Events & Happenings

February 2017
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   3:05 PM Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Underwater Hyperspectral Imaging: New Tools for Marine Archaeology12:00 PM Connections Between Aquaculture, Our Food System, and Climate 12:00 PM Permaculture, a Type of Sustainable Landscape Design
   7:30 PM Defining the Diva: From Maria Callas to Adele
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1:00 PM Module A12:15 PM There will be no MC&G Department seminar today12:00 PM Improve Your Scientific Writing12:00 PM Title to be announced1:30 PM Module C
1:30 PM Low Degree Melts and Their Significance for MORB, FOZO, and OIB12:15 PM Determination of Top Predator Presence, Behavior and Abundance Using Computer Vision and Passive Acoustics in Marine Environments
3:05 PM Currents, Fluxes, and the MOC Between Cape Farewell and Scotland1:00 PM Module B
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1:00 PM Module D: First Aid Advanced12:15 PM C Cycling in a New England Salt Marsh12:00 PM Engage with Scientific Reviewing12:00 PM Building a Tool Kit to Assess Reproductive Performance of Sea Scallop Populations 12:00 PM There are no seminars today.
1:30 PM Generation of the Oceanic Lithosphere at a Melt-Starved and Ultraslow Mid-Ocean Ridge12:15 PM There will be no AOP&E Department seminar today.2:05 PM Study of Water Exchange, Circulation and Oxygen Levels in a Small Fjord in Iceland Following the Death of 52,000 Tons of Herring
3:05 PM The Influence of Sea Ice and Hydrography on Phytoplankton Bloom Dynamics in the Chukchi Sea
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12:00 PM President's Day Holiday (Institution closed)12:00 PM There will be no MC&G Department seminar today12:15 PM Variability of the Phase and Amplitude Fronts of Sound Waves Due to Horizontal Refraction in Shallow Water12:00 PM Copepod Biogeography in a Changing Arctic Ocean7:30 PM Climate Impacts in the Circumpolar Region: An Archaeological Perspective on the Present
1:30 PM There will be no Geodynamics Seminar today
3:05 PM Sharp Transition from Internal Waves to Stratified Turbulence Observed in Seismic Reflection Images
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12:00 PM There will be no seminars today12:15 PM The Subduction Margin Carbon Cycle
12:15 PM Managing Impacts of Nitrogen Pollution to Threatened Species and Ecosystems
1:30 PM Deformation Modes of Magmatic and Amagmatic Lithosphere at Ultraslow Spreading Ridges
3:05 PM A Theory for Calculating the Strength of the Stratospheric Circulation from Age

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “The Race Underground” on Friday, March 24, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. It was Boston — a city of so many firsts — that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America’s first subway. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents the video “The Origami Revolution” on Friday, March 31, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Join a “Lunch and Learn” session with Wendi Buesseler, executive director of Oyster Pond Environmental Trust, on Friday, March 24, from noon to 1:00 p.m., in Carriage House on WHOI’s Quissett Campus. Hear about the plans for the conservation lands adjacent to WHOI and the health of Oyster Pond. Sponsored by the Sustainability Task Force. On March 29 at noon, WHOI and the Steamship Authority are teaming up for a “Bike Path Clean Up!” Help keep trash and plastics from entering our seas. Please meet at noon in front of of Coffee O in Woods Hole Village.  Gloves, bags, and snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Sustainability Task Force and the Steamship Authority.


WHOI will be hosting a Cape Cod Health Care Blood Drive on Thursday, March 30, in Clark 507 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All blood types are needed, especially O negative. O- donors are “universal” donors, meaning O- blood can be transfused to any patient in need. Every pint of donated blood stays on Cape Cod to serve the community and to save the lives of friends, family, and neighbors.  For more information, please call (508) 862-5663. Everyone that donates blood will receive a Cumberland Farms gift card & free beverage. Walk-ins welcome or to make an appointment to donate, please call 508-86BLOOD or use the on-line registration form with your preferred time in the comment field.


