Members of Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) hosted a data literacy workshop in Wilmington, North Carolina on June 2-5. Led in part by Janice McDonnell and Sage Lichtenwalner, the workshop involved nearly 50 professors from across the country learning about each other’s experiences teaching at various institutions, including community colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, and R1 universities. This diverse mix led to innovative ideas on engaging students with messy, raw data collected by the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The OOI is a long-term ocean measuring network, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). More than 900 instruments measure various geophysical processes throughout the ocean water column, from the air-sea exchange at the surface to the deep seafloor below. This data is used by researchers to answer bigger questions related to climate variability, ecosystem dynamics, ocean circulation, and plate-scale geodynamics. All of this data is freely available online. However, it’s 10 to 12 terabytes of high-quality data collected each month for years and years. It takes focused dedication to go through. For over a decade, McDonnell and Lichtenwalner have collaborated with various Rutgers departments and outside institutions to create new, lasting ways to easily visualize and play with big datasets. This past year, they have collaborated with faculty from Queens College, Hillsborough Community College, Stockton University, and Carleton College to relaunch one of their biggest projects, Data Labs. Data Labs is an NSF funded project aimed at higher education faculty, developing education plans that use the big data collected by the OOI in their general courses. These professors gain practice using the data visualization tools available to chunk the OOI’s raw data into workable teaching data sets. They also collaborate to create teaching plans that they can implement in their own classrooms. “I don’t remember the last time I learned so many things in such a tight time frame,” said Christa Haney of Mississippi State University. “And all of it I can apply in my teaching–I’m using it in my class right now.” Wilmington was chosen in honor of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)’s Pioneer Array being moved toward the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Shelf for new measurements. Stace Beaulieu, an OOI specialist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Mike Muglia, from Coastal Sciences Institute, explained its significance to all that attended. The water off Cape Hatteras is actually a “confluence of many different water masses from north and south of here,” Muglia discussed. Participants were treated to two tours by local hosts, University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center of Marine Sciences and Cape Fear Community College. Local hosts at UNC Wilmington led the participants through a tour of their laboratory and pier, where researchers collect data on the intercoastal waters. Local hosts at Cape Fear Community College showcased their facilities, highlighting the much-needed technical focus of study they offer. “Our local hosts are an embodiment of the ethos of this workshop,” McDonnell explained. “It’s all about engaging educators in higher education institutions that are often overlooked at other similar workshops and conferences.” The workshop days were covered by Rutgers’ RUCOOL’s instagram, @rutgers_rucool. Future workshops are currently being planned. Original article at SEBS NJAES Newsroom

PAL PI Oscar Schofield was recently asked to provide a “senior scientist view of the world” as part of the Food for Thought series in the ICES Journal of Marine Science. In this retrospective, Oscar recounts how he ended up as an oceanographer, he shares tales of his early field experiences and the friends he made along the way, and he shares his insights on the future of ocean science and lessons learned along the way. His biggest lesson, “Don’t’ forget that science is fun!” Abstract: Over the last 30 years, ocean sciences have been undergoing a technological revolution. Changes include the transition of autonomous platforms from being interesting engineering projects to being critical tools for scientists studying a range of processes at sea. My career has benefitted immensely from these technical innovations, allowing me to be at sea (virtually) 365 days a year and operate ocean networks globally. While these technical innovations have opened many research doors, many aspects of oceanography are unchanged. In my experience, working/talking/scheming with scientists is most effective face-to-face. Despite the growing capabilities of robotic platforms, we will still need to go to sea on ships to conduct critical experiments. As the responsibilities of scientists expand with mandated outreach efforts, I strongly urge young scientists to leverage the expertise of Broader Impact professionals, who are increasingly available to our community, in order to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of our outreach efforts. Given the increasing observations of change occurring in the ocean, our work is ever-more important while still being fun. I am blessed to have had a career as an oceanographer exploring this planet. You can find Oscar’s full paper here… Schofield, O. (2024). Watching the sunrise on our ocean planet in a new era of marine science. ICES Journal of Marine Science, fsae049.

RU39 and RU40 for the Spring RMI, and RU32 for NJDEP have been recovered by Brian, Jess, and Delphine aboard SeaTow on a nice sunny day in Atlantic City!

