Ocean Currents 2/14/23

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Congratulations Nick Ward, ASLO Fellow 

Affiliate Assistant Professor, and Oceanography alumn Nick Ward has been named one of this year's ASLO Fellows for his work in service to the aquatic sciences and his efforts in detailing the carbon cycle in tropical freshwater systems.  Congratulations Nick!

Graduate Student Open House, March 2-3

Graduate Student recruitment will be March 2-3.  This year we are sharing our First Friday social event with our friends in ESS and Atmos.   Here is the information about all the events.

Open House Schedule


  • 10:00 Orientation (Michelle) OTB 155
  • 11:00 Campus Resources/ARGO Intro/PCC (graduate students) OTB 155
  • 12:00 Meet Grad Students for lunch (graduate students, Michelle and Su) OTB 155, MSB 123, OTB 211, OTB 051
  • 2:00 Lighting Talks (graduate students/post docs and Michelle) OTB 155
  • 4:00 Carson Tour or Campus Tour (Robert and Carson crew and graduate students) Dock
  • 6:00 Faculty Dinner [6-8 people in size] (recruiting faculty) Meet in OSB lobby


  • 9:00 Faculty individual meetings with applicants (recruiting faculty) Faculty offices
  • 12:30 All school (CO) Seminar box lunches for applicants (Crusius, Michelle and Su) OSB 425
  • 2:00 Lab tours (faculty) Meet in OSB Lobby
  • 4:30 First Friday with ESS (graduate Students in OCEAN, Atmos & ESS) MSB Lobby

We NEED volunteers

  1. Two graduate students from each option to help staff OTB 155 for both days and to populate lunch on Thursday and pick up food from the main office and bring it to lunch location.  
  2. One-two graduate students to lead a campus tour on Thursday afternoon.  Currently, the Carson is available, but that may change.  Plus, some applicants might rather have a campus tour, instead of the Carson tour.
  3. One-two graduate students for Campus Resource presentation.
  4. Topics can include GSEE, SACNAS, PCC, ARGO, FHL 
  5. One-two graduate students to organize the Lightning Talks. Topics have included:
  • Polar Research
  • Carbon, Nutrient and Oxygen Cycles
  • Puget Sound/Local Research
  • Ocean Tech
  • Climate and Ocean Modeling

Please let Michelle Townsend know by Friday, February 17, if you would like to volunteer for any of these roles. 

If the graduate students want to do a Friday night event after First Friday or Saturday activities, that is up to you, but unnecessary. 

Faculty Leads

  • BIO O: Gabrielle Rocap
  • CHEM O: Mark Warner
  • MGG: Kendall Valentine
  • PHYS O: Alison Gray

*Their job during recruitment is to schedule Thursday night dinners (paid for by recruiting faculty) and to schedule individual meetings with faculty and lab tours on Friday.

Mentoring Evaluation Form Now Available

The long-awaited mentoring evaluation form is now live. This is a way for our graduate students, undergraduates, and postdoctoral associates to help the School understand its strengths and weaknesses in the area of scientific mentoring. Mentoring is distinctly different from teaching (e.g., leading a course), and while teaching is thoroughly evaluated, mentoring has not been evaluated previously. So, from now on when your mentor excels, or falls short of expectations, use the new form. You can read more about it by visting the mentorship webpage

OSB 425 Upgrades  

The old computer in OSB 425 is being eliminated. We are also getting a new projector and intend to replace all the School's projectors this spring and summer. Changes will begin during spring break, March 20-24. Beginning Spring Quarter, instructors and presenters using OSB 425 must bring their own computer to interface with the new projector.


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