As of July 15, 2014, I am a co-editor of a new Arts on Graphics department of Computer Graphics & Applications magazine. Please help co-editors Francesca Samsel and I find the best articles with which to perform our editor duties.
On April 26, 2014, I attended the fabulous Investing in a Sustainable Future program at MIT. A daylong get together of economists and environmental scientists to discuss where their bodies of knowledge should overlap: advising conservation for a functional planet through sustainable processes (investment markets being one of the bigger ones). Fantastic case studies on Chinese apple orchard pollination and Sudd Marsh in South Sudan.
During Roger Williams Park and Zoo's annual Party for the Planet during April 21-25 2014, I spent time with Providence and Boston area families discussing their actions and the state of the ocean. Nothing feels more immediately impactful than talking to your greater neighborhood on global affairs and their place in them. I had three wonderful interns with me this year so we broke new records for effectiveness.
During February 18-21, 2014, I joined a review panel to advise the iUtah program on possible improvements to their second-year initiative. Working with four other colleagues who came into the state for the review with different academic backgrounds, we listened to two days of presentations and a day of critique.
On September 20th, 2013 I visited the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition labs at the University of Maryland. The institute had recently increased their staff of PhD researchers from two to six and had increased their world reach thanks to the momentum of changes to the Health Maintenance Act in DC. The labs were full of visitors from all over our lovely planet — learning testing methods and food safety requirements should their food products be exported to the USA. I was especially pleased to see water testing labs similar to those I worked near at the University of Washington. I was also enthused that the ten information technologists supporting the lab were interested in data visualization methods. Great day of discussions and perspective.
During May-August 2013, I buried my head into writing a new book, The Simulaton Life, while staying local in Providence, RI. The book should motivate others to understand my passion for simulation as understanding and hopefully find new collaborators willing to put serious effort into that endeavor.