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April 27, 2016

Let’s get in line, with InDesign!

Kathleen Gillespie A conference is your time to shine and to get the word out about your scientific project. You have a finite amount of time to interact, and many people are just strolling through a venue. In order to make an impression, reach out to them! The presenter themselves must make sure to play […]

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April 25, 2016

How to organize and run short, productive and fun scientific workshops

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) regularly runs workshops with scientists and resource managers about a variety of topics in a diversity of locations. IAN has evolved various workshop protocols and tools that are regularly applied. There are several aspects that distinguish IAN workshops from typical scientific workshops. All workshop components need to be considered […]

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April 22, 2016

Workshop on ecological drought with the South Central Climate Science Center in Norman, Oklahoma

In March, Bill Dennison, Simon Costanzo, and I travelled to Norman, Oklahoma for a workshop on ecological drought, part of an ongoing project with the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. This was the third in a series of eight workshops to be held at each of the nation’s eight Climate Science Centers […]

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April 18, 2016

WWF-UMCES Retreats Poetry

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) We have had two retreats with our WWF colleagues on the front porch of the DuPont House which serves as the Center Administration for UMCES. The DuPont […]

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April 15, 2016

A unique partnership between World Wildlife Fund and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Don Boesch and I had lunch with our World Wildlife Fund colleagues Carter Roberts and Tom Dillon recently. Carter asked a question that a) we couldn’t answer […]

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April 13, 2016

Gather ‘round folks, it’s story time!

Kara Hawkins Picture it: A library full of scientific journals and a scientist sitting in a rocking chair in the center of the room reading an article and sharing the visual elements around the audience. Surrounding him/her is a group of people, all ages, and all education levels. Their eyes never stray from the scientist, […]

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April 11, 2016

How to create conceptual cross-section diagrams

Conceptual cross-section diagrams are a new technique developed by the Integration and Application Network (IAN) team of Science Communicators. This style of conceptual diagrams, using the IAN symbol library, allows for a geographically accurate depiction of coastal waterways. The first use of these cross-section approach was for New York Harbor, developed because of the complex […]

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April 8, 2016

Oklahoma Song Book

As part our two-day workshop with the South Central Climate Science Center to discuss ecological drought in March 2016, I have presented the following songs: Red River Valley 29 Mar 2016 William “Woody” Dennison   Come and develop adaptations, if you like me Do not hasten to bid drought adieu Just remember the Red River […]

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April 6, 2016

Tips for great photos and videos

Keota Silaphone To capture a great photo, some of the students had to lay on the ground or in my case sit in a roadside ditch. I took photos of cover crops, but changed my perspective each time, only to discover that the perspective from the roadside ditch happened to be the most impactful. The […]

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April 1, 2016

Conference on New Ideas to Accelerate Chesapeake Bay Restoration

A one-day conference sponsored by the Harry Hughes Agro-Ecology Center and Town Creek Foundation was held at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club on 18 March 2016. This conference was originally scheduled earlier in the year, but it was snowed out. The venue on Kent Island was beautiful, with views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The […]

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