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August 12, 2015

Denison University Spotlights Phoenix Islands Summer Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Denison University Student Erica Schulz ‘17 Does Research with SEA Semester”
Denison University | Aug. 12, 2015

GRANVILLE, Ohio—Denison University student Erica Schulz ’17 is sailing with the SEA Semester program aboard one of the first scientific research voyages to the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean. The biology major from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is gathering data that has the potential to make real and lasting contributions to the limited knowledge about one of the last remaining coral wilderness areas on Earth.

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August 09, 2015

SEA Semester Voyage Featured in The New York Times

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“At Sea With Joseph Conrad”
by Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University professor of history
The New York Times | Aug. 9, 2015

The tall ship Corwith Cramer stumbled into the Celtic Sea, engine roaring, 7,500 square feet of sail furled up mute. Its two masts ticked against the horizon like a metronome set to allegro. I joined a row of pallid sailors crouched at the leeward rail. Foam-lathered swell swung for my face, then reeled abruptly away. By the third time I threw up over the side, the “wine-dark sea” of Homer’s poetry just looked like the basin of a billion vomits.

Misery loves blame, so I blamed Joseph Conrad, whose fiction had brought me here. Before Conrad published his first novel in 1895, he spent 20 years working as a merchant sailor, mostly on sailing ships, and fully half his writing — including “Heart of Darkness,” “Lord Jim” and “The Secret Sharer” — deals with sailors, ships and the sea. These loom so large for him that as I have researched a book about Conrad’s life and times, I have felt it essential to travel by sea myself.

I had already taken passage from China to England on a giant container ship, tracing a historic route with the comforts of a queen-size bed, round-the-clock hot water and a mass of steel as big as the Empire State Building between me and the sick-making swell. But the more I read Conrad, the more I realized that I had to get on a tall ship like the ones he knew best, and experience its unique ways of moving, working and speaking.

The brigantine Corwith Cramer, 134 feet from bowsprit to boomkin, is registered as a “sailing school vessel” and offers hands-on courses for college students in seamanship and the marine environment. Its operators, the Sea Education Association, generously let me hitch a ride on the first leg of the Corwith Cramer’s summer cruise along Europe’s Atlantic seaboard, from Cork to Brittany.

By “cruise” I don’t mean a pleasure cruise. For the 12 bright, game students who boarded with me in Cork, this was a floating boot camp. Under the patient instruction of 13 professional crew members, the students plunged into a grueling schedule of round-the-clock watch duty, hauling and heaving lines, setting and striking sails, scrubbing dishes and floors. They were learning the ropes just as Conrad did, 140 years ago.

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July 30, 2015

Upcoming Cross-Pacific Swim Supports SEA Semester Science

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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When Ben Lecomte dives into water off Tokyo, Japan in September and attempts to swim across the entire Pacific Ocean, he won’t only be pursuing a world-record-breaking feat of athleticism.

Ben says the swim is simply a way to get people’s attention; his real goal is to raise public awareness about the ocean and threats to the marine environment. That is something that he and SEA have in common. Ben and his support team will be partnering with SEA scientists to add to our extensive body of research on ocean plastics pollution. 

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July 28, 2015

Pitzer Student’s Phoenix Islands Voyage in the Spotlight

SEA Semester® in the News:
“Pitzer Student Karl Kiser Sets Sail to Explore the Pacific”
Pitzer College | July 28, 2015

Pitzer College student Karl Kiser ’16 is spending the summer sailing on one of the first scientific research voyages to the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean. Through an eight-week Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester summer program, Kiser and 21 classmates are gathering data that will help scientists and policymakers better understand one of the last remaining coral wildernesses on Earth.

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July 28, 2015

Transatlantic Crossing Student Featured by Trinity College

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Darcy Cogswell ’16 Charts Her Own Course Via Transatlantic Crossing to Ireland”
Trinity College | July 28, 2015

Rising Trinity senior Darcy Cogswell ’16 is among 17 undergraduates from top U.S. colleges and universities who sailed a tall ship across the world’s second-largest ocean this summer.

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July 25, 2015

Historic Seaports Student Profiled by Hometown Newspaper

SEA Semester® in the News:
“Weston resident studying abroad on tall ship”
Weston Crier | July 25, 2015

Miranda Burrage-Goodwin of Weston is enrolled in SEA Semester: Historic Seaports of Western Europe, a summer study abroad program through Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, while away from studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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July 22, 2015

Knox College Features Phoenix Islands Student Voyage

SEA Semester® in the News:
“Knox Student Joins Pioneering Pacific Research Expedition”
Niki Acton, Knox College | July 22, 2015

Nathan Kemp ‘16 is spending his summer at sea. Supplementing his study of environmental studies and biology, Kemp is a participant in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester program, Protecting the Phoenix Islands.

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July 20, 2015

Bowdoin College students highlighted for summer voyages

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“So Much To Sea: Freeman ’17 and Schuldt ’18 Embark on Tall Ship Adventures”
Bowdoin Daily Sun staff | July 20, 2015

Two students have spent part of their summers learning the ropes at sea aboard a tall ship.

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July 20, 2015

University of New England features PIPA voyage student

SEA Semester® in the News: “Samantha Schildroth sails on research expedition to Phoenix Islands”
University of New England | July 20, 2015

BIDDEFORD, Maine—Samantha Schildroth (Medical Biology and Environmental Science, ’17) has set her sails for the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean, where she, along with 21 other undergraduates who are sailing with her, will gather data on the islands as part of their eight-week Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester summer program.

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July 17, 2015

Saratoga newspaper profiles hometown SEA Semester student

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SEA Semester® in the News: “So Much To Sea: Freeman ’17 and Schuldt ’18 Embark on Tall Ship Adventures”
Norra Reyes, Saratoga TODAY | July 17, 2015

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Elizabeth “Liz” Olson, 19, returned home to Saratoga Springs earlier this month after a transformative experience sailing the high seas as part of a Marine Biodiversity and Conservation SEA semester through the Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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