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October 27, 2016

The report card game “Get the Grade!” was launched in Stockholm, New Delhi and Honolulu

The Basin Report Card Initiative, a partnership between the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the World Wildlife Fund, worked closely with game developers from the Engagement Lab at Emerson College to produce a fun, interactive and thought provoking game, “Get the Grade!”. “Get the Grade” was successfully launched at three signature events […]

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October 25, 2016

Goldilocks: The Unheralded Mapping Guru

Michelle Canick OK, not really. But like Goldilocks selecting the bed just right for her nap, we should try to avoid the extremes when designing a map. Don’t make the map too simple or too complex, but provide just the right amount of detail to tell the story. What’s the story? Well, that’s really the […]

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October 20, 2016

UMCES active in the 2016 River Symposium in Delhi, India

The 19th annual River Symposium was held in Delhi, India this year – the first time it’s been held outside of Australia. I had a chance to attend, and to present a couple of talks related to the partnership we have with WWF for the Basin Report Cards Initiative. The highlight for me was the […]

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October 11, 2016

Conceptual Diagrams: Turning Science into Graphic Art

Katie Goerger “I’m just not sure how to get this concept across to people – it’s so complicated.” “This publication is just too text-heavy. We need some visuals to spice things up.” Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re missing a key tool in your science communication arsenal: the conceptual diagram. We may not all […]

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October 4, 2016

How to help your audience feel comfortable: Four steps in creating clean, colorful and welcoming graphs

Jennifer Shanahan As I listened to valuable lessons on how to improve visualization of our data during the latest unit in the IAN Science Communication course it struck me that there is a great parallel with the process of preparing to host a great party! Yes as much as we want to make a great […]

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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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