Program Update: International Ocean Discovery Program – October 2014
USSSP staff hosted an exhibit booth at the Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 19-22. Visitors were able to view replicas of core samples while learning about opportunities to participate in the program, including sailing on upcoming expeditions, requesting samples and data, proposing workshops and expeditions, and more.
New to scientific ocean drilling? Wondering how to request samples or data? Interested in sailing on an expedition? If so, and you plan to attend the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, please join us for “IODP Primer: An Introduction to Ocean Drilling Programs.” At this short course, program specialists will discuss the history of scientific ocean drilling, what data are available in the archives, what makes a strong application to sail, how to participate in expedition planning, and more. The course is scheduled for Sunday, December 14, 1-5pm, preceding the official start of AGU. Registration is free, but space is limited. To register, please visit the USSSP website.
This month, IODP Education programs kicked off two new grant-funded projects. The MSI-REACH project, funded by the National Science Foundation, will provide training and resources for minority-serving institutions over a 4-year period. A new e-book, titled Where the Wild Microbes Are, is funded by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) and will focus on microbiology concepts for elementary-aged students. The e-book is a one-year project and will be available on iTunes when released.