OSM 2020 Science Communication Field Guide

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OSM 2020 Science Communication Field Guide

We believe that science communication is more important than ever before in addressing the unique challenges our oceans face. That is why organizers and contributors of the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego have made it a priority to host a variety of events, workshops, and presentations uniquely focused on communication, outreach, education, and science policy. These sessions will equip attendees with current tools and best practices for communicating …

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Keeping Yourself Focused: The Benefits of Writing a Professional Development Plan

By Brittany Schieler One of my favorite television series of the early 2000’s was “Friday Night Lights.” On the show, a charismatic high school football coach dramatically recites the team’s motto before big moments: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” To this I day I still find myself repeating this mantra. The pithy saying has a lot of relevance beyond high school sports. For many of us, it is our passion, or …

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Associate editors as shepherds, not just gatekeepers

By Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad All scientific journals maintain editorial boards, which consist of the Editor in Chief (EiC) and associate editors who primarily solicit peer reviews and make publication recommendations to the EiC. Editors, unlike peer reviewers, are the ones ultimately making decisions about whether or not a submitted manuscript should be accepted or rejected for publication. Because of this, editors are often described as gatekeepers. This ‘gatekeeper’ narrative is not …

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Congratulations to the 2020 ASLO Award Winners!

Each year, ASLO honors scientists for their achievements in the aquatic sciences. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 ASLO Awards. The awards will be presented at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting and at the 2020 ASLO-SFS Summer Meeting. More information about individual awardees is available at https://www.aslo.org/aslo-awards/2020-aslo-award-recipients/. Please join us in congratulating this year’s ASLO Award Winners!   The G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award honors a scientist …

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Seawater, smelly mud, and sight seeing: science and travel adventures in Israel

By Ashley Cohen Halloween in New York is always bittersweet. The autumn is a beautiful, festive time of year. The leaves are changing colors, it is cool enough to go on long hikes, and all the local farms have apple and pumpkin picking. Halloween always marks the beginning of the holiday season and the cold, wet weather, when I usually pass the time indoors hanging out with my fellow grad …

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Travel Themes: Israel Edition

By Connor Love I had fried myself from the sun and 20 knot Santa Ana winds all day. I had decided to film my friend who had just gotten in the water, the waves were small but of good quality. When I saw that I had to go I gave him a hug in the water and walked to my car just before sunset. I knew it was my last …

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Supreme Court questions role of groundwater connectivity in point source pollution

By Maha Joana Cziesielski On November 6th the Supreme Court of the United States held a hearing for the case County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. The arguments pertained to the question on whether the Clean Water Act requires a permit for the discharge of pollutants when the pollutant has traveled from a point source and through groundwater into navigable waters (see Cziesielski, 2019 for a summary of the …

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Congratulations to the 2019 ASLO Fellows!

We initiated the ASLO Fellows program in 2015 as a way to acknowledge and honor our members who consistently contribute to the society through our journals, conferences, and committees. This year we welcome another 10 members as the 2019 class of ASLO Fellows.  The commitment and service of ASLO Fellows have enabled our society to advance the sciences of limnology and oceanography.     All ASLO Fellows will be honored with a champagne toast at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting on 18 February (17:30 in the Exhibit Hall), as well as at a …

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An Overview of the upcoming Supreme Court case: County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

By Maha Joana Cziesielski   The County of Maui is being taken to the Supreme Court by a number of advocacy groups, led by the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, after a study showed that wastewater from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility injected into groundwater could be traced into the Pacific ocean. The Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of pollutants from a point source into navigable waters, unless an authorized National Pollutant Discharge …

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