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MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series 2016-17

January 6, 2017 by Beth Colt

A series of lectures, performances, and presentations brought to you by the MBL Associates.

Lillie Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Lectures are free and open to the public.

View recordings of some of our recent Forums: http://videocenter.mbl.edu/videos/channel/9/

An optional buffet dinner precedes each lecture at 6:00 pm at the MBL’s Swope Center. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Main Street, Falmouth. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM on the Tuesday prior to the event. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu

Date:
Speaker:

10/28/16

“Fresnel’s Brilliant Idea: Triumph and Contention in the History of Lighthouse Optics”
Theresa Levitt, Associate Professor of History, University of Mississippi

11/11/16

“Hearing King David: Listening for Lost Voices in Historical Fiction”
Geraldine Brooks, author of five historical novels, 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

2/3/17

Title TBD
F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News

MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series 2016-2017

November 11, 2016 by Beth Colt

A series of lectures, performances, and presentations brought to you by the MBL Associates.

Lillie Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Lectures are free and open to the public.

View recordings of some of our recent Forums: http://videocenter.mbl.edu/videos/channel/9/

An optional buffet dinner precedes each lecture at 6:00 pm at the MBL’s Swope Center. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Main Street, Falmouth. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM on the Tuesday prior to the event. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu

Date:
Speaker:

10/28/16

“Fresnel’s Brilliant Idea: Triumph and Contention in the History of Lighthouse Optics”
Theresa Levitt, Associate Professor of History, University of Mississippi

11/11/16

“Hearing King David: Listening for Lost Voices in Historical Fiction”
Geraldine Brooks, author of five historical novels, 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

2/3/17

Title TBD
F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News

MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series 2016-17

October 28, 2016 by Beth Colt

A series of lectures, performances, and presentations brought to you by the MBL Associates.

Lillie Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Lectures are free and open to the public.

View recordings of some of our recent Forums: http://videocenter.mbl.edu/videos/channel/9/

An optional buffet dinner precedes each lecture at 6:00 pm at the MBL’s Swope Center. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Main Street, Falmouth. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM on the Tuesday prior to the event. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu

Date:
Speaker:

10/28/16

“Fresnel’s Brilliant Idea: Triumph and Contention in the History of Lighthouse Optics”
Theresa Levitt, Associate Professor of History, University of Mississippi

11/11/16

“Hearing King David: Listening for Lost Voices in Historical Fiction”
Geraldine Brooks, author of five historical novels, 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

2/3/17

Title TBD
F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News

Ecosystems Center Seminar Series

September 13, 2016 by Beth Colt

Speck Auditorium

Ecosystems Center Seminar Series – “Local and global patterns of daytime leaf-level carbon exchange” – Mary Heskel

 

 

Science made Public: Understanding the Secret life of Sharks

August 30, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Ocean Science Exhibit Center
15 School Street
Woods Hole, MA 02540

SCIENCE MADE PUBLIC – During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Understanding the Secret Lives of Sharks
Camrin Braun, Joint Program Student, Biology Department

All the information that scientists understand about the iconic great white
shark comprise only a few short sentences. We have no generalizable knowledge
about what they eat or their feeding behaviors, no knowledge of where they go
to mate or to breed, and absolutely no answers to “why” they do almost
anything. For all other shark species, we know even less. Learn how researchers
are using cutting-edge, satellite-based tags on sharks in our back yard on Cape
Cod to answer some of these basic questions about sharks.

Science Made Public: How to Sink a Boat

August 23, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Ocean Science Exhibit Center
15 School Street
Woods Hole, MA 02540

SCIENCE MADE PUBLIC – During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

How to Sink a Boat: The Ocean Engineering BehindAlvinand Other Deep-sea Manned Vehicles
Bruce Strickrott, AlvinManager, Operational Scientific Services

Alvin and other
deep-sea manned submersibles are complex machines with high-tech systems. But
the principles of diving a deep-submergence vehicle are based on the
fundamentals of physics, hydrodynamics, and engineering. This presentation
includes a brief history of submarine systems (1600s through 1900s) and lessons
on the basic concepts that take Alvin
and other deep-sea manned vehicles safely to and from the seafloor.

