Writing & Language
The Writing & Language Team helps edit texts and communications that emanate from the MEER:ReflEction Framework with a specific object in view: plain language with accuracy that scientists confirm and clarity that the general reader welcomes.
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.
Writing and Language Team Member
Albert Chang is a student at the University of California San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. He follows closely the changes in Earth’s climate system and hopes to mitigate their consequences by applying innovative energy technologies. To ensure a constant supply of electricity, storage must be available for renewable energy after it has been generated. Highly efficient energy storage systems, therefore, are an infrastructural pillar that will support any comprehensive and global pivot to renewables, even as demand for energy grows in lockstep with Earth’s population.
Developing innovative solutions for storing renewable energy sparks Albert's creativity and fires his passion to learn. He intends to pursue a graduate degree, continuing to study Earth’s climate system and exploring ways for society to decarbonize more rapidly. He has begun analyzing data on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and creating predictive models to help advance the mission of MEER:ReflEction.
Albert also pays attention to the intersection of economics, environmental initiatives, and social justice. Renewable solutions improve living conditions for vulnerable communities, but discriminatory practices like redlining put these solutions beyond their reach. As a socially engaged engineer, Albert volunteers for projects that engage with these communities and benefit the ecosystems on which they depend.
On sunny days, Albert enjoys hiking on trails with his family in the Angeles National Forest. On less clement days, he plays classical piano music, returning often to the solo pieces of Freědeěric Chopin.