Events & Happenings

Week of June 17, 2018
Mon Jun 18

There will be no seminars today

12:00 PM

Tue Jun 19

An Elevator Speech Will Not Bring You to the Penthouse

12:15 PM • Clark 507
Chris Reddy, WHOI

Sponsor: MC&G Department

Race, Property, and the Power of Place: A Story of the African American Community on Martha's Vineyard

3:00 PM • Speck Auditorium
Richard Taylor, author and historian

Juneteenth Celebration
(Lecture will be followed by the presentation of the 2018 John K. Bullard Diversity Award to Onjalé Scott and Scott Branco)

Sponsor: Sponsored by: Woods Hole Black History Month Committee & Woods Hole Diversity Initiative

Observing Water Mass Transport and Transformation in the Solomon Sea

3:05 PM • Clark 507
Marion Alberty, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Wed Jun 20

Ecosystem Valuation in Coastal and Ocean Management

9:30 AM • Redfield Auditorium
Di Jin, WHOI

Summer Lecture Series

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Surfzone Waves

10:00 AM • Redfield Auditorium
Steve Elgar, WHOI

Summer Lecture Series

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Improving Non-Invasive Tag Attachment Duration with Surface Engineering

12:15 PM • Smith Conference Room
Andrew Cannon, 1900 Engineering

Sponsor: AOP&E Department

Thu Jun 21

Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Threatened Elkhorn Corals Acropora Palmata: Implications for Conservation Under Climate Change

12:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Yi-Hsiu Chen, NOAA National Ocean Service

Sponsor: Biology Department

Fri Jun 22

What Do Fungi Tell Us About Neurodegenerative Disease?

8:00 PM • Lillie Auditorium
Amy Gladfelter, The University of North Carolina

Friday Evening Lectures Series

Sponsor: MBL

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “Secrets of the Shining Knight” on Friday, June 15, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. A knight in shining armor may sound like a character out of a storybook, but once upon a time, knighthood was serious business, and for countless medieval fighters, their armor was what stood between life and death. But what was it really like to live beneath the metal? How was that shining armor crafted, and how strong was it? Could it withstand impacts from the most lethal weapons of the day, including crossbows, muskets, and early guns? NOVA challenged blacksmith Ric Furrer and master armorer Jeff Wasson to recreate parts of an elite armor that was originally manufactured in the Royal Workshop founded by King Henry VIII. We trace their successes and setbacks from start to finish as they rediscover centuries-old metalworking secrets, then put their new armor to the ultimate test against a period musket.Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents Artist Lily Simonson on Friday, June 22, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Lily will present her recent collaborations with WHOI researchers aboard the R/V Atlantis and E/V Nautilus. Her resulting paintings based on deep-sea geochemical seeps and hydrothermal vents comprise her newest exhibition, Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep, which opens June 30, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.Lily works in tandem with researchers at remote field sites to create larger-than-life paintings of uncanny organisms in extreme environments–from the deep sea to Antarctica. Enveloping viewers in dramatic, atmospheric scenes, Simonson's work evokes the immersive experience of exploration. Simonson has served as the resident artist aboard five different oceanographic expeditions and spent three months scuba diving and camping in Antarctica as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. Simonson holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Painting from UCLA. Her works have been exhibited across the US and Europe and her art has appeared in a range of media outlets, including Interview MagazineAtlas ObscuaraPacific Standard, the LA Times, and LA Weekly. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


A photographic retrospective featuring modern portraits paired with their historical predecessor of telling the story of the men and women of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Open daily 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., through June 22 at the MBL Club, 100 Water Street, Woods Hole, Mass. Free and open to the public. Brought to you by Art Lab LLC.


Members of the Woods Hole Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla will talk at the library on Monday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m., about pollution, environmental protection laws, local aquatic invasive species, and the America’s Waterways Watch program, which asks recreational boaters to take an active role in staying alert for suspicious activity on the waterfront. Auxiliary members will also be available to answer questions about boating rules and regulations. Author Wendy Hinman returns to the library on Wednesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m., with her new book Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire which tells a true story of a sea adventure, this one about her husband’s family when he was a teenager and they were sailing around the world. The library will begin the new season of its Social Justice Book Club on June 27. The book club was formed in the summer of 2016 by summer resident Ruth Gainer who is continuing to lead the group and its discussions. All the books chosen for the group focus on issues of poverty, racism, and the justice system. This year, Ruth has expanded the program so there will be a total of four books read and discussed. In each case, copies of the book will be available at the library and also at Eight Cousins Books, for those who wish to own their own copy. The books are all recent releases. At the first discussion on June 27, participants will be discussing The Color of Law, a Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. On July 11, participants will be discussing Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America, by George Yancy. On July 25, participants will be discussing When They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele and on August 8, participants will be discussing Give Us the Ballot, by Ari Berman. For more information, call the library at (508) 548-8961, or visit the library’s website


Begins on Monday, June 18 with lectures running through August 10. This year's principal lecturer will be Professor Andrew Woods from the University of Cambridge. If you would like to receive weekly lecture schedules by email, please contact Julie Hildebrandt at All lectures will be held at Walsh Cottage.


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