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December 02, 2014

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12:30 PM | Girls on Ice 2015 Expeditions
A chance to go climb and sleep on glaciers in either Alaska or Washington State, plus learn and do science.Supported in part by the NSF and Alaska Climate Science Center.Application window opens 10 December 2014, closes 31 January 2015.From Girls on Ice Web Site:Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine […]

December 01, 2014

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4:08 PM | The Real Monsters of the Ocean: Plankton
As darkness slowly creeps over the coral reef, the night dwellers begin to appear. Coral relies upon its symbiotic algae to feed themselves during the day, but after dark the coral polyps unfold their sticky tentacles. These tentacles grab food (plankton) floating by in the water. Black tip reef sharks, which have been snoozing lazily […]
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12:14 PM | Set me a challenge: What ocean/climate topic would you like to see a demonstration on?
Really! Let me know what demo you would like to see! It’s officially almost Christmas and I am sure you are looking forward to a bit of a break over Christmas and New Year’s as much as I am. But … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | High School Educational Program on Greenland
For US High School Students -- a chance to work in Greenland doing science.  Application deadline 9 January 2015More information, including the application, is available at:http://www.arcus.org/jsep(From the web site:)Joint Science Education Project (JSEP)In this successful summer science and culture opportunity, students and teachers from the United States, Denmark, and Greenland come together to learn about the research conducted in Greenland and the logistics involved in supporting […]

November 30, 2014

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9:40 PM | The Disappointing Reality of Musical Fish
Fanciful common names of fishes suggest there may be an orchestra in the sea, but this is yet another way the underwater world lets us down. In the heat of the cold war when cloak-and-dagger espiponage went below the sea, the US Navy was listening to fishes. Ideally, after identifying all the strange sounds generated […]
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9:40 PM | The Disappointing Reality of Musical Fish
Fanciful common names of fishes suggest there may be an orchestra in the sea, but this is yet another way the underwater world lets us down. In the heat of the cold war when cloak-and-dagger espiponage went below the sea, the US Navy was listening to fishes. Ideally, after identifying all the strange sounds generated […]
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7:03 PM | The Patron Saint of Marine Scientists
Saint Brendan of Clonfert is often referred to Brendan the Voyager. He is Irish monastic saint born in 484 in Ciarraighe Luachra, near the present city of Tralee, County Kerry and died in 577. Besides founding several monasteries across Ireland, Brendan made a legendary journey. The tale of begins with Brendan and 60 (other stories […]
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7:03 PM | The Patron Saint of Marine Scientists
Saint Brendan of Clonfert is often referred to Brendan the Voyager. He is Irish monastic saint born in 484 in Ciarraighe Luachra, near the present city of Tralee, County Kerry and died in 577. Besides founding several monasteries across Ireland, Brendan made a legendary journey. The tale of begins with Brendan and 60 (other stories […]

November 29, 2014

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8:35 PM | Still living
Still living, just been away from the blogosphere on other things.  Some of them will find their way back here as posts. In the mean time, Kevin O'Neill, who has introduced an interesting idea in one of his comments at Multiple Working Hypotheses, has encountered one of the annoying things about to do science.  Namely, a data set he has been using was discontinued.  I sympathize.  At work, a satellite I was about to make use of in our operations died the week before our […]
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7:03 PM | What single piece of advice would you give another scientist?
Recently I attended a talk by my good friend and fantastic researcher, Brian Sidlauskas. His talk was a retrospective over his research and what contributed to his academic success. A key part of his advice Don’t skip happy hours.   Weekly lunches, tea times, happy hours, and other structured but informal meeting times with other scientists […]
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7:03 PM | What single piece of advice would you give another scientist?
Recently I attended a talk by my good friend and fantastic researcher, Brian Sidlauskas. His talk was a retrospective over his research and what contributed to his academic success. A key part of his advice Don’t skip happy hours.   Weekly lunches, tea times, happy hours, and other structured but informal meeting times with other scientists […]

November 28, 2014

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12:54 PM | Building a miniature well
Groundwater dynamics in the kitchen. This activity is suitable for young children who wonder where the tap water comes from. All you need is some sand, an empty toilet paper roll, and some water. First, you need to build your well. You … Continue reading →

November 26, 2014

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12:48 PM | Taxonomy of multiple choice questions
Examples of different kinds of multiple choice questions that you could use. Multiple choice questions are a tool that is used a lot with clickers or even on exams, but they are especially on my mind these days because I’ve been … Continue reading →

November 25, 2014

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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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4:08 PM | Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie
Despite that the blurb from this fiction book makes it sound like it is about mermaids, it isn’t truly. It is a tale of humans living underwater once the air “Above” got too polluted. It is also a story about sisterhood and friendship. The book even ventures into religious territory with the people “Above” and […]

November 24, 2014

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8:00 PM | Six surprising reasons to be thankful for the sea
The oceans provides us with most of the oxygen we breath, much of the food we eat, and even all the water we drink, which has passed countless times through the seas. There’s no shortage of reasons to be grateful for our blue planet, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to appreciate some of the […]
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8:00 PM | Six surprising reasons to be thankful for the sea
The oceans provides us with most of the oxygen we breath, much of the food we eat, and even all the water we drink, which has passed countless times through the seas. There’s no shortage of reasons to be grateful for our blue planet, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to appreciate some of the […]
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12:25 PM | Activating the backchannel
Using technology to enable active engagement with content in a large lecture. I have recently presented the paper “Enabling backchannel communication between a lecturer and a large group” at the SEFI 2014 conference in Birmingham. That paper is based on work … Continue reading →

November 23, 2014

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4:23 PM | Pacific Adventures - Episode 3: "Bridge, Deck, We need to recover our instrument. -- Deck, Bridge, Roger That"
 As I fell behind with the science posts, I thought a recount of what is going on on this floating steel cottage might serve to explain why I fell behind on the science posts.   Upon finishing our CTD casts all the way to 2S and returning to the equator, we started our continuous operations: aqua gym and Tai Chi in the morning, painting some afternoons to change from sipping martinis by the
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