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April 17, 2017

Building Dinosaurs

Building Dinosaurs. With a name like that for a lecture how could I not be excited? So a few weeks ago I popped on over to D.C. for a seminar put on by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). They had arranged for their colleague, Michael Holland, to explain the ins and outs of […]

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February 27, 2017

Report cards aren’t just for school anymore

Rebecca Wenker and Wilmelie Cruz Marrero After spending a few classes discussing what coupled systems actually are, how they are created, used, managed, and maintained, and various examples of successes and failures, this week we moved onto a topic that has long struck fear into the hearts of students – assessment. More specifically, we delved […]

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January 19, 2017

Developing scientific stories for Chesapeake Bay submerged aquatic vegetation

The Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is supporting an effort to synthesize Chesapeake Bay data to better understand how submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) can be used as sentinels for the health of Chesapeake Bay. A working group of scientists has been formed to analyze three decades of water […]

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January 6, 2017

Belmont Forum Workshop Songs

As part of our Belmont Forum synthesis workshop, we sang a song at the end of each day. At the end of the first day after we had listened to the descriptions of diverse and fascinating projects, it was quite apparent that we were dealing with real research stars. This led to the adaptation of […]

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January 3, 2017

Belmont Forum Synthesis Meeting 10-12 December 2016 San Francisco, CA – Synthesis of first project results

Bill Dennison, Vanessa Vargas, and I traveled to San Francisco, California from 10 to 12 of December 2016 to help our partners Martin LeTissier, and Shona Paterson at Future Earth’s Coasts, to facilitate a meeting of a select group of Belmont Forum project leaders. The Belmont Forum is a consortium of national-level research funders that […]

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December 23, 2016

IAN attends CommOcean 2016 in Bruges, Belgium

On December 6th to 7th 2016, Heath Kelsey and I represented the Integration and Application Network (IAN) at the 2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference (CommOcean) in Bruges, Belgium. The conference took place at the Provincial Court on the Market Square in the heart of the medieval Bruges, a historic UNESCO heritage site. It was […]

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December 15, 2016

Science, communication, and story-telling for social change

Last weekend I attended a workshop that gave me a different perspective on communicating through story telling and on the stories that scientists tell among ourselves. The workshop was Building Skills for Change put on by the Institute for Change Leaders. Olivia Chow, who led the workshop, is well-known in Canada for her work in municipal […]

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December 13, 2016

Plan your build and build your plan

Kristie Gianopulos Over 40% of the world population has an internet connection (3.42 billion people), and we all recognize the importance of using the internet to find and broadcast information. So if you want to use the web to get your message out, how should you go about it? How do you make your website […]

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December 8, 2016

Raising the Grade for the Upper Mississippi River Basin

The 2016 Upper Mississippi River Basin Conference in Moline, Illinois had a special theme of “Raising the Grade” this year, which was shaped by the Mississippi River Watershed Report Card which UMCES developed with America’s Watershed Initiative last year. The Upper Mississippi River got a “C” grade in the report card, and although the grade […]

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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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