on-campus child care. This child care was a decisive factor in maintaining dual careers for my wife Judy O’Neil and for me. As well, our children developed lifelong friendships at the two child care facilities: Munro Centre […]

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September 16, 2014

USAUS-H2O Canberra workshop

In order to kick off Phase 2 of the USAUS-H2O virtual environmental exchange program between eight high schools in Australia and eight high schools in the U.S., we held a teacher workshop in Canberra, Australia. Judy O’Neil, Simon Costanzo and I traveled to Canberra, the capital city of Australia where our partners from Charles Darwin […]

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September 11, 2014

Failte gu Alba! (Welcome to Scotland!)

Participating in the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) 3rd Annual Conference, August 14-18 2014 at Glasgow, Scotland I traveled to the International Marine Conservation Congress’ (IMCC) conference in Scotland in part because I wanted to visit Scotland – land of Scottish brogues, whisky, and wild, mountainous landscapes! But, more so because marine conservation is a […]

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September 9, 2014

Insights on story-telling from the salmon in the tree

I first heard the story of the salmon in the tree while visiting in Haida Gwaii this summer. Haida Gwaii is a set of islands along the northwest coast of North America that is home to the Haida people, one of several nations of the aboriginal people that have existed here for about 10,000 years. […]

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