Technology & Discovery
Ocean Discovery Day: Broadening the Spectrum for the Ocean Sciences
FAU Harbor Branch, in collaboration with the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and Indian River State College (IRSC), recently co-hosted "Ocean Discovery Day." This event grew out of a key recommendation from the National Society Foundation-funded "Broadening the Spectrum" diversity workshop held two years ago, with HBOI represented by former Executive Director Dr. Margaret Leinen and Dr. Dennis Hanisak. That workshop focused on addressing the very low number of African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans in ocean and environmental science graduate programs and professional careers across Florida, despite the state's very diverse population.
Ocean Discovery Day was designed as a pilot to introduce more than 100 Upward Bound/Talent Search high school students in Indian River and St. Lucie counties to ocean careers and the importance of the ocean to Florida communities. The morning session was held at IRSC, followed by an afternoon session at HBOI with a focus on hands-on activities, mostly developed and led by "near-peer mentors" (graduate students or early career professionals in the ocean sciences and engineering). Drs. Dennis Hanisak and Jim Masterson joined forces with IRSC in this event, by bringing in their students from this year's Natural History of Indian River Lagoon course to do shoreline explorations, seining activities with the high school students and assisting with plankton and sea turtle interactive activities designed by some of the near-peer mentors, who came from the University of Miami, University of Central Florida, Savannah State University, and FAU. Other participants were from ORCA, the Marine Technology Society, Eidos Education, the Institute for Broadening Participation, and NOAA.
November 21, 2014
Lapointe Conducts Water Quality Research in Cuba
FAU Harbor Branch scientist Dr. Brian Lapointe and biological scientist Laura Herren were at the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba recently conducting water quality research. Lapointe and Herren are partnering with scientists at McMaster University and Dauphin Island Marine Lab on the project, which aims to establish a water quality monitoring network that will be sampled monthly for one year to determine levels of dissolved nutrients and chlorophyll a, as well as analyze stable isotope of phytoplankton in the water column. The project is being funded by the U.S. Navy.
October 20, 2014