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Catch the Christmas/AMS Centennial Spirit

By now, you may have committed to coming to the AMS 2020 Annual Meeting, along with what looks to be a record number of others. Maybe you want to celebrate the closeout to our 100thanniversary year. Perhaps you want to … Continue reading

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What scientists want… and the lump of coal in this year’s Christmas stocking.

“Only sick nouns need adjectives.”– Eugene Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor(1989) In the old days, children were told that if they’d been good all year, Santa would bring them gifts to enjoy on Christmas Eve. But if they’d chronically misbehaved, then all … Continue reading

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What scientists want… and what may be in the Christmas stocking.

Recent LOTRW posts have focused on what scientists want – occasions and means to take their science to the next level – to use their research to build a better world. New opportunities may be in the offing. Here are a … Continue reading

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The first Christmas as a disruptive event

Dis-rupt: to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt: Telephone service was disrupted for hours. If you work on the fringes of hazards and hazard policy, as I do, words such as  disrupt, disruption, disruptive over time … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

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Two changes in climate, compared at Christmas.

Climate change is real. Human beings – our numbers, and our activities – drive much of this change. The climate change underway poses substantial risks. To me, the evidence for these three statements is compelling. It seems I’m in good … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol

Chances are, you’ve spent some time over the past few days rereading or watching Dickens’ famous story. Well-plowed ground! Think: Jim Carrey. Bill Murray. Charlie Brown. Alastair Sim. Reginald Owen. Maybe we have a lesson to learn. Last week, Juliet … Continue reading

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Remedial reading, and (noting the season), a regifting of the same: Beyond Persuasion: A Proposal for Invitational Rhetoric.

A week or so ago, had the pleasure to be interviewed as part of a survey conducted by Ioanna Cionea, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma. At the session’s end, when I discovered that professor Cionea did research … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Day 2019

As human beings, to varying degrees, we share a common impairment: we constantly struggle to hold a thought. That attention deficit disorder is hardwired in our DNA; it confers a certain survival value to all creatures living on a constantly-changing … Continue reading

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Dog whistling… and the latest National Climate Assessment.

Dog-whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different, or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup. The analogy is to a dog whistle, whose ultrasonic whistling sound is heard … Continue reading

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