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Audience members spoke informally with Dr. Bower after her lecture at the Boston Museum of Science.


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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.  The presentation included slides on general oceanography and on Amy's specific work interest which is studying ocean currents.


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


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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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At the Museum of Science in Boston, 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.


Pod Casts


Listen to a November 2012 interview with Amy by Freedom Scientific, the company that makes the Jaws screen reader.  She describes how she became interested in oceanography, and how she uses adaptive technology in her scientific career.  

Listen to a September 2014 interview with Amy on ACB Radio's "Speaking Out for the Blind."  She describes her journey and challenges as a physical oceanographer.





Museum of Science in Boston


On February 28, 2007, Amy gave a lecture titled "Commotion in the Ocean."

The talk was part of the Boston Museum of Science's series on Global Warming.



Perkins School for the Blind

On March 28, 2007, she spoke to students from the Perkins School for the Blind about her career as a physical oceanographer.

In order to make the presentation accessible to students with visual impairment, Amy brought along objects for audience members to handle after the lecture.




 

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