Events & Happenings

Week of June 26, 2016
Mon Jun 27

Come In, We're Open: The Changing Culture of Research

12:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Carly Strasser, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Special Biology Department Seminar

Sponsor: Biology Department

Tue Jun 28

There will be no MC&G Department seminar today

12:15 PM

The Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone: A Crossroads of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation

3:05 PM • Clark 507
Amy Bower, WHOI


Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Wed Jun 29

Using Chaos Theory to Understand Mixing in the Ocean

9:30 AM • Clark 507
Larry Pratt, WHOI

Summer Student Lecture Series

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Changes in Atlantic Ocean Circulation Since the Last Ice Age

10:00 AM • Clark 507
Delia Oppo, WHOI

Summer Student Lecture Series

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

On the Imaging of Rip Currents in X-Band Radar

12:15 PM • Smith Conference Room
Merrick Haller, Oregon State University

Sponsor: AOP&E Department

Thu Jun 30

Microbial Signaling in a Vast Ocean: The Varied Roles of Small Molecules

12:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Kristen Whalen, WHOI

Sponsor: Biology Department

Fri Jul 1

From Bacterial Adaptive Immunity to the Future of Genome Engineering

8:00 PM • Lillie Auditorium
Jennifer A. Doudna, University of California, Berkeley & Howard
Hughes Medical Institute

Friday Evening Lecture Series - Glassman Lecture

Sponsor: MBL

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific”on Friday, July 1, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Over 1,000 years ago, the islands of Polynesia were explored and settled by navigators who used only the waves, the stars, and the flights of birds for guidance. In hand-built, double-hulled canoes sixty-feet long, the ancestors of today's Polynesians sailed across a vast ocean area, larger than Europe and North America combined. To explore this ancient navigational heritage, anthropologist/filmmaker Sanford Low visited the tiny coral atoll of Satawal in Micronesia's remote Caroline Islands. There he spoke with Mau Piailug, the last navigator to be ceremonially initiated on Satawal, and one of the few men who still practice the once-essential art of navigation in the Pacific. In a dramatic demonstration, Mau Piailug sails a replica of an original Polynesian canoe from Hawaii to Tahiti: 2500 miles across the ocean without benefit of sextant, compass, or any other Western navigational instrument. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents the video “Bombing Hitler's Supergun”on Friday, July 8, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Discover how Allied forces conspired to destroy one of Hitler’s most diabolical weapons. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


On Friday, July 1, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Dyer's Dock (44 Water St.) in Woods Hole, the public is invited to welcome the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the 62-foot traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a and her crew to the village during their worldwide voyage to promote sustainability and environmental consciousness and exchange ideas with cultures around the world. Outreach activities are planned during the weekend before Hōkūle‘a departs Tuesday morning, July 5


Mashpee resident Wendy Williams, author of the recent book “The Horse: the Epic History of our Noble Companion” as well as the previously published  “Kraken” and “Cape Wind,”  will speak at the library on Wednesday , July 6 at 7:30 p.m.  She will focus on a small portion of what is in the book in her multi-media presentation called “Can Horses Read?” After her talk, Ms. Williams will offer the book for sale and will be happy to sign copies. The library is looking for bike donations for their annual children’s event, the Carnival and Tag Sale, to be held this year on Saturday morning, July 9. For the last five years, there has been a bicycle component to the day, thanks to Woods Hole summer resident and volunteer Josh Olins, who fixes up all the gift bikes he deems worthy. He not only takes bikes home ahead of time to fix, but he also sets up a repair stand at the library to adjust and “fit” the bikes to the purchasers. All sizes of bikes are welcome, but kid-size bikes are the preference. Obviously, bikes do not need to be in excellent condition for the library to accept them, but they must be in working order, with only minimal repairs necessary to get the bikes safely on the road. All the proceeds from the bike sale will go towards children’s programming at the library. Bikes may be dropped during open hours in the weeks before the tag sale. The library’s annual Tag Sale and Carnival for Kids will be held on Saturday morning, July 9 from 10:00 a.m. - noon. This event is, as usual, run by and for kids. The “Library Kids” look forward to running this event which is filled with new versions of old fashioned games and timeless pleasure. Their parents are delighted that the kids are learning both organization and community service while having fun. Proceeds go towards library programming for kids. Items for the Tag Sale may be dropped off in the late afternoon in the week preceding the sale, July 5-9, during library open hours, which always include 3-5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at 508-548-8961 or visit the website


Exhibits are open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday- Saturday.
Gallery 1: Science Connection: - Woods Hole and Japan
Gallery 2: Historic Cod Fish
For more information, please visit visit or call (508) 548-7270. The museum is free and open to the public.


The MBL Club will host the annual Woods Hole Fourth of July Parade on Saturday, July 4. All are welcome to join or watch the parade, which will begin at 12:00 noon at the entrance to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) parking lot on School Street. Join us for free watermelon and water immediately following the parade at the Waterfront Park. For a complete schedule of events and fees or to become a member, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7623,, or visit the MBL Club website at


Launched from the WHOI Information Office at 93 Water Street in the center of Woods Hole village, the tours take approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and provide excellent background on the research conducted at WHOI and on the history of the Institution. Tours are free and run in July and August, Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Please contact the Information Office for a reservation as space is limited. Telephone (508) 289-2252 or email These tours are recommended for a teenage to an adult audience.


Is being held July 14 and 15 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Early bird registration ends June 30, 2016.  Link for registration is at


Located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, the center is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (508) 289-2663. WHOI merchandise is available year-round by visiting our online store at