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February 16, 2020

Ocean Sciences Meeting & Swizzle

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SEA will be at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, from Feb. 16th to 21st.
Visit our booth #119, and join us for a Swizzle at Joe’s Crab Shack on Feb. 20th from 6 to 8:30 pm.

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January 24, 2020

Update on Coronavirus

Virginia Land McGuire, Associate Dean for Financial Aid and Student Services

As news about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), originating in Wuhan, China becomes available, please know that we are monitoring the information closely and in consult with infectious disease specialists.  We remain alert to developments that may affect our students, crew or programs.

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January 22, 2020

Interdisciplinary Week #2: Marine Populations

Ava-Rose Beech, Kenyon College

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Last Friday brought a close to our second full week of classes at the Woods Hole Campus. The theme for last week—marine populations—led us to a wide range of topics and discussions. Whether it was leafing through the pages of whaling logbooks filled with intricate illustrations of whales, flying fish, and porpoises at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, or discussing the complexities of the policy that regulates fishery management, our studies gave us a deeper understanding of the integral role marine populations play in our lives.


January 22, 2020

Data and Design in the Fight against Plastic Pollution

Doug Karlson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Former SEA Scientist and Alumna Skye Moret Wins Nat Geo Award

Skye Moret, C-190, has a passion for using data visualization and engagement to bridge the gap between design and science. Recently, that passion took her to a remote beach in Bali where she created ‘Perpetual Plastic,’ a 46-foot diameter data art installation that’s also a flow chart illustrating the transformation and fate of plastic waste.

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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.


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