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April 25, 2016

How to organize and run short, productive and fun scientific workshops

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) regularly runs workshops with scientists and resource managers about a variety of topics in a diversity of locations. IAN has evolved various workshop protocols and tools that are regularly applied. There are several aspects that distinguish IAN workshops from typical scientific workshops. All workshop components need to be considered […]

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April 22, 2016

Workshop on ecological drought with the South Central Climate Science Center in Norman, Oklahoma

In March, Bill Dennison, Simon Costanzo, and I travelled to Norman, Oklahoma for a workshop on ecological drought, part of an ongoing project with the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. This was the third in a series of eight workshops to be held at each of the nation’s eight Climate Science Centers […]

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April 18, 2016

WWF-UMCES Retreats Poetry

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) We have had two retreats with our WWF colleagues on the front porch of the DuPont House which serves as the Center Administration for UMCES. The DuPont […]

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April 11, 2016

How to create conceptual cross-section diagrams

Conceptual cross-section diagrams are a new technique developed by the Integration and Application Network (IAN) team of Science Communicators. This style of conceptual diagrams, using the IAN symbol library, allows for a geographically accurate depiction of coastal waterways. The first use of these cross-section approach was for New York Harbor, developed because of the complex […]

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March 30, 2016

A great pot does not necessarily make a great dinner: photography techniques to take your science communication to the next level.

Dylan Taillie “Wow, what an awesome photo, did you take that on a Nikon D7000? Something better?” “Wow, what a horrible photo, did you take that with your iPhone or a potato?” These two fictional statements allude to the crux of a lengthy discussion that occurred during this week’s science visualization course. The thought that […]

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March 28, 2016

EcoHealth Matrix Songbook

As a participant of the EcoHealth Matrix workshop held at the Harte Research Institute in Corpus Christi, Texas on 9-11 March 2016, I found myself in the unusual position of not being one of the organizers or facilitators. With all this extra time on my hands, I wrote a series of songs throughout the workshop. […]

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March 25, 2016

A new style of conceptual cross section diagrams developed for New York Harbor

Judy O’Neil led the effort to write a synthesis paper about New York Harbor, as part of the Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (CCERS), a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project, focused on the expansion of concepts imbedded within the Billion Oyster Project. The paper will contribute to the World Harbour Project. In […]

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March 14, 2016

Combining visuals with narrative for effective science communication

My collaboration with Randy Olson, the master of developing good narrative structure for communicating science, has led me to consider the parallels between developing effective visual graphics and good narrative. Both narrative structure and visual processing are hard wired into the human brain. Brain scans of people watching a story unfold on videos show their […]

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March 10, 2016

Using report cards to get the synoptic big picture: An astronaut’s view

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between theWorld Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) One of the attributes of report cards that is particularly useful is the ability to view a whole system synoptically. We often refer to this synoptic view as […]

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February 26, 2016

Developing a report card for the Integration and Application Network

We have embarked on a journey to create a monitoring and evaluation approach for the Integration and Application Network (IAN). Tina Bishop and Peter Tuddenham from the College of Exploration are serving as our external evaluators and Jamie Testa is tasked with the job of being an internal evaluator to support this effort. We have […]

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