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May 29, 2014

Baltimore’s Annual Healthy Harbor Report Card

Along with Caroline Wicks from the Integration and Application Network, I attended the release of the 2013 Baltimore Harbor report card on 28 May. The Integration and Application Network team developed the initial report card a couple of years ago, working closely with the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and Blue Water Baltimore and still provide […]

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May 27, 2014

Upper Mississippi River: Environmental Literacy

‘Environmental literacy‘ series The seven environmental literacy principles for the Upper Mississippi River are the following: The Upper Mississippi River is regulated with a series of locks and dams, extending from St. Louis, IL to Minneapolis, MN. The Upper Mississippi River watershed includes forests and lakes in the northern regions and corn/soy croplands in the […]

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May 23, 2014

2013 Chesapeake Bay report released

The 2013 Chesapeake Bay report card provides an important insight into how stormwater runoff affects the Bay. The contrast between the Upper Eastern Shore report card scores which are degrading over time versus the James River report card scores which are improving over time provides important insights. Both regions experienced intense rainfall in 2013, yet […]

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May 22, 2014

Visiting the Nickel Preserve in eastern Oklahoma

As a follow up to the Arkansas/Red River workshop in Tulsa, OK where we facilitated a workshop associated with the development of a Mississippi River report card, five of us traveled to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Nickel Preserve in Eastern Oklahoma. Jordy Jordahl, the Executive Director of America’s Watershed Initiative, Patrick Brennan, the Sustainability Manager […]

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May 20, 2014

Arkansas and Red Rivers Workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma

As part of our continuing series of stakeholder expert workshops for developing a Mississippi River basin report card, a team of IAN Science Integrators and Science Communicators traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma on 14-15 May 2014. Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Bill Dennison, Caroline Wicks, and Brianne Walsh. Anthony Kung, the visiting graduate student from the University […]

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May 15, 2014

Bahamian adventures: Columbus on the Niña and seagrass scientists on the R/V Calanus

On May 11, replicas of two of the three ships that Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean were at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. These replicas of the Niña and the Pinta were made using authentic materials and constructed with historically appropriate tools. The Columbus Foundation sails these ships to different port […]

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May 13, 2014

Ohio River basin: Environmental Literacy

‘Environmental literacy‘ series The seven environmental literacy principles for the Ohio River basin are the following: The Ohio River is the major eastern tributary of the Mississippi River, traversing through a diversity of landscapes. The Ohio River is the major water source of the Mississippi River, with its flow regulated through a series of locks […]

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May 8, 2014

Shrimp and Grits – Working with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

IAN was lucky enough to be invited to Charleston, South Carolina, to conduct a science communication course for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC). Together with Jane Thomas, Brianne Walsh and Jane Hawkey, we had two wonderful days in the warm South, and were even greeted by an alligator on the lawn outside our […]

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May 6, 2014

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science faculty convocation: Bill Chameides, President’s Award, new joint degree program, remembering Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

On May 1-2, we held our annual UMCES faculty convocation- this year’s convocation was hosted by Horn Point Laboratory. Our guest speaker was Bill Chameides, the Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. The focus of this year’s convocation was ‘The future of graduate education at UMCES’, as we have a […]

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May 1, 2014

The poetry and art of Johannes Kepler

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

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