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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April 6, 2017

Which one leads to a green future: Scientists’ effort or deniers’ gamble?

Qiurui Zhu and Juliet Nagel Climate change and its impacts on the environment and human well-being are getting more and more attention worldwide. The Paris Agreement aims to bring all nations into the combat with climate change and has set an ambitious goal: keeping the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by […]

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April 5, 2017

Countdown to elevator pitch 3…2…1 “GO”

Wilmelie Cruz Marrero Imagine you are running to an elevator when you suddenly realize the top expert in your field is there. How can you catch her/his attention? How can you compress all of your knowledge and effectively communicate your research? What about a 3 minute elevator pitch? How can we reduce our 320 some […]

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April 4, 2017

Co-development of the Belmont Forum synthesis document

Last December 2016, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey and I teamed up with our partners at Future Earth’s Coasts, Martin LeTissier and Shona Paterson, to facilitate the Synthesis Workshop for the 13 Belmont Forum funded transdisciplinary projects in Coastal Vulnerability and Freshwater Security. During that time, Bill’s awesome songs were not the only ones that were […]

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April 3, 2017

Turning the report card spotlight back on ourselves: The first Integration and Application Network report card

Our Integration and Application Network (IAN) team has been traveling the globe to help various partners develop rigorous report cards. When we starting working with Tina Bishop and Peter Tuddenham from the College of Exploration to develop an evaluation approach for IAN, we realized that using the same process to develop report cards for our […]

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March 30, 2017

The real art of the deal: Lessons in effective science advising

Ana Sosa and Jake Shaner Last week, students in the Science for Environmental Management class took part in an activity, during which class members acted as decision makers and other participating parties in “scenario plays” where science advising was necessary. The goal of this exercise was to determine the best ways to manage our professional roles […]

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March 29, 2017

Mediated realities and fish eyebrows: how we can effectively communicate science

Killian Farrell, Kelly Hondula So you’ve just finished some amazing research that will bring great advancements in your field and opens many new avenues of study. This research could have big implications for how the people in your research area live their lives, but no one really knows about it (or wants to give you […]

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March 28, 2017

Practical visual literacy for science communication

As part of our ongoing learning about science integration and application, our team reads and reviews papers that are relevant to the IAN mission. We recently read and enjoyed a paper by Estrada and Davis titled “Improving Visual Communication of Science Through the Incorporation of Graphic Design Theories and Practices Into Science Communication“, published in […]

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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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March 24, 2017

Exploring Hawaii: arid zone ecology, vog and volcanoes

Dave Helweg and Christian Giardina organized a field trip on the Big Island of Hawai’i immediately following our workshop on Oahu. When the plane that Simon Costanzo and I were on landed in Hilo, Christian contacted us to inform me that his wife, Ingrid Dockersmith, had sailed with me aboard the R/V Westward as part […]

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