Dispatches E-News: Female Role Models, Macondo & We Made Plastic (06/13/18)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Journey of Female Scientists

Female scientists talk about finding success in the (still mostly) male-dominated field of marine biology and the need to get more women involved in science. These role models—including Bianca Prohaska, Ramana Sidhaye, Karen Malone, Kelly Dorgan, Lela Schlenker, and Margaret Leinen—are leading by example.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Isabel Romero: One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Marquéz, which follows an unbreakable cycle of misfortune in a fictional town called Macondo. Macondo is also the name of the oil well where the Deepwater Horizon rig was drilling. Colombian-born oceanographer Dr. Isabel Romero relates the misfortunes in that novel to the disastrous effects of the oil spills she’s seen in Colombia, the Gulf of Mexico, and beyond.

This episode was recorded during a live event hosted by The Story Collider: Stories About Science.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We’re Drowning in It.

This miracle material has made modern life as we know it possible, but more than 40 percent of it is used just once. Now, it’s choking our waterways.

If plastic had been invented when the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England to North America—and the Mayflower had been stocked with bottled water and plastic-wrapped snacks—their plastic trash would likely still be around, four centuries later.

Photo courtesy of Justin Hofman (National Geographic).

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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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Dispatches is made possible by a generous grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).
Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.


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