August 19, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Lecture given by Carol W. Greider of Johns Hopkins University; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2009) All lectures are free and open to the public

 

The MBL offers weekday tours late June through the end of August. Learn more about the Marine Biological Laboratory by visiting the newly renovated Pierce Exhibit Center at 100 Water Street in Woods Hole. New exhibits tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences. Live animals, stunning underwater video footage, a hands-on microscope, and an interactive squid are all part of the visitor experience.We invite you to explore the Pierce Exhibit Center and learn more about the natural world around you. The Pierce Exhibit Center is designed for all ages. The Exhibit Center is open May – October.May: 11 AM-4 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri.); June: 11 AM-4 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri., Sat.); July-August: 10 AM-4:30 PM (Mon.-Sat.); September: 11 AM – 4 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri., Sat.); October: 11 AM – 3 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri. through Columbus Day). The Marine Biological Laboratory is an international center for research, education, and training in biology, biomedicine, and ecology.

Special Seminar – WHOI & Falmouth Stem Booster Sponsored

August 17, 2016 by Julia Pearl

WHOI
Redfield Auditorium 45 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

“Functional Imaging of the Human Brain as a Window into the Mind” Nancy Kanwisher, MIT

Public lecture sponsored by the Falmouth STEM Boosters and the WHOI Information Office

Join Dr. Nancy Kanwisher, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT and Investigator at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, as she shares striking new understandings of the human brain. Some of these findings were presented in a recent New York Times article, “New Ways Into the Brain’s Music Room.”

Twenty-five years ago with the invention fMRI it became possible to image neural activity in the normal human brain.  Many regions have been shown to carry out highly specific mental functions, like the perception of faces, speech sounds, and music, and even very abstract mental functions like understanding a sentence or thinking about another person’s thoughts. Dr. Kanwisher will discuss some of the evidence for highly specialized brain regions, what  these findings imply and what they do not, and what is next. To see Kanwisher’s short talks on the brain, which require no scientific background, go to:

http://nancysbraintalks.mit.edu/

The event is free and open to the public. Students are welcome and encouraged! Donations made at the door will benefit the FalmouthSTEM Boosters, a local non-profit organization connecting Falmouth Public School teachers and students with science, technology, engineering and math resources and opportunities.  For more information on the lecture and the STEM Boosters, contactinfo@falmouthSTEMboosters.org or the WHOI Information Office at 508-289-2252.

Science made Public

August 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 3:00 PM

Ocean Science Exhibit Center
15 School Street
Woods Hole, MA 02540

SCIENCE MADE PUBLIC – During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Living on the Edge: A Bio-physical Cruise on the R/VNeil Armstrong to the New England Continental Shelf Break
Gareth Lawson, Associate Scientist, Biology Department

At the edge of the continental shelf, the water depth drops off abruptly from a
few hundred feet to more than a mile deep. This is a highly dynamic area,
influenced by a variety of currents and processes, and is also home to a
multitude of marine organisms, from plankton to commercial fish to whales. Come
learn about a recent cruise on the research vesselNeil Armstrong to the New England shelf
break, where an interdisciplinary team of WHOI scientists and students deployed
a sophisticated suite of instruments and nets to understand how ocean physical
processes affects the marine ecosystem.

Science made Public: Breaking the Ice

August 9, 2016 by Beth Colt

Ocean Science Exhibit Center
15 School Street
Woods Hole, MA 02540

SCIENCE MADE PUBLIC – During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Breaking the Ice: Tracking the Effects of Climate Change in the Arctic

Lauren Kipp, Joint Program Student, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Department
The Arctic is particularly susceptible to climate change, but little is known about how increased temperatures, diminishing sea ice, and the thawing of frozen land will affect the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystems. Last summer, researchers from all over the world traveled to the Arctic Ocean to measure ocean chemistry and gain a better understanding of this unique environment. Learn about how the Arctic is changing in response to a warming climate, how we can measure those changes, and what it’s like to conduct research at the top of the world.

