October 20, 2016

UMCES active in the 2016 River Symposium in Delhi, India

The 19th annual River Symposium was held in Delhi, India this year – the first time it’s been held outside of Australia. I had a chance to attend, and to present a couple of talks related to the partnership we have with WWF for the Basin Report Cards Initiative. The highlight for me was the […]

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October 18, 2016

A picture is worth a 1,000 words

Amanda Mueller Each image elicits a specific thought or response in each of us, and that response may depend on the day of the week, our knowledge base, or experiences we have had in the past. However, we have to make sure that the images we are creating are exhibiting the message we are trying […]

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October 11, 2016

Conceptual Diagrams: Turning Science into Graphic Art

Katie Goerger “I’m just not sure how to get this concept across to people – it’s so complicated.” “This publication is just too text-heavy. We need some visuals to spice things up.” Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re missing a key tool in your science communication arsenal: the conceptual diagram. We may not all […]

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October 4, 2016

How to help your audience feel comfortable: Four steps in creating clean, colorful and welcoming graphs

Jennifer Shanahan As I listened to valuable lessons on how to improve visualization of our data during the latest unit in the IAN Science Communication course it struck me that there is a great parallel with the process of preparing to host a great party! Yes as much as we want to make a great […]

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September 27, 2016

Data Visualization 101: Simple changes can make a world of difference

Holly Padgett Imagine this scenario: you check your email and see an announcement for an upcoming presentation about elk migration in the Pacific Northwest. Excitedly, you register for the event and mark it on your calendar (because who doesn’t love elk?!). On the day of the event, you show up early to get a good […]

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September 20, 2016

Story telling tools – The history of communicating well 

Melissa Merritt Have you ever wondered if there’s a secret formula for how to speak more effectively? A consistent method that can be used across the board to frame any presentation? Well the key sounds pretty simple. Tell a story. A story doesn’t sound too difficult to create. Tell a story to gain an audience’s […]

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September 13, 2016

Combating climate change in the floating city

Last month, while on vacation in Italy, I had the opportunity to visit the aptly nicknamed “floating city”, Venice. For thousands of years, life in Venice has centered around water, reliant on the sea, lagoon and canals for protection, transportation, and livelihoods, and today those waters threaten to engulf the city. During a walking tour […]

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September 6, 2016

Mekong Flooded Forest – a sneak peek at a Future Card

Future Card: a report card that forecasts future ecosystem health grades based on alternate management strategies. The holy grail right? Well hopefully. This idea of a “future card” began 18 months ago while I was attending a meeting held by the Luc Hoffman Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for the LIVES’s project (Linked Indicators for […]

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September 1, 2016

Great minds get together: A day spent discussing impacts of the Susquehanna River and the “Reservoir Reach”

On Wednesday, August 24th a group of technical experts, stakeholders and communicators met at the Chesapeake Bay Program in an attempt to make some sense of the current knowledge about the influence of the Susquehanna River reservoir system on Chesapeake Bay water quality. The group that gathered in Eastport on this temperate August day was […]

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August 30, 2016

A Report Card for Coastal Yucatán

In Early August, Jane Hawkey and I traveled to Mérida and Sisal, to help initiate an ecosystem health report card for the Yucatán State coast of Mexico. We facilitated a two-day workshop with approximately 30 participants from around the State to begin the process of identifying the many values and issues important to the people […]

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