OCEANIA Marine Educators Association

OCEANIA Marine Educators Association

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Membership Meeting

Another year has gone by and it is time to get together for an enjoyable evening of food, a film and sharing of opportunities. Join us for our annual membership meeting:

Tuesday, February 26th from 6 - 8 pm
HIHWNMS Conference Room, Suite 301
6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu HI 96825
Bring a guest or colleague! Call in instructions will be sent out
for those that can attend in person.
Special Guest Talk from Chad Yoshinaga, NOAA Protected Species Division Scientist will give a presentation on the whale entanglement program and some of their tools after we view the short film, "In the Wake of Giants'" by Akua Films. See; http://www.akuafilms.com/Wake_Of_Giants.html
We will announce new OCEANIA Board officers, as well as new board members. We will give an overview of past activities and ask members to share their upcoming opportunities for 2013.
Light refreshments will be provided, You are also invited to join in the (voluntary) potluck dinner.
Please RSVP AT http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/89RLNY9

Friday, February 8, 2013

Corals under the Confocal Microscope

A Coral Symbiome 

Congratulations to HIMB's Chris Farrar, Zac Forsman, Ruth Gates, Jo-Ann Leong and Rob Toonen  for the  selection of their video "Coral Under Confocal" for recognition in the 2012 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the challenge acknowledges the importance of the visual arts in communicating and understanding the nature of the world around us. To quote from the site, "Some of science's most powerful statements are not made in words. From DaVinci's Vitruvian Man to Rosalind Franklin's X-rays, science visualization has a long and literally illustrious history."

The video from the Gates and Toonen labs does a fantastic job of conveying information about corals and coral reefs, all within a few short minutes and with very some compelling imagery. I admit I found the near robotic glide of the rotifer quite entertaining, while Leon liked the fact that the coral larvae have cilia to help them swim, so they can find a place to reside of their own choosing.

No more needs to be said. Just watch the video below!