Whitman STEM Guest Speaker Presentation: Grace Young, Ocean Explorer
Grace Young will talk about her path to researching the oceans, her experiences living underwater, and her ongoing development of marine robots and underwater photographic systems. Ms. Young, a MIT Grad, was invited by ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau to be part of a team of aquanauts living underwater for over two weeks.
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
11:40am to 1:00pm
Students in select science and engineering classes have an opportunity to hear about the preparation and skills needed to live underwater. This event is cosponsored by the MIT Club of Washington. Members of the community are welcome to attend.
For those in the DC area... I'll be speaking at Walt Whitman High School next Tuesday and anyone is welcome to attend. Thank you MIT Club of Washington for organizing! Information below.
Next week I'll be temporarily leaving the comfort of Oxford for an exciting round of adventures. It starts in New Orleans, for the Underwater Interventions conference sponsored by the Marine Technology Society, where I'm giving talks on the ultra-slow motion underwater camera from Mission 31 and the stereo-camera system for monitoring fish from NOAA. From there, a friend and I will road trip through the alligator-infested swamps of Louisiana for a few days before flying to Washington DC to see family and move the exhibit of ultra-slow motion underwater photography from MIT to its next stop, The Potomac School in McLean, VA. I'll then rendezvous with our Oxford research team in Miami, where fellow aquanaut Adam Zenone has kindly been accepting our shipments of research equipment, before heading to Utila, Honduras, where we'll spend four weeks training on rebreathers and flying the openROV over mesophotic coral reefs. From Hon I'll go to the Red Sea to reunite with some of the Mission 31 crew. And finally, back to the comfort of Oxford!
Many thanks to Stuart Young, founder of Illustration Station, for creating this illustration during my TEDx Talk last weekend! The video of the talk will be up on the TED website in a month or so.
Another PhD student in my group needs 18 months to finish analyzing an enormous set of data he has collected on coral reefs. I just highlighted his work and Crowdfunder campaign on the Act Now page; learn more and support if you can! His work is fascinating and he's happy to reach out to groups who want to learn more about coral.