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SEA Currents: Jan 2020


January 21, 2020

S-290’s at Sea Bucket List

Devin Goldsmith, Muhlenberg College

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Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun, and SEA Semester’s on-shore component has proven this to me and my fellow class and shipmates. With a mere 17 days left in Woods Hole, Class S-290 has begun to curate plans for our trip around New Zealand. During our pizza lunch with the President of SEA, Peg Brandon, we discussed our hopes for the upcoming voyage. I’ve compiled a list of things each member of our class wants to accomplish, witness, or avoid. You could call this Class S-290’s bucket list.


January 20, 2020

Conservation with a Conscious Mind

Annabel Weyhrich, University of Washington

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We are now beginning our third week of our land portion at SEA Semester in Woods Hole. Our days are packed with classes, guest speakers, research, and cooking for 8 others. We have begun to find the rhythm of what it means to be a student at SEA and that means diving into our studies. Last week our classes’ main focus was Marine Populations.


January 17, 2020

The Many Campuses of SEA Semester

Liz Maloney, Administrative Assistant for the Dean and Faculty

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Q&A with Liz Maloney, W-162, Administrative Assistant for the Dean and Faculty. Liz helps manage the remote shore components that play an important role in many SEA Semester programs.  She recently returned from two weeks on the South Island of New Zealand, where she worked with students of class S-289 as they participated in a shore component prior to their voyage.

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January 17, 2020

Training Takes Center Stage in Madden Center

Doug Karlson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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For a few weeks this past fall it wasn’t unusual to see students in the hallway attending to an “injured” classmate, or practicing the proper use of an inflatable life raft.  It’s all part of SEA’s mission to provide professional development and training for SEA crew and others. Such training is required for Coast Guard licensing of able seamen, mates and medical officers.

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January 15, 2020

An Appreciation for the Liminality of Woods Hole

Ashby Gentry, Boston University

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One of the first things I learned in acting school was the concept of a liminal space, or a place of being in-between.  As an actor, my entire job consists of navigating various liminal spaces. See, that’s all a play really is. It’s a state of being in-between.  What we are “in-between” is a set of two different stasis—periods of equilibrium.


January 15, 2020

A Deeper Understanding of Traditional Pacific Navigation

Anna Roether, Carleton College

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Today concludes our first full week of classes onshore. Many of us feel that we have simultaneously been here forever yet feel like we got here just yesterday. This is probably due to the mass amount of information we have already learned and the still-new connections we are making with our future shipmates.


January 13, 2020

Emily Burke is Winner of Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship Award

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SEA Semester scientist Emily Burke has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship Award.  Emily will use her award to explore the rugged coastline of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, described by the National Park Service as a place “where the ice age lingers.” Her proposal is titled “Canvas and Ice: A Sailing Study of Alaska’s Changing Fjords.”

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January 09, 2020

SUNY ESF Student Studies Coral Reefs with SEA

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
“Lancaster native studies human impacts on coral reefs”
by Holly N. Lipka, Editor
Lancaster Bee

Coral reefs have existed on earth for millions of years, but many of them may not survive much longer.
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, roughly one-quarter of coral reefs worldwide are already considered damaged beyond repair, with another two-thirds under serious threat.

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January 08, 2020

What’s cooking?

Amy Phung, B House, Olin College of Engineering

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People often say that food is something that brings people together, and so far, it’s definitely been something that has brought our house together rather quickly! During the shore component with SEA, our class is split between three houses, and the members of each house are responsible for figuring out food.


January 06, 2020

Pathway of the Nerds

Amelia Austin, Smith College

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Hello Readers!
Reporting to you from Woods Hole where my shipmates and I are settling in nicely to our small cottage homes.


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