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January 26, 2016

Using Conceptionary to initiate discussion on barriers for implementing report cards

As part of our Integration and Application Network (IAN), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we held a one day workshop on 7 May 2015 in Annapolis. The purpose of this workshop was to develop strategies to overcome barriers for implementing environmental report cards. We had […]

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January 14, 2016

Over the river and through the woods to release the Upper Potomac Headwaters Report Card, we go!

Last December 10, 2015, Bill, Vanessa, Dylan, and I traveled to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, MD to release our new Upper Potomac Headwaters Report Card. This report card assessed stream health in the Upper Potomac Headwaters region upstream of Harpers Ferry, WV, and was developed as part […]

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January 8, 2016

The importance of narrative in science communication

I recently posted a blog about Randy Olson’s new book, “Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs story“. I contacted Randy about his book and learned that he is experiencing push back from some quarters, including some scientists. I would like to point out that Randy is not the only person to promote the […]

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January 5, 2016

Randy Olson’s new book: “Houston, We Have a Narrative”

Randy Olson has really knocked a home run with his latest book, “Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs story”. Randy’s previous book, “Don’t be such a scientist: Talking substance in an age of style” does a good job defining the problem that most scientists have in communicating complex ideas to wide audiences. But […]

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January 1, 2016

Conceptual Diagramming with the Integration and Application Netwok

Anthony Kung wrote an interesting blog entitled “Conceptual diagrams or conceptual diagramming? Creating diagrams as a tool for stakeholder collaboration” which was posted on the Newsdrop enewsletter of the International Water Centre. Anthony recently spent 8 months embedded at the Integration and Application Network (IAN), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science as part of […]

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December 29, 2015

Integration and Application Network in 2015: The year in review

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) had an amazing year in 2015. IAN Press produced 33 products, 78 blogs were posted by 13 different IAN staff and by the 15 graduate students in the Science for Environmental Management course, and IAN staff were in various media reports 109 times. The IAN Facebook page posted 582 […]

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December 22, 2015

From the mountains to the prairies—discussing ecological drought in the North Central United States

In December, Simon Costanzo, Bill Dennison, and I traveled to Fort Collins, Colorado for a workshop on ecological drought – part of an ongoing project with the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. This was the second in a series of eight workshops to be held at each of the nation’s eight Climate […]

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December 15, 2015

Viewing data on a VisWall and in an immersive dome in Fort Collins, Colorado

Jeff Morisette, Director of the North Central Climate Science Center, provided us with two amazing opportunities following our workshop on climate issues in the North Central region of the United States. First, we were treated to demonstrations of the VisWall, a bank of 24 computer monitors run by a series of networked computers. The VisWall […]

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December 8, 2015

Know the connection, know your coast: Coastal Georgia’s first ecosystem report card

The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card was released November 13th, in Brunswick, Georgia. Heath Kelsey and I traveled to Georgia for the release event, which included both a media talk and a more detailed technical talk on the report card results. The director of Georgia DNR’s Coastal Resources Division, Spud Woodward, gave an overview talk […]

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November 24, 2015

Coastal Estuarine Research Federation Conference in Portland, Oregon

I had the privilege of attending the CERF Conference this year in Portland, Oregon. It was my first trip to Oregon, and visiting the Pacific Northwest was a really great experience. Before the Conference I had a few days to explore Portland including hiking in the Hoyt Arboretum, and visiting the Pittock Mansion. The Pittock […]

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