Writing & Language Team

Mission:

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.

Team Members:

Joseph Frankovic

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 marked-up sheets of Government paper for use as pages in notepads, which he dubbed “Sequester Pads” (Federal News Radio, “From binder clips to sequester pads”).

Just before the outbreak of COVID–19 in North America, Amtrak, U.S. Postal Service, and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employees were using the notepads. The design of the free pads featured professionally cut pages with ink-stamped slogans. Those slogans included 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—each of these conditioned him to celebrate and embrace the public call of climate scientists for a transvaluation of values that humans collectively share.

Joseph lives with his wife Janet, who is a realist painter. Having been car-free for over a decade, they ride their bikes for exercise and transportation. They also help wild birds who are indigenous to southern Maryland—chickadees, mockingbirds, nuthatches, titmice, woodpeckers, wrens, and other species (including raptors, indirectly)—by feeding them choice seeds and nuts.

Albert Chang

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—a pivot that must accommodate the global energy demand as it continues to grow in lockstep with the global 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 vulnerable communities and that strengthen 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.

Alice Springs

Writing and Language Team Member

Alice Springs describes herself as an art activist and designer who loves Mother Earth. She makes art to educate, inspire, and motivate herself and others. She has a passion for music, performance art, and video art. Life—in all of its manifestations and iterations—inspires Alice to create. She sees her work as supporting life by promoting equity, healing, and peace.

Alice makes art to effect change and to foster stability: Art influences how each of us sees the world; it helps us communicate and share our diverse stories; and it helps us preserve Earth’s history, keeping her traditions a living part of our collective memory so that future generations can draw from them and also enrich them with their own stories.

From 2019 to 2020, Alice lived in Mexico City and Veracruz, Mexico, where she learned about traditional styles of Mexican art from local artisans. During that time, she codirected a music video for the SingPeace! Pilgrimage for Peace & Global Harmony project. The video incorporated ancestral and Mexican cultural traditions, environmental and endangered species themes, and it featured the contributions of youthful participants.

Alice also designs and makes jewelry. In 2017, she created her brand Alice Springs Jewelry. In addition to stones and fine and precious metals, she uses natural materials and found objects that she upcycles to create custom jewelry and her own original pieces. She studied jewelry design in Brussels, Belgium.

Alice is Belgian-American and speaks English, French, and Spanish. She was born into a family of architects and artists. When her parents went to their various design and decorating jobs, they often took young Alice with them.

Attending high school in Europe, Alice elected to study fine arts. After graduating in 2006, she established an art collective in Brussels. The artists of the Moustache Collectif often traveled and showed their work, which dealt with environmental themes and social issues.

To relax, Alice does yoga and meditates. She enjoys cooking, nature walks, reading, and travel. And music—she loves going out for good music and a lot of dancing.

Jonathan Cole

Writing and Language Team Member

Jonathan Cole designs and builds prototypes of solar reflective devices in the San Francisco Bay Area, at a self-funded research site. Creative, curious, and very concerned, he invents and innovates by designing, building, installing, destroying, and then repeating these steps.

As a young man, Jonathan attended Stony Brook University, which is part of the State University of New York system. He completed a 5-year program with sufficient academic credit to earn an undergraduate degree with majors in three disciplines: astrophysics, physics, and philosophy.

His early professional career included a stint as a satellite operations engineer working for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Leaving the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, he started a technology company, ran it for 10 years, sold it to his management team—and then pursued new entrepreneurial opportunities. He still owns and manages Altitude Systems, a small information technology consulting company.

In 2015, Jonathan changed his career track, again, after being discommoded by a rude moment of realization: “Current warming abatement projects have no chance to succeed at cooling Earth soon enough to stop the ongoing and rapid ruin of the biosphere.” That realization motivated him to wrap up his unrelated projects and to devote himself to deep study of climate science and energy engineering. Jonathan soon recognized that reflective technologies—because of the proven physics of these technologies and the known methods of manufacturing that are associated with them—stood apart, towering above other options for lowering Earth’s surface temperatures.

Jonathan regards his response to that realization moment as reasonable and normal. He sees humanity’s fate in a precarious light: It hangs heavily on the rapid response of other engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. They, too, must focus their attention on the global warming crisis because the stakes are high for Homo sapiens: They include the real possibility of self-inflicted extinction.

Daily exercise rejuvenates Jonathan. He enjoys reading on the topics of health and longevity. Two of his favorite authors on these subjects are the American physician Michael H. Greger and the British gerontologist Aubrey de Grey. Jonathan also loves music, so much so that he hosts music festivals.