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December 6, 2016

Integrating science, message, and design

Liz Myers Dancing among disciplines to protect ecosystems Science communicators pursue an ambitious, worthwhile goal. We integrate knowledge across disciplines and fields of expertise – physical and life sciences, rhetoric, art, psychology, public administration, publishing, and digital technology – each with its own rich history and strikingly different culture. We reach optimistically across the divide […]

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November 17, 2016

Pursuing prioritization in Pennsylvania: The magic of more monitoring

On October 13th, Caroline Donovan and I traveled to Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA for the Prioritization Workshop. This workshop was held as part of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) project that UMCES is a partner of as well as Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Izaak Walton League of America, and the Alliance for Aquatic […]

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November 10, 2016

Growing governance in Guanabara Bay

On October 4th, Dave Nemazie and I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the third set of meetings to work on the Guanabara Bay Report Card. We presented the draft report card and report card website at the INEA (State Environmental Institute) offices to Andre Correa, the Secretary of the Environment for the State […]

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November 8, 2016

Prepare, Point, Think, Shoot, Edit: How to take a great photograph

Laura Wood Photos are a great way to quickly catch people’s attention and get them interested in a subject matter. In fact, they often provide the first impression for your work, as people take in and react to visual images much more quickly than they do text. So, whether you’re working with data visualization, outreach […]

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November 3, 2016

Communicating science effectively—working through environmental report cards

In September, Simon Costanzo, Caroline Donovan, and I traveled to Edmonton, Alberta for a science communication course sponsored by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). Participants had a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise, including researchers, planners, GIS analysts, communicators, and managers. All are involved with ABMI and their mission of monitoring the state of […]

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November 1, 2016

It’s alive! Tips for creating maps that take on a life of their own

Similar to a good Halloween costume, you want any map you create to convey a clear and understandable message that it doesn’t take long for the viewer to digest. Someone viewing your map should not need to take more than a minute or two to understand it’s purpose. Also similar to a Halloween costume, the […]

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October 27, 2016

The report card game “Get the Grade!” was launched in Stockholm, New Delhi and Honolulu

The Basin Report Card Initiative, a partnership between the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the World Wildlife Fund, worked closely with game developers from the Engagement Lab at Emerson College to produce a fun, interactive and thought provoking game, “Get the Grade!”. “Get the Grade” was successfully launched at three signature events […]

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October 25, 2016

Goldilocks: The Unheralded Mapping Guru

Michelle Canick OK, not really. But like Goldilocks selecting the bed just right for her nap, we should try to avoid the extremes when designing a map. Don’t make the map too simple or too complex, but provide just the right amount of detail to tell the story. What’s the story? Well, that’s really the […]

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October 20, 2016

UMCES active in the 2016 River Symposium in Delhi, India

The 19th annual River Symposium was held in Delhi, India this year – the first time it’s been held outside of Australia. I had a chance to attend, and to present a couple of talks related to the partnership we have with WWF for the Basin Report Cards Initiative. The highlight for me was the […]

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October 18, 2016

A picture is worth a 1,000 words

Amanda Mueller Each image elicits a specific thought or response in each of us, and that response may depend on the day of the week, our knowledge base, or experiences we have had in the past. However, we have to make sure that the images we are creating are exhibiting the message we are trying […]

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