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Amy Bower Visits Perkins School

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Dr. Amy Bower spoke to students at Perkins School for the Blind about her career as a scientist with visual impairment.

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Dr. Amy Bower spoke to students at Perkins School for the Blind about her career as a scientist with visual impairment.


Dr. Bower explains how a deep-ocean sample bottle operates. The open pressure-proof bottle is attached to a cable that is gradually lowered into the water. An electronic signal sent from an on-deck unit instructs the bottle to close at a desired depth to collect water. This water can be analyzed for concentrations of salt, oxygen, and other properties, depending on the objectives of the experiment.

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Dr. Bower explains how a deep-ocean sample bottle operates. The open pressure-proof bottle is attached to a cable that is gradually lowered into the water. An electronic signal sent from an on-deck unit instructs the bottle to close at a desired depth to collect water. This water can be analyzed for concentrations of salt, oxygen, and other properties, depending on the objectives of the experiment.


Dr. Bower talks to students in the classroom at the Perkins School.

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Dr. Bower talks to students in the classroom at the Perkins School.


On March 28, 2007, Amy Bower spoke to students from Perkins school for the Blind about her career as a physical oceanographer. In order to make the presentation accessible to students with visual impairment, she brought along objects for audience members to handle after the lecture.

Dr. Amy Bower spoke to students at Perkins School for the Blind about her career as a scientist with visual impairment. The presentation included slides on general oceanography and on Amy's specific work interest, which is studying ocean currents.

Dr. Bower displayed instruments used to take oceanographic measurements and samples of marine objects that can be found beneath the sea and on beaches.

Students explored the displayed items with their hands. Among the items were mussel and clam shells, a plaster cast taken from a deep-sea vent tube, and a large pressure-proof bottle used to sample ocean water from deep locations. A styrofoam coffee cup that had descended to the ocean bottom on a cable was an item of interest. The increased pressure pushes all the air out of the cup and reduces its size to about one-eighth of normal size.



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