Week 1 (June 11-15)Hi, folks! My name is Stan Cutler and I am a high-school Physics teacher in Altamonte Springs (near Orlando), Florida. I am thrilled to have been selected as the inaugural RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) participant with the Deep-C Consortium. I am looking forward to spending six weeks in Tallahassee performing “real-world science and cutting-edge research!”
I started my program on Monday, June 11th, and reported to the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute in the basement of the Keen Building on the FSU campus. I was introduced to one of my mentors, Dr. Kevin Speer, an Oceanography Professor and the Director of GFDI. Dr. Speer discussed some of the many wave tank experiments that take place at the Institute, and I look forward to sharing many of these experiments as they occur. Dan Kuncicky, an engineer in the lab, has been busy (along with a number of graduate and undergrad students) planning a wave tank experiment simulating high-amplitude and low-amplitude waves that should soon be up and running.
The rest of my first week was spent researching, discussing, researching, discussing, and researching!! There is so much to learn….rogue waves, Taylor columns, rotational fluid dynamics, shipboard scientific instruments, continuity equations….now I know how my students must feel! I look forward to continuing this blog next week :-)