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Science Communication

My love of science and the environment, with training in different disciplines of the biological sciences, has been fundamental to my worldview. My mother Naomi Miller-Coval encouraged a lifelong quest to pursue knowledge in all forms. My father, Eric Stevens, pushed me to take risks to realize my goals. Ann E. Kaplan was my graduate mentor at the City University of New York (1965-67) and was an unwavering source of support at the beginnings of my scientific training. I had the great, good fortune to have Roger Revelle as my PhD thesis advisor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1979-82). Though I didn’t finish my degree, Roger taught me the critical importance of always asking the right question over just finding the right answer. Don Manuel Cadena, a part Yaqui Indian living in Baja on the Gulf of California (Mexico), opened me up to the mysteries of the Natural World (1970-76) with long, desert hikes and fishing trips.

Roger Revelle and PRS,

March 1984

Don Mañuel Cadena

April 1972

Combined with an art and design expertise, I founded two companies, InterNetwork, Inc/INI and InterNetwork Media, Inc/INM, whose missions were to further understanding of the Earth System in different media. Work shown here is an important historical archive of US science agency programs where INI and INM played a pioneering communications role in the 1980s to 1990s. The concurrence of global satellite observations, the growing awareness of human impacts on the Earth system, and the exploding digital revolution, all transformed our planet and our lives. Both companies were early pioneers in the Digital New Media and INI was recognized with The Presidential Design for Excellence Award presented by Bill Clinton (1994).

Bill Clinton & PRS

White House Ceremony,

May 1994

"Thus, human beings are now carrying out a large scale geophysical experiment of the kind that could not have happened in the past…Within a few centuries we are returning to the atmosphere and oceans the concentrated organic carbon stored in sedimentary rocks over hundreds of millions of years."

-Roger Revelle, 1957