Texas A&M University
Department of Oceanography

Winter 1998 / Spring 1999 - Vol. 6, No. 3

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.

Quarterdeck gets 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.

Outreach 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.


Copyright 1998-1999, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University.
Updated November 24, 1998. (abdw)

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