Woods Hole Science Stroll

August 6, 2016 by Beth Colt

August 6, 2016 • 11am – 3pm

Water Street, Woods Hole

A FREE public event

  1. Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Marine animals, touch tanks, harbor seals in an outdoor pool.

  1. NOAA Dock

NOAA Fisheries
Displays related to research on whales, sea turtles and other protected marine species, fish, water chemistry and plankton, and tracking ocean currents. Learn how to identify whales; identify sea turtles; step inside a life-size (43-foot) inflatable humpback whale (weather permitting).

US Coast Guard (USCG)
Tour the USCG 45-foot response boat;* see a shipboard damage control demonstration and techniques to control flooding; watch a search and rescue demonstration with a USCG helicopter and rescue swimmer. Time of demonstration will be communicated on the day of event. *Availability of activities is subject to change based on USCG operations.

US Geological Survey
See the SeaBoss vehicle, which collects seabed images and sediment samples in coastal regions, and participate in interactive demonstrations of underwater video capabilities by the SeaBoss.

  1. Waterfront Park

Buzzards Bay Coalition
Learn all about the 10th annual Watershed Ride to help save Buzzards Bay. Get details, ask questions and sign-up for this fall tradition.

Sea Education Association/SEA Semester
From Plastics to Plankton! Conduct simple experiments to better understand plastic pollution in the ocean, a serious problem that affects birds, fish, and ocean mammals; use a microscope to get up-close and personal with the ocean’s wanderers: plankton!

US Geological Survey
Meet the authors of a new book on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Check out the interactive displays on shoreline change, 3-D sea-floor mapping, and predicting hurricanes. Try your hand at a demo about how scientists sample gas from the Earth.

Woods Hole Historical Museum
Check out reprints of historical photographs and publications about the long history of science in Woods Hole. Kids will enjoy a number of games including a “fishing game” with cod of various sizes in a bucket.

Woods Hole Research Center
Learn about Climate research conducted around the world by the Woods Hole Research Center. Measure the amount of CO2 absorbed by plants, using a CO2 Analyzer.

WCAI – the Cape, Coast, and Islands NPR Station
Play “Guess That Sound,” a children’s activity involving ocean life and ocean environment sounds. Meet the host of “Living Lab,” Heather Goldstone.

  1. Marine Biological Laboratory Pierce Visitor Center and Gift Shop

Colorful exhibits tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences.

  1. Marine Biological Laboratory Marine Resources Center

Tour the facilities and see live animals in the touch tanks. Space is limited; sign up on-site.

  1. Zephyr Education Foundation

See the effects of sea level rise, storm surge waves, and tsunamis as you model coastal processes using “augmented reality sandboxes.” The activities are suitable for ages 9 and up. Younger children benefit from adult supervision.

  1. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Dock

NOAA Ship Bigelow
Reserve a space for your tour* of the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow. Learn about the research conducted aboard the ship and see what it’s like to live onboard. *Reservations required. Visitors to the ship must have a valid photo ID. Tours require the ability to climb several flights of stairs. Please wear sensible shoes; no backpacks, no strollers. For free ticket visit http://woodsholesciencestroll.org/

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution displays
Get up close with some working oceanographic instruments and research vehicles used in oceans around the world. Check out Splash Lab science demos and make your own Science Stroll souvenirs at the kids activities table.

  1. WHOI Redfield Auditorium

Come see a kid-friendly film for free at 2 pm sponsored by the Woods Hole
Film Festival
.

  1. Buzzards Bay Coalition Discovery Center

Explore a marine touch tank full of animals from Buzzards Bay and hands-on family friendly activities.

  1. WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

Videos, displays, and exhibits include marine mammals, Titanic, hydrothermal vents, polar research and many more.

