Kristen Yarincik – From the Vice President’s Office: 09-10-2018

2018-09-10T17:14:32+00:00 September 10, 2018|

Summer is coming to an end, although you wouldn’t know it from the weather in Washington, D.C. right now. For students across the country, summer ending means returning to school, and, for the luckiest ones, it also means preparing for this year’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). Those of you familiar with the NOSB know that [...]

Preparing Coastal Communities For Change

2018-07-02T17:06:27+00:00 July 2, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Sea Grant Association, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus (chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-At-Large)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Preparing Coastal Communities for Change: Economic Resiliency, Fisheries, Coastal Erosion, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.” Why [...]

Roving Exhibit Highlights Ocean Plastics Problem

2018-06-11T09:38:37+00:00 June 11, 2018|

The Ocean Plastics Lab, currently on the National Mall in Washington, D. C., illustrates the pollution threat and points to solutions. (From EOS.org/ By Randy Showstack) -- Plastic seems to be everywhere in the oceans, from urban harbors to remote beaches, from the middle of the oceans to the depths of the seas. It endangers marine [...]

The Public Fear Sharks Less When They Understand Their Behaviour

2017-12-15T13:27:27+00:00 December 15, 2017|

(Credit: University of Sydney) Researchers surveyed more than 500 visitors to an aquarium 'shark tunnel' to understand how attitudes to sharks and government shark policies can change. An experiment involving more than 500 visitors to an aquarium 'shark tunnel' has shown the public's fear of sharks reduces when they learn about the species [...]

Surfing for Science: Ocean Enthusiasts Could Help Gauge Coastal Warming

2017-11-22T09:08:21+00:00 November 22, 2017|

Researchers want to enlist surfers, scuba divers and anglers to monitor hard-to-reach areas vulnerable to climate change. Satellites are good at measuring temperatures over vast stretches of ocean, but less accurate at monitoring a particularly important type of marine environment—coastlines. Now help could come from an unlikely source: a water sports “navy” of surfers, anglers, scuba divers and others. A U.K.-led team of researchers has proposed this alliance to help gather coastal climate data in a recent paper in Frontiers in Marine Science.

Deeply Talks: Why Plastic Straws Are Key to Fighting Ocean Pollution

2017-11-21T16:08:16+00:00 November 21, 2017|

The world uses 1 billion unrecyclable plastic straws a day – 500 million in the United States – an untold number of which end up in the ocean, polluting the water and coastlines and posing a deadly threat to sea turtles and other marine animals. The Lonely Whale Foundation’s “Strawless in Seattle” campaign resulted in the elimination of 2.3 million disposable plastic straws in the month of September in that city.

Member Highlight: Fueling The Future

2018-01-02T13:52:04+00:00 October 10, 2017|

A group of Jackson School scientists and students embark on a high-stakes research mission. Standing on the helideck of the Helix Q4000 with nothing but waves in sight, Peter Flemings is bleary eyed and exhausted. But, for this moment at least, the Jackson School of Geosciences professor and chief scientist of the coring mission is relieved and something akin to happy. The scene marks a seminal moment in a ground-breaking project, an $80-million, multi-year national effort that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) picked the Jackson School to lead. Flemings and his team have finally hit pay dirt, pulling a core of frozen methane hydrate from about 1,300 feet under the Gulf floor, through a mile of water, and to the deck of the deep-water coring vessel, while still keeping the methane hydrate under pressure.

Member Highlight: Fueling The Future

2017-10-10T12:59:21+00:00 October 10, 2017|

A group of Jackson School scientists and students embark on a high-stakes research mission. Standing on the helideck of the Helix Q4000 with nothing but waves in sight, Peter Flemings is bleary eyed and exhausted. But, for this moment at least, the Jackson School of Geosciences professor and chief scientist of the coring mission is relieved and something akin to happy. The scene marks a seminal moment in a ground-breaking project, an $80-million, multi-year national effort that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) picked the Jackson School to lead. Flemings and his team have finally hit pay dirt, pulling a core of frozen methane hydrate from about 1,300 feet under the Gulf floor, through a mile of water, and to the deck of the deep-water coring vessel, while still keeping the methane hydrate under pressure.

