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June 26, 2014

UMCES Colossus of Rhoades

For the past 33 years, one of the seven wonders of the UMCES world has been the Colossus of Rhoades. The iconic Phyllis Rhoades has been a pillar of support for each and every faculty member submitting a proposal, obtaining the necessary support to build this institution, and managing their projects. Phyllis found no deadline […]

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June 24, 2014

Integration and Application Network retreat: June 2014

The Integration and Application Network held a retreat at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on the shores of Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore. The venue was spectacular, with views across marshes and open water in a sustainable building that included bamboo flooring, solar power, and skylights. Our goals were to introduce ourselves to one another, particularly […]

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June 19, 2014

Dancing with Dugongs video

As an experiment in producing short videos describing Integration and Application Network products, we developed a video for the first eBook produced by IAN. The book is titled ‘Dancing with Dugongs: Having fun and developing a practical philosophy for environmental teaching and research‘. We shot this video on a chilly spring day on the Choptank […]

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June 17, 2014

2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

I attended the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting at the Maryland State House on 16 June 2014, followed by the press conference event for the signing of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement on City Dock, Annapolis. Governor Martin O’Malley is the current chair of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council and served as the master […]

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June 12, 2014

IAN receives National Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit award

As part of the biennial gathering of Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit (CESU) council members and directors at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) near Shepardstown, West Virginia, the Integration and Application Network received the National CESU award for contributions to the national CESU network. This award was announced by Dr. Tom Fish, National Coordinator of […]

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June 10, 2014

Oklahoma report card song

As part of the Mississippi River report card process, we held a workshop at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma to discuss the Arkansas and Red River basins. I adapted the Rogers and Hammerstein classic “Oklahoma” to commemorate our workshop. Based on some karaoke singing in the evening of the first day of the workshop, […]

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June 5, 2014

The 2014 River Rally in Pittsburgh

I attended the 2014 River Rally which was held in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My main reason for attending was to scope out this gathering as the appropriate venue to create the North American Riverprize. The International Riverfoundation which awards the Theiss International Riverprize every year at the International Riversymposium. The concept that has been gaining […]

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June 3, 2014

Missouri River: Environmental Literacy

‘Environmental literacy‘ series The seven environmental literacy principles for the Missouri River are the following: The Missouri River is the longest tributary (2,300 miles) of the Mississippi River. Navigation on the Missouri River is supported by a series of levees and dikes from the mouth to Sioux City, Iowa, about 760 miles. A series of […]

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