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SEA Semester Alumni Stories

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Zena Cardman

NASA Astronaut Candidate

SEA grad Zena Cardman’s career has ranged from the depths of the ocean to, more recently, the inky void of Outer Space. In 2017, she was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class, and began a two-year training program in August.  

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Rebecca Trinh

Intern, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Working for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Rebecca Trinh uses satellites to track wastewater plumes off the coast of Southern California. A graduate of S-242, Rebecca sailed from Honolulu to San Francisco. She writes: "The month onshore in Woods Hole, MA and the month out at sea were two of the most profound months I have yet to experience.... My time with SEA only strengthened my resolve to pursue oceanography as my career choice and to be an ocean researcher."

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Alana Rask

Attorney

Alana writes: After SEA semester I had a reinvigorated passion for the environment and environmental protection. I graduated from college with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, and SEA semester was by far my best experience in college. I then went on to pursue a law degree, with the intent to practice environmental law.

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Leonard Pace

Science Program Manager, Schmidt Ocean Institute, SEA Overseer

As a graduate student, Leonard Pace’s research took him to South Africa, where he studied Great White Shark ecology, to Antarctica, where he studied Naked Dragonfish respiration. Following graduate school, he completed a John A. Knauss Fellowship and held positions with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Science Foundation. He is now the Science Program Manager for Schmidt Ocean Institute, overseeing oceanographic research projects aboard the R/V Falkor.

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Amy Bower, PhD

Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Amy Bower’s groundbreaking research centers of deep ocean currents. Legally blind since her mid-20s, she uses adaptive technology and has become an advocate for the visually impaired.

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