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June 29, 2010

Annapolis walking tour

Following a science communication training session with the Research Experience for Undergraduate program at the Chesapeake Bay Program, we took a brief walking tour of historic downtown Annapolis. We stopped at the Alex Haley monument, U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland State House, Thurgood Marshall statue, and pointed out the Banneker-Douglass Museum. We crossed the bridge from […]

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June 25, 2010

Joining Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee

I have just joined the Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) as a member, but I have experience with various other review panels and STAC-type groups in various parts of the world. Thus I bring a fresh perspective, but without a deep appreciation of Chesapeake Bay STAC history and dynamics. There are some […]

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June 22, 2010

Visit with Grand River Conservation Authority

Ten years ago, the Grand River Conservation Authority was the recipient of the 2nd annual Theiss International Riverprize in Brisbane, Australia. Peter Krause was the chair of the authority board at the time and he traveled to Brisbane to receive the award. I was on the Riversymposium planning committee while teaching at the University of […]

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June 17, 2010

The Next Frontier: Ecological Forecasting

The weather is often the main topic of discussion amongst friends, around the office water cooler, and even between strangers. The professional meteorologist is one of the most maligned positions in our society. Yet everyone cares about the weather forecast; so much so there is even a 24-hour cable station dedicated to providing every detail […]

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June 15, 2010

Great Barrier Reef report card workshop

On May 25-26, a workshop was convened in Brisbane, Australia to develop a strategy to create a ‘paddock to reef’ environmental report card for the Great Barrier Reef. The Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet organized the workshop and IAN staff served as facilitators, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey and Jane Thomas. The workshop was held […]

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June 7, 2010

IAN in American Samoa

The flight from Hawaii to American Samoa arrives at night, so the warm moist air is immediately apparent – but tantalizing, as it is necessary to wait till the morning to begin to appreciate the people and places that make these islands unique. The 70,000 people who live on the five steep volcanic islands making […]

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June 4, 2010

Dr. Walter Boynton becomes Tidal Monitoring Analysis Workgroup chair

Beginning June 10 2010, Dr. Walter Boynton, a professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), will be the new Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program Tidal Monitoring Analysis Workgroup (TMAW). Walter has been actively researching Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years and has published dozens of scientific papers […]

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June 3, 2010

Students learn about Oyster Aquaculture through Documentary Production

This year, Horn Point Laboratory was the host for a High School Science Symposium that has been taking place for several years at the culmination of the Talbot County Public School high school science curriculum. Students must complete a scientific research project that is either experimental or research based, under the tutelage of a professional […]

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June 2, 2010

Chesapeake Bay report card release

The 2009 Chesapeake Bay report card release was held at Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore City on May 18. It was a cold rainy day, and the intrepid folks who braved the weather huddled under a pavilion waiting for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. This is the first time that the Chesapeake Bay report card […]

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