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October 19, 2015

SEA Plastics Research Featured on Radio-Canada TV Show

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SEA Semester® in the News:
French-Canadian reporter Michel Rochon of ICI Radio-Canada interviewed Drs. Kara Lavender Law and Erik Zettler and visited the SSV Corwith Cramer in Woods Hole this June for a story about ocean plastics pollution and the “Plastisphere,” the millions of tiny organisms that colonize these plastic bits. On Sunday, October 18, 2015, the science television program Découverte aired its broadcast featuring this documentary.

Read the story (in French) and view the video here.

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October 16, 2015

Yale Chronicles Summer Western European Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Yale sophomore finds empowerment in her time at sea”
by Susan Gonzales, Yale News | Oct. 16, 2015

Summer has given way to autumn, but for Yale undergraduate Alexandra Leone ’18, memories of July and August sunsets, stars, and ocean winds are vivid reminders of an experience that felt to her like “a dream come true.”

Read the full story.


October 16, 2015

About Those SEA Semester Messages in Bottles….

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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On SEA Semester voyages, our students often take part in the time-honored tradition of scrawling a message, rolling it into a bottle, and plunking it into the ocean. Where these communiqués end up can help us to better understand ocean currents—and they’re a fun way to reach strangers we may never otherwise meet.

In the last week alone, we’ve heard of two separate instances where beach strollers have spotted our students’ bottles—an intriguing enough coincidence that we felt we had to share it on this blog.

Categories: News,Corwith Cramer,Robert C. Seamans, • Topics: life at sea  c260  c257  s262 • (2) CommentsPermalink

October 15, 2015

Roger Williams Highlights Student’s Fall Transatlantic Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Hawk on the High Seas: Emma Wightman ’17 to Sail Across the Atlantic with SEA Semester”
Roger Williams University | Oct. 15, 2015

This fall, Roger Williams University environmental studies major and Livingston, N.J., native Emma Wightman ’17 is joining a distinguished class of upper-level science undergraduates who will sail an oceanographic research vessel across the world’s second-largest ocean to investigate one of the foremost scientific challenges of their generation: global climate change.

Read the full story.

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October 13, 2015

Wellesley Features SEA Semester students & alumnae

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Through Study Abroad, Wellesley Students Conduct Marine Research in the Atlantic Ocean”
Wellesley College | Oct. 13, 2015

About 45 percent of Wellesley juniors choose to study abroad for a semester or a year, according to the Office of International Study. Though most students choose programs that allow them “to perfect a foreign language, conduct field research, or to gain a new perspective on their major” on dry land, others choose to pursue an adventure that’s a little less landlocked.

Read the full story.


October 06, 2015

SEA Semester Invites Students for Voyage to Cuba & Caribbean

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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Surely you’ve read the latest news about changes in the complex relationship between the United States and Cuba. But did you know that we’ve been working during the past few months to offer future SEA Semester students the chance to return to this fascinating destination?

Pending government approval, students enrolled in SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean for winter/spring term 2016 will make a port stop in Santiago de Cuba. The visit will be part of this broader comparative studies program, which gives students of all majors the chance to deepen their knowledge of cultural and environmental sustainability issues throughout the Caribbean.

There’s still space and financial aid available for this exciting program. Applications are due November 1.


September 30, 2015

Furman Focuses on Student’s Summer Hawaiian Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Aloha ‘Aina: for the love of the land”
by Erika Haavie, Furman University | Sept. 30, 2015

While she spent part of her summer sailing through Hawaii, Kelsey Orr ’17 wasn’t on a leisure trip. Her 12-hour days as a student and rookie sailor were often spent cleaning, line hauling, and collecting water samples aboard a 134-foot-long sailing ship for her team’s research project.

Read the full story.


September 29, 2015

SEA Semester Research Makes Top Marine Biology Papers List

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

We’re delighted to announce that a paper co-authored by SEA Semester Assistant Professor of Oceanography Dr. Deb Goodwin was named today to a list of Top Marine Biology Papers by PeerJ, the peer-reviewed journal in biology, life sciences, and medicine.

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September 24, 2015

SEA Supports New England Ocean Protections

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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For the past 45 years, Sea Education Association (SEA) has worked to develop the next generations of ocean stewards, scholars, and leaders. On undergraduate SEA Semester voyages around the globe, we encourage our students not only to study the science under the surface, but also to understand the nuances of historic and cultural relationships between coastal communities and their local waters.

Safeguarding the health of our oceans for future generations is no simple matter, but we view smart policymaking as a key tool for preserving their rich heritages and regional identities. For example, in our Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program each spring, we have asked our students to devise recommendations for protecting the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic Ocean that may inform real-world plans.

Our latest foray into marine policy involves an ongoing debate near our own marine “backyard:” whether to grant permanent, holistic protections to the Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts Area along the southern New England coast.

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September 17, 2015

Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Jeff Wescott

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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For the 2015-16 school year, SEA Semester welcomes several new faculty to our roster. Periodically, we’ll introduce them to you on this blog.

First up: Meet Dr. Jeff Wescott, our new Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

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