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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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November 29, 2016

A visit to Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha, India

In 2014 IAN visited India to help the Ministry of Environment and Forests develop the Chilika Lake Report Card in Odisha, and a Report Card for the Jamnagar Marine National Park and a Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment for the Gulf of Kachchh in Gujarat. This time we are back to Odisha, to Bhitarkanika National Park, […]

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November 15, 2016

Desenvolvendo a governança na Baía de Guanabara

“Growing governance in Guanabara Bay” (Portuguese translation by João Paulo Coimbra) Em 4 de Outubro, Dave Nemazie e eu viajamos para o Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, para a terceira sessão de reuniões para o desenvolvimento do Boletim de Saúde Ambiental da Baía de Guanabara. Nós apresentamos a versão preliminar do boletim e do seu respectivo […]

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