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February 4, 2016

In and around the Indian River Lagoon

On Wednesday, January 20, we were lucky enough to get an up close and personal look at the Indian River Lagoon from top to bottom. Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, and myself started the day with a visit to the Marine Discovery Center (MDC), a not-for-profit that aims “to protect and restore the Florida […]

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February 2, 2016

Going from “Aha!” to “Well, Duh” in the Great Barrier Reef, with beer coasters and Burdekin Gold

Catherine Blancard, Heath Kelsey, Alex Fries and I held a session to discuss and analyze our Integration and Application Network experience with environmental report cards on 26 January 2016. This activity is part of our World Wildlife Fund–University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science partnership; the Basin Report Card Initiative. We reviewed a variety of […]

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January 26, 2016

Using Conceptionary to initiate discussion on barriers for implementing report cards

As part of our Integration and Application Network (IAN), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we held a one day workshop on 7 May 2015 in Annapolis. The purpose of this workshop was to develop strategies to overcome barriers for implementing environmental report cards. We had […]

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January 12, 2016

There’s a track winding back to Stung Treng, Cambodia

In October 2015, I made the great journey back to Cambodia for my second time that year. I love the trip there as you get to fly right over the North Pole and see icebergs! I think I mentioned that already in my previous blog about Cambodia. Anyways, this was a follow-up trip for the […]

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January 8, 2016

The importance of narrative in science communication

I recently posted a blog about Randy Olson’s new book, “Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs story“. I contacted Randy about his book and learned that he is experiencing push back from some quarters, including some scientists. I would like to point out that Randy is not the only person to promote the […]

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January 5, 2016

Randy Olson’s new book: “Houston, We Have a Narrative”

Randy Olson has really knocked a home run with his latest book, “Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs story”. Randy’s previous book, “Don’t be such a scientist: Talking substance in an age of style” does a good job defining the problem that most scientists have in communicating complex ideas to wide audiences. But […]

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December 22, 2015

From the mountains to the prairies—discussing ecological drought in the North Central United States

In December, Simon Costanzo, Bill Dennison, and I traveled to Fort Collins, Colorado for a workshop on ecological drought – part of an ongoing project with the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. This was the second in a series of eight workshops to be held at each of the nation’s eight Climate […]

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December 15, 2015

Viewing data on a VisWall and in an immersive dome in Fort Collins, Colorado

Jeff Morisette, Director of the North Central Climate Science Center, provided us with two amazing opportunities following our workshop on climate issues in the North Central region of the United States. First, we were treated to demonstrations of the VisWall, a bank of 24 computer monitors run by a series of networked computers. The VisWall […]

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November 6, 2015

A look at the “Earth in Perspective” with Ricky Arnold

IAN hosted this year’s MEES Colloquium, offering students and faculty an opportunity to network and sharpen our science application and communication skills. The Colloquium sessions were previously described in more detail in the form of a poem blog post, written by Bill Dennison. NASA astronaut and MEES alumnus, Richard Arnold, served as our special guest […]

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November 3, 2015

MEES goes to Annapolis

This poem was written on the last day of the 2015 Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences (MEES) Colloquium held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis, October 30-31, 2015, and hosted by the Integration and Application Network.   MEES goes to Annapolis William C. Dennison 31 October 2015 A gathering of scientists of the MEES brand […]

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