View of New York Harbor opening from New York Aquarium on Coney Island. Salt marsh restoration visible. Photo credit: Bill Dennison.

Previewing NY Harbor exhibit at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island

Bill Dennison ·
5 October 2018
Learning Science |     1 comments

The final meeting of the Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (CCERS) project--which the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science was a partner on--took place on 27 Sept 2018. The meeting included a visit to the New York Aquarium to view a new exhibit under construction. This exhibit will feature results from our CCERS project and the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), based at the Harbor School on Governors Island.

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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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2017 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card.

Maryland Coastal Bays report card gets a B- for the first time

Bill Dennison ·
28 September 2018
Environmental Report Cards | 

On 20 September 2018 on Fager’s Island, Ocean City, MD, the tenth annual Maryland Coastal Bays report card was released. The Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (IAN UMCES) has been partnering with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the National Park Service to produce report cards for the coastal lagoons that separate Fenwick and Assateague Islands from the mainland.

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Participants at the one-day course held at U.S. EPA Region 1. Photo: Brianne Walsh.

Communicating science effectively: one-day course with EPA Region 1

Brianne Walsh ·
21 September 2018

Bill Dennison and I traveled to Boston, Massachusetts on September 12-14 to teach a one-day course, titled “Communicating Science Effectively”, for U.S. EPA Region 1 staff at their office in downtown Boston. There were about 25 participants. All were EPA employees, but their specialties and roles ranged from environmental scientist, drinking water specialist, biologist, physical scientist, risk assessor, enforcement officer to environmental engineer.

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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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Map of the U.S.- Affiliated Islands. Source: Don A. Polhemus, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office.

Drought in the U.S.- Affiliated Pacific Islands

Brianne Walsh ·
14 September 2018
Learning Science | 

Three years ago, IAN began a national-scale effort with the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) to synthesize the impacts of ecological drought across the country. Workshops were held at each of the nation's eight regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers covering the following regions: Alaska, Pacific Islands, Northwest, Southwest, North Central, South Central, Northeast, and Southeast.

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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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Insects and Opossum in Poison Ivy, by Robin Brickman.

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2018 Annual Conference

Emily Nastase ·
7 September 2018
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication |     3 comments

Scientific illustration is a beautiful form of science communication. The goal of scientific illustration is to accurately depict and teach scientific concepts. Illustrations can be created traditionally or digitally and are generally highly rendered – not to mention stunning – works of scientific art. These images are as informative as they are captivating. Insects and Opossum in Poison Ivy, by Robin Brickman.

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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 Tennessee River Report Card was released in February 2018

Next steps for the Tennessee River Basin Report Card

Heath Kelsey ·
30 August 2018
Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | 

The Tennessee River Basin Report Card was released in February this year. It was made possible in large part because of feedback the IAN team solicited during the Tennessee River Basin Planning Network (TRBN) meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee in August, 2017. Discussions we had at that meeting decided several issues related to the report card scope and detail that carried through to the finished product.

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