Events & Happenings

Week of June 25, 2017
Mon Jun 26

There will be no seminars today

12:00 PM

Tue Jun 27

There will be no MC&G Department seminar today

12:15 PM

A 2011-2015 Fukushima Tracer Perspective on North Pacific Mode Water Circulation

3:05 PM • Clark 507
Alison Macdonald, WHOI

Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Wed Jun 28

Travel Inside the Deep Earth

9:30 AM • Clark 507
Veronique LeRoux, WHOI

Summer Student Lecture Series

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Active Matter: Collective Behavior in Emperor Penguin Colonies

10:00 AM • Clark 507
Dan Zitterbart, WHOI

Summer Student Lecture Series

Biomass Estimates of Euphausiids in the Georges Bank Region from 1999 - 2012

12:15 PM • Stephen H. Clark Conf. Room, NOAA Aquarium Building
Michael Jech, NEFSC

Special Seminar

Sponsor: Biology Department and NEFSC

A Patent and the Physics of Marine Controlled Source Electromagnetics in Shallow Water

12:15 PM • Smith Conference Room
Alan Chave, WHOI

Sponsor: AOP&E Department

Trait-Based Modeling of Larval Dispersal in the Gulf of Maine

2:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Benjamin Thomas Jones, MIT/WHOI Joint Program

Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Thesis

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Thu Jun 29

There will be no Biology Department seminar today

12:00 PM

Fri Jun 30

A Short History of Metabolism, From the Age of Industry to the Epigenetic Present

8:00 PM • Lillie Auditorium

Hannah Landecker, University of California, Los Angeles

Friday Evening Lectures Series - E.B. Wilson Lecture

Sponsor: MBL

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents Tom Stoffregen, professor, School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.  Professor Stoffregen will give a talk on Friday, June 30, at noon, in the Ocean Science Exhibit Center Auditorium, 15 School St., in Woods Hole, titled “Getting Your Sea Legs: The Horizon, Seasickness, and Adaptive Human Movement.” Going to sea means living on a moving surface. It takes time to adapt to life on a moving surface: We must learn new ways to control the body. This learning period is known as "getting your sea legs." Mariners have known about it for thousands of years, but until recently there had been no scientific research examining the actual physical adjustments that we make in the control of the body. How, exactly, does bodily movement change as we get our sea legs? Why does this process include seasickness (for some, but not for others)? Why does the horizon seem to be important, and what can the horizon have to do with learning how to control the body? Professor Stoffregen will discuss these questions in the light of experimental research conducted on crew members and passengers on ships at sea. Some of the answers confirm ancient nautical lore, but some are unexpected, and very surprising. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents the the video “Poisoned Water” on Friday, July 7, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. Water. Turn on the faucet and it’s always there. Without it we perish. But how safe is our tap water? In this special report narrated by Joe Morton, NOVA investigates what happened in Flint, Michigan, when local officials changed the city’s water source to save money, but overlooked a critical treatment process. How can we protect ourselves from poisoned water? Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Isheld the first Wednesday of each month at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. The next one will be Wednesday, July 5, from 7-10 p.m. All ages & levels are welcome. Admission is $5 for adults. Children are free. For more information, call (508) 540-8950.


Upcoming talks at MBL’s Meigs Room, Swope Conference Center, June 28 – August 2.  For a listing of the free talks & to register, please visit For questions, please contact


Is held the first Wednesday of each month at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. The next one will be Wednesday, July 5, from 7-10 p.m. All ages & levels are welcome. Admission is $5 for adults. Children are free. For more information, call (508) 540-8950.


Exhibits open at the museum on June 17.  New exhibits include:
*Navigating the Seas in the Age of Sail. Vintage charts loaned to the museum from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, along with navigation tools such as taffrail logs, sextants, compasses, lead lines and chip lines, in gallery one will explain how whaling ships and fishing boats found their way by using celestial navigation, dead reckoning and coastal piloting.
*History of Shellfishing on Cape Cod. From the early use of shellfishing by the Wampanoag tribes and colonists to current plans for sustainability, the exhibit features tools and techniques used to harvest oysters, mussels, soft shell clams, bay scallops and quahogs. Jewelry made from wampum - quahog shells - will be on display with the history of wampum and how quahogs had spiritual and religious significance to the Wampanoags.
*This summer the museum will again be offering walking tours of Woods Hole, with an overview of research at the scientific institutions Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m., July and August; Wednesday through Saturday in September, and Saturdays only in October. Admission is $5; no admission fee for museum members or patrons of Woods Hole Business Association merchants. Walking tours on the history of Woods Hole will be held on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., in July and August. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibits will end October 28. The museum is located at 579 Woods Hole Road. For more information,


During July and August, knowledgeable WHOI volunteers guide visitors on free walking tours through the WHOI dock area and other restricted village facilities. Tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, please visit


With live music by the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra and a Dance Leader happens the first Saturday of every month from 8-11 p.m., all year round in the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. Admission is $10, kids half price. All are welcome. For information, call the Armstrongs at (508) 548-6661.