Science made public – The power of waves at Martha’s Vineyard

July 19, 2016 by Beth Colt

During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Power of Waves at Martha’s Vineyard

Anna Wargula, Joint Program Student, Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
Department

Norton Point, the southern barrier beach of Martha’s Vineyard, is one of the most dynamic coasts in Massachusetts. In April 2007, an inlet breached during the Patriot’s Day storm, exposing Katama Bay to tides and waves from the Atlantic Ocean. In August 2011, Hurricane Irene struck Martha’s Vineyard with 18-foot waves and 40-mile-per-hour winds and stopped the normally two-knot tidal flows out of the bay. Learn how WHOI scientists make measurements in breaking waves and strong currents and what these measurements tell us about ocean waves’ impacts on tidal flows in inlets and bays.

MBL Friday Evening Lecture

July 15, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Bacteria as Master Regulators and Aphrodisiacs” Nicole King, University of California, Berkeley; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

MBL Friday Evening Lecture

July 7, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Digging for Genes that Affect Behavior” Hopi E. Hoekstra, Harvard University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Friday Evening Lecture Series: “Fishing for the Secrets of Stickleback and Human Evolution” David M. Kingsley, Stanford University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

June 24, 2016 by Beth Colt

Lecture Abstract:

How do new traits evolve in nature? Can we find particular genes and mutations that underlie dramatic differences in colors, or skeletal structures, or the nervous system in wild species? Are evolutionary mechanisms predictable, or are there many different ways of evolving new traits? For many years the answers to such questions were largely unknown. However, in recent years, new methods have begun to reveal the detailed genetic and genomic basis of evolutionary change in natural species. Dr. Kingsley will describe the insights that have come from his pioneering genetic and genomic studies of very young fish species that adapted to many new environments around the world. He will also illustrate how the lessons learned from this system can now be applied to many other organisms, including studies of modern human variation, and the search for key mutations that have contributed to the unique traits and capabilities that have evolved in the human lineage.

WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

June 20, 2016 by Beth Colt

Welcome to the Ocean Science Exhibit Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Visitors to the Ocean Science Exhibit Center will learn about the Institution’s ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research. Visitors will also find WHOI merchandise in the Gift Shop located in the Ocean Science Exhibit Center.

Located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, the center is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

The Irvin Isenberg Lectureship- From Woods Hole and back: how an ordinary scientist navigated scientific mazes”

June 20, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Irvin Isenberg Lectureship – “From Woods Hole and back: how an ordinary scientist navigated scientific mazes” Wenying Shou, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

June 6, 2016 by Beth Colt

 

Welcome to the Ocean Science Exhibit Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Visitors to the Ocean Science Exhibit Center will learn about the Institution’s ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research. Visitors will also find WHOI merchandise in the Gift Shop located in the Ocean Science Exhibit Center.

Located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, the center is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Horseshoe Crab Survey Training

May 7, 2016 by Beth Colt

Learn how you can help Felix Neck gather information on breeding Horseshoe crabs on Island this spring. Training Sessions at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. Please wear clothing appropriate to wear to edge of pond.
Registration is required. Please call the Sanctuary at 508-627-4850 for more information and to register for training or online at www.massaudubon.org/felixneck

The Nature of Mass Audubon’s Mid & Upper Cape Sanctuaries

April 9, 2016 by Beth Colt

The first lecture in a series of three by naturalists from Long Pasture, the base of Mass Audubon’s mid-Cape operations.

In this illustrated presentation, Ian Ives, sanctuary director, will talk about the variety of critical habitats in the mid and upper Cape sanctuaries, including barrier beaches, coastal plain ponds, salt marshes, cedar swamps and vernal pools.  Mr. Ives will explain what makes these habitats so special and highlight some of the rare plant and animal species within them.  He will also provide ways one can become more involved in conservation of these habitats through Mass Audubon.

This program is appropriate for teens and adults.  No registration necessary.

