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General Information

Brown Bag Seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held from 12:00pm - 1pm EST in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring. A government-issued photo ID is required for those attending in person.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag.

Archived Seminars

A list of previous Brown Bag Seminars and their accompanying Powerpoint presentations, with audio as available, can be found on the Archived Brown Bags page.

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Upcoming Seminars

Saving Monk Seals: The Science and Conservation of Hawaii's native seal

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 12:00pm ET

Event Flyer: Hawaiian Monk Seals (PDF)

Speaker: Dr. Charles Littnan, Supervisory Research Ecologist, Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

Abstract: The endangered Hawaiian monk seal has been the focus of NOAA research and recovery activities since the 80s but it is in the last decade that conservation actions have accelerated including recently being designated one of NOAA Fisheries eight Species in the Spotlight. Dr. Littnan will provide an update on the population status of the species, discuss the newest innovations in science and conservation, and will share photos and videos that highlight the challenges and successes of saving a species that stretches across a 1,500 mile long island chain. Dr. Littnan will also discuss how the conservation effort has changed in the last 10 years as the public and many partners joined NOAA to help the seals' cause. Finally, looking forward into the uncertain years ahead Dr. Littnan will share his (optimistic) outlook on the likelihood of monk seals being around to share the beaches with our future generations.

About the Speaker: Dr. Charles Littnan leads NOAA's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. His work with NOAA allows him to focus on two primary interests: using robust science to design and implement novel techniques to help save endangered species and develop innovative ways to better engage the public on complex conservation issues and make science more interesting and accessible to local communities. Charles has a BSc in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston and a PhD on the diet and fisheries interactions of Australian fur seals from Macquarie University. Charles has been doing research on marine mammals for the past 22 years and has worked on a variety of whales, dolphins and seals from the coasts of the US to the ice of Antarctica.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


Web of Science Training: a focus on NOAA Oceanography

Event Flyer: Web of Science Training (PDF)

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:00pm ET

Duration: approximately 45 minutes

Location (Online): Thomson Reuters Online Registration Link

Trainer: Kristen Faeth, Clarivate Analytics

Class summary: This WoS training will be tailored to NOAA oceanographers and oceanography researchers, but all NOAA staff are welcome to register. Please register individually via Thomson Reuters. You are also welcome to follow this virtual training along with Librarian Judith Salter in the brown bag area of the library.


NOAA Great Lakes Strategic Public-Private Partnership Project (Affiliation: University of Michigan / Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team (GLRCT))

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Speakers: Zhanyang "Young" Gao is a graduate student at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. Jerry Guo is a Master's degree student at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, with a focus in Conservation Ecology.

POC: Jennifer Day, Regional Coordinator, Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team and Heather Stirratt, Great Lakes Lead for NOAA's National Ocean Service at NOAA's Office for Coastal Management

Abstract: The NOAA Great Lakes strategic public-private partnership project is sponsored by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team to identify new partnership opportunities in the region. The presentation will show the audiences how the team uses self-created partnership evaluation models to explore environmental topics of interest, and identify potential partners in the Great Lakes region. The ultimate goal of this project is to create a recommendation list of the top 10 potential partners in the Great Lakes region for NOAA to pursue partnerships with in the future.

About the Speakers: Zhanyang "Young" Gao is a graduate student at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. In 2015, he received an MBA degree from the UM Ross School of Business. Before that, he worked for seven years as an IT consultant in China. Young aims to combine his degrees to explore solutions to China's pressing environmental problems.

Jerry Guo is a Master's degree student at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, with a focus in Conservation Ecology. He obtained dual undergraduate degrees in Biology and Economics at the University of Utah. Jerry is passionate about helping with environmental issues like invasive species and habitat restoration, hopes to contribute more towards these areas after graduation this Spring.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


Disaster Needs: Sea Grant/Private Sector Partnership Serves Impacted Sectors and Prepares for Future Events

Date: TBD, Week of April 24th-28th, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Sempier, Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Manager and Deputy Director at Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

POC: Dr. Samuel Chan, National Extension Program Leader

Abstract: In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill became the largest accidental oil spill in history. Staff at the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs mobilized to answer a plethora of questions from leaders throughout the region. However, researchers did not yet have answers to many of those questions. Concurrently, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) began their 10-year, $500 million investment to research some topics that are of interest to people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf of Mexico. By 2014, GoMRI and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College programs formed a partnership to learn about people's ongoing questions and share the latest peer reviewed research results with groups impacted by the spill. Through GoMRI support, the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program began. Now this Sea Grant outreach program is collaborating with NOAA entities and others to address remaining oil spill concerns and help prepare for future large-scale spills. This presentation highlights how this effective public/private partnership formed, methods used to extend the two-way dialogue with impacted sectors, how the program is being evaluated, and the plan to extend this Sea Grant extension model to a national level.

About the Speaker: Dr. Stephen Sempier is the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Manager and Deputy Director at Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. He has led or coordinated several Gulf-wide, NOAA-supported projects during the last ten years, including coordinating the development of the Gulf of Mexico Research Plan and managing a NOAA Restoration Center community-based program that addressed hydrologic restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of his current position, he leads a team of five Sea Grant extension and communications professionals that translate oil spill science for diverse audiences. Steve received a B.S. in marine science at Eckerd College, M.S. in marine resource management at Oregon State University, and Ph.D. in coastal sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts.


Interested in presenting?: Contact Judith Salter (301-713-2600 ext. 135) or Library Reference (301-713-2600 ext. 157). Please send a title of the proposed presentation, an abstract of the presentation and a speaker bio, so that we can reserve your desired presentation time on our NOAA Central Library Events calendar and have sufficient time to promote your seminar. Photos that reflect the topic of the upcoming brown bag seminar are appreciated and will be used to advertise the brown bag seminar in the library and on the NOAA Libraries Facebook page.

Technical information for presenters: The librarian will set up the space for the brownbag seminar in the library, including the A/V equipment and Polycom, and monitor the online chat. We do ask that you send your presentation a week early and arrive an hour prior to your presentation time. You are welcome to embed a video within your presentation, but we cannot guarantee that embedded videos will be archived media due to file size limitations. Please note that QuickTime videos are no longer supported by NOAA IT and are unable to be shown.


Additional seminars are scheduled through the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series

 

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