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February 27, 2014

A New IAN Science Communication Course on Ecosystem Health Report Cards in Adelaide, Australia

Alex Fries and I had the chance to travel to Adelaide, Australia to deliver a two-day Science Communication Course to the South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources (DEWNR). The course focused on Ecosystem Health Report Cards. DEWNR is currently creating state-wide report cards in the marine, freshwater, terrestrial, and atmospheric environments, reporting […]

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February 25, 2014

A visit to the Australian Institute of Marine Science

My first visit to the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) was in 1985, when I joined Doig Capone and Linda Duguay on a collaborative project sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation. I was on a Coastal Marine Scholar postdoctoral fellowship at the Marine Sciences Research Center (now the School of a Marine and […]

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February 20, 2014

Developing a climate change resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef: Part 2

Following a day of scientific talks where the various climate change resilience indicators were presented, we had dinner at a nice restaurant on The Strand, a popular Townsville promenade overlooking the harbor. On the second day, we sketched a few conceptual diagrams, generated a prototype reef resilience index and storyboarded a trifold document. In addition, […]

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February 18, 2014

Developing a climate change resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef: Part 1

Heath Kelsey and I traveled to Townsville, Australia to facilitate a workshop to develop a climate change resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef. The workshop, sponsored by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, was at James Cook University on 10-11 Feb 2014. On the first day, we had a series of presentations by scientists developing […]

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February 13, 2014

The poetry and art of Galileo Galilei

‘Scientists who made a difference‘ series This blog accompanying the biographical sketch of Galileo Galilei looks at a selection of his writing as poetry and a selection of his scientific sketches as art. The ‘Poetry’ uses Galileo’s exact words (translated into English) in prose form, using the title ‘The Greatest Astonishment’ to focus on the […]

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February 11, 2014

Galileo Galilei: an experimental, observational and theoretical scientist who communicated effectively

‘Scientists who made a difference‘ series Galileo Galilei, like modern rock stars, is commonly known by only his first name. Galileo was friends with the Pope and many influential Europeans, taught at several universities, invented scientific equipment including the telescope and authored widely read books. He was born in 1564 in Pisa, Italy, a few […]

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February 6, 2014

Adventures in producing an eBook: Dancing with dugongs eBook released

IAN Press has been producing richly illustrated, informative books, booklets, reports, newsletters and brochures for nearly a decade. With the emphasis on effective science communication, these printed materials produced by the talented Science Communicators and Science Integrators of the Integration and Application Network have been used by resource managers, policy makers and scientists to better […]

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February 4, 2014

Long Island Sound funders meeting

On 24 Jan 2014, I traveled to New York City to meet with the Long Island Sound funders network. This recently formed group is pooling their resources to develop Long Island Sound conservation and restoration initiatives. They are a stimulating and thoughtful group of people from different organizations with different backgrounds, united in this effort […]

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