Programs: 2003 Science and Math Safaris

“Current” Events
How and why do ocean currents behave as they do?
Thursday, April 3, 2003 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Mathematics plays a central role in solving the complex systems of ocean circulation. As a physical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Mike Spall is interested in how and why the oceans’ currents behave as they do. Much of what Mike does employs general mathematical principles, with the goal of arriving at a simple model of how a system works. Mike will demonstrate the computer models that he works with and will show how the system can be manipulated by changing components such as the slope of the bottom or the strength of the wind.

Seals and Turtles and Octopi, Oh My!
Research & Rehab at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Thursday, April 10, 2003 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
The Woods Hole Aquarium is an important research and rehabilitation facility for marine mammals and endangered marine species. In this behind-the-scenes visit, aquarium staff will introduce us to current research & rehabilitation projects. The staff veterinarian will show us the medical technology used to diagnose & treat sick and injured animals. Included will be research on ear infections in seals, the temporary care of highly endangered sea turtles, and efforts to raise baby octopi in captivity.

PDP credit available: The Partnership offers an on-going series titled “WHSTEP: Current Topics in Math & Science.” All programs offered under this series may be taken for PDP credit with hours combined to reach a cumulative total of 10 PDP hours or more in science.