Monday, August 20, 2012
New index provides first global assessment combining natural and human dimensions of sustainability
Monday, August 20, 2012
By WHOI News Office - WHOI Senior Scientist Scott Doney is one of several contributors to a new comprehensive index designed to assess the benefits to people of healthy oceans worldwide. The Index – being called the Ocean Health Index – is the first broad, quantitative assessment of the critical relationships between the ocean and people, framed in terms of the many benefits humans derive from the ocean. Their findings, published in Nature today, show that the global ocean overall scores 60 out of 100 on the Index. Individual country scores range widely, from 36 to 86. The highest-scoring locations included both densely populated, highly developed nations such as Germany, as well as uninhabited islands, such as Jarvis Island in the …
Monday, August 6, 2012
WHOI will host a science expo and public forum on ocean acidification this Wednesday evening.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is preparing to host a public forum this Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., at its Redfield Auditorium. The program, which includes displays, hands-on activities, and a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with WHOI scientists, will cover the important but often overlooked subject of ocean acidification and its effects on ocean life. In a press release, event organizers said, “Ocean acidification is a global problem that results from the increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere primarily from burning fossil fuels. Excess CO2 in the air dissolves in seawater and is converted to corrosive carbonic acid that puts the lives of many marine organisms at risk.” …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Dr. Seymour Cohen discussed two important figures in the study of the history of science.
On Monday afternoon, the Woods Hole Public Library hosted a talk by Dr. Seymour Cohen, retired biochemist, bacteriologist, and virologist. Dr. Cohen discussed two major figures in the study of the history of modern science. Joel Mokyr, professor of economics at Northwestern University, is an expert on the economic history of Europe. Charles Gillispie, professor emeritus at Princeton University and editor of the Dictionary of Scientific Biology, was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Princeton, an acknowledgment of his status as “a recognized expert in scientific technological activity in 18th-century France.” Mokyr sees the history of science as a continuous process, rather than a series of discrete periods, as many earlier …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Falmouth's large scientific community can help.
The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair is seeking judges for the 63rd High School Division fair, set to be held Friday, May 4, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bringing together hundreds of Massachusetts' keenest young minds, the fair has deep connections with Falmouth, each year drawing many of its participants and judges from the Cape's leading scientific center. The scientists and institutions that make Falmouth a world-renowned base of scientific study are eager to encourage kids considering a future in the field. Andrea Early, Communications Director at the Marine Biological laboratory in Woods Hole, says the MBL is a consistent partner of such endeavors. “The MBL is a big supporter of local science fairs,” …
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Every year, more than a hundred local scientists leave Falmouth to attend the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting.
About this time last month, my husband was boarding a bus for Logan Airport. He was part of an annual migration. Every year, geoscientists from across the country and around the world make an exodus of sorts to the largest geosciences conference in the world – the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) fall meeting. The meeting takes place every December in San Francisco. This year, 141 scientists attended from the Woods Hole/Falmouth area, including those from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal & Marine Science Center, Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Research Center. The conference itself covers a variety of earth, ocean and space sciences, from atmospheric sciences to …