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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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April 18, 2017

Creating quality spaces of scientific synthesis

We recently held an open house in our new University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Annapolis Office. We had our guests locate their favorite location on a map of the Chesapeake region, and write three words to describe Chesapeake Bay. We then created a word cloud based on these results. Many of the seventy five people […]

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April 10, 2017

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society meeting at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) meeting was held on 16-18 March 2017 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. AERS was the first scientific society focused on estuaries, formed in 1948. Other regional societies sprang up and a consortium of regional societies was formed, called the Estuarine Research Federation, formed in 1971 (later renamed Coastal […]

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April 3, 2017

Turning the report card spotlight back on ourselves: The first Integration and Application Network report card

Our Integration and Application Network (IAN) team has been traveling the globe to help various partners develop rigorous report cards. When we starting working with Tina Bishop and Peter Tuddenham from the College of Exploration to develop an evaluation approach for IAN, we realized that using the same process to develop report cards for our […]

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March 28, 2017

Practical visual literacy for science communication

As part of our ongoing learning about science integration and application, our team reads and reviews papers that are relevant to the IAN mission. We recently read and enjoyed a paper by Estrada and Davis titled “Improving Visual Communication of Science Through the Incorporation of Graphic Design Theories and Practices Into Science Communication“, published in […]

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March 27, 2017

Celebrating the life of Erica Herling Kropp (1950-2016)

On 22 February 2017, a large group of friends and co-workers gathered at the University of Maryland College Park to celebrate the life of an extraordinary person, Erica Herling Kropp. Erica worked in a research support role for 43 years for the University System of Maryland. Her first stint was for 32 years at College […]

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March 24, 2017

Exploring Hawaii: arid zone ecology, vog and volcanoes

Dave Helweg and Christian Giardina organized a field trip on the Big Island of Hawai’i immediately following our workshop on Oahu. When the plane that Simon Costanzo and I were on landed in Hilo, Christian contacted us to inform me that his wife, Ingrid Dockersmith, had sailed with me aboard the R/V Westward as part […]

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March 22, 2017

Moana Revisited

I enjoyed the University of Hawaii campus. We used the food trucks for lunch on the first day, and ate at the campus food court on the second day. After the first day of the workshop, we enjoyed sitting outside at the campus pub, drinking local Kona Longboard beer and listening to the mynah birds […]

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March 20, 2017

Hawaii ecodrought workshop; trade wind invasions, ridge to reef, endemic species

On 7-8 March, Simon Costanzo and I facilitated an ecodrought workshop at the University of Hawaii at the main campus in Manoa, a suburb of Honolulu. Our host was the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, headed by Dave Helweg. This Climate Science Center has a huge swath of territory to cover, including American Samoa, the […]

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