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November 27, 2013

Presentation dialog

Bill has important scientific data AND it is highly relevant BUT he is boring the audience THEREFORE Randy interrupts to improve Bill’s presentation… Following the science communication session at the CERF 2013 conference, I was inspired to write this script of an imaginary conversation between me and Randy Olson. I know Randy from when we […]

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November 25, 2013

UMCES Soiree at CERF 2013

For the past 7 CERF conferences, UMCES has held a mixer for current and past UMCES faculty, students and staff. It has proven to be a very nice event to reconnect with a variety of people who have the common UMCES lineage that have gathered together at these biennial conferences held in different locations around […]

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November 21, 2013

Chesapeake Address

On the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln and the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of the Chesapeake Bay Program, I thought it would be appropriate to make a short speech to our Science and Technical Analysis and Reporting gathering today. Chesapeake Address by William C. Dennison Four score […]

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November 19, 2013

Discussing science communication at CERF2013

We had a large contingent of IAN folks attend the 22nd Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation conference in San Diego, California. The conference was titled “Toward resilient coasts and estuaries, science for sustainable solutions”. Bill Nuttle, Health Kelsey, Caroline Wicks and I co-chaired a session “Science communication strategies for ecosystem-based management”. […]

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November 14, 2013

Aegean Sea field trip: Egyptian sand, seagrass, marine sanctuaries, cruising

We drove from our Marmarsis hotel on the south side of the Marmasis peninsula fronting the Mediterranean Sea to Akyaka, over to the north side of the Marmasis peninsula to fronting the Aegean Sea. Akyaka was a cute little seaside village. The most striking thing that I noticed on the drive was the abundance of […]

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November 12, 2013

MEDCOAST 2013 and EMECS 10 conference: Turkish baths, Red Sox baseball, new colleagues

The Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS) was established to share knowledge between the Seto Inland Sea, Japan, Chesapeake Bay, U.S.A., the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. MEDCOAST is the Mediterranean Coastal Foundation, which has been working toward the sound coastal management practices in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea countries. These organizations […]

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November 7, 2013

Calculating a Lake Health Index for the Great Lakes

A State of the Great Lakes is produced periodically by Environment Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the most recent assessment (2011), there are various classes of indicators that are used: water quality, aquatic-dependent life, landscapes & natural processes and swimming, fishing & drinking features. The water quality indicators include a) water column […]

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November 5, 2013

Science communication and integration with Environment Canada

Along with Caroline Wicks and Alex Fries, I traveled to Toronto, Canada for a three day workshop with Environment Canada. We also met up with Bill Nuttle, who took a train down from Ottawa. We conducted a science communication and integration workshop with various Environment Canada staff based in the Toronto area. The Canadian weather […]

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