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NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars learning how to communicate scientific research at orientation week

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — 13 of the brightest minds in the nation have gathered at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to learn about a skill outside of the scientific realm, communication.Each year, the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars assemble at a different sanctuary throughout the nation for orientation. The group learns different tips and practices for speaking in front of crowds to work on their communication skills when presenting their dense research. Sarah Kienle is a fourth year scholar from the University of California Santa Cruz. She has been working on mastering her communication to help people understand her current research.“Not using a lot jargon so instead of saying ‘pinnipeds’ which is what I study, saying seals, sea lions, and walruses,” said Kienle. “[I’m] just trying to take some of the vocabulary that we use for scientific papers and scientific talks and actually boiling it down.”Three to four scholars are chosen each year, depending on if their research topic aligns with sanctuary issues and topics. Topics can range from ocean acidification to maritime archaeology. It boils down to what the sanctuary is protecting.  These students are working toward a masters degree or a doctorate. Over 200 people apply for one of these coveted spots. Orientation week helps the students learn how a sanctuary team works and how it functions all around.“We have a resource protection issue that we have to manage in national marine sanctuaries, so what is that research doing that is then informing the managers to make decisions on how to help protect that resource,” said NOAA Division Chief For Education and Outreach Kate Thompson.This week, a few of the scholars will present their topics of research at a Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary advisory board meeting. Four other scholars will present their topics on Thursday night at 7:00pm for the community.The week of education in communication is more than just giving speeches. Students will continue to learn how to share social media and blog posts on their topics. They will attempt to condense their work for television, radio, and newspaper interviews. The crew will also take the stage at Thunder Bay Theatre to learn acting techniques in order to conquer fears of public speaking. The knowledge assembled over the next two to four years will help the scholars make a difference in local communities, decision makers, sanctuary executives, and many more for years to come.“When I see [them] at the end of four years completely grow and come out of that scared, introverted shell and bloom into the person that can stand up there and confidently talk about their science in a way that people get, I get the goosebumps,” said Thompson.The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships honors the memory of Nancy Foster, a pioneer for the examination of underwater ecosystems and diversity in the workplace. Foster worked for NOAA for 23 years before passing away in 2000.Learn more about the scholarship by visiting the website https://fosterscholars.noaa.gov/aboutnf.htmlAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Communication, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars, Education and Outreach, friends of thunder bay national marine sanctuary, Kate Thompson, Nancy Foster, NOAA, research, Sarah Kienle, Science, Speech, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for August 14Next Former superintendent of Farwell, Rogers City Schools locked-uplast_img read more

Chase Utley’s two home runs silence critics in LA Dodgers’ win over New York Mets

first_img“I think a loud, energizing environment gets the best out of you,” Utley said, belying all the emotion of a baked potato. “It’s fun. We had a lot of games in Philadelphia in the playoffs. The crowd was into it. It makes you dig down deeper.”The crowd was into it, all right. The Mets’ official Twitter account posted an emoji depicting an unhappy face after Utley’s second home run. The first reply read simply, “KILL HIM.” The second reply, posted seconds later, read “slit his throat asap.”Ever since Utley’s controversial slide in the 2015 National League Division Series broke the leg of then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, the veteran has been the focus of possible retaliation on the Mets’ part. Until Saturday, nothing happened. Utley batted once against the Mets in Game 5 of the Division Series — five days after his slide — and 20 more times this season without incident. But Hamari’s quick trigger Saturday suggested a warning was still in place more than seven months after the original incident. The warning wasn’t an official one, crew chief Tom Hallion told a pool reporter. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said there was no warning at all when the teams met in Los Angeles in April.