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May 30, 2013

Top ten books about science that influenced my career

The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson In seventh grade in Ohio, in the heartland of America and without ever actually seeing the ocean, I read Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us. I had become very enamored in everything to do with water, but my experience was confined to freshwater in the streams, rivers and lakes […]

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May 28, 2013

Commemorating Bob Menzer at Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences

On May 16, Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences (MEES) students, faculty and alumni gathered in the newly renovated HJ Patterson Hall on the University of Maryland College Park campus in honor of Dr. Robert E. “Bob” Menzer. The occasion was the formal opening of the new Robert E. Menzer Classroom and Central Administration suite. Two […]

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May 23, 2013

Scientific synthesis at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Part 4–Moving beyond synthesis

This post is part four of a four part series on scientific synthesis. In some cases, scientific synthesis is not the end product, rather it can be the start of a science application effort. In a case study to demonstrate the use of scientific synthesis which led to a science application effort, I will recount […]

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May 21, 2013

Scientific synthesis at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Part 3–Integration and Application Network approach to synthesis

This post is part three of a four part series on scientific synthesis. The Integration and Application Network (IAN) was created to facilitate scientific synthesis as part of science applications. In many respects, the linking of integration with application is crucial, and IAN projects tend to use synthesis in order to create effective applications. The […]

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May 17, 2013

Scientific synthesis at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Part 2–Faculty discussion about creating a ‘Synthesis Addiction’

This post is part two of a four part series on scientific synthesis. At our annual UMCES Faculty Convocation organized by the Appalachian Laboratory faculty senators Drs. Katia Englehardt and Matt Fitzpatrick, we discussed scientific synthesis and asked ourselves the following 4 questions: 1) How do we approach synthesis?, 2) How does UMCES facilitate synthesis?, […]

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May 15, 2013

Scientific synthesis at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Part 1–Overview

This post is part one of a four part series on scientific synthesis. The word synthesis is derived from the Greek word, syntithenai meaning ‘to put together’, and was first used in the latter part of the 1500s. The word integration is derived from the Latin word, integratus meaning ‘to render whole’, and was first […]

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May 13, 2013

Science can inform policy, but it may take advocates to drive changes

Have you ever heard about Bill McKibbens and his three numbers? If not, you might want to read about it, if you are concerned about the future of the earth. In his Rolling Stone article, Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, McKibben used three simple numbers to explain the serious climate change situation we face right […]

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May 10, 2013

Teaching with a ‘flipped classroom’ over an interactive video network

Don Boesch and I just completed teaching a course in Science for Environmental Management as part of the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences graduate program. This course was taught using an inverted or ‘flipped’ classroom style for the first time. Don and I posted the readings as pdfs and the lectures as 10-15 min. Quicktime or YouTube videos […]

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May 8, 2013

Dr. Christine O’Connell’s dissertation defense conclusion = Long Island Sound should be called ‘Connecticut Sound’

I traveled to Stony Brook University on Long Island for Christine O’Connell’s dissertation defense at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (SoMAS) on May 6. Christine presented the results of her survey on stakeholder perceptions of Long Island Sound. She did a wonderful job analyzing and teasing apart the survey results. It was clear […]

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May 6, 2013

Science can change the world: the ethics of doing so and our obligation to act with integrity

In 1610, Galileo Galilei published the Sidereus Nuncius, or the Starry Messenger, a paper which strongly suggested that Nicolaus Copernicus had been correct when he presented an alternative view of our solar system, over half a century earlier, in which the earth orbited around the sun and not vice versa. In doing so, Galileo changed […]

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