THE ENDANGERED ALPHABETS PROJECT
We’ve all heard about endangered species. But what about endangered languages? Tim Brookes researches languages on the brink of being completely forgotten, and he’s here to break ‘em down and store ‘em up with his Endangered Alphabets project. Brookes carves and paints near-extinct writing systems from Indonesia, Nigeria, and beyond into wood, and he’s planning a traveling exhibition to preserve these scripts and the fascinating cultures they embody.
The Endangered Alphabets Project needs invites for a Vermont professor traveling the world to attempt to save endangered languages... Please help.
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|Former Board Member Dr Vikram Pattarkine appointed on the Executive Board of the Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee|
Former Board Member, and active IPP Fellow, Dr Vikram Pattarkine was recently appointed on the Executive Board of the Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). STAC provides scientific and technical guidance to the Chesapeake Bay Program on measures to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. As an advisory committee, STAC reports periodically to the Implementation Committee and annually to the Executive Council. Since its creation in December 1984, STAC has worked to enhance scientific communication and outreach throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and beyond. STAC provides scientific and technical advice in various ways, including (1) technical reports and papers, (2) discussion groups, (3) assistance in organizing merit reviews of CBP programs and projects, (4) technical conferences and workshops, and (5) service by STAC members on CBP subcommittees and workgroups. In addition, STAC has the mechanisms in place that allow STAC to hold meetings, workshops, and reviews in rapid response to CBP subcommittee and workgroup requests for scientific and technical input. This allows STAC to provide the CBP subcommittees and workgroups with information and support needed as specific issues arise while working towards meeting the goals outlined in the Chesapeake 2000 agreement. STAC also acts proactively to bring the most recent scientific information to the Bay Program and its partners.
STAC is composed of 38 members drawn from federal and state agencies, universities, research institutions, and private industry, which represent a cross section of individuals with diverse scientific and technical backgrounds and areas of expertise important to the Chesapeake Bay Program. Pattarkine has been a STAC member since 2006. He brings to the committee his expertise in wastewater nutrient management.