At Sea Education Association, we live by a simple code:  Ship. Shipmate. Self.  It's about teamwork, attending to others first, and serving something greater than oneself. 
We're thinking about our community during this time and want to keep our shipmates connected with brief updates.  We're all in this together and hope the news, stories and scuttlebutt makes this challenging time brighter.
Photos L to R: Westward flying the Genoa jib. Taken from the small boat by Chris Noto, W-130. Class photo in Key West, FL by Andrew Daniels, W-122.  Shipmates on a shore excursion in St. Thomas by Chris Watson, W-108.

Calling All Westward Sailors!

A few weeks ago, we posted a social media request for Westward alumni and crew to send us digital copies of their photos.  We have many photos of recent SEA Semesters, thanks to the ease of digital photography, but our archives have few photos from the Westward days.

We asked, and you responded.  Thank you!  We are still on-the-lookout for photos of Westward SEA Semesters.  If you would like to share, please send your digitized copies to Victoria Smith, Alumni Coordinator:  Bonus points if you include captions.  Keep 'em coming!

Photos L to R: Faculty and crew of W-127 by Anna Chan. Captain Wallace Stark by Matt Tanzer, W-61.  Crew member in the rigging by Megan Baker, W-117 (1991).
It Takes a (Remote) Village:  SEA Science Collaborations Continue
By Monica Bowman, Director of Stewardship

Working from her temporary home office in Maine, SEA’s Science Program Coordinator Kimberly Reed Nutt, S-236, has seen a significant increase in requests for use of data collected during SEA programs from interested students and collaborating research scientists.  Science never sleeps!

One such request came from SEA alumna Amy Phung, S-290.  Sheltering at home on the west coast, Amy decided to use this time away from the classroom to continue her SEA Semester research to create a poster for a prestigious student-produced poster competition. 

Meanwhile, SEA faculty Dr. Jan Witting, has been supporting Amy from afar, saying "Amy's project is a really creative blend of science and engineering, tackling a fundamental calibration problem in remote observation of ocean productivity."  

Although spread across the country, Kimberly, Jan and Amy are working closely together to get Amy the necessary data, using one of SEA’s main tenets of “shipmates.” 

“With support from SEA, access to the ship’s data has enabled me to continue this research at home. In some ways, it reminds me of working with my fellow shipmates at sea – even when we’re operating under different schedules, maintaining communication has facilitated the exchange of knowledge to make forward progress toward the bigger picture.” 

Thanks to dedicated staff working remotely and faculty committed to helping students, SEA Semester alumni like Amy can use this time to utilize SEA’s data sets and advance understanding of our oceans.  It takes a (remote) village! 

Click here to read the full article in SEA Currents.

Classes on the Quarterdeck Continue

Our Classes on the Quarterdeck remote lecture series has been a big success, with two lectures this past week.  Don’t miss upcoming lectures by Professor of Oceanography Jeff Schell and Assistant Professor of Maritime Studies Craig Marin on May 7th and 12th.  Learn more.
Looking for a Good Read?
If you are catching up on reading, we asked our faculty to recommend books - both new and classics - that they’ve found entertaining, informative, or inspiring.  Maybe you've read a few on the list!

Erin Bryant, Assistant Professor of Ocean and Coastal Policy: The Overstory, by Richard Powers

Jen Haddock, Associate Professor of Nautical Science: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing 

Richard King, Visiting Associate Professor of Maritime History and Literature: Piano Tide, by Kathleen Dean Moore

Kara Lavender Law, Research Professor of Oceanography:  Merchants of Doubt, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
Mark Long, Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships; Associate Professor of History and Social Science:  Vast Expanses: A History of the Oceans by Helen Rozwadowski (SEA Alumna and SEA Academic Advisory Board member)

Craig Marin, Assistant Professor of Maritime Studies: Tuning the Rig: A Journey to the Arctic, by Harvey Oxenhorn 
Audrey Meyer, Professor of Oceanography: The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, by Erik Larson

Chris Nolan, Assistant Professor of Nautical Science: Emergency Navigation, by David Burch

Jeff Schell, Professor of Oceanography: The Invention of Nature - Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf

Jeff Wescott, Assistant Professor of Anthropology: The Moor’s Account, by Laila Lalami

Kerry Whittaker, Assistant Professor of Oceanography: Annapurna, a Woman's Place, by Arlene Blum

"It is still hard to beat On Almost Any Wind, Susan Schlee's 1978 book about the original WHOI research vessel, the ketch ATLANTIS. This is truly where it all began, and the names, places and stories will resonate with familiarity for anyone whose life interests include oceanography and/or sailing. Some of the characters can still be found walking around Woods Hole, and the spirit of these adventures lives on in the fleet that now performs science at sea – none more so than on SEA's own ships." 

                                    – Elliot Rappaport, Professor of Nautical Science

Thank you to those who have reached out to offer kind words and encouragement.  Your support means so much to us.
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