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Perkins school visits Alvin

Insights into Alvin

WHOI engineer David Fisichella gives a student from the Perkins School for the Blind a tour of the submersible Alvin. Fisichella’s wife, Amy Bower, is a physical oceanographer at WHOI who studies ocean circulation using adaptive technology because she is legally blind. Bower created a website accessible to Perkins students called OceanInsight and was named Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and received the Thomas J. Carroll Award as Blind Employee of the Year in Massachusetts. Fisichella is manager of WHOI’s Shipboard Scientific Services Group, which provides technical scientific and operational services aboard WHOI ships. He wrote a book about his seagoing experiences called Seven-Tenths: Love, Piracy, and Science at Sea. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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