Events & Happenings

Week of November 12, 2017
Mon Nov 13

An Investigation of Basin-Scale Controls on Upper Ocean Export and Remineralization

11:00 AM • Redfield Auditorium
Erin E. Black, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Thesis

Sponsor: Academic Programs

Tue Nov 14

Scaling Up and Digging Deep: What New Ideas about Biodiversity Can Tell Us about the Functioning of Ecosystems

12:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Jonathan S. Lefcheck, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Special Biology Department Seminar

Sponsor: Biology Department

There will be no MC&G Department seminar today

12:15 PM

Available Potential Energy of Coastal and Estuarine Circulation

3:05 PM • Clark 507
Parker MacCready, University of Washington

The 7th David C. Chapman Lecture on Coastal Ocean Processes
(Reception to follow)

Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Wed Nov 15

Acoustic Propagation and Scattering Phenomena Observed in the Sand Dunes Acoustics Experiments on the Upper Slope of the Northeastern South China Sea

12:15 PM • Smith Conference Room
Ching-Sang Chiu, Naval Postgraduate School

Sponsor: AOP&E Department

Thu Nov 16

Past Seismic Slip-To-The-Trench Recorded in the Central America Megathrust

11:00 AM • Clark 237
Paola Vannucchi, Royal Halloway University of London

Special Geology & Geophysics Seminar

Sponsor: Geology & Geophysics Department

Evolutionary Conservation and Characterization of the Metazoan Amino Acid Response

12:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Maja Edenius, WHOI

Sponsor: Biology Department

Craton Evolution and Destruction

1:30 PM • Clark 237
Jason Phipps Morgan, Royal Halloway University of London

Special Geology & Geophysics Seminar

Sponsor: Geology & Geophysics Department

Fri Nov 17

There will be no seminars today

12:00 PM

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “Secrets of the Shining Knight” on Friday, June 15, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. A knight in shining armor may sound like a character out of a storybook, but once upon a time, knighthood was serious business, and for countless medieval fighters, their armor was what stood between life and death. But what was it really like to live beneath the metal? How was that shining armor crafted, and how strong was it? Could it withstand impacts from the most lethal weapons of the day, including crossbows, muskets, and early guns? NOVA challenged blacksmith Ric Furrer and master armorer Jeff Wasson to recreate parts of an elite armor that was originally manufactured in the Royal Workshop founded by King Henry VIII. We trace their successes and setbacks from start to finish as they rediscover centuries-old metalworking secrets, then put their new armor to the ultimate test against a period musket.Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents Artist Lily Simonson on Friday, June 22, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Lily will present her recent collaborations with WHOI researchers aboard the R/V Atlantis and E/V Nautilus. Her resulting paintings based on deep-sea geochemical seeps and hydrothermal vents comprise her newest exhibition, Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep, which opens June 30, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.Lily works in tandem with researchers at remote field sites to create larger-than-life paintings of uncanny organisms in extreme environments–from the deep sea to Antarctica. Enveloping viewers in dramatic, atmospheric scenes, Simonson's work evokes the immersive experience of exploration. Simonson has served as the resident artist aboard five different oceanographic expeditions and spent three months scuba diving and camping in Antarctica as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. Simonson holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Painting from UCLA. Her works have been exhibited across the US and Europe and her art has appeared in a range of media outlets, including Interview MagazineAtlas ObscuaraPacific Standard, the LA Times, and LA Weekly. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


A photographic retrospective featuring modern portraits paired with their historical predecessor of telling the story of the men and women of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Open daily 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., through June 22 at the MBL Club, 100 Water Street, Woods Hole, Mass. Free and open to the public. Brought to you by Art Lab LLC.


Members of the Woods Hole Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla will talk at the library on Monday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m., about pollution, environmental protection laws, local aquatic invasive species, and the America’s Waterways Watch program, which asks recreational boaters to take an active role in staying alert for suspicious activity on the waterfront. Auxiliary members will also be available to answer questions about boating rules and regulations. Author Wendy Hinman returns to the library on Wednesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m., with her new book Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire which tells a true story of a sea adventure, this one about her husband’s family when he was a teenager and they were sailing around the world. The library will begin the new season of its Social Justice Book Club on June 27. The book club was formed in the summer of 2016 by summer resident Ruth Gainer who is continuing to lead the group and its discussions. All the books chosen for the group focus on issues of poverty, racism, and the justice system. This year, Ruth has expanded the program so there will be a total of four books read and discussed. In each case, copies of the book will be available at the library and also at Eight Cousins Books, for those who wish to own their own copy. The books are all recent releases. At the first discussion on June 27, participants will be discussing The Color of Law, a Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. On July 11, participants will be discussing Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America, by George Yancy. On July 25, participants will be discussing When They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele and on August 8, participants will be discussing Give Us the Ballot, by Ari Berman. For more information, call the library at (508) 548-8961, or visit the library’s website


Begins on Monday, June 18 with lectures running through August 10. This year's principal lecturer will be Professor Andrew Woods from the University of Cambridge. If you would like to receive weekly lecture schedules by email, please contact Julie Hildebrandt at All lectures will be held at Walsh Cottage.


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