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May 10, 2015

Science for Environmental Management 2015 poem

Fifteen students from four campuses met each week After watching YouTube lectures and reading a lot Our class time flew by, did it not Facilitators led the discussion, insights they did seek.   And the rapporteur provided the discussion summary So that the author could draft up a synthesis blog Clarifying the topic by avoiding […]

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May 5, 2015

The future of managing fisheries: what can we expect?

Adriane Michaelis, Sabrina Klick, and Rebecca Peters As students in the Science for Environmental Management course offered by the University of Maryland, we had the opportunity to discuss past, current, and future aspects of science and fisheries management with Dr. Mike Wilberg of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and Eric Schwaab, Chief […]

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May 1, 2015

Fifteen students, Ten minutes: One humbling education

Rebecca Peters, Aimee Hoover, Emily Russ The birds are chirping, the grass is green, the tourists are out walking the streets, and students are indoors on a Saturday signaling the coming end of another eventful school year: Spring is in the air in Annapolis. On Saturday April 25, 2015 graduate students in the Science for […]

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April 28, 2015

A report card to tell your mom about: Environmental report cards provide transparent assessments of our aquatic ecosystems

Melanie Jackson, Chih-Hsien (Michelle) Lin, Detbra Rosales Students in grammar school and all the way to college have anxiety about receiving report cards, and often times devise plans for the best time to tell their parents about their not so stellar grades. Explaining poor grades to parents can involve tactics such as blaming the teacher […]

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April 21, 2015

Scientists in Media: “Give me a microphone, and I shall waken the world”

Wenfei Ni, Martina Gonzalez Mateu, Stephanie Siemek Taking a last glance of the materials on the table, Rona Kobell from the Bay Journal adjusted her glasses, and asked clearly, “Why is anyone still fishing in the Anacostia River anyway if it is very polluted? “It is because lots of urban families nearby just go fishing […]

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April 17, 2015

Developing a constitution for Chesapeake Bay

At a recent roundtable discussion of approaches for accelerating Chesapeake Bay restoration, one of the participants used the phrase “We the people…” which provoked me to think of the preamble to the United States Constitution, the beginning of an amazingly robust document that still resonates today. I hope that the 2014 Chesapeake Bay and Watershed […]

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April 14, 2015

Do’s and Don’ts: How scientists and the law can exist in tandem

Fan Zhang, Emily Russ, Whitney Hoot When we talk about scientists, we envision someone wearing a lab coat and exploring nature’s mysteries, a professor passing knowledge to the next generation or a group of people who enjoy debating and discussing abstruse topics. We know that these are important professional activities for scientists, in academia and […]

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April 8, 2015

Who ya gonna call? Recommendations for scientists who are called to action in a state of environmental emergency

Suzi Spitzer, Fan Zhang, Cara Scweitzer When environmental disaster strikes, scientists are often asked to serve as first responders in the exploration of causes, consequences, and solutions to unfamiliar and unexpected problems. Scientific research and management in the context of an environmental emergency is very different from conducting standard research in a University or in […]

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April 3, 2015

Webstock 2015: One day of Peace & the Internet

I spent an enjoyable day in Chesapeake Beach overlooking the Bay in a workshop entitled ‘Webstock 2015: One day of Peace & the Internet“. Guy Stephens, one of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Chesapeake Bay Program (UMCES @ CBP) staff organized this amazing event. I knew something was different when […]

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April 1, 2015

Climate change: teaching the public these are not dirty words

Stephanie Siemek, Wenfei Ni, Sabrina Klick The words climate change are not dirty words, nevertheless, in some cases it is controversial to even mention it. Climate change has an immense amount of support from scientific data, models, research, as well as current day observation. Yet, many people refuse to believe it. Websites have even been […]

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