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June 27, 2017

Sharing Water event in Washington, D.C.

The Eighth World Water Forum is going to be held in Brazilia, Brazil in March 2018. As a lead up to the World Water Forum, a series of regional events are being held to initiate discussions and create enthusiasm for the World Water Forum. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Coca-Cola Company co-sponsored the Sharing […]

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June 23, 2017

Annual IAN Retreat at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

The Integration and Application Network annual retreat was held at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on Kent Narrows on May 31. Two dozen IAN staff spent the day introducing themselves to each other, discussing the IAN report card and the IAN brand. This annual gathering includes our University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and […]

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June 9, 2017

More lessons on how to synthesize science

In a previous blog, I suggested six elements for science synthesis that we have employed in the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Synthesis (SAV SYN) effort. These six elements were the following: Experienced leadership Limited size Multiple immersive workshops Regular communication Flexibility Product focus I also discussed the following enabling conditions: compelling topic with enabling data resource […]

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June 5, 2017

SAV SYN One Last Time

We recently gathered the submerged aquatic vegetation synthesis team (SAV SYN) at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Annapolis office. This fourth and final working group meeting was convened to make progress on our two remaining publications, using Structural Equation Modeling (led by Jon Lefcheck) and seagrass trait analysis (led by Chris Patrick). […]

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May 16, 2017

Tell a compelling story: Talking about science communication to landscape ecologists in Baltimore

The 2017 annual meeting of the US chapter of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists was held in Baltimore at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Inner Harbor. Andrew Elmore, my University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science colleague, invited me to present the banquet keynote. Since any after dinner talk should not be all […]

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May 9, 2017

Chesapeake Bay report card released in Baltimore

I was joined by our Master of Ceremonies, Don Boesch (President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science), Ben Cardin (the senior United States senator from Maryland), Nick DiPasquale (Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program), Ben Grumbles (Maryland Secretary of Environment), and Mark Belton (Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources) in presenting the 2016 Chesapeake […]

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May 2, 2017

Narrative literacy for science communication

I recently wrote a blog entitled ‘Practical visual literacy for science communication‘, and since narratives and visuals need to be combined for effective science communication, I felt that developing a narrative literacy was also important. The first three narrative literacy principles are derived from Randy Olson‘s excellent book “Houston, We Have a Narrative“, discussed in […]

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May 1, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific visualizations: ‘Saper verdere’ or knowing how to see

In a paper titled “Visual literacy and science communication“, published in the journal Science Communication in 1999, Jean Trumbo uses the writings of Leonardo da Vinci to introduce the concept of visual literacy. Da Vinci called his visualization process “sapere vedere”, translated as “knowing how to see”. Da Vinci was a master of drawing and sketching […]

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April 25, 2017

Marching for Science in Washington, D.C.

It was a cold and rainy day on Earth Day, April 22, when a contingent of Integration and Application Network (IAN) scientists headed to Washington, D.C. to join the March for Science. The rain couldn’t dampen our spirits, as it was heartening to see so many people committed to supporting science. The highlight of the […]

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April 24, 2017

Jane Thomas, Science Communicator Extraordinaire, heading Down Under

Jane (Jano) Thomas was a member of our Marine Botany Group at the University of Queensland. After I left Australia to set up the Integration and Application Network at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in 2002, Jano stayed in Brisbane to finish her Honours thesis on macroalgae. Jano then joined the IAN […]

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