VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Dr. Cynthia Smith: Close Encounters with Dolphins
Dr. Cynthia Smith is the Executive Director and the Director of Medicine for the National Marine Mammal Foundation. She and her team are responsible for the medical care and wellbeing of the US Navy’s dolphin population in San Diego. Dr. Smith is applying what she has learned about the Navy’s dolphins to the conservation of their wild counterparts — particularly in the Gulf of Mexico where their population has been struggling with low fertility and failed pregnancies.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Rita Colwell: Breaking Down Barriers
Renowned microbiologist, oceanographer, and Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), Dr. Rita Colwell was met with pushback as a woman starting her career in science. She heard things like, “Oh, we don’t waste fellowships on women.” And “Add a man. It’ll give it credibility.” She fought back and quickly disproved the precept that there are no career options for women in the field. She has risen to the top of academia and is an inspiration to aspiring scientists.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Spotlight on Women in Science
Scientific American has a special report on women in science. Includes: 3 Revolutionary Women of Mathematics, How to Find a Woman Scientist, and 12 Trailblazing Women in STEM.
Photo courtesy of Scientific American.
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
A Spanish subtitled version of Dispatches 1 is available via streaming or DVD.
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