“Chase was and has been tremendous,” Roberts said. “Not only what he does in the clubhouse, but under these circumstances for him to answer the bell and to perform and put us on his shoulders, not only speaks to him as a baseball player but his character. For me, there’s no one better.”Utley has been booed throughout the three-game series — during pregame introductions, when he bats, and whenever he touches the ball on defense. That won’t change today, a national telecast on ESPN2, and there’s no telling whether Syndergaard’s “purpose pitch” was the last one of the series.Roberts, who was appointed the Dodgers’ manager after last season, was surprised by Saturday’s turn of events. The two managers met with the umpire crew prior to the series to clear the air.“We all agreed that it was behind us,” Roberts said.The Dodgers did little wrong Saturday. Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda was struck on the top of his right hand with a line drive in the first inning. Diminished but not debilitated, Maeda retired 13 of 14 batters without allowing a run after the injury. He allowed only two hits in five shutout innings.After the game, Maeda’s hand was swollen but an x-ray revealed no broken bones. The pitcher said (through an interpreter) that he had a harder time throwing changeups, one of four pitches in his crafty arsenal.“What I didn’t want to do was come out of the game because of a freak accident like that,” Maeda said. “I was able to grit out five extra innings. I was able to contribute to a win today. I’m happy in that aspect.”Corey Seager, Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez also hit home runs for the Dodgers. Only a solo home run by pinch hitter Juan Lagares off J.P. Howell in the eighth inning prevented a shutout.The other fly in the blue ointment: Right fielder Trayce Thompson was removed with lower back soreness, a nagging injury that he aggravated on a swing in the fourth inning. Yasiel Puig took over in right field for Thompson, who insisted the injury is not serious.Don Mattingly chose not to play Utley in the Dodgers’ two playoff games Citi Field after the Game 2 controversy in Los Angeles. The severity of the threats hurled at Utley might have tipped the decision in that direction.Now, Roberts might have no choice but to leave Utley in the lineup. He’s 3 for 7 with nine RBIs in the first two games of the series.“I just think Chase enjoys playing,” Roberts said. “That’s the great thing about Chase, and as a professional: whether there’s 6,000 people or 46,000 people, he plays every single pitch. He’s unfazed and he gave us a huge lift.” NEW YORK >> Chase Utley was nowhere to be found.A 98-mph fastball from Noah Syndergaard had just whizzed behind his back to begin the third inning. Home plate umpire Adam Hamari ejected the New York Mets’ pitcher, then ejected an irate Terry Collins. As the Mets’ manager raged and 42,227 umpires at Citi Field voiced their displeasure, Utley calmly sat out the storm under shelter of the Dodgers’ dugout ceiling.In that moment it seemed as if knocking out Syndergaard would be Utley’s greatest contribution to the Dodgers’ effort Saturday. Maybe it was. Utley hit a solo home run in the sixth inning off Logan Verrett and a grand slam in the seventh inning off Hansel Robles. He finished 2 for 5 with five RBIs in the Dodgers’ 9-1 win, quieting every boo and every death threat on social media without saying a word.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Jets’ Adam Gase isn’t blameless, but don’t blame him for 2019 New York nightmare

first_imgEye-popping, unpopular opinion: It’s not on Adam Gase. At least, not entirely.The Jets’ 2019 season has been a nightmare. For fans, it’s been like waking up late on a Monday morning, discovering someone stole your car, turning on the news and then finding out it was wrecked when it went through the front of a 7-11, destroying the Slurpee machine in the process. It’s been bitter, and it gets worse. Look at the recent Cowboys run, or the Rams in 2018, or any other team that had a hope of winning a Lombardi Trophy. No line, no time, no dimes. That’s just the way football works and has always worked. What good is having a downfield threat in Robby Anderson if there’s no time for Darnold to get him the ball?There are injuries at key positions elsewhere: Big-ticket free agent C.J. Mosley has only played in two games this season, dealing with groin injuries. Avery Williamson, Mosley’s linebacker runningmate, was injured during the preseason. Rookie Blake Cashman is on IR with a shoulder injury. