Category Archives: Announcements

ISC news and information regarding upcoming activities and schedules.

World Oceans Day Tri-Ship Connection

Celebrate World Oceans Day and join the Inner Space Center as it connects LIVE with three ocean science and exploration vessels: the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, E/V Nautilus, and RV Falkor.  Tune in through Facebook Live and/or YouTube on June 8, 2018, at 3:00 pm ET, and hear from scientists, engineers, and other crew as they discuss the important (and exciting!) work they are conducting to understand our changing ocean. Be part of the conversation and explore with us!

Ocean Exploration: Naval Science and Technology Camp

August 13 – 17, 2018
9AM – 3PM
URI Narragansett Bay Campus

The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) College of Ocean Engineering in partnership with the URI Inner Space Center (ISC) is offering scholarships for current high school students to attend the Ocean Exploration: Naval Science and Technology Camp. This week-long day camp will focus on exploring the ocean using marine technologies. Campers will be building and testing a variety of oceanographic tools and instruments, such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and ocean sensors, and engaging with scientists, who are involved in active missions to explore the otherwise “unknown ocean.”

With funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, full scholarships will be provided to the 20 students accepted to participate in the camp.  All applications will be reviewed and acceptance is based on merit and teacher recommendations.
To apply, use this link: https://goo.gl/forms/GDMNryRGcuTmHyyL2
Applications are due June 4, 2018.
Please contact Andrea Gingras, agingras@uri.edu with any questions about this camp.

Registration is now open for Summer 2018 ISC Ocean Exploration Camp

Registration is now open for the ISC’s Summer 2018 session of Ocean Science Exploration Camp. This year’s camp will take place from July 23-27, 2018, at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, RI, and will focus on biological oceanography. Biological oceanography is the study of marine animals, their distribution and abundance, and how they interact with and adapt to the ocean environment.
For more details and registration information, please visit the ISC Camps webpage.

Inner Space Center to broadcast ENDEAVOR LIVE!

Credit: ISC

Students from the University of Rhode Island Honors Program will depart Tuesday, April 3 on a six-day oceanographic research expedition, and you are invited to come along. Learn about their exciting research and directly ask the students and scientists questions during three live broadcasts and one hosted event.

The ISC will broadcast LIVE from URI’s research vessel, the RV Endeavor, to Facebook on April 5, 6 and 7, and during a community event April 6 at URI’s White Hall, 39 Butterfield Road, on the Kingston campus. Dates and details are below, as well as the ISC’s Endeavor Live page.

The research expedition from April 3 through 8 will focus on whale and zooplankton interactions with the environment that occur in the coastal and offshore waters of Rhode Island. The expedition is part of CSI: Oceans, a URI honors class led by Karen Wishner, oceanography professor at GSO, and Christopher Orphanides, chief scientist and a GSO graduate student.

These broadcasts will run about 25 minutes:
Endeavor Live! Facebook Live Events

  • Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m.

Be sure to “like” the Inner Space Center Facebook page to follow this expedition and others.

Endeavor Live! Community Event
Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
White Hall Auditorium on the URI campus in Kingston.
This event is open to the public; no registration is required.

Upcoming Girl Scouts of Southern New England (GSSNE) Events

Walk the Plank-ton!

Did you know the ocean’s smallest living organisms, plankton, are the most important part of the marine food chain? A teaspoon of seawater can contain up to a million of these important, one-celled organisms! Join the ISC on an adventure to learn about these incredible, microscopic creatures by investigating live plankton samples and creating and testing your own plankton designs.

Date: May 26, 2018

Time: 10am-11:30am

Place: University of Rhode Island – Inner Space Center

Level: Brownie

Cost: $15 per girl

Minimum 15 participants; maximum 30 participants

Register here

 

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2017 Expedition

Welcome to the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition! The team will be exploring the Gulf of Mexico from November 29 – December 21, 2017, using multibeam sonar and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Deep Discoverer, to explore the  seafloor. The 23-day expedition will focus on acquiring data on priority exploration areas identified by ocean management and scientific communities.  Tune in to the live streams and explore with us!

Watch the Okeanos Explorer live streams:

Camera 1 (video feed from ROV Deep Discoverer):

Camera 2 (video feed from the camera sled ROV, Seirios):

Camera 3 (quad-view showing multiple camera feeds and other features):

 

March 2017 Newsletter

Hello Ocean Explorers:

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Northwest Passage Project’s website, www.northwestpassageproject.org. The Northwest Passage Project (NPP), an innovative science and education initiative that includes an expedition into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. This National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project will engage intergenerational cohorts of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in hands-on research exploring the changing Arctic and collecting data.

Continue reading March 2017 Newsletter

Northwest Passage Project

The Northwest Passage Project (NPP) will explore the changing Arctic environment during an innovative expedition that will engage diverse audiences through real time interactions from sea, an ultra-high definition 2-hour documentary, and related community events.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the NPP is a collaborative effort between the University of Rhode Island (URI) Inner Space Center (ISC) and Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), the film company David Clark, Inc., and several other collaborators, including six U.S. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and the tall ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP).

Two cohorts, each consisting of 18 students (six high school students, nine undergraduate students, and three graduate students), will sail on board the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry for 2-2.5 week legs. These students will receive science content instruction as the ship is underway, gain navigation and sailing skills, engage in hands-on projects while aboard and during site visits on land, and contribute to live broadcasts from the Arctic.

The student participants will be sailing on the OHP, the first ocean-going, full-rigged tall ship built in the U.S. in over 100 years. The students, scientific party, film crew, and ship’s crew will journey through the Arctic’s Northwest Passage in August of 2017.

For more information on the NPP, please read a recent press release.

 

New Year, New Field Season!

The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer‘s 2017 field season will kick off January 18, 2017, with a mapping expedition from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Pago Pago, American Samoa. This field season marks the third year of CAPSTONE, the Campaign to Address Pacific Monument Science, Technology, and Ocean Needs. The goal of which project is to collect data necessary to support science-based decision making for marine protected areas (MPAs) in the central and western Pacific. Continue reading New Year, New Field Season!

ISC Team helps discover black box from El Faro shipwreck

UPDATE:

Transcripts from the El Faro‘s black box have been released by the National Transportation Safety Board. The recording covers the last hours of the voyage. The Inner Space Center was integral in the discovery of the black box and was  praised by federal investigators.


Original Post:

The Inner Space Center (ISC) team has been working in conjunction with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship. The 790-foot cargo ship sank off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015.

Continue reading ISC Team helps discover black box from El Faro shipwreck