Blog posts categorized by Environmental Literacy
New media such as the soon to be launched UMCES SchoolTube channel is a vital part of rejuvenating young people's interest in science.

As seen on TV....or your computer, or your smart phone

Joanna Woerner ·
13 December 2010
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | 

We've all seen how video-sharing websites have the power to make everyday events such as frolicking kids and frisky kitchens go viral. Well then, we should be able to harness that power to deliver engaging content about items that impact our every day. Items such as climate change, water quality, and public health issues—topics so important, they warrant space on our screens. The challenge is that these topics don't have the warm and fuzzy factor of frolicking kids and frisky kittens.

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Screen capture of climate change page in the coral and climate change web module being developed by IAN and the Pacific Island Network Inventory and Monitoring Network. Available spring 2011.

What would a 7th grader do?

Joanna Woerner ·
7 December 2010
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | 

Chilling question when your middle school days are long behind you and you're reminded of just how not hip you are each time you put on the tv, the radio, or Google. Nonetheless, What would a 7th grader do? --has been the guiding question for the coral and climate change module IAN is developing for the Pacific Island Network Inventory and Monitoring Program at the National Park Service (NPS).

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Icon of Jack Greer by Kris Beckert.

Sharing the iconic Jack Greer with the world

Bill Dennison ·
25 September 2010
Environmental Literacy | 

Chesapeake Bay and Maryland Sea Grant has had the good fortune to have Jack Greer writing, facilitating and building consensus for the past 31 years. Jack has elegantly written numerous intelligent, thoughtful and insightful articles on Chesapeake Bay issues, with personal knowledge gathered by frequently poking around the Bay on his sailboat. He is widely respected as a scholarly, approachable and kind man.

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Trib Team Members and local politicians 'wade-in'.

Choptank Trib Team Wades Into San Domingo Creek

Allison Dungan ·
8 August 2010
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | Applying Science | 

On Saturday June 12th the Choptank Tributary Team held their annual wade-in in conjunction with the Environmental Concern native plant sale. Team members were able to see their feet at a depth of 25 inches, a one inch improvement from last year. In the picture below are Delegate Jeannie Haddaway Riccio, State Senate Candidate Chris Jakubiak with his children, Choptank River Keeper Tim Junkin, and Trib Team members Bill Wolinski and Jennifer Dindinger.

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Mesa Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, designed by I.M. Pei.

Council for Environmental Deans & Directors summer conference; Boulder, Colorado

Bill Dennison ·
12 July 2010
Environmental Literacy | 

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), based in Washington, D.C., supports a group of university administrators called the Council for Environmental Deans & Directors (CEDD). This group has two annual meetings; a winter meeting in Washington, D.C. and a summer conference in different locations around the country. The 2010 summer conference was hosted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

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Chesapeake Bay and watershed (from IAN newsletter, Healthy Chesapeake Waterways, 2002)

Chesapeake literacy

Bill Dennison ·
2 April 2010
Environmental Literacy | 

The concept of Chesapeake environmental literacy derives from a series of programs that have established various literacy principles, for example, ocean literacy (www.coexploration.org). These programs have distilled the essence of what an informed person needs to know, thus informing both formal (e.g., classroom) and informal (e.g., museums) educators.

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Upper Patuxent River

Paddling the Patuxent River

Jane Thomas ·
23 June 2009
Environmental Literacy |     1 comments

On Monday, I joined the Patuxent Sojourners for the final day of their four-day paddle along the upper Patuxent River. Upper Patuxent River … Upper Patuxent River … Organized by the Patuxent Riverkeeper, the Patuxent Sojourn aims to elevate awareness of the Patuxent River's importance to the region and to encourage local residents to play an active role in its restoration and preservation.

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