Blog posts categorized by Applying Science
Picturesque landscapes are all around in the Scottish Highlands

Failte gu Alba! (Welcome to Scotland!)

Caroline Donovan ·
11 September 2014
Science Communication | Applying Science | Learning Science |     3 comments

Participating in the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) 3rd Annual Conference, August 14-18 2014 at Glasgow, Scotland … Picturesque landscapes are all around in the Scottish Highlands … I traveled to the International Marine Conservation Congress' (IMCC) conference in Scotland in part because I wanted to visit Scotland - land of Scottish brogues, whisky, and wild, mountainous landscapes!

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Kick off meeting for the Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application program in Baton Rouge

Kicking off the Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application program in Baton Rouge

Bill Dennison ·
22 July 2014
Applying Science | 

Robert Twilley, Director of Louisiana Sea Grant, has initiated a nine month fellowship program called LA DIA, which is an acronym that stands for Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application. Conveniently, this also translates in French and Spanish to "The Day". Bill Nuttle and I from the Integration and Application Network (note the similar name) traveled to Baton Rouge for a 14 July 2014 meeting--an appropriate day for the kick off event, Bastille Day.

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Susan Humphris (left) and Peg Brandon (right).

A sea change at SEA: Sea Education Association takes its tall ships into uncharted waters

Bill Dennison ·
1 July 2014
Applying Science | 

I attended the annual trustees and overseers meeting of the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA on 22-23 June. This was my first meeting in some time, so it was good to see everyone again and get an update on the progress of S.E.A. in transforming their program to accommodate the changing market for study abroad college students. The new S.E.A. President is Peg Brandon and the Chair of the Trustees is Susan Humphris.

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Phyllis Rhoades, Assistant Director, Office of Research Administration & Advancement of UMCES.

UMCES Colossus of Rhoades

Bill Dennison ·
26 June 2014
Applying Science | 

For the past 33 years, one of the seven wonders of the UMCES world has been the Colossus of Rhoades. The iconic Phyllis Rhoades has been a pillar of support for each and every faculty member submitting a proposal, obtaining the necessary support to build this institution, and managing their projects. Phyllis found no deadline too daunting, no agency too difficult, and no faculty too difficult to work with. The ancient Colossus of Rhodes is a statute of Helios, the Greek god of sun.

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Front row (L to R): Madeline Kelsey, Richard Tian, Rebecca Murphy, Jane Thomas, Zach Friedman, Caroline Wicks; Middle row (L to R): Howard Weinberg, Jamie Testa, Vanessa Vargas, Melissa Rogers, Ali Schwaab, Alex Fries, Sarah Lane, Jamieson Colburn; Standing (L to R): Bill Dennison, Kate Skaggs, Brianne Walsh, Heath Kelsey, Simon Constanzo, Kiri Carini, Bill Nuttle, Dottie Samonisky, Jane Hawkey, Bill Whorton, Guy Stephens. Credit: Southern Maryland Photography

Integration and Application Network retreat: June 2014

Bill Dennison ·
24 June 2014
Applying Science |     1 comments

The Integration and Application Network held a retreat at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on the shores of Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore. The venue was spectacular, with views across marshes and open water in a sustainable building that included bamboo flooring, solar power, and skylights. Front row (L to R): Madeline Kelsey, Richard Tian, Rebecca Murphy, Jane Thomas, Zach Friedman, Caroline Wicks; Middle row (L to R):

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Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting in Maryland State House

2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

Bill Dennison ·
17 June 2014
Applying Science | 

I attended the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting at the Maryland State House on 16 June 2014, followed by the press conference event for the signing of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement on City Dock, Annapolis. Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting in Maryland State House … Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement event at City Dock, Annapolis.

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Dancing with Dugongs book cover.

Adventures in producing an eBook: Dancing with dugongs eBook released

Bill Dennison ·
6 February 2014
Applying Science | Learning Science |     1 comments

IAN Press has been producing richly illustrated, informative books, booklets, reports, newsletters and brochures for nearly a decade. With the emphasis on effective science communication, these printed materials produced by the talented Science Communicators and Science Integrators of the Integration and Application Network have been used by resource managers, policy makers and scientists to better understand and manage environmental resources.

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Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring in Schools

Peter Oliver's top ten books about science

Peter Oliver ·
12 September 2013
Science Communication | Applying Science | Learning Science | 

Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring in Schools: An Environmental Education Program for Schools, Keith Mitchell & Bill Stapp … I found this to be a very useful book when I started showing kids how to monitor streams. There are some inspirational things in the book, particularly where they talk about all the different places in the world where this approach is being used. Shouldn't Our Grandchildren Know?

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Nous described by the four fundamental elements of earth, water, fire and air/wind.

It’s all Greek to me: The terms ‘praxis’ and ‘phronesis’ in environmental philosophy

Bill Dennison ·
29 August 2013
Applying Science | Learning Science |     3 comments

Two of Peter Oliver’s favorite words were ‘ praxis ’ and ‘ phronesis ’. These Greek terms were part of the vocabulary of the ancient Greek philosophers and used by Aristotle to describe practical wisdom (phronesis) and thoughtful, practical doing (praxis). They were used within a broader vocabulary to describe various elements of learning and knowledge.

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