VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Science is a Way of Knowing
For many of us, science is mostly relatable as a school subject of which we have only the most basic understanding, an abstract field that provides advances in technology and medicine. But Dr. Rita Colwell, puts that into perspective, characterizing it as something far more universal and essential: “Science,” she explains, “is a way of knowing.” Yes, it’s an accumulation of data—collected in the field or a laboratory—which leads to the dissection and consideration of that information. But, at a societal level, science fosters an understanding and appreciation of the life processes that affect all of us, every single day.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Kelly Dorgan: Animals in the Sediment
Dr. Kelly Dorgan (DISL) and her team are studying the impacts of Deepwater Horizon on the animals – like clams and worms – that live in the sediments of Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands. These “muck-dwellers” are crucial to the ecosystem. They regenerate nutrients that create healthy sea grasses and marshes, while also serving as food for fish populations.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Whale populations in New York Harbor are booming—here’s why
“There’s a spout!” naturalist Celia Ackerman calls excitedly to the captain. “Behind the green buoy!”
It’s half an hour into a whale-watching cruise aboard the 95-foot American Princess, and we’re not in Hawaii or Alaska—we’re in New York Harbor, within sight of Coney Island and the Brooklyn shoreline.
Photo courtesy of Artie Raslich.
Science Continually Evolves
Science continually evolves. To see the latest research updates on topics in this newsletter, please visit the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative web site.
Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest offshore 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 study the continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon 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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