Farewell, Emily!

At the end of last month, IAN said a very fond farewell to science communicator Emily Nastase. Emily worked for IAN for almost three years on a broad range of projects and products. Whatever she was working on, Emily's artistic skills and work ethic were appreciated by all of us here at IAN. Emily is now starting her Master's degree at North Carolina State University, where she will study songbird ecology. Thanks for all you've done, Emily, and best of luck!

Congratulations, Suzi!

The National Sea Grant College administers one of the country's most prestigious marine policy fellowships, the Knauss Fellowship. Among 2021's fellowship class of accomplished graduate students is IAN's own Suzi Spitzer. As a Knauss Fellow, Suzi will spend a year working in the legislative or executive government on issues related to marine conservation and policy. Congratulations, Suzi, and best of luck!

Welcome, Joe!

This month, IAN welcomes science communication intern Joseph Edgerton. Joe has a B.S. in Biology from Oregon State University, where he assisted in research on bacterial biocontrols. Joe became interested in data visualization and is excited to bring those skills to IAN. Currently living in Tigard, Oregon, Joe enjoys volunteering at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and having "decent" hacky sack skills (his words).

"Evaluating Transdisciplinary Approaches" now available online

The Evaluating Transdisciplinary Approaches Workshop was convened by the Belmont Forum last summer. Workshop participants were part of a growing community of transdisciplinary research supporters and practitioners. The workshop goals were centered around participants exploring transdisciplinary research goals, metrics, and assessment. This workshop newsletter compiles the results of the workshop, outlines recommendations for how to evaluate transdisciplinary approaches, and provides current and past examples of transdisciplinary research.


In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of Earth Day, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. (Booz Allen) has partnered with the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) to host a social good hackathon to explore data monitoring the health of the watershed. From August 3–September 14, data scientists, developers, designers, problem solvers, and storytellers are invited to explore CMC's data and create solutions to address some of their core challenges. Registration is still open. Learn more about the event and sign up here!

RiverTalk by Dr Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen

The International RiverFoundation's RiverTalk seminar series will feature IAN's Dr. Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen on August 25. Vanessa's talk is titled "Putting People into the Picture: Creating social environmental report cards." She will discuss the report card framework used by IAN as well as how report cards can benefit ecosystems and communities alike.

Online River Academy science communication training course

River Academy, the latest initiative from International River Foundation, is an interactive learning platform designed to teach anyone in river-related topics. Current course offerings include Leadership for River Practitioners, River Resilience, Science Communication, and River Restoration - Form and Function. IAN is developing the introductory course in Science Communication, which will cover topics ranging from storytelling strategies, to color theory, to data visualization. Upon completing a course with River Academy, participants will be issued a digital badge to showcase on their CV/resume.

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, ISBW14 and WSC2020 are postponed until summer 2022

We will update everyone as we have more information. Please discontinue abstract submission at this time, and stay safe and healthy. Visit the ISBW14 website for more details.