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October 20, 2017

Evolution of the Report Cards in Brisbane: Part Two

The report cards developed from each group have common characteristics, but focus on different strengths. The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) group seem to be emphasizing improvements on the technical and visual aspects of the report card data analysis and indicators, target achievement data, and visualizations, while the IAN group is focusing more on the process, […]

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October 10, 2017

The Twentieth Anniversary of the International Riversymposium

Heath Kelsey, Simon Costanzo and I traveled to Brisbane, Australia to participate in the International Riversymposium. One of the things I most appreciate about the Riversymposium is the overall quality of the plenary talks, and this year’s symposium was no exception. The major theme of this year’s Riversymposium was the ten-year anniversary of the Brisbane […]

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October 4, 2017

The Debut of the Riversymposium Club Band

As the 2017 Riversymposium approached, which is also the twentieth Riversymposium, I began to reminisce about the various symposia that I have attended ever since 1998. The first line from the first album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles kept repeating in my mind: “It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper […]

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September 14, 2017

Walt Whitman and The Celebration of Nature

I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. This is how Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” begins. With 52 sections, it is the longest poem in his book Leaves of Grass, and it is considered to be his […]

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August 3, 2017

What makes a port city iconic?

What makes a port city iconic? Geography, history, sense of place, water everywhere, economic engines, melting pots and vistas. My first visit to Rio de Janeiro convinced me to include this harbor city in my short list of iconic global ports. My previous personal list for amazing harbor cities was the following: New York City […]

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July 20, 2017

In the Footsteps of Gengis Khan in the Mongolian Steppe: Part 2

Downstream Tuul River On the second day of field trips before our Tuul River report card workshop, we headed downstream to visit two mines: one recently built with a history of environmental protections, the other an old soviet mine with no apparent environmental regulation. On our way, we passed out of the commercial downtown district […]

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May 4, 2017

Life after graduate school: It’s time to celebrate! Jump-start your career by celebrating your achievements and starting early

Stephanie Barletta and Hao Wang Look at how far you’ve come and how much you’ve done! Look back at yourself with pride, look to your future with hope – but most importantly – it’s time to celebrate! Celebrate with your friends, family, loved ones, and most importantly, with your future employers! (Wait- what? Let’s take […]

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April 27, 2017

Making the Grade

Annie Carew and Qiurui Zhu We’ve spent a lot of time this semester discussing the intersection between science and the public – how can we communicate the importance and urgency of our science without alarming or confusing people? This week, we discussed environmental report cards, which could provide a solution to this tricky balancing act […]

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April 10, 2017

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society meeting at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) meeting was held on 16-18 March 2017 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. AERS was the first scientific society focused on estuaries, formed in 1948. Other regional societies sprang up and a consortium of regional societies was formed, called the Estuarine Research Federation, formed in 1971 (later renamed Coastal […]

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March 27, 2017

Celebrating the life of Erica Herling Kropp (1950-2016)

On 22 February 2017, a large group of friends and co-workers gathered at the University of Maryland College Park to celebrate the life of an extraordinary person, Erica Herling Kropp. Erica worked in a research support role for 43 years for the University System of Maryland. Her first stint was for 32 years at College […]

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