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Hybrid Science: Virtual learning during COVID-19 opens a window to enhanced science education

Wendy Mitman Clarke • May 4, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced schools worldwide to close and shift their classes to online learning—a prodigious undertaking for teachers and students that has thrown traditional education for a violent loop. But some educators, among them J.


American Eels: Life cycle and ecology

Wendy Mitman Clarke • April 23, 2020

It’s spring in Maryland and in rivers and tributaries throughout the Chesapeake Bay, young American eels, called elvers, are moving upstream—pushing and wriggling and constantly moving. Movement is what they are made of.


Behind the Scenes: Getting the shot takes teamwork

Maryland Sea Grant • March 30, 2020

Making the invisible visible is an important, yet challenging, part of sharing science. It’s one our communications team recently took on with Assistant Director for Education J. Adam Frederick to determine the best method for capturing images of microplastics in a laboratory setting at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore, Maryland.


Eggs-traordinary discovery: Carroll County high school science research produces a first

Wendy Mitman Clarke • March 12, 2020

All winter long, four of Judy Plaskowitz’s students—seniors at South Carroll High School in Sykesville, Maryland—have tended two enormous tanks behind the school’s Career and Technology Building, hoping the yellow perch (Perca flavescens) inside could successfully over-winter


Building capacity—and experience—through my time with Maryland Sea Grant

Eva May • February 20, 2020

It’s 9 a.m. in Baltimore, I’ve had too much coffee, and I’m nervous. I walk up to the podium, and with encouraging nods from my colleagues, give a brief—and I mean brief—introductory spiel about a project I’ve spent the better part of a year working on. I look around, seeing largely unfamiliar faces from local government offices, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions.


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