2008 marks the 40th year of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanograhy/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, one of the world's premier marine science graduate programs. To mark the anniversary, WHOI hosted a celebration of the program in March, and MIT will hold a science symposium today. Since its founding, the Joint Program has awarded more than 800 graduate degrees, and its alumni are building the future of oceanographic science around the world. Among them is Russell Cuhel (class of 1981, biological oceanography—with his parrot, Rambling Man), a senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin's Great Lakes WATER (Wisconsin Aquatic Technology and Environmental Research) Institute.
(Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)