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Week of May 17, 2015
Mon May 18

The Cambrian Conundrum: Stephen Jay Gould and the Topology of the Possible

4:00 PM • Speck Auditorium
Douglas H. Erwin, Smithsonian Institution

Special MBL Seminar

Sponsor: MBL

Tue May 19

There will be no MC&G Department seminar today

12:15 PM

The Impact of the North Atlantic Oscillation on Climate Through Its Influence on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation

3:00 PM • Clark 201
Tom Delworth, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Wed May 20

There will be no AOP&E Department seminar today

12:15 PM

Thu May 21

There will be no Biology Department seminar today

12:00 PM

Fri May 22

There will be no seminars today

12:00 PM

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears” on Friday, May 22, at noon in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. The Drakensberg Mountains are Southern Africa's Alps, rising more than 11,000 feet into the sky. But beneath their beauty lies a hostile environment for the creatures that live there. Each spring, drenching rains destroy the grasslands at the base of the mountains, and those who would survive must climb up sheer cliffs, through storms and snow, to reach the carpets of new grass on the plateau. Sponsored by the WHOI Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Coloring books are making a comeback. Evidently coloring books have become all the rage with the 20 and 30-somethings, as a brief survey has revealed. They are seen as a form of relaxation, as many of us 50 and 60- somethings could have told them from our childhoods, though we would have added “concentration” to the ”relaxation.” A quick look at the book market shows there is a wide variety of coloring books available these days, in all sizes and shapes. The books vary greatly in detail, some small enough to require sharp colored pencils, others coarse enough to allow markers or even the crayons of our youth. The theme seems to be stress reduction, as you will find in titles like “Color Me Calm” and sales pitches, which use the words “stress relieving patterns. ” As a result of all this excitement, one of our 30- something librarians on staff is starting a “Coloring Club.” The club will meet the last Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., starting on May 26. Initially, the library will provide all materials. Discussions among the participants will guide the future of the club. For questions, call the library (508) 548-8961. Every spring, the library holds a huge sale of second hand books in the lower level meeting room. This year, the annual spring book sale will be held on Saturday, May 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tables covered with books fill the room, as well as all the wall shelving. Every book in the room is for sale. The Book Sale Chair, retired librarian Camilla Larry, says there are lots of new additions: big beautiful books about artists and sailing, local history, children’s books, manynew novels, books about oceanography, and even books that have sailed the Seven Seas! People seem to come in a steady stream to donate their books to the library sale. Several donations have been whole libraries from estates and even the library of an oceanographic vessel. After the initial big day of the sale, the book sale will continue during the regular open hours of the library. For more details, visit www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org. On Saturday, June 6, librarians at the library will run a session teaching children how to make their own simple plant press. This will prepare them to collect, press, and preserve their own plant samples. The session, which is open to children over age 5 and their parents, starts at 2:00 p.m. After constructing their presses out of cardboard, newspaper, mounting paper, and straps, the group will proceed (weather permitting) to a nearby site to collect a few field flowers, then return to the library to help the children take the first few steps in creating their own herbarium, a pleasure which should last them not only all summer, but also their whole lives long. To sign up or ask questions, call the library at (508) 548-8961.


The center, located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Check out the new exhibit "Life Around a Hydrothermal Vent," which depicts life at a Galapagos hydrothermal vent. For more information, call (508) 289-2663. WHOI merchandise is available year-round by visiting our online store at http://shop.whoi.edu/whoi/.