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Partners Alison Macdonald and Corporation Member Ed Woollen. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Goal
To encourage informal interactions and dialogue that enhance the understanding of Trustees and Members about WHOI science and culture, as well as the understanding of scientists and engineers about the activities, interests, and concerns of Trustees and Members.

The Plan
The Partnership Program is specifically not a fund-raising activity. The Program provides a mechanism to enable a WHOI scientist or engineer and a Trustee or Corporation Member to become acquainted and, over a period of two years, work together to develop a professional and personal relationship that can enrich the experience of both and increase the understanding of each for a different field of endeavor.

The Procedure
Partners discuss the kinds of interactions they most enjoy and develop the partnership as they wish. Every partnership is different. Some involve only formal interactions, while others may include social meetings or family activities.

Suggestions for Partner Activities
  • Invite your partner to a dinner party or function to discuss interests, science and WHOI.
  • Share ideas among two sets of partners.
  • Trade travel plans to facilitate meeting times and places.
  • Invite your partner to help on a cruise or with fieldwork or a lab experiment. · Invite your partner to a special celebration, event, or seminar.
  • Arrange time to enjoy a sport together (golf, tennis, sailing, fishing, etc.).
  • Remember each other on holidays.
  • Arrange an additional activity on either end of Annual Meeting days.
  • Send each other news clippings or articles of potential interst.
  • Share noteworthy literature.
  • If you haven't heard from your partner in a while, call and say hello.

For additional information, please contact Judy Thrasher at (508) 289-3596, (or email to or Tom Nemmers at (508) 289-2501 (or email to

Last updated: May 3, 2016