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April 28, 2015

A report card to tell your mom about: Environmental report cards provide transparent assessments of our aquatic ecosystems

Melanie Jackson, Chih-Hsien (Michelle) Lin, Detbra Rosales Students in grammar school and all the way to college have anxiety about receiving report cards, and often times devise plans for the best time to tell their parents about their not so stellar grades. Explaining poor grades to parents can involve tactics such as blaming the teacher […]

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April 23, 2015

Willamette River Report Card – I can see the light at the end of the tunnel

Developing a new report card is not a trivial business and can take a lot of time and effort on everyone’s behalf. The Willamette River Report Card has been no exception with over eight months since start date and upwards of 20 indicators initially proposed by stakeholders from 25 organizations at four workshops. Despite information […]

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April 21, 2015

Scientists in Media: “Give me a microphone, and I shall waken the world”

Wenfei Ni, Martina Gonzalez Mateu, Stephanie Siemek Taking a last glance of the materials on the table, Rona Kobell from the Bay Journal adjusted her glasses, and asked clearly, “Why is anyone still fishing in the Anacostia River anyway if it is very polluted? “It is because lots of urban families nearby just go fishing […]

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April 17, 2015

Developing a constitution for Chesapeake Bay

At a recent roundtable discussion of approaches for accelerating Chesapeake Bay restoration, one of the participants used the phrase “We the people…” which provoked me to think of the preamble to the United States Constitution, the beginning of an amazingly robust document that still resonates today. I hope that the 2014 Chesapeake Bay and Watershed […]

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April 14, 2015

Do’s and Don’ts: How scientists and the law can exist in tandem

Fan Zhang, Emily Russ, Whitney Hoot When we talk about scientists, we envision someone wearing a lab coat and exploring nature’s mysteries, a professor passing knowledge to the next generation or a group of people who enjoy debating and discussing abstruse topics. We know that these are important professional activities for scientists, in academia and […]

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April 10, 2015

In memory of Jay Zieman, University of Virginia seagrass ecologist

Joseph “Jay” C. Zieman (1943-2015), my seagrass ecology colleague, died recently. I first met Jay in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1980 when my Master’s thesis advisor C. Peter McRoy organized a workshop associated with the Seagrass Ecosystem Study, funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the International Decade of Ocean Exploration. Jay was one […]

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April 8, 2015

Who ya gonna call? Recommendations for scientists who are called to action in a state of environmental emergency

Suzi Spitzer, Fan Zhang, Cara Scweitzer When environmental disaster strikes, scientists are often asked to serve as first responders in the exploration of causes, consequences, and solutions to unfamiliar and unexpected problems. Scientific research and management in the context of an environmental emergency is very different from conducting standard research in a University or in […]

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April 6, 2015

Reginald V. Truitt in his own words: A visit to the Maryland Room archives

Celebrating 90 years of UMCES series Reginald V. Truitt (1890-1991) was the founder of Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in 1925, the forerunner of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). As part of the 90th anniversary of UMCES, I have been learning about Reginald Truitt and made a visit to the Maryland Room in […]

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April 3, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Phosphorus Pollution Is Derived from Land-Based Sources

Donald F. Boesch, Walter Boynton, Jeffrey Cornwell, William Dennison, Michael Kemp, and Jeremy Testa University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Bay Creates Its Own Phosphorus? Amidst the recent controversies regarding proposed requirements to reduce phosphorus runoff from agricultural soils a new article in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) was published in […]

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Webstock 2015: One day of Peace & the Internet

I spent an enjoyable day in Chesapeake Beach overlooking the Bay in a workshop entitled ‘Webstock 2015: One day of Peace & the Internet“. Guy Stephens, one of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Chesapeake Bay Program (UMCES @ CBP) staff organized this amazing event. I knew something was different when […]

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