Dispatches E-News: Innovation, Whales and Dolphins of the Gulf & STEM Books for Girls (08/16/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Innovation: Cheng Li

Cheng Li is a Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University. Part of his studies includes examining the fate of oil in oceanic flows and what wave breaking does to oil droplets with and without dispersants. Cheng designed the wave tank used by the research team at JHU’s School of Engineering and the DROPPS Consortium.

[WATCH HERE]


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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Kait Frasier: The Whales and Dolphins of the Gulf

Dr. Kait Frasier (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is a pioneer in bioacoustics. She’s part of a research team that is studying how Gulf dolphins and whales are faring since Deepwater Horizon by examining the sounds and calls they make.

Using more than six years of underwater recordings, she tracks which species were present at the time of the spill and how they are functioning in their habitat in the present day.

[LISTEN HERE]


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
12 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls & Young Women

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are more important than ever. To help students returning to school, Edutopia has put together a list of books to encourage girls and young women to persevere in these subjects.

Representation matters! Girls do better on science tests when their textbooks include images of female scientists. A recent survey found that girls begin to show interest in STEM fields at 11 years old but lose it at around 15. And a lack of female role models is one reason for the drop in interest.

Photo courtesy of Edutopia.

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A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.

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