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February 26, 2016

Developing a report card for the Integration and Application Network

We have embarked on a journey to create a monitoring and evaluation approach for the Integration and Application Network (IAN). Tina Bishop and Peter Tuddenham from the College of Exploration are serving as our external evaluators and Jamie Testa is tasked with the job of being an internal evaluator to support this effort. We have […]

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February 24, 2016

Evolution’s hero vs. a historical footnote: A new Narrative Index sheds light on Darwin vs. Wallace

Yesterday, Randy Olson announced his exciting new communication tool, the Narrative Index in his blog. For the past few months, Randy and I have been discussing this index, and we have been approaching the index from the perspective of an experimental scientist (a background that Randy and I share). Randy has been analyzing political speeches […]

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February 23, 2016

Nobody gets it right the first time

Wilmelie Cruz Marrero *A Spanish version (Nadie lo hace correcto la primera vez) is also available* As scientists, we conduct research and spend a lot of time analyzing our data to validate our work, but do we do a good job at showing our findings to other people than ourselves? What about using visual representation […]

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Nadie lo hace correcto la primera vez (Nobody gets it right the first time)

Wilmelie Cruz Marrero This is the Spanish version of the blog “Nobody gets it right the first time” Como científicos nosotros parte de nuestro trabajo es investigar y luego analizar nuestra data para validar nuestro trabajo, pero ¿hacemos un buen trabajo demostrando nuestros hallazgos a otras personas que a nosotros mismos? ¿Qué tal si representamos […]

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February 22, 2016

4 ways sea level rise and climate change are reshaping the coast

The experience of the last several generations has been that, while we cannot master the processes that shape the coast, we have been able to anticipate and mitigate their impact. The position of the coastline reflects the interplay of dynamic processes. Until recently, these processes have maintained a rough equilibrium. Most places in the US, […]

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February 19, 2016

Talking with graduate students about how to get a job

At the request of graduate students in the Marine Environmental and Estuarine Science (MEES) program at the University System of Maryland, the Integration and Application Network staff developed a half-day workshop. This professional development workshop discussed how to prepare for a job, applying for jobs, developing curriculum vitae and performing well in a job interview. […]

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February 17, 2016

Just Right: Goldilocks and conceptual diagrams

Marybeth Shea During our class I kept thinking about revision and the Goldilocks problem: Getting things “just right” is a challenge for conceptual diagram design. I could see in the analysis of what worked in our diagrams — and what did not work — applications of “just right.” How do we get there? IAN offers […]

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February 15, 2016

Developing a strategy for Long Island Sound embayment report cards

Caroline Donovan and I traveled to Mamaroneck, NY and Stamford, CT on 3 Feb 2016 to work with Save The Sound in developing a strategy for Long Island Sound report cards. The Integration and Application Network produced a Long Island Sound report card in 2015, working with the Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative. In addition, […]

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February 12, 2016

Indian River Lagoon: Environmental Literacy

The concept of environmental literacy derives from a series of programs that have established various literacy principles, for example, Ocean Literacy and Chesapeake Bay literacy. Literacy principles form the framework, but it is the richness of examples, stories and visual supporting materials that enliven the understanding of our environment. The seven principles that an informed […]

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February 10, 2016

A picture is worth a thousand words… but what about a conceptual diagram?

Christina Goethel Often times dissecting and reading a description of a scientific process can be time-consuming, tedious, and frustrating. As visual creatures, paragraphs and paragraphs of words on a page may elude us. To remedy this, we can turn scientific concepts and ideas into different forms of visualizations, diagrams, and pictures. One such visualization tool […]

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