Open House set for August 1


If you have ever wondered what a copepod looks like, how DNA is extracted or how the ocean is changing, next Friday you will have the opportunity to find out. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will open its doors to the public from 10 am - 3 pm on Friday August 1 for tours, hands-on activities, and the opportunity to ask ocean science experts questions. The event is free and open to the public and all are invited to attend.

"This has become an annual tradition that all of us here at Bigelow Laboratory look forward to very much," says Dr. Graham Shimmield, executive director of the Laboratory. "It's a chance for us to learn what the public is curious about and share what we are learning concerning what's happening in the ocean. The day provides for a great exchange of ideas. This year, it promises to be even better with more hands-on activities to allow adults and children to be a research scientist for a day."

The Laboratory at 60 Bigelow Drive in East Boothbay, Maine will open at 10 am and the public is welcome to visit through 3 pm. Guided tours will be offered on the hour, with self-guided tours at other times. Hands-on activities include plankton tows and Secchi disk drops on the dock, microscope viewing, and experiments that range from "Ocean Acidification in a Cup" to "Fishy DNA." A complete list of the day's activities is below: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science Open House August 1, 2014 10 am - 3 pm

All day

Explore Minute Mysteries: The Commons

Self-guided Tour: Center for Ocean Biogeochemistry and Climate Change (Wing B)

Drs. Barney Balch and José Antonio Fern�ndez-Robledo Meet Grampus, our underwater glider Explore oyster health

Self-guided Story Walk: Road to Shore Facility * Read Ocean Sunlight enroute to dock activities

Hands-on Activities: Ocean Modular Ocean acidification in a cup Discover density Fishy DNA Under Pressure * And more

Hands-on Activities: Commons Classroom * Coloring and cartoons

Hands-on Activities: On the Dock Sidewalk chalk Plankton tow * Secchi disk

Hands-on Activities: Shore Facility * Live plankton under a microscope TOURS

On the hour: The Commons * History of the laboratory, Elin Haugen or Darlene Crist

10:15 am Guided Tour Seawater Suite, Tim Pinkham Deep Biosphere Laboratory, Dr. Beth Orcutt * Marine Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, Dr. Christoph Aeppli

11:15 am Guided Tour Data Center, Nathan Paquin Geomicrobiology Laboratory, Dr. David Emerson * Air-Sea Interactions Laboratory, Dr. Steve Archer

12:15 pm Guided Tour Data Center, Nathan Paquin National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota, Dr. Mike Lomas * Microbial Ecology Laboratory, Dr. Pete Countway

1:15 pm Guided Tour Seawater Suite, Martin Getrich Single Cell Genomics Center, Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas * Zooplankton Physiology and Sensory Ecology Laboratory, Alex Vermont

2:15 pm Guided Tour Seawater Suite, Tim Pinkham Bigelow Analytic Services, Carlton Rauschenberg * Ecosystem Modeling Laboratory, Dr. Nick Record Like us on Facebook

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