Texas high school teams prepare to compete
in second National Ocean Sciences Bowl
- The Department of Oceanography
will conduct its second regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl tournament
for high school students on February 27, 1999.
- Last year's Texas A&M Regional Tournament champions,
Flour Bluff High (Corpus Christi), will defend their title against 27 teams
from Austin to Whitehouse in a day of rapid-fire, question-and-answer competition.
Regional champions from 18 sites across the U.S. will meet at Gallaudet
University in Washington, D.C., for the national finals on April 10-12.
- Question categories include the biology, chemistry,
physics, geology, history, and economics of the world's oceans, as well
as navigation, geography, and ocean-related current events.
- The Texas A&M Regional Tournament will be conducted
in College Station by volunteers from the oceanography department and university.
For more information about NOSB, call Dr. Ed Shaar at (409) 862-3290 or
visit the regional tournament's web site at http://oceanography.tamu.edu/NOSB.
Faculty expert on Martian oceans honored
by Sigma Xi
- Texas A&M's chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific
research society, honored oceanography professor Dr. John Morse as its
1998 Distinguished Scientist. Sigma Xi sponsored a community-wide lecture
Nov. 12, when Morse spoke on the role of carbonates in the chemical evolution
of terrestrial and Martian oceans.
Doctoral program to undergo review
- The oceanography doctoral program will be among the
first five Texas A&M University programs reviewed by outside reviewers
in the spring of 1999. The university's reviews are conducted every 10-15
years. Dr. William R. Bryant, department head, volunteered the Ph.D. program
to be one of the first to be reviewed. Suggestions from the reviewers will
be given to the department and the administration.
a new look
- If you're a regular reader of Quarterdeck magazine,
you're sure to have noticed our new look!
In addition to getting a "makeover," we've
reaffirmed our commitment to providing interesting, educational, understandable,
and current ocean research. If you have comments or questions about Quarterdeck,
please contact us.
We're turning 50!
Make plans to attend our anniversary celebration weekend
- Join our celebration of 50 years of oceanography at
Texas A&M University on October 1-2, 1999. Friends of the department
and former students, staff and faculty are invited to attend for remembering,
reminiscing, and looking to the future. Watch Quarterdeck for information.
successful during National Earth Sciences Week
- Graduate student Brent Porter (right) shared ocean
science with three sixth grade science classes as part of a national effort
to raise awareness about earth sciences during "National Earth Sciences
Week," October 11-17.
Porter, a master's student in physical oceanography
from Houston, presented a video on ocean satellites and displayed colorful
maps of the Gulf of Mexico's continental slope, and answered questions
from the class.
The sixth grade students kept the discussion rolling
with insightful questions.