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Week of February 22, 2015
Mon Feb 23

Genetic Analysis of Seizure Disorders in Zebrafish: The Sweet Smell of New Disease Models?

12:00 PM • Swope Center, Meigs Room
Gerald Downes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Special Black History Month Lecture

Sponsor: The Woods Hole Community Black History Month Committee

Remembering Fukushima: Four Years On

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM • Principle Pictures, 535 Albany Street, Unit 2A, Boston, Mass.

Featuring WHOI's Ken Buesseler 

Nearly four years after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan, the country is still recovering and rebuilding from the disaster.

In 2014, WHOI marine chemist Ken Buesseler launched the
Institution's first-ever crowdsourcing campaign, Our Radioactive Ocean, to monitor radioactivity as it made its way across the
Pacific Ocean toward the United States. In November, he detected the first traces of radioactive material 100 miles west of Eureka, California, with the help of citizen scientists.

On Monday, February 23, Dr. Buesseler will join a panel of experts to talk about his work, the progress made, and the challenges that remain, for Japan since the disaster in March, 2011.

The evening will include a panel discussion, traditional Japanese music and a sneak peak of the new documentary, Son of Saichi, produced by event host, Principle Pictures

Cost: An optional donation for this event is $25.
All are welcome; no need to RSVP

Questions? Contact Annamarie Behring at (508) 289-3647 or at abehring@whoi.edu

Principle Pictures is a documentary film company committed to creating lasting social impact and helping nonprofits tell their stories. Their series, Principle Matters,  is a place where people from academia, industry and the arts can exchange ideas about pressing human rights, social, and cultural issues of our time.


Tue Feb 24

There will be no MC&G Department seminar today

12:15 PM

Title to be announced

12:15 PM
Richard Primack, Boston University

MBL Ecosystems Seminar

Sponsor: MBL Ecosystems Center

Can the Ocean Be a Rain Gauge for the Global Water Cycle? A Perspective from Aquarius and Argo Observations

3:00 PM • Clark 507
Lisan Yu, WHOI

Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Making Smart Energy Choices - It's Easier Than You Think!

4:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Megan Amsler, Cape and Islands Self Reliance Corporation

Special Seminar

Sponsor: WHOI Sustainability Task Force

Wed Feb 25

Title and speaker to be announced

12:15 PM • Smith Conference Room

Sponsor: AOP&E Department

Thu Feb 26

The Rocky Relationship Between the Demersal Fish Community and Benthic Habitat in Rhode Island’s Nearshore Waters

12:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Anna Malek, University of Rhode Island & Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation

Sponsor: Biology Department

Juggling with Tectonics, Rocks, Hot Fluids and Your Neighbors: The Secret Lives of Some Terrestrial and Deep-Sea Hot Spring Microbes

1:30 PM • Carriage House
Anna-Louise Reysenbach, Portland State University

Geodynamics Seminar Series

Sponsor: The WHOI Ocean Institutes & Academic Programs Office

Tales of Landings and Legacies: African Americans in Georgia's Coastal Fisheries

3:00 PM • Swope Center, Meigs Room
Dionne Hoskins, NOAA Fisheries

Special Black History Month Lecture

Sponsor: The Woods Hole Community Black History Month Committee


4:00 PM • Swope Center

Special Black History Month Celebration
(Join us at our annual ethnic potluck feast celebrating everyone of every race! Enjoy multicultural arts, delicious food, and live music)

Fri Feb 27

Living with Low Energy Supply - The Efficent Carbon Assimilation of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea

3:00 PM • Watson Conference Room (201)
Martin Könneke, MARUM

Biogeochemistry Seminar Series 

Sponsor: Biogeochemistry Group

Out of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World

7:30 PM • Lillie Auditorium
Edward Melillo, Amherst College

MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series

Sponsor: MBL Associates

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “At the Edge of Space” on Friday, February 27, at noon in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space? Sponsored by the WHOI Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


The museum announces its “2015 Craft Workshop” series, run in conjunction with the Woods Hole Public Library. The “Craft Workshops” will be offered on alternate Thursdays. The subjects will include “Fold-over Fabric Clutch Purses” on February 19; “Basketry” on March 5 & 12; and a “Simple Crochet” workshop to finish the series on March 19. Reservations may be made with a phone call to the library at (508) 548-8961. More details are available on the library and museum websites: www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org and www.woodsholemuseum.org.


