MIT Sea Grant College Program
Newsletter: November 2011
Vol 2, Issue 2
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Stakeholder Research Seminars
AUVs in the News
Stormwater Monitoring - Kingston, Mass.
Sea Perch Institute 2011-2012
Sea Perch in Thailand
Blue Lobster Bowl News
Cape Ann Fresh Catch Winter Season
New Faces at Sea Grant
Early MITSG AUV at MIT Museum
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ChrysThis past week, the seven Sea Grant programs from New York to Maine (known as the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium), gathered in Newport, R.I. to compare notes, strengthen ties, and explore avenues of regional collaboration.

Regional collaboration builds on the simple fact that the ocean and other waterways pay state borders little regard. By recognizing continuous ecosystems, we can make our research more significant, more relevant, and more efficient. The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium members have pooled funds for two regional projects and we look forward to announcing the projects shortly.

Please read on for news of a wide range of current MIT Sea Grant programs, projects, people, and events. And may we all be thankful for, and respectful of, the bounty of the ocean this Thanksgiving holiday.

Chrys Chryssostomidis
Director
STAKEHOLDER RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES FOR 2011-2012 LAUNCHED
BobChen_bouys_sqThe Research Seminar Series promotes networking among MIT Sea Grant-funded researchers, our constituents, and stakeholders. Each seminar includes presentations and discussion to explore how, through outreach programs, we can deliver the economic, societal, and environmental benefits from our funded research.

 

The first seminar, centered on Ocean Circulation and featured Wendell Brown, Changshen Chen, Robert Beardsley, John Leonard, and Nicholas Makris. The second seminar on Toxins and Contaminants featured Janina Benoit, Robert Chen, Juliette Smith, and John Stegeman. Check the MIT Sea Grant homepage and calendar for upcoming seminars! 

MIT SEA GRANT FUNDED AUV RESEARCH FEATURED IN MIT ENERGY INITIATIVE'S ENERGY FUTURES AND ON MIT NEWS
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MIT Sea Grant funded AUV research was recently featured in a series of AUV-related articles by Nancy Stauffer in the MIT Energy Initiative's Energy Futures magazine. The series was subsequently picked up by the MIT News Office which  featured a revised version of the series. The MIT News series has received over 8,500 views to date. The articles: 1. AUVs: From idea to implementation; 2. Navigating blindfolded: Advanced mathematical techniques enable AUVs to survey large, complex and cluttered seascapes; 3. Going with the flow: Biomimetic pressure sensors help guide oceangoing vessels. 

MIT SEA GRANT'S JULIE SIMPSON CONTRIBUTES TO STORMWATER MONITORING EFFORT IN KINGSTON, MASS. (MIT News) 
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The town of Kingston, Mass., with funding from the Massachusetts Bays Program (MassBays) and assistance from MIT Sea Grant's Julie Simpson, has been sampling bacteria and suspended sediment at town-owned stormwater outfalls. The goal is remediation of outfalls contributing the most pollution to the Jones River Estuary and Kingston Bay.

Maureen Thomas, conservation agent for Kingston, says the town is "very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with MIT Sea Grant, the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the MassBays Program in this water-quality sampling effort ... It is exciting to know that these well-known organizations are interested in assisting municipalities and local watershed associations with coastal resource issues." Full story here!
SEA PERCH INSTITUTE WELCOMES NEW & RETURNING SCHOOLS FOR 2011-2012
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MIT Sea Grant's Sea Perch Institute welcomes new schools this year including  the British School of Boston, Newton North High School, and Meridian Academy, and returning schools Swampscott Middle School, Dexter and Southfield Schools, and Stoneham High School.  

 

Sea Perch Institute is an innovative, yearlong teacher training course and a project-based, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program for students. Under the mentorship of MIT Sea Grant educators and engineers, teachers work with their students to design, prototype, and implement a solution to a directed ocean engineering challenge. In May 2012, the teams will come to the MIT campus for the Sea Perch Institute Challenge.  

 

SEA PERCH TRAININGS AT RAJAMANGALA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY IN THAILAND
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MIT Sea Grant research associate, Pradya Prempraneerach, has introduced Sea Perch in Bangkok, Thailand at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, where he is currently a lecturer and researcher. In 2010, he trained five groups of 30 high-school students at the university. Each training lasted three days and included building the ROV frame, electronic components and controller, and culminating in a swimming pool competition. Pradya also exhibited Sea Perch at the Thai National Science and Technology Fair 2011.

BLUE LOBSTER BOWL COMPETITION SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 4, 2012!
BLB 2011 Winners

The 15th annual Blue Lobster Bowl will take place Saturday, Februrary 4th at MIT. This year over 120 high school students from a dozen local schools will compete. The Blue Lobster Bowl is Massachusetts' regional marine science quiz bowl and is held every spring as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. During the full-day competition, teams of high school students are quizzed on their knowledge of ocean science subjects including chemistry, biology, engineering, history, ecology, climate change, and weather. To volunteer to help with the competition, email Rachel VanCott (vancott@mit.edu). At left: 2011 BLB champs from Lexington High School!  

CAPE ANN FRESH CATCH WINTER SEASON CONTRACTS AVAILABLE NOW
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Yes, you can get fresh fish all winter long! Cape Ann Fresh Catch, a Massachusetts Community Supported Fishery, is now accepting contracts for the winter season. You can choose whole or filleted fish, weekly or biweekly, sign up for the whole season or part. Cape Ann Fresh Catch helps our local fishermen put their sustainably-caught seafood straight onto your dinner plate through a direct-to-you distribution model. Community Supported Fisheries directly reconnect people to the ocean and our rich, fishing heritage by building an honest and fair relationship between fishermen and shoreside operations, the members who help sponsor them, and the oceans that sustain us.  

NEW FACES AT MIT SEA GRANT
Stefano Brizzolara

Stefano Brizzolara is Peabody Visiting Associate Professor in the
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering for the 2011-2012 year, with an office at MIT Sea Grant, where he is engaged in marine and naval studies, by means of numerical hydrodynamics. He is a Professor on leave from the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine and Electrical Engineering from the University of Genoa (Italy).

  

This fall we also welcome student undergraduate researchers Xianzhen Zhu, XIinqi (Cynthia) Li, Katy Olesnavage, and Christine Keung. Just click their names to find out all about them and their research projects.  

DON'T MISS MIT SEA GRANT'S FIRST AUV, SEA SQUIRT, AT THE MIT MUSEUM 
Sea Squirt Museum
MIT Sea Grant AUV Lab's first vehicle, Sea Squirt, is on view at the MIT Museum as part of the  MIT 150 Exhibit, through December, 2011 - last chance to see this terrific exhibit. Results from Sea Squirt experiments led to the development of the highly successful MIT Sea Grant Odyssey-class AUV in 1990. Used for naval and scientific experiments around the globe, MIT Sea Grant Odyssey AUVs have contributed to the commercialization of AUVs.

The MIT 150 Exhibit also features the early work of our State/Industry Council member, Martin Klein, and his side scan sonar.
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MIT Sea Grant e-Newsletter created by Nancy Adams. Thanks particularly to Joanne McHugh, Gayle Sherman, Rachel VanCott, and Kathy de Zengotita for editing, proofing, and contributions.