Presents “Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette” on Sunday, March 26. Steve and Cindy return once again to captivate us with their mutual love of traditional music and a wealth of original songs. Since his first solo album, singer-songwriter and guitarist Steve Gillette has performed thoughtful, down-to-earth originals in his deep, warm baritone. Many top artists have recorded his songs, from Garth Brooks to Josh Ritter. Cindy Mangsen joins him on vocals and an array of instruments: guitar, banjo, English concertina, and mountain dulcimer. She is known for her interpretations of traditional ballads and her ear for graceful harmony lines. Collaborations with Priscilla Herdman and Anne Hills have garnered particular praise. Come prepared to sing along. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $20, 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 or call (508) 540-0320.


Will be held the first Wednesday of each month at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. The next one will be Wednesday, April 5, from 7-10 p.m. All ages and levels are welcome; no partner necessary. Admission is $5 for adults. Children are free. For more information, call (508) 540-8950.


The next “Film for Grownups” will be on Monday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m. As always, the title cannot be used in publicity due to agreements in the lease for public viewing, but hints can be given. This film, which is a documentary produced in 2016 in Danish, features one particular fiber created most frequently from sheep’s wool. The word for that fiber, which is usually knitted, is the one word title. As always, potential viewers may call the library to ask for details, including the specific title. A new change to the lease is that the title may also be named on the library’s website, which is Romanian Film-maker and anthropologist Oana Ivan will show her film “Lives Among Waters” on Monday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. This documentary, which runs 90 minutes, was released in 2016. This is its first screening in the United States. Ms. Ivan spent seven years studying and filming the people of Sfantu Gheorghe, a fishing village located in the Danube Delta of Romania, after it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The film focuses on the inhabitants’ adjustment to social and economic changes, especially since 1991 when their fishing grounds were turned into the Reserve. Based on the film-maker’s PhD thesis in anthropology, and focused on the consequences of tourism and conservation policies, this documentary tries to unveil the daily lives of the fishermen and their families who struggle to survive among the Delta’s waters. The library will be offering the last in this year’s series of craft workshops on Thursday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. Woods Hole resident Jane Vose will present a hands-on workshop on “Making Your Own Laundry Soap.” She will share her successful “green” recipe, which she has been using for almost a decade, and which can produce enough for a year at a cost of under $10. She will lead the group in making their own soap. Participants are asked to bring a gallon jug to take home the product of their labors. All people who wish to participate in this workshop should call the library at (508) 548-8961 to register. These events are free and open to the public, though a small donation to cover the cost of materials would be appreciated. For more information on any of these events, call the library at (508) 548-8961.


Presents “The Press Gang” on Sunday, April 9. We close our 45th season with a lively new group performing songs and tunes from Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. Based in Portland, Maine, “The Press Gang” fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian "Junior" Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, flute player and vocalist Hanz Araki, and guitarist Owen Marshall. This youthful and energetic quartet blends skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with a curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The joy that they pour into playing music together is unmistakable and infectious. The result is a unique sound, at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent. As American performers in the Irish tradition, they also bring a local perspective to the music, interspersing Irish melodies with tunes from Quebec, Scotland, Appalachia, and New England. Their creative arrangements are tempered with a musical sense of adventure, making each appearance spontaneous and fresh. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $20, 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 or call (508) 540-0320.


Will host a public lecture, “Sugar & Sunshine: The Long-Term Environmental Impact of Extracting Wealth from the Caribbean,” by SEA professor Craig Marin on Sunday, April 9, at 2:00 p.m. From 1492 to the present, the Caribbean has been a region exploited by outsiders for its environmental resources. The monopoly over these key resources began with the claiming, clearing and cultivation of land for cash crops like sugar and tobacco and it continues in the present with the rise of a foreign-based tourism industry that has a tight hold over limited resources for the sole use and enjoyment of vacationers. Today, the independent island nations and territories of the Caribbean are struggling to cope with the overused and eroded land, and pervasive economic hardships that hinder efforts to provide residents with opportunities for sustainable growth. This talk will focus on some of these issues for select islands frequented by students in the Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program and the way students are introduced to and asked to examine specific aspects of this struggle for environmental justice. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Center, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. This lecture is part of SEA’s Spring Lecture Series.


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