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SEA Currents: Mar 2020

March 03, 2020

SEA’s Dr. Kara Lavender Law Delivers Keynote Address at Microplastics Conference

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Sea Education Association in the NEWS
“Microplastics research needs innovation, health focus”
By Marla Broadfoot
Environmental Factor
National Institutue of Environmental Health Sciences

Experts from the environmental science and health communities met Jan. 27-28 in Washington, D.C., to discuss microplastics, the tiny pieces of plastic now being detected throughout the environment. The workshop was organized by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and sponsored by NIEHS.

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March 02, 2020

Way Back to Bequia: a Retrospective

Oscar Zahner, C Watch, University of Washington


It’s taken a little while for me to get around to writing this because I’ve spent what I’m pretty certain has been the last 48 hours counting sargassum in the lab. That’s not an exact number because time moves differently on this boat where days are 18 hours long instead of 24 and those hours really drag on when you’re separating Fluitans III from Natans VIII over the lab sink. But that’s not a bad thing.

March 01, 2020

Close Quarters

Greta Nelson, B watch, Vassar College


I woke up this morning after one of those rare nights with nine hours of sleep, and peered out of bunk. Looking through the crack of my burgundy curtains, I saw the familiar scene of the main salon.

March 01, 2020

The Modern Mariner

Juliette Bateman, Boston University


This past Friday night may have marked one of my favorite nights aboard the Robert C. Seamans thus far. Yes - I really mean that, and we’ve had some pretty good times, so there’s definitely some strong competition. The class members of “Sense of Place” - a seminar-based +SEA elective that ponders the complexity of place-related connectedness through relevant literature, often specific to New Zealand and coastal/oceanic environments - put on a visual reading of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” on the quarter deck.

March 01, 2020

Looking vs. Seeing: Appreciation is Active

Ashby Gentry, Boston University


Though I would not consider myself a negative person, I would be lying if I said the label hadn’t been slapped upon me from time to time.  Believe me when I say that I have made significant attempts to improve my “negative aura,” which is why I have—to this day—filled out every single page of the daily positivity journal my mother gifted me for the New Year.

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