Summer 2013 – Note from the Research Board Chair

(From Summer 2013 Newsletter) Dr. Rita Colwell, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University The Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout represents a significant ecological event. It was defined by release of millions of gallons of crude oil and application of 1.8 million gallons of dispersants, together spreading into wetlands and beaches and also sinking into…

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Photo Caption: Winners of the GoMRI ISEF Award, Omer Faruk Altun (L) Abdullah Koca (2nd-L) from Private Merve Buyukkoyuncu Science High School, Konya, Turkey stand with other award winners at the ISEF in Phoenix, AZ. Photo Credit: Consortium for Ocean Leadership

GoMRI gives Special Award at the 2013 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

(From Summer 2013 Newsletter) GoMRI awarded a Special Award at the 2013 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) for best project in oil spill related science (with a preference for projects focusing on the ocean or coasts). The $3000 award was presented to Abdullah Koca and Omer Altun of Konya, Turkey for their project entitled Oceans are More Significant than Petroleum. Abdullah and…

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Photo Caption: Dr. Steven Murawski, Director of C-IMAGE, is on the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s RV Weatherbird II measuring and collecting tissue, bone, and blood samples from bottom-dwelling fish to assess the health of deep-sea marine life. Photo Credit: C-IMAGE.

The Human Side of Oil Spill Science

(From Summer 2013 Newsletter) Events from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill three years ago remain on the minds and hearts of many people, especially for those who lost loves ones. When an incident of this magnitude strikes, the story is sometimes as much about the response as the event itself and part of the response…

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Workshop participants practice their 60-second messages. Photo Credit: Maggie Dannreuther.

Making Your Science Matter when the Stakes are High

(From Summer 2013 Newsletter) Highlights from the Deep-C/COMPASS Policy Communication Workshop This one-day workshop focused on helping scientists to improve their communications with media and policy makers. Special attendees included aides from the offices of US Senator Bill Nelson (FL) and FL Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, science journalists David Malakoff (Science Magazine) and Mark Schrope…

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Summer 2013 – Frequently Asked Questions by Dr. Chuck Wilson

(From Summer 2013 Newsletter) Dr. Chuck Wilson, Senior Scientist for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), answers a few of the most frequently asked questions about the program. 1. Who is doing the research that’s funded through GoMRI? The research is primarily being conducted at academic institutions in the US Gulf Coast States. However,…

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Team Santa Rosa’s ROV targets a lionfish during the Deep-C ROV competition at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Photo Credit: Tina Miller-Way.

Summer 2013 – Education Spotlight

(From Summer 2013 Newsletter) Deep-C Technology Experiences Bring Science to Life for Students Education specialists and scientists with the Deep Sea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Deep-C) research consortium have multi-year efforts working with K-12 teachers and students and with university students across their consortium. At Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)…

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Felicia Coleman. Photo provided by Tracy Ippolito, DEEP-C.

Summer 2013 – 7 Questions Interview with Dr. Felicia Coleman

Florida State University (From Summer 2013 Newsletter) 1. Tell us a bit about DEEP-C. What are the goals and what knowledge gaps will the program fill? The Deep-C Consortium focuses on the interplay of the geomorphologic, hydrologic, and biogeochemical settings that influence the distribution and fate of the oil and dispersants released during the Deepwater…

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