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September 20, 2016

Story telling tools – The history of communicating well 

Melissa Merritt Have you ever wondered if there’s a secret formula for how to speak more effectively? A consistent method that can be used across the board to frame any presentation? Well the key sounds pretty simple. Tell a story. A story doesn’t sound too difficult to create. Tell a story to gain an audience’s […]

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September 1, 2016

Great minds get together: A day spent discussing impacts of the Susquehanna River and the “Reservoir Reach”

On Wednesday, August 24th a group of technical experts, stakeholders and communicators met at the Chesapeake Bay Program in an attempt to make some sense of the current knowledge about the influence of the Susquehanna River reservoir system on Chesapeake Bay water quality. The group that gathered in Eastport on this temperate August day was […]

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August 23, 2016

Future Earth’s Coasts

I had the great opportunity to represent IAN and UMCES as the institutional representative to the Future Earth’s Coasts Scientific Steering Committee meeting in Taipei, Taiwan last week. Hosted by JC Lin at the National Taiwan University, the meeting brought together 15 representatives from all over the world to discuss the scientific direction of the […]

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August 11, 2016

Rachel Carson versus the Zombie Horde

Does Rachel Carson still have something to teach us about communicating science to the public? Silent Spring, Carson’s 1962 best-seller on the environmental perils of herbicides and pesticides, launched the movement that created the Environmental Protection Agency. But, the communications field has changed a lot in the last 50 years. The era of television came […]

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July 8, 2016

Across and through the Bay: Rio, Niteroi, and Guanabara expeditions

On June 20th 2016, Bill Dennison, Dave Nemazie, and I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the next stakeholder workshop to develop the Guanabara Bay Report Card. We convened the workshop on June 23rd in neighboring Niteroi, a city across the Bay from Rio de Janeiro. There were some of the same participants as […]

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July 6, 2016

Annual retreat fuels new thinking and cross-pollination of ideas

What is the definition of retreat? We all immediately think of military retreats in battle. But, there are two other definitions of retreat that relate to our annual work retreat: a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax – this is what most people intend when they go on a retreat […]

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June 10, 2016

Expanding my conference horizons

I attended the biennial National Water Quality Monitoring Conference in Tampa, Florida from Monday, May 2nd through Friday, May 6th. This was my first time attending the conference and by the end, I realized it was a conference I want to attend many times again. The Council itself was created in 1997 and brings together […]

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June 1, 2016

Quão rápido pode se criar e completar uma newsletter? No Rio, você só tem até amanhã!

“How fast can you create and complete a newsletter? In Rio, you only have until tomorrow” (Portuguese translation by João Paulo Coimbra) Depois do nosso primeiro workshop com as partes interessadas no INEA na segunda-feira, 25 de Abril, Bill Dennison, Dave Nemazie e eu tivemos que nos preparar para nosso workshop mais abrangente com 200 […]

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May 26, 2016

How fast can you create and complete a newsletter? In Rio, you only have until tomorrow!

After our first stakeholder workshop at INEA on Monday April 25th, Bill Dennison, Dave Nemazie, and I had to prepare for our expanded workshop of 200 people on Friday April 29th, at the Museum of Tomorrow. This meeting brought together stakeholders from all around Guanabara Bay, and served to not only discuss the report card, […]

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May 24, 2016

WebStock 2016 Brings Chesapeake Bay Program Partners into the Creative Process

This month, the Chesapeake Bay Program Creative Team hosted a one-day symposium on all things web for an audience of friends and colleagues. Known as WebStock, the annual event was revitalized last spring as a way for the Creative Team to introduce others to the work they do and the methods they use to do […]

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