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December 7, 2010

What would a 7th grader do?

Chilling question when your middle school days are long behind you and you’re reminded of just how not hip you are each time you put on the tv, the radio, or Google. Nonetheless, What would a 7th grader do? –has been the guiding question for the coral and climate change module IAN is developing for […]

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November 18, 2010

The National Parks of Guam and Saipan

Tim Carruthers and I have just completed two site visits to the War in the Pacific National Historical Park (WAPA) on Guam and the American Memorial Park (AMME) on Saipan. The IAN science communication workshops went really well and the parks’ managers and staff were very excited and engaged in forging two new products, a […]

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July 16, 2010

Applying old wisdoms to new environmental challenges: cultural knowledge and modern management

Stepping out between two patches of naupaka—a Hawaiian coastal shrub with a blossom that looks like it has been cut in half—we see the sharp angles of black lava rock breaking the surface of turquoise water and the regal posts of a heiau (place for ceremonial rituals) climbing into the sky. Our quest to explore […]

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July 9, 2010

Learning through inquiry and observation

How do we learn about the world around us? How do we tap into the natural curiosity kids possess? How do you create a sense of place in a virtual world? Such hefty questions require expert knowledge from a variety of fields. Thus, IAN and the National Park Service Pacific Island Network Inventory and Monitoring […]

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June 7, 2010

IAN in American Samoa

The flight from Hawaii to American Samoa arrives at night, so the warm moist air is immediately apparent – but tantalizing, as it is necessary to wait till the morning to begin to appreciate the people and places that make these islands unique. The 70,000 people who live on the five steep volcanic islands making […]

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August 21, 2009

Aloha from the big island of Hawai’i

Tim Carruthers and Jane Hawkey are visiting Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park located on the shore of west Hawai’i. Working with National Park Service managers and staff from the park and from the Pacific Island Network, we are drafting a natural resource condition report, using the NPS Rock Creek Natural Resource Condition Assessment report as a […]

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