Friday, June 22, 2012

Stan Cutler's Research Experiences for Teachers, Summer 2012 - Part 2

Week 2 (June 18-22) 

Happy belated Summer Solstice! If you were in Tallahassee, you might have attended the solstice floating lantern launch at The All Saints Hop Yard Wednesday night. I missed it, but I did see a screening of “The Big Fix” Thursday night, which is all about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. They had some footage of a sampling instrument being lowered into the Gulf, and it happened to be the same instrument (CTD rosette) that gathered the data we are currently analyzing in the lab!

Graduate student Tachanat Bhatrasataponkul.
I enjoyed attending two seminars put on today by graduate students during their weekly informal series. Joe Schoonover talked about Thermodynamics, and Tachanat Bhatrasataponkul discussed Coordinated Ocean-Ice reference experiments (CORE). I was impressed by the speakers and the other students, who gave excellent feedback and support. Hats off to GFDI for sponsoring these seminars (and for the huge pizza that was served beforehand!). I was also able to attend a Physical Oceanography Seminar on Monday (dealing with El Nino) and a Chemical Oceanography Seminar on Wednesday (dealing with Dissolved Organic Matter due to combustion). The Oceanography Department is certainly producing some high-quality graduates!

I made a lot of progress (with Nico’s constant guidance) on using the MATLAB software to graph data from May’s Pelican cruise. Data from other recent cruises (Bellows and Weatherbird) has also been obtained, and we’ve started to process those numbers. If things go well, we should have some good “pictures” of DeSoto Canyon. See you later!  

Preliminary graphs of data obtained during the May Pelican cruise.

Dr. Wienders demonstrating how to program scripts that allow for better and faster graphing.

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