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Alice Alpert sailing

Science and Poetry

Alice Alpert, a graduate student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, steers the 72-foot sailboat Seadragon during a cruise to the equatorial Pacific last summer to study corals. Alpert spoke about a very different environment at the Peanut Butter Club Friday in Redfield Auditorium. She and poet Katharine Coles shared their experiences at a research station in Antarctica a few years ago. Alpert was working as a technician when Coles arrived as part of an NSF program to bring artists to Antarctica. Coles recently published a book of poems—including one inspired by Alpert—based on her visit. (Photo courtesy of Alice Alpert, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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