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NCCOS Supports ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ White House Initiative

President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative aims to broaden the participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Last month, NCCOS scientist Joe Wade participated in the first local “My Brother’s Keeper” summer camp held at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. The camp, sponsored by Charleston-area government, academic, and industry […]

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NOAA Hollings Scholars Provide New Toxicity Data on Oil Spill Dispersants

NOAA Hollings scholars Brittany Evans (Eckerd College) and Catherine Nguyen (University of Maryland) spent this summer at the NCCOS laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, researching the effects of oil spill dispersants on estuarine species. Evans compared dispersant toxicity in snails under different salinities, while Nguyen investigated the effects of dispersants on grass shrimp development. Their findings will […]

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NCCOS Studies Shoreline Cleaner Effects on Crude Oil

NCCOS scientists recently used tidal estuarine simulation units (mesocosms) to study the crude oil-removal efficiency of shoreline cleaners and the potential impacts of removed oil on an estuary. Oil spills that occur in estuaries, bays, or enclosed harbors have the potential to contaminate docks, bulkheads, ship hulls, and sensitive estuarine habitat. Depending on the situation […]

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Keeping Up With Rising Seas

Scientists predicted wetland soil accretion (or growth) rates in relation to predicted sea level rise using a model and data from numerous tidal salt and freshwater wetlands around the United States. The model results, published in Earth’s Future, suggested that, on average, softer organic components of East Coast marsh sediments do not accrete  fast enough in volume and height […]

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Students Learn the Value of Cetacean Strandings in Detecting Coastal Change

More than 20 students and faculty from the University of Georgia’s Maymester program visited NCCOS in Charleston, SC to learn how cetacean strandings can be used for coastal change detection. The lecture, discussion, and tour of the facility included information on recent unusual mortality events, weather anomalies, microplastic ingestion, coastal development, and shared spatial use for resources […]

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NOAA Supports Middle School Career Fair

Taking advantage of an opportunity to inform the public about the importance of NOAA science, NCCOS staff participated in last month’s Fort Johnson Middle School Career Fair in Charleston, South Carolina. Approximately 525 students from grades 6–8 attended the career fair, which featured 30 different local agencies and companies representing government, industry, and academia. NOAA’s […]

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NCCOS Judges 2016 SeaPerch Challenge for Middle and High School Students

NCCOS researchers provided scientific support to the 2016 SeaPerch Challenge by serving as judges in the Charleston, South Carolina, competition this month. SeaPerch is an innovative, underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources needed to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students build the ROV from a kit of low-cost, […]

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Inspiring Future Scientists: NCCOS Participates in My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aims to broaden participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. As part of National Labs Week, volunteers from the NCCOS Charleston lab: Marie DeLorenzo, Maggie Broadwater, Cindy Cooksey, and Joe Wade, conducted a marine science education event with children in grades K-5 from a local […]

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