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July 22, 2014

Kicking off the Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application program in Baton Rouge

Robert Twilley, Director of Louisiana Sea Grant, has initiated a nine month fellowship program called LA DIA, which is an acronym that stands for Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application. Conveniently, this also translates in French and Spanish to “The Day”. Bill Nuttle and I from the Integration and Application Network (note the similar name) traveled […]

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July 1, 2014

A sea change at SEA: Sea Education Association takes its tall ships into uncharted waters

I attended the annual trustees and overseers meeting of the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA on 22-23 June. This was my first meeting in some time, so it was good to see everyone again and get an update on the progress of S.E.A. in transforming their program to accommodate the changing market for […]

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June 26, 2014

UMCES Colossus of Rhoades

For the past 33 years, one of the seven wonders of the UMCES world has been the Colossus of Rhoades. The iconic Phyllis Rhoades has been a pillar of support for each and every faculty member submitting a proposal, obtaining the necessary support to build this institution, and managing their projects. Phyllis found no deadline […]

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June 24, 2014

Integration and Application Network retreat: June 2014

The Integration and Application Network held a retreat at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on the shores of Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore. The venue was spectacular, with views across marshes and open water in a sustainable building that included bamboo flooring, solar power, and skylights. Our goals were to introduce ourselves to one another, particularly […]

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June 17, 2014

2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

I attended the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting at the Maryland State House on 16 June 2014, followed by the press conference event for the signing of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement on City Dock, Annapolis. Governor Martin O’Malley is the current chair of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council and served as the master […]

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February 6, 2014

Adventures in producing an eBook: Dancing with dugongs eBook released

IAN Press has been producing richly illustrated, informative books, booklets, reports, newsletters and brochures for nearly a decade. With the emphasis on effective science communication, these printed materials produced by the talented Science Communicators and Science Integrators of the Integration and Application Network have been used by resource managers, policy makers and scientists to better […]

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September 12, 2013

Peter Oliver’s top ten books about science

Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring in Schools: An Environmental Education Program for Schools, Keith Mitchell & Bill Stapp I found this to be a very useful book when I started showing kids how to monitor streams. There are some inspirational things in the book, particularly where they talk about all the different places in […]

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August 29, 2013

It’s all Greek to me: The terms ‘praxis’ and ‘phronesis’ in environmental philosophy

Two of Peter Oliver’s favorite words were ‘praxis’ and ‘phronesis’. These Greek terms were part of the vocabulary of the ancient Greek philosophers and used by Aristotle to describe practical wisdom (phronesis) and thoughtful, practical doing (praxis). They were used within a broader vocabulary to describe various elements of learning and knowledge. In my attempt […]

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July 18, 2013

Ten recommendations for effectively communicating science: Part 2

This blog is the second part to a two-part series of ten recommendations for effectively communicating science. Listed are five recommendations on ways to effectively communicate science. Recommendation 6. Build relationships that will make science communication more effective We have found that building key relationships with decision makers and their staff is important in delivering […]

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July 9, 2013

Do not go gently into that black abyss of Chesapeake Bay monitoring cuts

At the June Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting and at the Science and Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) meeting, we were presented with the scenarios of a $1.1-1.2 million dollar cut to the Chesapeake Bay monitoring program. This would be a nearly 25% reduction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for the […]

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