Presents “Cassie and Maggie MacDonald” on Sunday, March 1. This rising Celtic roots duo features sisters born in Halifax, raised in Antigonish and steeped in Nova Scotia's diverse and vibrant musical traditions. They play driving fiddle, piano, guitar, banjo, and accordion -- and true to the tradition, both sing and step dance as well. They are equally at home with traditional material, driving contemporary and original tunes, and wacky juxtapositions such as Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata woven into a set of fiery reels. They've won a variety of awards including Canada's prestigious "Galaxie Rising Star" in 2010. Says Cheryl Prashkar, president of North East Regional Folk Alliance: "There is something very special about their sound, their dedication, and their spirit that drew me to want to see every moment of their performances!" Don't miss this cutting-edge duo in their first Woods Hole performance. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15, with discounts for members, seniors, youth, and children. The Community Hall is handicapped accessible. There is no charge for street parking after 6:00 p.m. For more information, call (508) 540-0320 or visit


The center, located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, is closed for the season and will re-open in mid-April. For more information, call (508) 289-2663. WHOI merchandise is available year-round by visiting our online store at http://shop.whoi.edu/whoi/.


The library will be presenting a series of children’s activities on Saturdays in February. Each afternoon will include a “Knitting Workshop,” starting at 2:00 p.m., for children in 1st grade and older, followed by a film starting at 3:00 p.m., for children of all ages. All these activities are free and open to the public. The knitting classes are open to knitters of all abilities, even none at all. Instruction will be provided. The children should bring their own needles and yarn, preferably of a medium weight or thicker with needles of at least a US7 to match the yarn. On March 8,from 5 – 7 p.m., the library will screen the award-winning short documentary, A Civil Remedy. There will be conversation and commentary by filmmaker Kate Nace Day and Co-counder of Film and Law, Russell Murphy. After the screening, there will be a benefit reception at The Fishmonger Café from 7 – 10 p.m., to launch the next phase of A Civil Remedy. The art installation, Without Consent, is composed of an artistic version of the film, a photo essay and text. The installation was inspired by “mug shots” of six girls who were arrested for prostitution in Denver. Kate and local art photographer Taylor Michaud will search for the human stories behind these arrest photos – the girls, their families, their stories. Please RSVP at An Evening for International Women’s Day. To learn more, visit filmandlaw.com – from International Women’s Day 2012 to awards, honors and reviews, including the 2014 Exceptional Merit in Media Award by the National Women’s Political Caucus – an EMMA. A “Garden Roundtable” with Josh Leveque will be held on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. (the next one is on March 12) in the library’s lower level meeting room. All gardeners, of whatever experience and level, are welcome to come to these evening discussions. This seasonal event is free and open to the public. For more information, check the library website at www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org or call (508) 548-8961. The library is located at 581 Woods Hole Road


Presents the video “Fellowship of the Whales” on Friday, March 6, at noon in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Follow a baby humpback whale as she travels from her birthplace in Hawaii, to feeding grounds off Alaska's coast. Escorted by her mother, this newborn will learn many things along the way. And when the pair returns to Hawaii, this yearling will be ready to take her place in her own community of whales. Sponsored by the WHOI Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents the “Reunion Band” on Sunday, March 15. Calling all bluegrass fans -- the “Reunion Band” is back! Known for tight vocal harmonies and a solid traditional bluegrass sound, the “Reunion Band” features Boston-area veterans Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), Laura Orshaw (fiddle), and Catherine "BB" Bowness (banjo). Formed in 2002, the group's core members have played together in various configurations for over 30 years. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Dave Dillon played with Don Stover as well as the renowned Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys. Richard Brown, Monroe-style mandolinist and lead/baritone, joined Dave in the Hudson Valley Boys and the Stony Lonesome band. Rhythm bassist and high tenor Margaret Gerteis also played in Stony Lonesome, as well as Apple Country and Hazel Dickens. They are joined by two newer members: young fiddler & singer Laura Orshaw, praised by far and wide for her "boundless energy ... and contagious joy," and New Zealand native BB Bowness, who won the Uncle Dave Macon banjo competition at the tender age of 15. Together, the “Reunion Band” will blend their communal experience and vitality into a night of hot picking and sweet singing. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15, with discounts for members, seniors, youth, and children. The Community Hall is handicapped accessible. There is no charge for street parking after 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic or call
(508) 540-0320.