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Center for Vision Loss, Executive Director, Doug Yingling presents Amy Bower with the Chrysalis Award on September 17, 2012.  (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Amy Bower receives the

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Amy Bower receives the "Unsung Heroine Award," May 2010.

Amy with Perkins students on ship.

Accompanied by WHOI volunteers, students from Perkins School for the Blind toured R/V Knorr on a recent visit. They heard about the bridge from physical oceanographer Amy Bower (right), who invited the students to WHOI and created a special Web site as part of an outreach project to accompany her research.  (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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Amy Bower Receives the Chrysalis Award
In October 2011, the Center for Vision Loss, an agency serving visually impaired people of eastern Pennsylvania, awarded their first-ever "Chrysalis Award" to WHOI scientist Amy Bower. The award, which honors "a blind or visually impaired person who has transformed the world around them," and was given to Amy to recognize her achievements in oceanography and outreach. Though a rare October snowstorm forced cancellation of last fall's award ceremony, Center for Vision Loss, Executive Director, Doug Yingling came to WHOI, and presented Amy with the award on September 17, 2012.

Popular Science: Fieldwork The Unseen Currents
Article in Popular Science:  On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring—and gathers clues to the planet’s fate. March, 2011.

Amy Bower Receives the Unsung Heroine Award
WHOI press release:  Bower is among those chosen as a 2010 “Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts” by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW). May 18, 2010.

SouthCoastToday Article
Article in SouthCoastToday: Oceanographer tells of lifelong learning. September 16, 2008.

Accessible Science: Perkins Teacher Speaks at National Conference
Article about Perkins / WHOI collaboration.  June, 2008.

WGBH Podcast: Commotion in the Ocean
WGBH Podcast on  Commotion in the Ocean. May 8, 2008.

WBZ Boston
WBZ's 60 Minutes podcast: Oceanographer Amy Bower. November 16, 2007.

As an oceanographer who has been legally blind for fourteen years, I am pleased to be working in collaboration with Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts on project OceanInsight. The goals of the collaboration are to communicate the importance of understanding how the earth works, instill the excitement of oceanographic research, and introduce Perkins students to careers in the geosciences that they might not otherwise consider as accessible to them.

Access World, Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Article about Science is Golden:  Interviews with Four Scientists Who Are Visually Impaired (including Amy Bower).  January, 2005.

The Latin School of Chicago
Amy Bower visits The Latin School of ChicagoMarch 4, 2004.

Pirates Attack US Research Ship off Somalia
Article in Nature:  about Amy Bower's research cruise on the R/V Maurice Ewing when the ship came under fire in the Gulf of Aden.  September 13, 2001.
Profile of Amy Bower

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