State of the Sciences at Hunt Library

NCSU’s College of Science set up tables of information and activities throughout Hunt Library on April 21. The Ocean Observing and Modeling Group was represented by Nabi Allahdadi, Shun Mao, Laura McGee, and Jennifer Warrillow. Hundreds of people toured the Library to learn about the science conducted at the university. Nabi, Shun, Laura, and Jennifer had the opportunity to explain ocean modeling…

Educational Outreach at Sea

Valerie Winzenried, a retired gifted-education teacher and an education consultant for Eastman, boarded the R/V Neil Armstrong last week. During her time at sea, she has been participating in hands-on research and data analysis along with onboard scientists. In addition, she has been interviewing researchers in order to construct lesson plans in geosciences to educate the next generation of oceanographers. She sat…

OOMG Teaches Weddington Middle Schoolers About Oceanography

Approximately 250 eighth grade students from Weddington Middle School (near Charlotte, NC) began their three-day field trip to NC’s Outer Banks with a marine science presentation by OOMG scientists at NC State University’s James B. Hunt, Jr. Library. On March 29, graduate student Laura McGee, Lab Manager Jennifer Warrillow, and Research Assistant Professor Joe Zambon introduced the students to their research in…

Winter Break Outreach

OOMG Postdoc Joe Zambon took some time away from visiting family over the winter break to talk to a group of 40 students at Victor Junior High School in Victor, NY.  Teachers and administrators invited Joe to speak to the school’s Young Women’s Leadership and The Young Men’s Leadership Groups comprised of students aged 10-14.  These groups have been formed for interested students to…

Science Outreach to Local Schools

OOMG member Laura McGee visited Mrs. Schuman’s 5th grade math class at Briarcliff Elementary to give a talk on hurricanes.  She used the Coupled Northwest Atlantic Prediction System (CNAPS) forecast of Hurricane Matthew to illustrate the low pressure, high wind, and high wave conditions that occur in hurricanes, and to show the relative accuracy of ocean models to observations. The students asked…

Coffee and Viz Presentation at Hunt Library, NCSU

NOAA hurricane animation

Roy He and Ben Johnson presented a seminar on ocean forecasting with OOMG’s CNAPS model at NCSU’s Hunt Library on October 14, 2016. In the Coffee and Viz seminar series, researchers use the Teaching and Visualization Lab’s 270 degrees of screen to envelop the audience with dynamic images of state-of-the-art research. Roy explained the steps involved in creating a model and how…

OOMG Science Available to Teachers Via SciREN

SciREN @ NC MUseum

Lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high schoolers based on OOMG‘s CNAPS model are now available for free to the public through the Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN). SciREN helps scientists make lesson plans from their current work, and helps teachers get current science into their classrooms. OOMG members Laura McGee prepared a lesson plan titled “Looking at Hurricanes in the Northwest…

OOMG Hosts SECOORA 2016 Annual Meeting

SECOORA meeting attendees in Hunt Library

OOMG hosted the three-day annual meeting of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) in May 2016. Over 60 attendees, representing federal and state agencies, academia, industry/private sector, and the public, discussed SECOORA board business, big data, ecological interactions in the southeast U.S., and opportunities for collaboration. Board members Mitch Roffer, Rick DeVoe, Lisa Adams, Quinton White, and Michael Crosby were elected….

GoMRI Science Featured at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum

An interactive exhibit at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, located at Texas A&M University, allows visitors to “Make Your Own Oil Spill.” Visitors can “spill” oil in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Bight by tapping a touch-screen display, then watch the program map the dispersal of the oil based on bathymetry, currents, and winds. The visualization is part of…