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May 26, 2010

Discussion following Kathy Boomer seminar on the role of watershed modeling in local land management decisions in Maryland communities

This blog post discusses the seminar given by Dr Kathy Boomer, of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, at the IAN Seminar Series on May 20, 2010. A lively discussion took place following Kathy’s seminar, focused on the use of models, particularly the use of multiple models, for planning and resource management. Since Kathy’s seminar was […]

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May 25, 2010

Science Communication Course in Toronto, Ontario

Several times each year, IAN teaches a course on effectively communicating science. On May 12-13th, Bill Dennison (IAN) and Caroline Wicks (EcoCheck) traveled to Toronto, Ontario to teach the course to scientists and communication specialists who work for local conservation authorities. Conservation Ontario, the umbrella organization that oversees regional and local conservation authorities, helped provide […]

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Reunited with Integration and Application Network alumni in Canada

One of the great joys in working in a collaborative team is the relationships formed with team members. Even when individuals go elsewhere to pursue their careers, it is very satisfying to watch them grow and develop professionally. The recent visit to the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority in Ontario, Canada to teach a Science Communication […]

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May 21, 2010

Research Experience for Undergraduate students arrive at UMCES

Each summer, undergraduate science majors arrive in Maryland to join a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation entitled Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The Maryland effort is led by Dr. Fredricka Moser from Maryland Sea Grant. Fredricka assembles a panel in the spring to select students from a huge number of stellar applications, […]

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May 10, 2010

IAN Press Launches eBook Format

IAN Press has added the capacity of electronic books, which enhances access to IAN publications. Electronic books provide an environmentally friendly format, reduce the cost to readers, avoid shipping costs and delays and avoid having books going out of print. Hard copy books are also available and there are various occasions when the hard copy […]

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May 5, 2010

Small Collective Actions Can Make a Big Difference

How can a minute, a mile, and a tree help protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay? Saving water, driving less, and planting trees are all ways to help protect and restore our local waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay. A Minute. By taking one minute off your shower you can save a gallon of water per […]

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May 3, 2010

Chesapeake Bay restoration: Are we headed in the right direction?

The Chesapeake Bay Program has a long history of setting goals, and unfortunately an equally long history of NOT reaching these goals. The initial Chesapeake Bay Program goal, set in 1984, was for a 40% reduction in nutrient loads entering the Bay, specifically nitrogen and phosphorus. In spite of considerable investments in various nutrient reduction […]

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