School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

SOEST Bulletin

Vol. 25, No. 34, August 21, 2014

Calendar of Events

Sunday, August 24

Hanauma Bay Educational Lecture Series: Keisha Bahr, Graduate Assistant, UHM Hawai'i Inst. of Marine Biology, Conservation and Management of Species of Concern in Kane'ohe Bay through Reduction of Invasive Algal Species using Native Urchins, Hanauma Bay Education Center, 3:00 p.m. Public parking is $1.00/vehicle. Admittance to the lecture presentation will begin at 2:45 p.m. outside the entrance to the Education Center by the benches. Those who are attending the lecture presentation ONLY and are admitted at this time by the Education staff will bypass the admission window. Please do not arrive earlier than 2:45 p.m. Patrons attending ONLY the Educational Lecture will be given a special red "Hawaii Sea Grant" hand stamp that will allow access into the education alcove for the lecture but no access to the beach itself. The lecture will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Please note: anyone who wishes to go to the beach before the lecture, will be processed through the regular admission line and shall pay the admission fee of $7.50 (if you are not a Hawaii resident). These education programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, go to the online Calendar of Events.

Monday, August 25

No events.

Tuesday, August 26

Hawaii Space Lecture Series: Norbert Schorghofer, Associate Astronomer, UHM Institute for Astronomy, Planetary Microclimates, POST 544, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 27

No events.

Thursday, August 28

Depts. of Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography and International Pacific Research Center joint seminar: J. Shukla, Professor, George Mason University, Challenges in Bridging the Gap Between Potential Predictability and Prediction Skill of the Summer Monsoon Rainfall, MSB 100, 3:00 p.m. Please join us for coffee, tea, and cookies on the MSB lanai, 2:30-3:00 p.m.

Friday, August 29

No events.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) application period is now open! NSF is soliciting applications for the GRFP until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014. Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds. For more information please visit their website.

GRFP is also soliciting reviewers for the GRFP applications. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers, and other professionals with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education expertise, are invited to serve as reviewers for the GRFP. For more information on this opportunity please visit their website.

Ocean 180 Challenges Scientists to Turn Discoveries into Stories: Think you could compete for the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge title? Ocean scientists, grab your cameras and start filming. The Ocean 180 Video Challenge is entering its second year and offering $9,000 in cash prizes for the best short videos summarizing the results of a recent ocean-related study.

Sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) and funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Ocean 180 taps into the competitive spirit of scientists and challenges them to use video to communicate and share the meaning, significance, and relevance of their research with a broader audience. Contestants are asked to produce a 3-minute video abstract summarizing a recent publication that will be judged by a team of potential future ocean scientists--middle school students from all over the world.

In 2014, during Ocean 180's inaugural year, over 30,000 middle school students in 13 countries crowned three scientists as winners. Students were tasked with evaluating the top 10 submissions and selecting the videos which best communicated the results and implications of the research. Top honors were claimed by scientists studying internal waves in the South Pacific, microbes in the Amazon River plume, and bull sharks in southern Florida.

While Ocean 180 gives scientists a chance to present their work to a global audience, the benefits of creating a video abstract can reach far beyond the contest. "When you're in the lab you worry about the tiny details about the research," explained Ocean 180 finalist Dr. Laurence Yeung. "Participating in Ocean 180 helped me step back and say 'Why did I start doing this in the first place? What was that spark the got me first interested?' And I think that's always important. It helped me think more broadly about [my research] and come up with new ideas for future work and how to communicate those results."

Middle school classrooms will again be given a key role in selecting the winners for the 2015 competition. After a team of science and communication experts narrows the field to the top 10 entries, sixth-eighth grade students in registered middle school classrooms around the world will screen and evaluate the videos and cast their votes for the winners.

Video abstract submissions from scientists will be accepted from October 1-December 1, 2014. Winners will be announced in late February. Official Ocean 180 Video Challenge Rules and Guidelines are available online. The site also includes links to submissions from last year's finalists and pointers on how to design and produce a successful video. Questions regarding the Ocean 180 Video Challenge may be directed to

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