Oyster Shells Inspire New Method To Make Superstrong, Flexible Polymers

2017-06-15T16:36:30+00:00 June 15, 2017|

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have demonstrated for the first time a new technique that takes its inspiration from the nacre of oyster shells, a composite material that has extraordinary mechanical properties, including great strength and resilience. By changing the crystallization speed of a polymer initially well mixed with nanoparticles, the team was able to control how the nanoparticles self-assemble into structures at three very different length scale regimes. This multiscale ordering can make the base material almost an order of magnitude stiffer while still retaining the desired deformability and lightweight behavior of the polymeric materials. The study, led by Sanat Kumar, Bykhovsky Professor of Chemical Engineering, is published June 7 online in ACS Central Science.

New Species Of Fossil Dolphin Found

2016-08-22T15:26:08+00:00 August 23, 2016|

Scientists have identified a new species of dolphin that lived 25 million years ago. The extinct animal has been described through re-examination of a specimen that's been in a museum collection since 1951.

Female Scientists To Sample Plastics In All Five Great Lakes

2016-08-17T13:09:51+00:00 August 19, 2016|

Female scientists from the U.S. and Canada will set sail Aug. 20 on all five Great Lakes and connecting waterways to sample plastic debris pollution and to raise public awareness about the issue. Event organizers say eXXpedition Great Lakes 2016 will include the largest number of simultaneous samplings for aquatic plastic debris in history. The all-female crew members on the seven lead research vessels also aim to inspire young women to pursue careers in science and engineering.

“Ghost Fish” Seen Alive For The First Time

2016-08-01T09:36:05+00:00 August 1, 2016|

A living, swimming "ghost fish" has been seen for the first time ever. The fish, part of the family Aphyonidae, was caught on camera during an ongoing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) exploration by the ship Okeanos Explorer.

2016 NOSB Video Contest Winners

2016-07-22T13:33:09+00:00 June 24, 2016|

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl and the National Marine Educators Association are pleased to announce the final winners of the 2016 “Living on the Ocean Planet” Video Contest.

Albany High School Wins 19th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl

2016-06-28T19:24:17+00:00 April 25, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Students from Albany High School (Albany, California) beat out 23 other regional champions to win the Finals of the 19th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB). Students from Albany High School (Albany, California) beat out 23 other regional champions to win the Finals of the 19th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl® [...]

Whales Descended From Tiny Deer-like Ancestors

2016-04-20T15:38:02+00:00 April 21, 2016|

Hans Thewissen, Ph.D., Professor of the Department of Anatomy, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM), has announced the discovery of the missing link between whales and their four-footed ancestors.

The 19th Annual NOSB Finals Competition

2016-06-28T19:24:25+00:00 March 7, 2016|

The 19th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl Finals Competition will be held in Morehead City, North Carolina from April 21 - 24, 2016 at Carteret Community College, hosted by University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences.

Support the NOSB

2016-06-28T19:24:29+00:00 December 1, 2015|

Before you dive into the holiday season and your many events and activities, we hope you’ll take a moment to support our next generation of ocean scientists and stewards with a $10 donation.

National Ocean Sciences Bowl Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipients

2016-06-28T19:24:34+00:00 September 10, 2015|

Students awarded $1,000 toward undergraduate education(Washington, D.C.) – The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is pleased to announce their 2015 National Ocean Scholars. The annual National Ocean Scholar Program is part of the NOSB’s continuing efforts to recognize and support achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Five high [...]

2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl Award Trips

2016-06-28T19:24:34+00:00 August 28, 2015|

Each year, the award for the top winning teams at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Finals Competition is an experiential trip that provides these teams with unique, hands-on field and laboratory experiences in the marine sciences.

Take A Stroll Along The Pacific Ocean Floor With A Robot

2015-08-13T17:21:45+00:00 August 13, 2015|

In case you aren’t fortunate enough to spend the dog days of summer luxuriating on sandy beaches and diving into deep blue ocean waters, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is offering a virtual alternative: a live stream of an NOAA robotic submarine exploring the great depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Support the NOSB

2016-06-28T19:25:04+00:00 December 11, 2014|

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) national program office is currently conducting a year-end campaign for donations that will provide the 2,000 regionally competing students from 325 high schools in 34 states plus Washington, D.C.

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