Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 National Academy of Sciences report on FSMLs

Updated 6-25-15:

Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA presented to us at the Wood's Hole OBFS/NAML Joint Meeting on the recent National Academy of Sciences report on "Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Labs in the 21st Century" (there is also a short Report In Brief available for the publication, and an OBFS-produced synopsis trifold).

The report process produced a useful catalog of worldwide field stations.

Here's a PowerPoint link. Jerry also used the video below in his presentation:

I followed up with Dr. Schubel about the model he described in that presentation, a chain of progression from data > knowledge > wisdom > policy > action. At the meeting, he scolded the FSML community for failing to reach the latter links in the chain. It's not enough to discover and "know" things. We have to connect this knowledge through to our larger culture. As research facilities, our survival depends on it.

But how do we do that, if it's not a scientific process? Maybe art can help? Dr. Schubel thinks so, too. Though it was missed in the report, he did a follow-up Viewpoint article in BioScience that states that FSMLs are ideally suited for facilitating interdisciplinary "creative abrasion". He specifically identifies the critical need to include arts and humanities.

He recommended that I check out a program from the aquarium: "The Role of Design and Design Thinking in Sustainability and Ocean Conservation". There is a Livestream video of the conference, and a Coastal Conversation video on the same topic.


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