Writing and Language
The Writing and Language Team is working to help edit text and communication related to MEER:ReflEction in a way that is understandable to both scientists and the general public.
Writing and Language Team Member
Joseph Frankovic has worked over 10 years as a writer-editor for an executive branch agency in Washington, DC. To reuse low-value Government assets, he started a thrift program that returned over 25,000 secondhand binder clips to Federal agencies, nationwide, from 2013 to 2017. He also began upcycling once-used sheets of Government paper for use as pages in notepads, which he named “Sequester Pads” (Federal News Radio, “From binder clips to sequester pads”). In 2020, before the outbreak of COVID–19, Amtrak, U.S. Postal Service, and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employees were using them. The current design of the free pads features professionally cut pages with ink-stamped slogans: Approved by Earth and Noting the Future for the Youth.
Prior to joining the civil service, Joseph earned academic degrees in American Studies, Biblical Literature, Classical Studies, and Midrash. His familiarity with Native American myths, legends, and memoirs; his education in ancient Jewish and Christian texts; and his admiration of the oral defense that Socrates gave before an Athenian court, conditioned him to celebrate and embrace the recent public call of climate scientists for a transvaluation of values that humans collectively share. Exploring this subject, he wrote a few essays for Dogwood Alliance. They are posted on its website, in the blog section.
Joseph lives with his wife Janet, who is a realist painter. Relying on direct observation, she draws and paints images of nature and urban landscapes. Having been car-free for over a decade, they ride their bikes for exercise and transportation. They also help wild birds that are indigenous to southern Maryland—chickadees, mockingbirds, nuthatches, titmice, woodpeckers, wrens, and other species (including raptors, indirectly)—by feeding them choice seeds, nuts, and mealworms.