This summer, the Web site that is teachers’ preferred source for reliable marine science resources got a facelift. Virginia Sea Grant educators developed the Bridge a decade ago, and the site remains strong in the age of Google.
In the summer of 2009, Jackie Enterline became Virginia Sea Grant’s first Science Communications Intern. During her eight week internship, she trailblazed a form of media with which we had little experience—online video.
Five graduate students have been named Collaborative Fisheries Research Graduate Fellows for the 2010–2011 school year. This new fellowship provides an academic year of funding for research projects that involve members of the fishing industry and aim to develop new fishing gear or conservation equipment.
The PERFECT Program is taking marine science graduate students out of their labs and into K-12 classrooms. Last year, nine VIMS students taught in local schools and developed their science communication skills in the process. This fall, a new cohort of scientists-in-training is poised to enter the program.
What should farmers be doing to improve the health of Chesapeake Bay? How about watermen? And regulators?
The UVA Bay Game is a large-scale simulation that allows players to take the perspectives of these and other stakeholders in the Bay region. In honor of Earth Day 2011, on April 22, students at seven universities in the region gathered on their home campuses and communicated with each other through internet videoconferencing for a little bit of friendly competition and a lot of learning.
A legal internship or externship at Virginia Sea Grant provides an excellent opportunity for law students to learn about the policy, economic, and scientific aspects of environmental law, regulation, and development.
Working in the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, Knauss Fellow Abigail Graefe works within these gates (and beyond the Secret Service detail) that protect the official residence of the Vice President. In addition to brushing elbows with important people, Graefe is participating in the formation of the National Ocean Policy.
This June, PERFECT Fellows helped the College of William & Mary School of Education and VIMS welcome local high school students to campus to learn more about marine topics and careers through the GEAR UP program.
Watching Dave Conklin cast is poetry in motion. In one smooth movement, his arm circles up and out to the side, zipping the line through the air. Dave’s graceful casting is an achievement, one that he enjoys sharing with other veterans in Project Healing Waters.
For a record fifth year in row, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School (Virginia Beach) took first place at the annual Blue Crab Bowl, Virginia's marine and ocean science quiz competition. This year's Blue Crab Bowl was held at Old Dominion University on March 3. Other placing teams including Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (Glenns) in second, Seton School (Manassas) in third, and Grafton High School (Yorktown) in fourth.