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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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June 27, 2013

Top ten quotes that influenced my career

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead (1901-1978) This Margaret Mead quote is my favorite quote associated with building a team of competent people working on environmental issues. The quote is very empowering, as it reminds us that […]

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June 6, 2013

Are we having a Rachel Carson spring?

This spring brings hopeful signs of an environmental awakening. I woke up this morning thinking about Rachel Carson. I wasn’t thinking about the author, exactly. It was more to do with the period of the early 1960s when Rachel Carson made a difference – a period of growing environmental consciousness as a prelude to taking […]

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May 30, 2013

Top ten books about science that influenced my career

The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson In seventh grade in Ohio, in the heartland of America and without ever actually seeing the ocean, I read Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us. I had become very enamored in everything to do with water, but my experience was confined to freshwater in the streams, rivers and lakes […]

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May 23, 2013

Scientific synthesis at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Part 4–Moving beyond synthesis

This post is part four of a four part series on scientific synthesis. In some cases, scientific synthesis is not the end product, rather it can be the start of a science application effort. In a case study to demonstrate the use of scientific synthesis which led to a science application effort, I will recount […]

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May 21, 2013

Scientific synthesis at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Part 3–Integration and Application Network approach to synthesis

This post is part three of a four part series on scientific synthesis. The Integration and Application Network (IAN) was created to facilitate scientific synthesis as part of science applications. In many respects, the linking of integration with application is crucial, and IAN projects tend to use synthesis in order to create effective applications. The […]

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