SEA Currents: robert c. seamans
November 13, 2016
New Zealand Earthquake Update
As you may have heard in the news this morning, there has been an earthquake event on the South Island of New Zealand.
The Robert C. Seamans is anchored and aware of this event. All appears okay for their area. They have communicated with the harbormaster and have been informed no immediate concerns for Auckland harbor and are continuing to monitor this situation.
We will continue to post updates here should any new information become available.
November 07, 2016
Sailors for the Sea promotes ocean conservation with “Onboard Reporter” program
Thanks to a special partnership between our two organizations that began last spring, Sailors for the Sea, a leading ocean conservation program, is getting its message out with the help of SEA Semester students. Each term, one SEA Semester student is designated as Sailors for Sea’s “Onboard Reporter,” and receives a $1,500 award. This fall, the Onboard Reporter is William Harnisch, a University of Rhode Island student and member of class S-270, Ocean Exploration. William will soon report aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans in New Zealand, where, in addition to his SEA Semester studies and duties, his job will be to raise awareness about the ocean through blogging, storytelling, social media posts, photography and video. Here’s William’s first report. We encourage you to follow the stories filed by Sailors for the Sea’s Onboard Reporter!
November 04, 2016
Hamilton College sends four to SEA Semester as it spreads word on Study Abroad for STEM students
SEA Semester in the News
By Land and Sea, STEM Students Study Abroad
Hamilton College News
There’s a great big world of off-campus studies, and it’s not just for art history or French majors. To help prove the point, biology major Angel Pichardo ’17 gave a talk at a recent Hamilton College colloquium about his semester in DIS Copenhagen. His program focused on biomedicine and drug development. The experience, says Pichardo, was the best four months of his life.
Hamilton’s Off-Campus Study office held the colloquium in part to spread the word about the abundance of worldwide study opportunities in “STEM” or science, technology, engineering and math. Students in STEM disciplines are underrepresented in study abroad, despite their need to learn to function in a global milieu and to handle complex global problems, says Carolyn North, assistant dean of off-campus study.
September 27, 2016
Brown University student pursues marine biology and medicine
SEA Semester in the News
Sailing for Science
By David Orenstein
Brown Alumni Magazine
Peter Baek ’19 is a premed student, a scientist, and an explorer—thanks to a Disney movie.
“Ever since watching Finding Nemo with my grandpa and dad,” he says, “our love for fish and the ocean blossomed as every shelf around the house became occupied with aquariums.” Looking after all those fish inevitably led to an interest in science, Baek explains, and then to oncology: “The passing of my grandpa from laryngeal cancer transformed my interest in science to something deeper—the desire to pursue a career in oncology in dedication to my grandpa.”
In the years since high school, marine biology and cancer medicine have become inseparable to Baek. He’s learned, for example, that the tentacled aquatic animal bugula produces a chemical that has shown promise in fighting cancer. Before arriving at Brown last year, he spent summers learning about cancer biology in labs at the University of Pittsburgh and the National Institutes of Health.