Events & Happenings



Cinema & Science by the Sea

July and August
Redfield Auditorium, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

"Know your Ocean" Science Chats

Tuesdays in July and August at 3:00 p.m.
WHOI's Ocean Science Discovery Center Auditorium, 
15 School Street, Woods Hole

Woods Hole Science Stroll

Saturday, August 11, 2018 • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Water Street, Woods Hole, MA

August 14, 2018
Tue Aug 14

There will be no MC&G Department seminar today

12:15 PM

The Trouble with Submarine Landslides

2:00 PM • USGS Tilley Conference Room
Aggeliki Georgiopoulou, University College Dublin

Special USGS Seminar

Sponsor: USGS

Fueling the Future

3:00 PM • Discovery Center Auditorium
Scott Lindell, WHOI

“Know your Ocean” Science Chats

Sponsor: WHOI Ocean Science Discovery Center and Visitor Center

Greenhouse Gases, Anthropogenic Aerosols and the Planetary Energy Imbalance

3:05 PM • Clark 201
Damien Irving, CSIRO

Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents part one of the video “Into the Amazon” on Friday, August 10, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s journey with legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. Sponsored by the WHOI Visitor Center. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents Simon Ryder-Burbidge who will present “I thought the horseshoe crabs were part of my family”: Investigating ocean connectivity and coastal values in Falmouth, Massachusetts” on Friday, August 17, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Determining how citizens relate to the coastal zone is as an important element of coastal governance today. Previous research has identified several indicators to examine connections between coastal communities and marine environments, but do those data reflect the perceptions of the people who live there? A growing body of literature points to the importance of integrating public perceptions into coastal decision-making processes. Here, a 2017 survey conducted in Falmouth, Massachusetts acts as a case study, investigating how residents perceive connections to the ocean. Results point to strong sensory and place-based attachments to the marine environment and a variety of social values tied to the coast. Analysis includes recommendations on how public perceptions data can be used by science communicators and coastal planners, and identifies relational values as a means to frame connections in broader public discourse. This study suggests that public perceptions could provide the foundation for a community-based Ocean Connectivity Index, to better understand how social values relate to spatial parameters in coastal areas. Sponsored by the WHOI Visitor Center. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


On Tuesday, August 14, at 6:00 p.m., the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Woods Hole Film Festival are hosting a science panel followed by a film. The panel will be on science in remote environments with scientists Chris German and Amy Smith of WHOI. The panelists will talk about their work to help NASA understand how astronauts on Mars will work effectively so far from Earth, and also how exploration of our ocean is helping prepare for missions to look for life on other ocean worlds. The panel discussion will be followed by the film, Gravity, where astronauts are on a routine spacewalk when disaster strikes.


On Tuesday, August 14, at 3:00 p.m., the WHOI Ocean Science Discovery Center will host a presentation by Scott Lindell, research specialist, WHOI Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, titled “Fueling the Future.” In the future, our homes and vehicles could be powered by fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms. Currently in the U.S., macroaglage (seaweed) is primarily used in food and food processing for humans and animals, and a majority are from imported farmed product or wild harvests. Seaweed farming avoids the increasing competition for fertile land, energy-intensive fertilizers, and freshwater resources associated with traditional agriculture. Learn how WHOI scientists and engineers in the MARINER (Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources) projects are addressing the global issues of food and energy demand with innovative solutions. The “Know Your Ocean” Science Chats are free and open to the public. Redfield Auditorium is located at 45 Water Street in Woods Hole. Visit our website ( or for more information or call (508) 289-2700.


The nonprofit organizations of Woods Hole have joined together to host a free public day of interactive science along Water Street on Saturday, August 11, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Explore science on the streets of Woods Hole and get an up close view of a working research vessel and a Coast Guard rescue boat. See ocean robots, explore science displays, animal touch tanks, and hands-on activities. Fun for the whole family! Reservations are needed for the ship tour of the Research Vessel Atlantis – reserve your space at Limited off-street parking is available, so the organizers encourage people to ride their bikes or take the WHOOSH trolley to Woods Hole Village. Visit


On Monday August 13, at 7:30 p.m., Brian Engles, will speak at library about his new novel Wildball.Fans of local summer baseball are sure to be intrigued by this book. Brian Engles grew up in Falmouth before attending Boston University to earn a degree in film & television. His debut novel Wildball was just published in April of 2018. Its summer baseball backdrop was indeed inspired by the Cape Cod Baseball League whose games Brian has attended his whole life. The next in the series of Lassalle Dance Lectures will be held on Tuesday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the library. This series reflects a complete change from the recent talks about classical ballet. It will feature two currently performing, award-winning hip hop dancers, “The Wondertwins.” They will be coming over to Woods Hole from The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard to give a talk entitled “Hip-Hop in the 21st Century (and Before).” The library will be holding its biggest book sale of the season, starting on Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m. The sale will run on the first day till 5 p.m. After that, it will continue during regular library hours. The “Book Sale” volunteers have been very busy preparing for this sale. Most of the books are recent gifts to the library, donated especially for the sale. Newcomers to the sale will be surprised and delighted at the careful arrangement and universally low prices. (The base price for hard-backs is $2). Even the “higher priced” volumes are very reasonable. For more information, call the library at
(508) 548-8961 or visit the website


On August 12 from 5-6 p.m., at the Church of the Messiah, Church Street, Woods Hole, there will be a lecture titled “Turkey Under Erdogan -- Where is it Going?” by Prof. Lenore G. Martin. All are welcome to attend. For details, to join an email list, or to donate, visit their website (MEFF is a 501(c3) nonprofit).


On August 26 from 5-6 p.m., at the Church of the Messiah, Church Street, Woods Hole, there will be a lecture titled “Why is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resistant to Resolution and What Should be Done?” by Prof. Nadim Rouhana. All are welcome to attend. For details, to join an email list, or to donate, visit their website (MEFF is a 501(c3) nonprofit).


Presents “The Terrible Infants” on August 18 and 19 at 4 p.m.  A series of twisted tales for all ages. Tickets are $15 and $5 for ages 16 and under. This event is presented by the Woods Hole Theater Company. On August 18 at 7:00 p.m., the Community Hall presents “Summertime Blues” featuring Les Sampou and Dawna Hammers. Tickets are $15 at the door.  These events are held at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, Mass.


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