2nd lecture: “Salt Marsh Ecology” by Ian Ives on Saturday, May 14 at 2 PM
3rd lecture:  “Coastal Waterbirds – Summer Beach Goers” by Chris Walz on Saturday, June 11 at 2 PM

The Woods Hole Folk Music Society

April 3, 2016 by Beth Colt

THE WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY (WHFMS): April 3

Presents “Bluegrass Gospel Project” on Sunday, April 3. Airtight vocal harmonies, stirring repertoire and roots firmly planted in the bluegrass tradition combine to produce complex and inspiring music from this group of unparalleled musicians. The “Bluegrass Gospel Project” explores and expands the tradition of bluegrass gospel, from U2 to the Stanley Brothers, Sam Cooke to Steve Earle. Its six members bring classic talent and variety of experiences to the band. Front man Taylor Armerding (mandolin, vocals), is a very familiar face – he led Northern Lights, the progressive bluegrass group that delighted WHFMS audiences for decades. On New Year’s Eve 2001, Taylor joined Gene White, Jr. (fiddle), Paul Miller (vocals, guitar) and Steve Light (banjo, Dobro, guitar, vocals) for a one-off performance. Playing to a packed house, their onstage chemistry and the music’s broad appeal was powerful beyond anyone’s expectations. The group continued to perform, with Colby Crehan (lead vocalist) and Kirk Lord (upright bass) joining in 2007. They continue to sweep audiences off their feet with smooth, blissful vocal work, seminal musicianship, and a camaraderie that few bands exhibit. Please join us in welcoming Taylor back to Woods Hole, as we finish our 44th season on a high note! The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15, with discounts for members, seniors, youth, and children. The Community Hall is handicapped accessible. There is no charge for street parking after 6:00 p.m. More information is available at 
www.arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic or by calling (508) 540-0320.

– See more at: http://www.whoi.edu/calendar/month/04/2016#sthash.ecdhJqeB.dpuf

MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series 2015-16 Presents: ““This Verse Business: One-Man Show about Poet Robert Frost”

April 1, 2016 by Beth Colt

“This Verse Business: One-Man Show about Poet Robert Frost” (written by Andy Dolan) – Gordon Clapp, Emmy-winning actor

 

A series of lectures, performances, and presentations brought to you by the MBL Associates. Lillie Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Lectures are free and open to the public. View recordings of some of our recent Forums: http://videocenter.mbl.edu/videos/channel/9/

An optional buffet dinner precedes each lecture at 6:00 pm at the MBL’s Swope Center. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Main Street, Falmouth. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM on the Tuesday prior to the event. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu.

 

For more information, please visit: http://www.mbl.edu/falmouth-forum/?

MBL Falmouth Forum Lecture Series 2015-16 Presents: “How To Build a Heart: Lessons From Man and Nature”

March 4, 2016 by Beth Colt

03/04/16 “How To Build a Heart: Lessons From Man and Nature” – Duke Cameron, MD, Professor and Chief of Cardiac Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

 

A series of lectures, performances, and presentations brought to you by the MBL Associates. Lillie Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Lectures are free and open to the public. View recordings of some of our recent Forums: http://videocenter.mbl.edu/videos/channel/9/

An optional buffet dinner precedes each lecture at 6:00 pm at the MBL’s Swope Center. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Main Street, Falmouth. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM on the Tuesday prior to the event. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu.

 

For more information, please visit: http://www.mbl.edu/falmouth-forum/?

Science Before Supper Series

January 14, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Secrets Genomes Tell Us: G’s, T’s, A’s, and Seas”
Huntington Willard, Director and President, MBL

FREE Admission!

A series of talks by MBL scientists designed especially for non-scientists! Co-sponsored by the MBL Associates and the Falmouth Public Library

All talks are at 5:00 PM in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Falmouth

Bell Center Seminar Series Lecture

December 14, 2015 by Beth Colt

“The Evolution of Color and Structure in Birds: Insights from Sensory Ecology and Bioengineering”
Mary Caswell Stoddard, Harvard University
Speck Auditorium, 12:00 Noon

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