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Science at Work

Posted by ksaltonstall on Mar 11, 2015 4:04:58 PM

We are so excited to share the news of two exciting scientists coming to visit Tabor this spring for our new Science at Work Lecture Series. They are: Chris Linder, Oceanographer and Expedition Multimedia Specialist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (March 30); and Jennifer Francis PhD, Research Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University (April 23).

Their presence is part of an effort to bring visiting scientists in to Tabor to augment our students' experience by learning about the real issues practitioners are working on. We often have visiting artist through the Tomlinson Visiting Artist program, which has been an invaluable way to share with students the work of practicing artists and the way they think and work. The perspective these visiting professionals bring is important to both our faculty and our students, opening new thought channels and creative ideas for partnerships, research and more.

Our visiting scientists will spend the day in our classrooms, sharing their work and research with our students and learning about what we are doing. In the evening, at 6:30pm, each of our guests will provide a lecture in Lyndon South Auditorium in the Stroud Academic Center for alumni, parents, and friends. These lectures are free and open to public and we encourage your attendance.

On March 30, Chris Linder, oceanographer turned photographer, will share his work exploring the Polar Regions with both our arts and science students. His book, Science on Ice, includes stories and photographs from four expeditions where he has documented dozens of research projects. He will share with us images from the Adelie penguin chapter of his book, and recent work in Siberia. Chris has been recognized with photography awards from many international organizations and is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers. He has a knack for bringing science to life through photography and video.

Jennifer Francis PhD, Research Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, will focus her discussion on her research that links the rapidly warming and melting Arctic with changes in the jet stream that cause more persistent weather patterns that can lead to extremes such as droughts, cold spells, heat waves, and floods. Aptly called, "Crazy weather and climate change: Are they connected?" we are looking forward to hearing Dr. Francis' lecture: especially after the winter we have endured here in New England!

These opportunities are fantastic for our students, but they are also available to you. Please plan to join us at 6:30pm on March 30 for Chris Linder and on April 23 for Jennifer Francis. We will see you in the Lyndon South Auditorium in the Stroud Academic Center!


Topics: Marine Science, Tabor Academy, Academics