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December 31, 2013

Visual science communication: Using data visualization, conceptual diagrams and photographs to convey science information

Science communication using visual elements can convey unambiguous information that words cannot. Words are often used by lawyers and journalists to argue cases or make points – science is an attempt to base arguments on all the facts available, not just the ‘convenient’ facts used to support an argument. Words can be interpreted in a […]

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December 27, 2013

Ten classic scientific maps

A well conceived and creatively constructed map can elucidate scientific concepts and effectively communicate important concepts. There are many examples of beautiful maps focusing on various geographic features, but this collection of classic scientific maps is notable for the scientific meaning that they convey. They are presented in chronological order. 1) Gulf Stream: The 1770 […]

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December 19, 2013

Roebling Bridge in Cincinnati–the predecessor to the Brooklyn Bridge

We had beautiful views of the Roebling Bridge from our workshop developing a Mississippi River report card in Covington, Kentucky. After the workshop was over, Bill Nuttle and I walked across the Roebling Bridge from Kentucky to Ohio. The Roebling bridge was built during the Civil War and completed in 1866. At this time, it […]

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December 17, 2013

Developing a Mississippi River report card: Ohio River workshop in Cincinnati

A large IAN contingent gathered along the banks of the Ohio River for the second in a series of workshops designed to develop a report card for the Mississippi River. Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Wicks, Brianne Walsh and I collaborated with our colleagues at America’s Watershed Initiative to run a workshop in a Covington, […]

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December 12, 2013

The Economics of the Ocean: Discussing the Baltic Sea and Chesapeake Bay at the House of Sweden

The Swedish embassy organized a two day conference, “The Economics of the Ocean“, which occurred at the House of Sweden, located at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Potomac River. The House of Sweden conference room was all windows, with superb views of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, the Francis Scott Key bridge, Roosevelt Island, […]

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December 10, 2013

Design Competition Stimulates Communication on Multiple Channels

The Changing Course competition will stimulate discussion about the future course of the Mississippi River near its mouth. Large areas of wetlands have converted to open water in the delta of the Mississippi over the past 30 years. A changing climate and accelerating sea level rise are expected to make the problem of land loss […]

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December 5, 2013

Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival

I attended a fundraiser event, sponsored by the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy at the Avalon Theatre in Easton Maryland on 22 November. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by a watershed advocacy group based in California, the South Yuba River Citizens League. This group holds an annual three day event in Nevada […]

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December 3, 2013

Ten classic conceptual diagrams: Powerful examples of communicating knowledge

Classic conceptual diagrams are those ‘thought drawings’ that have been judged over time to be effective ways to communicate knowledge. Classic diagrams are emulated repeatedly and appear in text books and in popular media. In order to select a diverse top ten list from many worthy candidates, I selected a representative diagram from different fields […]

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