Events & Happenings

Week of May 7, 2017
Mon May 8

Organic Matter Sulfurization and the Carbon Cycle

12:15 PM • Clark 507
Morgan Raven, Washington University in St. Louis

Special MC&G Seminar

Sponsor: MC&G Department

Tue May 9

There will be no MC&G Department seminar today

12:15 PM

Pito Deep - Revisiting Pacific Lower Crust, the 3rd Dimension of Magnetic Stripes & Long, Lost Hydrothermal Vents

1:30 PM • Carriage House
Mike Cheadle, University of Wyoming

Geodynamics Seminar Series

Sponsor: Dir. of Research & Academic Programs Offices

Air-Sea Interaction, Water Mass Formation and Ocean Circulation -- From Warm-Salty (Red Sea) to Cold-Fresh Waters (Southern Ocean)

3:05 PM • Clark 507
Viviane Menezes, WHOI

Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Wed May 10

Investigation of Ocean Sunfish, Mola Mola, that Strand on the Shores of Cape Cod, MA

12:00 PM • MBL Speck Auditorium
Carol "Krill" Carson, New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance

Special NEFSC Seminar

Sponsor: NEFSC

Direct Measurement of Momentum, Heat and Mass Fluxes and Their Use in Marine Boundary Layer Studies

12:15 PM • Smith Conference Room
Jim Edson, University of Connecticut

Sponsor: AOP&E Department

Thu May 11

Collective Phenomena in Living Matter -- A Case Study on Emperor Penguins

12:15 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Daniel Zitterbart, WHOI

Sponsor: Biology Department

Fri May 12

Alexandrium catanella Cyst Dynamics in a Coastal Embayment: Temperature Dependence of Dormancy, Germination, and Bloom Initiation

1:30 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Alexis D. Fischer, MIT/WHOI Joint Program

Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Thesis

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “Day the Dinosaurs Died” on Friday, May 25, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Sixty-six million years ago, a seven-mile-wide asteroid collided with Earth, triggering a chain of events that coincide with the end of the dinosaurs. But experts have long debated exactly what happened when the asteroid struck and how the giant beasts met their end. Now, scientists have uncovered compelling new clues about the catastrophe. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Will host a public lecture, “Maintaining a Tall Ship: An In-Depth Look at the SSV Corwith Cramer’s Major Maintenance Project,” on Tuesday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. Capt. Jen Haddock, SEA marine operations coordinator, will deliver the lecture, which will be held at the James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


On Wednesday, June 6, WHOI's Sustainability Committee is sponsoring two special programs at Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water Street, Woods Hole. From 5 - 6:30 p.m., all WHOI employees, students, postdocs, and volunteers are invited to a presentation by Falmouth's Water Superintendent, Stephen Rafferty, on our public drinking water supply. An overview including our water sources, "state-of-the-art" filtration plant, and distribution system will be described. A second presentation on the same topic will be offered and open to the general public later that evening from 7 - 8:30 p.m. A lottery for a “Water Plant” tour will be held at the end of each presentation with each attendee given one chance to win one of 12 places on the tours. Both tours will take place on Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m.


The library is proud to host a display of art created by students from Falmouth High School. Once again, teacher Jane Baker has shown her impressive talent for inspiring her high school students to become involved in the creative process and produce beautiful works of art, both in words and images. Students in her studio art classes have created artwork inspired by their trips to four Cape Cod lighthouses. This art will be exhibited simultaneously in the library and Nobska Lighthouse from May 20 to May 27. The exhibit at the library will be open during all library hours. Ms. Baker was awarded a grant from the Falmouth Education Foundation to fully underwrite the project which is called “To The Lighthouse.” Thanks to that grant, she was able to take her students down-Cape to visit the lighthouses at Nauset, Highland and Race Point, as well as their own Nobska. They were further asked to create a piece of writing to correspond with one of their images. These will be included in the exhibit. The pieces will be offered for sale; all proceeds will go to help the “Friends of Nobska Lighthouse” in their ongoing effort to maintain Falmouth’s own lighthouse. There will be an exhibit reception open to the public on Tuesday, May 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the library. There will be tours of Nobska at that time. For more information, call the library at (508) 548-8961, or visit the library’s website


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