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SEA Currents: Jan 2018


January 29, 2018

Plastics Paper Gains Widespread Attention

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

Congratulations to Dr. Kara Lavender Law, SEA Research Professor of Oceanography, whose article, “Plastics in the Marine Environment,” was among the top ten downloaded articles out of 1,075 articles published in the scholarly journal, Annual Reviews, in 2017.

In the article, Dr. Law presents a comprehensive framework with which to evaluate the sources, distribution, and environmental impacts of plastic pollution in the ocean. The framework was a collaborative work of the Marine Debris Working Group of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, supported by Ocean Conservancy, of which Law was a co-Principal Investigator. The working group’s goal was to advance the scientific understanding of the problem in order to inform strategies to reduce or eliminate future contamination of the ocean by plastic debris.

For a limited time, the article may be accessed without a subscription here.

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January 16, 2018

SEA alumnus donates custom tall ship teaching model

Capt. Chris Nolan

SEA Semester

Captain Shawn Deweese, of South Yarmouth, MA, recently donated a custom crafted teaching model to Sea Education Association. The working model is designed to demonstrate the function of all nine sails and rigging aboard SEA’s two tall ships, SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans.

“I was an alum of the high school program in 1996, so it was really great when I got the chance to sail aboard Cramer twenty years later as a guest,” said Captain Deweese. “It definitely hit home for me that sail training is still really valid for students in today’s day and age.”

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January 10, 2018

Michael Jacobson wins Elsaesser Award

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72) has been named as recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award.  Michael will use his award to travel to Orchid Island, southeast of Taiwan, to document the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.  Photos and videos will be used to augment an exhibit at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington.

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January 02, 2018

Man Overboard (drill)!!

Brittney, Alexa, Emma, and Daniel, B Watch, Penn State

Penn State at SEA

This afternoon we continued sailing through the Virgin Passage as we passed St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. It was a hot 80 degree day with light wind and we were finally able to put up an additional two sails, the fisherman and the jib topsail. Two playful dolphins passed the ship twice throughout the day that circled the ship.

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January 01, 2018

Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 11 (At sea, Puerto Rico)

SEA Semester

Zoya Buckmire, of St. George’s University in Grenada, talks completing her final academic assignments and Caribbean Reef Expedition’s conclusion in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


January 01, 2018

Spontaneous Shipeks

Kasey Jones, A Watch, Penn State

Penn State at SEA

It was a bright and beautiful day in paradise today! Off in the distance, the island of Culebra was appearing in the distance through fog. If the plan works accordingly, Culebra is our snorkeling stop for a bit of fun exploring in the Caribbean waters…fingers crossed!

Categories: Corwith Cramer, • Topics: c276a  life at sea  research  celestial navigation • (4) CommentsPermalink