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SEA Currents: Aug 2017


August 06, 2017

The Last Sunday

Isabelle Stacks and Elizabeth Gutierrez, Newton South High School and Denver South High School

SEA Semester

As this is our last Sunday at SEASCape, we had many options for activities to participate in during the day.  We began with a wonderful breakfast at 9:00 am of eggs, bacon, coffee, and English Muffins.  Some of us had the opportunity to tie dye if we had previously disliked our first tie dye shirts, and a few others decided to join in by tie dying their own shirts.

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August 05, 2017

Continuing Our Intellectual Voyage!

Chase Glatz and Corina Kotidis, Greenwood Middle High School and Middlesex School

SEA Semester

Today, all 25 of us woke up bright and early at 7:30 A.M. and started our day! During our daily watch meetings, we learned a new bend, which is when you tie two pieces of ropes together, called the Sheet Bend. Then, we started our academic day with Dan the man’s Oceans and Societies class, where we learned about the relationship between slavery in the Caribbean and the ocean, along with the history behind slavery itself.

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August 05, 2017

Hitting the Books

Jacob Atkins, A Watch, American University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Throughout all our previous blog posts, we have introduced you to many different aspects of this ship. One part of the community which deserves further exposition is the reading community that has developed on this ship. I suppose it was predictable, but it never occurred to me given the lack of reading during the shore component. Because of the lack of internet, books have become the predominant form of entertainment on the ship.


August 04, 2017

SEA Semester’s Sarah Herard Wins Career Development Grant

SEA Semester

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded a 2017–18 Career Development Grant to Capt. Sarah Herard, of Sea Education Association. In addition to her work at SEA, Sarah is pursuing a Masters in Training and Development at Central Michigan University’s Global Campus. Sarah is currently in Belfast, Maine, where she’s one of the project coordinators for the SSV Corwith Cramer Major Maintenance Program.

AAUW Career Development Grants help women advance in their careers. For the 2017–18 academic year AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million through six fellowships and grants programs to more than 250 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 12,000 women from more than 140 countries since 1888.

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August 04, 2017

Research, Research, Research!

Lynnette Reed, University of California, San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography

SEA Semester

Woods Hole continues to exceed my expectations. These past nine weeks with the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) have been fun, but very demanding: coring 30 centimeters (cm) of soil, hugging trees, and clipping vegetation. Not to mention, the bug bites! Regardless, this was the adventure I was seeking.


August 04, 2017

CCMMP: Some Assembly Required

Laura Rea, Procurement Officer, Social Media and Public Outreach Officer

SEA Semester

It’s two months into Cramer MMP, and we’ve finally reached the point where we are beginning to reassemble the ship, rather than keep taking her apart. Things are slowly but surely coming together, thanks to the hard work of the crew.

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August 04, 2017

Woods Hole Historical Day

Alek Bobyock-Rosen & Amanda Manoogian, Montclair High School & Georgetown Day School

SEA Semester

We awoke this awoke this morning at approximately 7:30 to a lovely pancake breakfast made by our wonderful chef, Sabrina. We completed our daily chores and then headed off to the picnic tables for our watch meetings. We worked on our leadership prompts and went over announcements. We marched up the hill to the Madden Center, where we were greeted by the admission counselors for SEA Semester. We were given a presentation on the various courses that SEA Semester offers.

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August 04, 2017

Reflections on the Voyage

Cassidy Manzonelli, B Watch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

As I sat there yesterday on the bowsprit, looking out at Nikumaroro Island as we left, my mind began to wander to the events that have taken place in the last month. We arrived on the ship a month ago today in Pago Pago, American Samoa, knowing only the other students. We were thrown into this crazy community that we have all come to love. One of my favorite experiences happened sometime during the first week, just after we had entered PIPA waters.


August 03, 2017

The Adventures of Smew

Nevin Schaeffer, Steward

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

This afternoon we, the crew of the Robert C. Seamans, departed our anchorage at Nikumaroro and set forth back into the deep blue expanse of water someone named “The Sea” or “The Ocean” quite a few years before I was born. We waved goodbye to Nikumaroro as our view became shrouded by an oncoming squall and our attention shifted to the path ahead, rather than the port stop behind.


August 03, 2017

Ocean Acidification, Whaling Conventions, and Sheets

Chiara Rizzuti and Maggie Nye, Liceio scientifico statale Leonardo da Vinci School and The Urban School of San Francisco

SEA Semester

Today we woke up at 6:30 and after the usual chores, we had our watch meetings and learned how to tie a bowline knot. While some of us were able to complete the knot right away, some struggled to tie it. The RA’s challenged some of us to tie the knots in weird and creative ways such as, tying it behind the back, with our feet, and by closing our eyes.

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