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October 20, 2017

Evolution of the Report Cards in Brisbane: Part Two

The report cards developed from each group have common characteristics, but focus on different strengths. The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) group seem to be emphasizing improvements on the technical and visual aspects of the report card data analysis and indicators, target achievement data, and visualizations, while the IAN group is focusing more on the process, […]

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October 18, 2017

Evolution of The Report Cards in Brisbane: Part One

Bill Dennison, Simon Costanzo and I made our annual pilgrimage to Riversymposium in September 2017 for the 20th anniversary of the event. This year the conference was back in Brisbane, Australia (it was held in Delhi in 2016). This is one of my favorite conferences, maybe because the City of Brisbane has become so comfortable […]

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October 13, 2017

Persuasive Writing Skills: A Professional Development Session with John Sturtevant

As part of our Integration and Application Network report card effort, we identified that our IAN staff would like more professional development opportunities. Jamie Testa did some investigating and discovered John Sturtevant, who conducts persuasive writing workshops. We arranged for John to travel from his home base in Austin, Texas and join us in our […]

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October 10, 2017

The Twentieth Anniversary of the International Riversymposium

Heath Kelsey, Simon Costanzo and I traveled to Brisbane, Australia to participate in the International Riversymposium. One of the things I most appreciate about the Riversymposium is the overall quality of the plenary talks, and this year’s symposium was no exception. The major theme of this year’s Riversymposium was the ten-year anniversary of the Brisbane […]

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October 4, 2017

The Debut of the Riversymposium Club Band

As the 2017 Riversymposium approached, which is also the twentieth Riversymposium, I began to reminisce about the various symposia that I have attended ever since 1998. The first line from the first album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles kept repeating in my mind: “It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper […]

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