Blog posts categorized by Applying Science
Guy Stephens introducing WebStock 2018. Photo credit: Bill Dennison.

WebStock 2018

Bill Dennison ·
19 October 2018
Applying Science | 

An annual highlight with the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) is the WebStock event that its Creative Team organizes. This year’s event was the largest ever, and was held at the beautiful headquarters of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, overlooking Chesapeake Bay on 11 Oct 2018. WebStock is designed to communicate, collaborate, and educate the CBP staff and key partners about the activities of its Creative Team.

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Nick Magliocca teaching the SESYNC short course on Spatial Agent Based Modeling. Photo credit: Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen.

Understanding the dynamics and interdependencies of socio-ecological systems through models

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen ·
1 October 2018
Applying Science | Learning Science | 

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) has been trying to evolve its work so that its societal impact can go beyond science communication and integration. Our recent delve into transdisciplinary science necessitates that we not only incorporate its concepts into our work but that we explore and adapt tools currently being used in the field.

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Pandemic requires teams to strategically make use of each player's unique talents.

It’s game time! Board games that can help people ‘level up’ their capacity for transdisciplinary work

Suzanne Webster ·
17 September 2018
Applying Science | 

At IAN we are constantly invested in various transdisciplinary projects. Transdisciplinary projects partner interdisciplinary research teams with stakeholders outside of academia to synthesize diverse knowledge and experience and generate novel insights on a particular topic. For example, when IAN develops report cards, our Science Integrators and Communicators work with partners to synthesize relevant information on a specific ecosystem and then communicate key messages to a targeted audience.

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Commemorating twenty years of Network Science during the Sunbelt Conference.

Lessons learned from the Sunbelt Social Network Conference

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen ·
10 September 2018
Applying Science | Learning Science | 

During the opening ceremony of the Sunbelt Social Network Conference that I attended last June (you can read my conference experience here), the article “Twenty years of Network Science” was mentioned. It emphasized the 20 years since Watts and Strogatz introduced the ‘small-world’ model of networks, which initially was viewed only as the explanation for the popular social network idea of Six degrees of Separation.

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Participants in the Everglades report card workshop in Vero Beach, Florida.

When herding cats it helps to have a map

Bill Nuttle ·
4 September 2018
Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | Applying Science | 

It makes me cringe a little to remember the debriefing that followed our May workshop on the Everglades report card project. The IAN team was complimented for keeping the project on track. “Great job at herding cats,” they said, referring to our ability keeping a meeting of scientists on track. There was just one loose thread that needed to be tidied up. But, then the “cats” got hold of it, and for a moment it seemed that things might unravel.

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The 38th Sunbelt Conference was held at the DOM square in Utrecht.

Attending the International Sunbelt Social Network Conference

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen ·
28 August 2018
Applying Science | 

Last June 26th-July 1st, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend and present at the 38th International Sunbelt Social Network Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The Sunbelt Conference is the official conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), the foremost professional academic association of researchers and practitioners of social network analysis (SNA).

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Presenters at the SESYNC symposium shared examples of research that spans a wide variety of boundaries. (Presentation slide created by Dr. Susanne Moser)

A polemic against coupled human and natural systems, boundary spanning, and transdisciplinarity:

Suzanne Webster ·
3 July 2018
Applying Science | Learning Science | 

An existential appeal to "Shake things up" in socioecological systems research … Earlier this month, I attended a three-day international symposium called "Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research," which was hosted by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis.

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Dr. James Sallis delivers the opening keynote session on the interdisciplinary field of Active Living Research.

How to improve interdisciplinary collaborations: lessons learned from scientists studying team science

Suzanne Webster ·
31 May 2018
Science Communication | Applying Science |     2 comments

I recently had the opportunity to attend the International Science of Team Science Conference in Galveston, Texas, from May 21-23. This conference was unique in that it convened researchers and practitioners from all professions and academic backgrounds who share the goals of "understanding and enhancing the processes and outcomes of collaborative, team-based research." As an interdisciplinary scholar who is interested in collaborative learning and science engagement…

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