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May 15, 2023
Student creativity through Sciku (science haiku)
I could tell this semester’s course content was weighing heavily on my students emotionally, despite my efforts each week to discussion solutions to our global challenges. So I decided to lighten the mood at the end by challenging students to write and share their own “sciku”. I was completely amazed with their creativity, their passion, and the clear investment of themselves in writing the haiku and supporting description.
May 14, 2023
Sharing NOAA’s key focus areas – via quilt
World Oceans Day and National Ocean Month are coming up in June – are you ready to share your ocean science knowledge? Think about some creative approaches – such as using quilts to share the key focus areas of NOAA!
April 28, 2023
Distracted students, distracted faculty
Cultivating attention to remove distractions in the classroom is the approach suggested by Lang when working with students – but maybe this could be successful for faculty gatherings as well.
April 8, 2023
Science Talk ’23 – a meeting for science communicators
It’s about audience, emotion, authenticity, values, networks, humility, perception, and passion
March 27, 2023
The Changing Chesapeake – an exhibit on climate change and the Chesapeake community
What happens when a call is put out to a community to explore the intersections of climate change and a geographic region, and to share their views and reflections via art? You end up with an amazing collection of works generated through voices, hands, and hearts.
March 22, 2023
Mary Sears: advancing ocean intelligence [Women’s History Month]
We are so fortunate to have Catherine Musemeche celebrate the life and significant contributions by Mary Sears to our field in the book Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II – now, it is our turn to elevate these details in our classrooms, our textbooks, and elsewhere.
March 17, 2023
Blue skies and cloud cover at sea – via quilt
After leaving JOIDES Resolution, I knew I wanted to pull together a data visualization that not only documented the daily Sky/Cloud measurements, but also as a shout-out to the kindergarten teacher that turned her students into mini-scientists observing the world around them, and to the Second Mate from JR Expedition 390 who took the time to explain to the kids (and to me!) his daily weather observations and for responding to all the questions.
March 8, 2023
Women in Ocean Science [Women’s History Month]
This post originally was supposed to be focused on a collection of profiles of women in ocean sciences available online. But in working to celebrate our successes, and keeping in mind this year’s theme for International Women’s Day 2023 of #EmbraceEquity, I couldn’t just celebrate the accomplishments – I had to include the challenges these amazing women have faced along the way and still face today.
February 23, 2023
Framing an oceanography course around the Ocean Decade Challenges
The UN Ocean Decade Challenges acts as an excellent bridge between the traditional oceanographic topics with the science behind our ocean system, while highlighting solutions that incorporate sustainability, diversity, technology, and disciplines outside of STEM.
February 17, 2023
Announcing Stitch Your Ocean Science 2023
An exciting addition this year is that Stitch Your Ocean Science 2023 has been endorsed as an Ocean Decade Activity by the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development! We hope this encourages even more international participation for our global ocean.