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WHOI Selected for Bicycle Friendly Business Award

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business award, which acknowledges efforts by the Institution that promote cycling to help ease traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas and pollution emissions, and encourage a healthy lifestyle among its employees.

WHOI Hosts Public Event Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Discovery of Deep-Sea Hot Springs

The discovery of lush communities of deep-sea life at thermal springs on the seafloor in 1977 forever changed our perception of where and how life could exist on Earth. Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard will be keynote speaker at a free public forum, hosted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) as part of the Morss Colloquia series.

WHOI Scientist Selected 2017 Recipient of Walter Munk Award

The Oceanography Society proudly announces that Dr. Andone C. Lavery has been selected as the 2017 recipient the Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea. Dr. Lavery is an Associate Scientist with Tenure in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

New Technique Offers Clues to Measure Ocean Deoxygenation

The living, breathing ocean may be slowly starting to suffocate. More than two percent of the ocean’s oxygen content has been depleted during the last half century, according to reports, and marine “dead zones” continue to expand throughout the global ocean. This deoxygenation, triggered mainly by more fertilizers and wastewater flowing into the ocean, pose a serious threat to marine life and ecosystems.

Margaret Tivey to Become New Vice President and Dean of Academic Programs at WHOI

Dr. Margaret K. (Meg) Tivey has been selected as the next Vice President and Dean for Academic Programs at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Tivey will oversee all academic programs at WHOI, which include the MIT/WHOI Joint Program (JP) in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering for graduate students, postdoctoral and undergraduate programs, and the graduate-level Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program. Tivey has served since August 2010 as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and will transition to dean on Nov. 1, 2017.  

NMEA President's Award


At the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) National Conference of 2009 at Asilomar, California, Catherine Halversen, co-director of MARE, was awarded the NMEA President’s Award. This award is given by the current president of NMEA, who selects recipients based on outstanding contributions to marine education. Then-President of NMEA Eric Simms selected Catherine for this award based on her many accomplishments. Below are excerpts from the award speech Simms delivered:

"Catherine’s most notable accomplishment is her leadership of Communicating Ocean Sciences (COS) and COSIA. She is responsible for transforming a very successful course at UC Berkeley into a thriving, growing, national program that impacts hundreds of undergraduates and graduate students, thousands of K-12 students and museum visitors each year, and importantly, dozens of scientists and informal education colleagues. The course, which Catherine just taught at UC Berkeley in 2009 for the 6th year, is now also being used in colleges and universities across the country.  The program regularly receives national attention at conferences, among university faculty and administrators, by NSF program officers, and notably has been regularly reported by the National Science Foundation and the National COSEE Council and National COSEE Network Evaluators as one of the top accomplishments of the entire National COSEE Program. It has become one of the signature efforts of COSEE California."

"On the ¡Youth and the Ocean! project, Catherine has provided particular leadership in the ongoing development and implementation of the summer school professional development 'Ocean Sciences and Reading Academy.' In Summer 2008, the ¡YO! Academy represented the seventh summer school professional development science and reading academy that Catherine has run since 2001. She has grappled with the intricacies of both the intellectual and logistical design elements of this elaborate, highly successful professional development model. She has worked with a variety of literacy experts, representing a variety of approaches, to develop a unique approach to the integration of science and literacy in a professional development setting."

"On the Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequence Project, Grades 3-5, Catherine has served as the lead curriculum developer, and has just completed the pilot test of the first three units. She has managed to write and teach the materials while maintaining her continually expanding responsibilities managing and administering projects and supervising staff. In addition, Catherine is co-author and lead developer of a new Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading unit, Aquatic Ecosystems. She authored two student readers and co-wrote the National Trial Test version of the Teacher's Guide based on the results of her pilot test."

"Catherine has also played an instrumental role, as a developer in the COSEE-led Ocean Literacy Campaign.  Over the last two years, she has made significant intellectual contributions to the Ocean Literacy Scope & Sequence, a series of 28 conceptual flow diagrams that show graphically how student understanding of the seven essential principles of Ocean Literacy might grow as students progress through four grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12). The Scope & Sequence is finally complete, and promises to make an important impact as we attempt to raise the prominence of ocean sciences in the mainstream science curriculum."

"Catherine’s friend and long time colleague, Craig Strang, says, 'It has become apparent that Catherine can capably play any role that she is called upon to play. Her leadership and administrative efficacy have won the complete trust of her colleagues in her ability and good judgment. I know of no one who is more dedicated or works harder than Catherine Halversen. Catherine never fails to deliver, and her determination to finish things that matter to the world is formidable. Finishing things regardless of the personal sacrifice required is her signature quality—and she always brings others along with her to the finish line. Despite her prodigious work ethic, you couldn’t find a less grumpy person. Could anyone ask for a more delightful, good natured or more self-reflective colleague?'"