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson was benched and is now out for the season, as well. The list goes on.It’s easy to point to Gase’s 23-25 record with the Dolphins and say history is repeating itself, but the 2019 season requires context. You can’t tell Gase’s Jets story until you tell all of it: The injuries. The roster. The lack of depth. The mono. The ghosts.This is not Gase’s team; it’s not even Joe Douglas’ team yet. The new GM has barely figured out how to work the thermostat in his new office. If Douglas was brought in to helm the operation alongside Gase, then he and Gase should be allowed at least one offseason together to figure out how to mold and shape the roster in their image. If 2020 rolls around and the results aren’t there, then heads will roll, and rightfully so. But some amount of time should be afforded to new coaches in situations as bad as that of the Jets.There’s also the reminder that Douglas’ monstrous, six-year contract, which outlasts Gase’s deal, means that if things don’t work out with the coach in the immediate, he’ll have an opportunity to build with someone else; a coach of his choosing. But we are still far from that point.UPDATED NFL DRAFT ORDER:Giants jump ahead of victorious Jets, DolphinsThis isn’t to absolve Gase or make excuses for him — his offense has looked beyond poor during his tenure. A lot of that, though, is due to the horrific offensive line play and a lack of weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Tight end Chris Herndon played just 16 snaps this season between suspension and injuries and has landed on IR. Quincy Enunwa, who figured to be one of Darnold’s biggest receiving threats prior to the season, was injured in Week 1. The offensive line can’t get to the second level and give Le’Veon Bell even a little more room to breathe. But if team owner Christopher Johnson’s vote of confidence Tuesday to keep Gase through 2019 and 2020 means anything, it’s that this is not Gase’s fault.WEEK 11 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsJohnson pointed to the working relationship between Gase and new general manager Joe Douglas; Gase and Sam Darnold and the rest of the players on the roster. Johnson also pointed to the fact that players in the locker room were open to the idea of Gase sticking around for this year and potentially next.There are likely other reasons that Gase is staying. One is probably so the Johnsons would have to avoid paying three head coaches at once — Todd Bowles and staff from his firing, Gase and whoever the new coach would be. Another would be to offer some level of stability and not make knee-jerk reactions to appease a vocal minority of fans.Obviously, some modicum of blame falls on Gase for a 2-7 record and a downward spiral of a season. But to use Gase a scapegoat, nine games into his Jets career, is wholly unfair.Jets CEO Christopher Johnson on why he’s bringing back Adam Gase …pic.twitter.com/RzT2ByF7cQ— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) November 13, 2019True: Darnold has had an up-and-down season. He didn’t look himself in the opener vs. the Bills, and he was potentially dealing with mononucleosis in that start. In his return game, he and the Jets walloped the Cowboys. Then, a Murphy’s law start vs. the Patriots (the infamous “Ghosts” game) and a few bad losses vs. the Jaguars and the hapless Dolphins cast some doubt on whether Darnold was the QB of the future. Fingers pointed at Gase, eyes rolled, and Jets fans flew “Fire Gase” banners over New York.While Darnold’s candid “seeing ghosts” moment was a horror to Gang Green fans, the true scary story here is how poor this roster is, top to bottom. There is a lack of depth everywhere that isn’t defensive line, and among the three most important position groups for 2019 football — offensive line, pass rusher and cornerback — the Jets are almost completely devoid of talent. Darnold’s numbers, while not comforting (especially in the turnover department), aren’t all that bad, either: 6 games, 63.2 percent completion rate, 7 touchdowns to 9 interceptions and a 2-4 record.But there is a fundamental flaw for the Jets: It starts and ends with the offensive line.A trade gamble on Kelechi Osemele, a move by now-fired GM Mike Maccagnan, backfired and cost the Jets a fifth-round pick in 2019. Osemele is now off the team after he was expected to be a key cog of a “re-worked” offensive line. Third-round pick Chuma Edoga hasn’t played well in his rookie campaign. Ryan Kalil looks like he should have stayed on his couch this offseason. Brian Winters was having a poor year and is now on IR.Good football teams are built through the trenches, in case we want to gloss over that tried-and-true fact en route to damning Gase. Darnold’s top receiving targets have been Jamison Crowder — who has been worth the money paid by Maccagnan — Anderson and what’s left of Demariyus Thomas. It’s hardly a who’s-who of receiving threats.Part of the reason Gase was hired was his ability to get the most out of a barren roster as coach of the Dolphins, which, through 10 weeks, hasn’t been the case with the Jets. There’s plenty of season left — we are just nine games into the Gase tenure, after all — to get things moving in the right direction. It’s easy to point to “Same Old Jets” and “loljets” and all the meme-atic things you’d find on Twitter, but it doesn’t tell the whole story of the 2019 New York Jets.Context matters, and whether Adam bombs or not, he deserves some time to get it figured out. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/16/d8/adam-gase-110319-getty-ftrjpg_npkq3dzwwjj41w0etal9sgoj1.jpg?t=857317454&w=500&quality=80last_img read more