July 17, 2014

Building Report Cards to Support Community-based Monitoring

An interest to support community-based monitoring efforts around Long Island Sound motivates IAN’s work to develop a set of ecosystem report cards for that region. Long Island Sound is an estuarine embayment on the northeast coast of the United States, located directly east of New York City. The western portion of the Sound connects with […]

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July 15, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Teams: Wye Island meeting

On July 8, I attended a meeting organized by the Chesapeake Bay Program office and chaired by Joe Gill, Chair of the Principal Staff Committee and Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources. It was held on Wye Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at a DNR conference center. The chairs of the six Goal Implementation teams, the […]

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July 10, 2014

Developing video techniques for science communication

At the Integration and Application Network, we have been developing video techniques for science communication. Most of our science communication has focused on print and web media, and we have recently begun developing video products. In the course of developing video products, we have been developing a variety of techniques which will be outlined here. […]

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July 8, 2014

In the wake of Rachel Carson, a conservation icon

Over the past several weeks, I encountered various tributes to Rachel Carson (1907-1964), the environmental champion and author. It began in Pittsburgh, PA near where Rachel was born in 1927 and where she attended what is now Chatham University. I attended the River Rally, where Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spoke about how courageous Rachel was […]

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July 3, 2014

National Monitoring Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio

On April 29, I traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio for the National Water Quality Monitoring Conference. This year’s theme for the conference was Working Together for Clean Water, a true issue IAN tackles in almost all of our projects. After meeting with Julie Vastine from Dickenson College, she asked me to attend the Volunteer Monitoring Gathering […]

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July 1, 2014

A sea change at SEA: Sea Education Association takes its tall ships into uncharted waters

I attended the annual trustees and overseers meeting of the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA on 22-23 June. This was my first meeting in some time, so it was good to see everyone again and get an update on the progress of S.E.A. in transforming their program to accommodate the changing market for […]

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June 26, 2014

UMCES Colossus of Rhoades

For the past 33 years, one of the seven wonders of the UMCES world has been the Colossus of Rhoades. The iconic Phyllis Rhoades has been a pillar of support for each and every faculty member submitting a proposal, obtaining the necessary support to build this institution, and managing their projects. Phyllis found no deadline […]

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June 24, 2014

Integration and Application Network retreat: June 2014

The Integration and Application Network held a retreat at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on the shores of Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore. The venue was spectacular, with views across marshes and open water in a sustainable building that included bamboo flooring, solar power, and skylights. Our goals were to introduce ourselves to one another, particularly […]

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June 19, 2014

Dancing with Dugongs video

As an experiment in producing short videos describing Integration and Application Network products, we developed a video for the first eBook produced by IAN. The book is titled ‘Dancing with Dugongs: Having fun and developing a practical philosophy for environmental teaching and research‘. We shot this video on a chilly spring day on the Choptank […]

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June 17, 2014

2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

I attended the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting at the Maryland State House on 16 June 2014, followed by the press conference event for the signing of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement on City Dock, Annapolis. Governor Martin O’Malley is the current chair of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council and served as the master […]

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