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April 21, 2017

Why I March

Don Boesch It has been 50 years since I participated in a march in Washington, that time to protest the war in Vietnam. But on Saturday, April 22 I plan on joining tens of thousands of others in the March for Science. This is not an institutional endorsement of the March, but a personal perspective […]

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April 20, 2017

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink, unless something is done: How science is used in legal cases to improve the environment

Hadley McIntosh and Ginni La Rosa Scientists are not just scientists. We often work at the intersection of science, communication, policy, and law. Scientists deal with law in contracts, intellectual property rights, and privacy disputes, but we are also needed to provide evidence and testimony in judicial rulings. Over the last few classes, the “Science […]

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April 19, 2017

Entangled with the natural world: Nature seen through culture’s eyes

Krystal Yhap, Rebecca Wenker In Ecuador, a young girl is studying marine life with artisanal fishermen. While on the beach, she found herself mesmerized by the rippling waves of the sea. Amidst the waves she notices a large red fish flapping to shore. A crowd surrounded this mysterious fish, intrigued about its possible identity. The […]

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April 12, 2017

To get the grade: Collaborate! Stakeholder engagement and the missing link between research and action

Veronika Leitold, Alec Armstrong An international activist, a fly fisherman, an NGO manager, a food & beverage consultant, a water quality researcher and an indigenous elder are all gathered around a table… Why? They have come together to make a decision: either approve or veto the construction of a new hydroelectric dam upstream in the […]

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April 6, 2017

Which one leads to a green future: Scientists’ effort or deniers’ gamble?

Qiurui Zhu and Juliet Nagel Climate change and its impacts on the environment and human well-being are getting more and more attention worldwide. The Paris Agreement aims to bring all nations into the combat with climate change and has set an ambitious goal: keeping the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by […]

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April 4, 2017

Co-development of the Belmont Forum synthesis document

Last December 2016, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey and I teamed up with our partners at Future Earth’s Coasts, Martin LeTissier and Shona Paterson, to facilitate the Synthesis Workshop for the 13 Belmont Forum funded transdisciplinary projects in Coastal Vulnerability and Freshwater Security. During that time, Bill’s awesome songs were not the only ones that were […]

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March 29, 2017

Mediated realities and fish eyebrows: how we can effectively communicate science

Killian Farrell, Kelly Hondula So you’ve just finished some amazing research that will bring great advancements in your field and opens many new avenues of study. This research could have big implications for how the people in your research area live their lives, but no one really knows about it (or wants to give you […]

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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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