VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Meet Tracy Harvey: The Next Generation of Oceanographers
Tracy Harvey has always been fascinated by marine and fresh water ecosystems. She brings that passion to her graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Marine Science.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Eureka Moments: Inspiration Comes from Unexpected Places
We’re sharing first person accounts about those special moments in the lives of scientists that we call “eureka moments.”
Featuring Martin Grosell (University of Miami), Brian Haus (University of Miami), Tamay Özgökmen (University of Miami), Kristen Thyng (Texas A&M University), and Mandy Joye (University of Georgia).
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Where Do All the Plastic Mardi Gras Beads Go?
It’s Ash Wednesday, which means Mardi Gras is now behind us. In New Orleans, the celebration stretches from January 6 until the start of Lent. Hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists flock to see a growing number of parades, during which krewes throw millions of pounds of shiny, plastic beads to enthusiastic, ever-growing crowds.
So what happens to those beads after the festivities are over? Revelers take some home as souvenirs, but most end up in the street or trash; and the City of New Orleans doesn’t have a recycling program for them. Fortunately, thoughtful citizens are stepping up to stem the tide of plastic flowing into local landfills by collecting and reusing the beads for the next year.
Photo courtesy of Arc of Greater New Orleans.
Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem with the ultimate goal of learning how to better cope with future oil spills.
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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the impact of Deepwater Horizon and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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Mensajes del Golfo de México
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