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October 31, 2013

Coastal Louisiana song book: Reflections on reviewing the 2012 Master Plan

Over a period of a couple of years, I co-chaired the Science and Engineering Board of the 2012 Master Plan for Coastal Louisiana. The other members of the SEB were the following: Charles “Chip” Groat (co-chair), Greg Baecher, Ed Barbier, Philip Berke, Mark Brinson, Virginia Burkett, Robert “Tony” Dalrymple, Jos Dijkman, Katherine Ewel and Ed […]

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October 29, 2013

Science Communication vs. Science Writing: Different audiences and different styles

I recently received a copy of “Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan Technical Analysis, which is Special Issue #67 of the Journal of Coastal Research, co-edited by Natalie Peyronnin and Denise Reed. This 161 page issue has 10 scientific papers which describe the scientific and technical basis that underpins the Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a […]

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October 24, 2013

Symbols: A universal and effective technique for communication

The use of symbols in the various conceptual diagrams that the Integration and Application Network staff have been employing as part of science communication taps an ancient and effective communication technique. Symbols are universal, transcending cultural and language barriers, as demonstrated by the global adoption of the IAN symbol libraries. I recently experienced two examples […]

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October 22, 2013

Being inspired by Cousteaus: An evening with Jean-Michel Cousteau

I attended “The Great Ocean Adventure: An evening with Jean-Michel Cousteau” event at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore’s inner harbor on 9 October 2013. The event included dinner with fish that were raised in the Aquaculture Research Center, a facility pioneered by Yoni Zohar, which is developing sustainable aquaculture approaches […]

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October 20, 2013

John Bertram’s legacy

John Bertram passed away last week in Brisbane, Australia. John and Sue Bertram were two of the first people that Judy and I met when I joined the Botany Department in 1992. John and Sue were one of the reasons I so very much enjoyed my decade at the University of Queensland. John was the […]

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October 17, 2013

Take the baysurvey!: Learning about stewardship behaviors for Chesapeake Bay restoration

The Integration and Application Network has teamed up with Opinion Works LLC, an Annapolis based group of researchers interested in understanding behaviors related to environmental policies. This effort is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and is part of the effort by the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition of various watershed groups to effect better watershed […]

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October 15, 2013

International Riversymposium 2013

The 16th annual International Riversymposium was held in Brisbane, Australia during September 2013. I traveled to Australia with Heath Kelsey and we made presentations during a stimulating session on environmental report cards, which featured the long-term Southeast Queensland report card program, the Great Barrier Reef report card, our fledgling Mississippi River report card effort, and […]

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October 10, 2013

Learning to Love the Dune in Bethany Beach

The seawall was an admission that everything tried so far was not working. This past summer I discovered that Bethany Beach, Delaware, has something that few other beach resorts can claim — a 16 foot dune. Families strolling the boardwalk or hanging out to eat ice cream gaze out on to a rising slope of […]

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October 8, 2013

Sights and sounds of India

This was my first trip to the subcontinent so everything was new to me. The stopover in Mumbai (Bombay) was my first encounter with the traffic, noise, smells and crowds of people. The airport is surrounded by dense housing, much of which includes blue tarps and corrugated iron as roofing and walls. I could smell […]

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October 3, 2013

The people of the Gulf of Kachchh

We were impressed with the industrious people in the region surrounding the Gulf of Kachchh. The Gulf of Kachchh is a major economic driver for India, importing and refining oil, and producing fertilizer, food and salt. The rich natural and cultural resources were considerable. The abundant bird life, wildlife, mangroves, corals and fisheries are examples […]

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