Last week, RUCOOL’s high frequency radar team proudly sent Tim to the University of Southern Mississippi for the 13th Radiowave Operators Working Group (ROWG) meeting. This event was a fantastic opportunity for Tim to meet and collaborate with many operators he had previously only interacted with virtually. The meeting was a significant milestone for the ROWG community, providing a platform to exchange knowledge and experiences with CODAR’s high-frequency radars while also discussing the future of HF radar during a transitionary period of the HF radar Data Access Center. Tim had aninvaluable opportunity to deepen his expertise, and discuss the latest advancements and applications in ocean observing technology amongst other HF radar operators. The Rutgers HF Radar team is eager to use what was learned at the meeting, and looks forward to implementing new ideas to enhance their research and operational capabilities!

The Rutgers 5 MHz HF radar station is operating again after a long hiatus. The site was taken down in 2021 to accommodate construction taking place at the site location. The data is flowing again to the Rutgers and National Data Assembly Centers. A walking pattern was conducted on the station the day after the install. Funding for the install was sponsored by MARACOOS, the Mid Atlantic Ocean Observing System. Thanks to Rutgers technician Ethan Handel, University of Massachusetts technician Patrick Pasteris and Professor Miles Sundermeyer for conducting the installation. We would also like to thank Lt. Brendan Coakley from the Nantucket Police Department who has served as our local point of contact for the past ten years.

Michael just completed an awesome Master’s thesis with a focus on the “Spatial and Seasonal Controls on Eddy Subduction in the Southern Ocean”.  With profiling ocean robots, mixing, phytoplankton and Southern Ocean, what is there not to love?  Great job Michael!!!

Rutgers University and Teledyne Webb Research unveiled The Sentinel Mission in a remarkable display of academic and technological collaboration. This unprecedented initiative marks the beginning of an ambitious journey as Teledyne’s Slocum Sentinel Glider, “Redwing,” (Research & Education Doug Webb Inter-National Glider) prepares for a historic round-the-world flight. Redwing is an acronym for “Research & Education Doug Webb Inter-National Glider”. The mission is further strengthened by the involvement of NOAA, the Marine Technology Society, and the UN Ocean Decade. The event, which took place at Rutgers University on April 23, showcased the intricate planning and resilient partnership behind The Sentinel Mission. The Redwing glider, embodying the intersection of Research and Education, pays homage to Doug Webb, a pioneer of autonomous underwater technology. The glider stands not only as an innovative piece of machinery but also as a symbol of global research unity and exploration. Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway delivered remarks, along with several esteemed faculty members, each sharing their encouragement and support of this mission.  Teledyne Marine staff members, Clayton Jones, Senior Director of Technology and Shea Quinn, Slocum Glider Product Line Manager, provided insight into the history of Slocum gliders and how this mission will affect the future of ocean science. A highlight of the event was the christening of the glider, “Redwing,” with seawater from Cape Cod, signifying its readiness for its summer 2024 launch. Attendees witnessed a blend of time-honored maritime tradition with cutting-edge innovation. A cohort of Rutgers’ brightest undergraduate students presented the mission’s flight path. Their extensive planning encompassed considerations for ocean currents, water conditions, and other environmental variables. These presentations highlighted the exceptional educational experiences at Rutgers, exemplifying the university’s dedication to hands-on, impactful learning. Insights from international partners integral to the mission’s global scope further enriched the event. With each presentation, the essence of collaborative spirit and international cooperation became clearer, setting the stage for a truly global expedition. The day’s activities culminated with a closer look at the Sentinel Glider, showcasing its capabilities compared to standard models. The academic community, including master’s students and faculty, engaged in fruitful discussions about sensor integrations and future research applications. The Sentinel Mission’s anticipated launch in the summer of 2024 will contribute to our understanding of the oceans and serve as an inspiring testament to the power of academic-industry partnerships and the indomitable human spirit of discovery. About Teledyne Webb Research: Teledyne Marine is a group of leading-edge technology companies that are part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. Through acquisitions and collaboration, Teledyne Marine has evolved into an industry powerhouse, bringing Imaging, Instruments, Interconnect, Seismic, and Vehicle technology to provide solutions to our customers. For more information, please visit About Rutgers University: Rutgers University is a leading national research institution that has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation and education. The Sentinel Mission represents the university’s commitment to exploring new frontiers. For more information on the mission’s background and Rutgers’ history with such initiatives, please visit the Challenger Glider Mission website at Original article at Rutgers NJAES Newsroom