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March 31, 2010

Thoughts on Chennai, India

Recently, Tim Carruthers from IAN was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Tamil Nadu in India for a LOICZ (Land Ocean Interactions of the Coastal Zone) meeting. Here are some thoughts and observations on Chennai and the surrounding country side. Having always wanted to visit India, this was a fantastic opportunity and apart from […]

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March 30, 2010

Trip to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; 29 March 2010

“Perspectives on NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Data and Modeling for Chesapeake Bay Research and Applications” workshop NASA scientists initiated a meeting with Chesapeake Bay scientists to compare the remote sensing needs for Chesapeake Bay research, monitoring, modeling and management with the capabilities that NASA remote sensing programs can provide. The workshop goals were to coordinate […]

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Discussion following Walter Boynton seminar on Corsica River estuary restoration

This blog post discusses the seminar given by Dr Walter Boynton, of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, at the IAN Seminar Series on March 25, 2010. If agricultural nutrient management activities like cover crops were instituted, how long would it take to see an effect in the estuary? Time lags were a topic of much discussion […]

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Discussion following Sara Powell seminar on Getting out of the Lake and into the Watershed: a study of volunteer monitoring efforts, water quality, and community outreach

This blog post discusses the seminar given by Sara Powell, of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, at the IAN Seminar Series on February 25, 2010. The issue of what constitutes a citizen scientist was discussed, and several issues regarding data quality assurance were raised. The turnover of different citizen scientists means that ongoing training was necessary. Mechanisms […]

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Discussion following Bill Dennison seminar on Chesapeake Bay health: What causes positive and negative trajectories?

This blog post discusses the seminar given by Dr Bill Dennison, of the Integration and Application Network, at the IAN Seminar Series on January 28, 2010. Several lines of inquiry were discussed as a way of further analyzing the Chesapeake Bay trajectories. The issue of watershed geomorphology (e.g., watershed size, topography, shoreline length) was one […]

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March 28, 2010

Is Science Communication an art?

A publication by Oregon Sea Grant in 2008 entitled “Hold That Thought!: Questioning five common assumptions about communicating with the public” by Joe Cone presents as one of the myths “Science communication is an art”. Integration and Application Network (IAN) staff often introduce science communication principles and examples by using the title “Zen and the […]

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March 21, 2010

Friends of the Bay go to Washington, D.C.

A group of concerned former politicians, scientists and riverkeepers converged on federal agencies in Washington, D.C. to discuss Chesapeake Bay restoration. This loosely associated group has been convened by Gerald Winegrad, a former Maryland state senator from Annapolis, and currently totals 38 people. The group includes two former Maryland governors, a former U.S. senator, former […]

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March 15, 2010

Colonial National Historic Park visit

A team from the Integration and Application Network traveled to Colonial National Historical Park on March 10-11 to initiate a Natural Resources Condition Assessment process over the next 18-24 months. The visit included a meeting with park personnel at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center, followed by a tour of the entire park on the first […]

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March 8, 2010

6th anniversary of the IAN symbol libraries

This week is the sixth anniversary of when the Integration and Application Network first posted its symbol library on its newly created website. This free, downloadable symbol library has been providing users with symbols crafted by IAN science communicators for use in constructing conceptual diagrams. These symbols are depictions of either a miniature version of […]

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March 4, 2010

Hello, my name is Chesapeake Bay, and I have a nutrient problem

I am a member of Nutrients Anonymous or NA; a fellowship of waterbodies who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others. Nutrients Anonymous is not allied with any denomination, politics, organization or institution. The primary purpose of the Chesapeake Bay chapter of Nutrients […]

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