Close interactivity between research and higher education and the exposure of students and postdocs
to theoretical, experimental, and observational
ocean sciences and engineering are at the heart of WHOI’s Academic Programs. External assessments provide
us with one indication of the success of our efforts.
A nationwide survey of postdoctoral programs conducted by
The Scientist magazine ranked the WHOI postdoctoral
program among the top ten nationwide. The contents of the
review have provided insights into where our program is on
track and the few aspects in need of improvement.
An External Review Committee for the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Applied Ocean Sciences and Engineering visited both MIT and WHOI in June. As with the previous two external reviews in 1989 and 1998, the comments on the overall quality of the program
were laudatory: “The MIT/WHOI Joint Program remains a (if not the) top educational program covering all the marine sciences and engineering.” The report also suggested
several areas for continuing innovation and improvement, improvement,
such as strengthening
opportunities for interdisciplinary
Thirty-one new students enrolled in the Joint Program, and
the total fall 2004 enrollment was 139. The program awarded
15 doctoral and 4 master's degrees. The Joint Program Alumni/ae
Association continues to be supportive of the Joint Program
by offering advice to current students, providing evaluation
of the Joint Program graduate education efforts, and contributing
financial support for student research and career activities.
We were saddened by the loss of first-year graduate student
Celeste Fowler (bottom photo), to metastatic melanoma. To
honor her memory and love of photography, a Celeste Fowler
Memorial Art Show was planned for January of 2005 and will
become an annual event showcasing the diverse artistic talents
of our graduate students.
The Summer Student Fellow and Minority Fellows Programs for
undergraduates enjoyed another successful summer with 32 students
from 27 universities and colleges involved in the summer-long
research experience. This was the inaugural summer of an at-sea
practicum for fellows in the use of coastal ocean sampling
and measurement instruments aboard the new coastal research
vessel Tioga (top photo).
In collaboration with partners in the Woods Hole scientific
organizations, we led an effort to draft an memorandum of
understanding signed in July by the presidents/ directors
of these organizations to undertake a collaborative diversity
initiative that offers pathways of increased opportunity in
sciences and engineering.
partnership with New England Aquarium and the University of
Massachusetts in the NSF funded New England Center for Ocean
Science Education Excellence (COSEE) continued for the second
year in K-12 formal and informal education activities along
with the twice-yearly teacher workshops that are highly acclaimed
by participating teachers.
I will step aside during 2005 after
fifteen years as dean. I have been honored to be associated
with WHOI’s Academic Programs and the superb group of students,
postdocs, faculty, and staff involved in these activities.
John W. Farrington (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice President for Academic Affairs and