MEES goes to AnnapolisBill Dennison ·
This poem was written on the last day of the 2015 Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences (MEES) Colloquium held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis, October 30-31, 2015, and hosted by the MEES goes to Annapolis
William C. Dennison
31 October 2015
A gathering of scientists of the MEES brand
From all over the state of Maryland
They developed a passion for understanding nature
For which there really is no cure.
We learned about how MEES is going from good to great
And then it was all about science communication
As a tool for making better science application.
Led a session on making science easy on the eye
Drawing chickens, tulips and thermometers upside down
To make a story of those things that make fish frown.
We heard the Bernie Fowler sneaker story
An indicator of Chesapeake Bay clarity
And then Randy Olson's And, But and Therefore
To help tell your story so that people don't snore.
In helping their colleagues figure out ways to make science useful
Students and faculty provided their elevator pitches
So that they could go on to careers of great riches.
The balcony of a historic African American church was a great scene
Crowded with student posters and faculty who were very keen
And then an epic talk by a real live NASA astronaut
Ricky Arnold told us about things in solar system: both cold and hot.
We then followed in footsteps of great Americans who were no fools
They had come to Annapolis and used some of the many barstools
Then crawling through the pubs of Annapolis experiencing various histories
But back in the morning listening to graduate student science stories.
Dana Bunnell-Young talked about producing corn, and methane actually
Hillary Glandon talked about carbon dioxide making crabs very angry
Katherine Slater investigated the mystery of copepods who showed up dead
Jan Vicente talked about when boring sponges get excited.
Looking back on all that we have done
This MEES colloquium was whole lots of fun
Thanks to all for coming along
And now it's time to say So Long!
Photo Credits: 1- Vanessa Vargas; 2a & 2b- Alex Fries ; 2c- Bill Dennison; 3a- Brad Stevens; 3b- Alex Fries; 4a- Caroline Donovan; 4b-Alex Fries; 5a & 5b-Vanessa Vargas, 6a-d- Alex Fries.
About the author
Dr. Bill Dennison is a Professor of Marine Science and Vice President for Science Application at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). Dr. Dennison’s primary mission within UMCES is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network.