The art of Polly Montgomery, will be on display in the main room of the library from June 26 to July 15. Her work is always whimsical, be it constructed of paper and wire, batik, or wool, and always brings a smile to the observer. The work will be on view during regular library hours. The library is pleased to announce the return of Red Yarn in a free family performance on July 3, at 11:00 a.m. Red Yarn weaves folksongs and puppetry into high-energy, interactive shows for family audiences. To learn more about Red Yarn, people are encouraged to visit the website The Summer Book Club on Social Justice will meet on July 5, August 2, and August 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the library. Woods Hole summer resident Ruth Gainer, who is leading this book group, has chosen "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson as the first book. She describes the book as a “big but rewarding book that is especially important for current social justice issues.” The library is accumulating copies of the book for people to borrow. It is long (622 pages), so people are encouraged to begin reading well in advance of the first discussion on July 5. The library is preparing for one of its annual events, the Kids’ Tag Sale and Carnival on July 8, which marks the official beginning of summer for the children who call the library their own. As a very first step, the library is asking the community to contribute gently used games and toys, and especially bicycles, for the sale part of the event. Bicycles can be donated to the library any time between now and the sale. Other donations of games and toys may be dropped off at the library in the week before the sale, during library open hours. The library is again hosting a community-wide art project, based on local re-purposed materials. This year the basis of the project is old chairs. Each art project will be on display and will be a fund-raising source in the form of a silent auction. The library acquired a number of their old wooden chairs when the Fishmonger closed. The chairs are now poised to become the next source of inspiration for creative works of art and craft! The chairs, which can be painted, decoupaged, yarn bombed, carved, or anything else the imagination leads to, are available at the library to pick up and transform it into a one-of-a-kind work of art. They must be returned to the library by July 10, where they will be put on display until July 22 when a party will be held to celebrate the artists and auction off the chairs. All people interested in participating should call the library at (508) 548-8961 for details. These programs are free and open to the public.


LynchPin Productions Theatre Company presents “Emily Dickinson & I” the journey of a portrayal - the true story of an actress’s struggle to write a one-woman play about her literary heroine, America’s foremost female poet, Emily Dickinson, on July 7 and 8 at 8:00 p.m., and July 9 at 4:00 p.m., in the Woods Hole Community Hall located at 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. Fourteen years and one dress later what emerges is an interwoven biography of both artists as Edie Campbell makes sense of her own experiences through Emily’s letters and poems. The hall is accessible to people with disabilities. Admission is $15. Advance tickets are available at Eight Cousins Books on Main Street in Falmouth or by reservation from Maria Moniz, (508) 540-4305. For more information, visit


Is sponsoring the following events:
• Beach Cleanup with Skip the Straw group, SEA, and T3C on Saturday, July 15, at Surf Drive Beach at 9:00 am. Meet at tennis court parking lot on WHOI’s Quissett Campus.
Come join in the fun, enjoy a break from your hard work, and meet new people!


Please join us for a facilitated discussion on Thursday, July 6, from 7-8 p.m., at the  Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. Hear from community supporters about the efforts to adapt, preserve, and design an innovative art center at this iconic, modern historic site. Be part of planning behind the vision to repurpose an extraordinary building. Join the discussion of the town’s needs for cultural space. For more information, contact or call Nicole Goldman at (978) 505-5978.


The annual Woods Hole Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4. The unique, science-themed parade will begin at 12:00 noon at the entrance to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's parking lot on School Street in Woods Hole. The long-time Wood Hole tradition, organized by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), brings students, scientists, locals, and visitors together to celebrate Independence Day with costumes, dancing, and music. The parade will travel from School Street, down Water Street in Woods Hole, ending with free watermelon and water courtesy of the MBL immediately following in Waterfront Park, 100 Water Street.


Located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, is open Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (508) 289-2663. WHOI merchandise is available year-round by visiting our online store at