Archive for October, 2011

We had a great open house!

October 20, 2011

We had beautiful weather and a great turnout for our open house, Skidaway Marine Science Day, last Saturday. If you did not attend, here are some pictures to whet your appetite for next year.

Skidaway scientists study drought effects on salt marshes, crabs

October 19, 2011

The Savannah Morning News had a nice story over the weekend on the effect of the regional drought on salt marshes. A couple of our scientists’ work was included. Credit environmental reporter Mary Landers.

Apple iPad top prize in scholarship fundraiser

October 11, 2011

Some lucky visitor to Skidaway Marine Science Day will win a new Apple iPad tablet computer.  The iPad is the top prize in fundraiser for student intern scholarships at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. For each donation of $3, a donor will receive one chance to win the iPad.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will support the scholarship program sponsored by the Skidaway Marine Science Foundation. The Foundation awards scholarships to a number of undergraduate college students who spend the summer conducting research in the Institute’s laboratories.

Donations will be accepted at the Skidaway Institute information booth. A drawing will be held later in the afternoon. Donors do not need to be present to win.

The drawing is one of the activities of the campus-wide open house on Saturday, October 15, from noon to 4 p.m. on the Skidaway Institute campus on the north end of Skidaway Island.

Skidaway Marine Science Day is presented by the campus’s marine research and education organizations, including the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the University of Georgia (UGA) Marine Education Center and Aquarium, the UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

Activities geared for all ages will include programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science and the coastal environment. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

For additional information, call (912) 598-2325, or visit http://www.skio.usg.edu.

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Skidaway Marine Science Day features ocean-going research vessel

October 6, 2011

The Research Vessel Savannahcarries scientists on research cruises from Cape Hatteras to islands off the coast of Venezuela. On Saturday, October 15, it will be at its home dock at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and open for tours from noon to 4 p.m. as part of Skidaway Marine Science Day.

Visitors tour the R/V Savannah.

The R/V Savannahis Skidaway Institute’s 92-foot, 300-ton ocean-going research vessel. It is used by Skidaway Institute scientists, as well as scientists from all over the world, to study the ocean. It was custom-built for Skidaway Institute and launched in 2001. Since then it has averaged between 150 and 180 sea-days per year, cruising to ocean-destinations ranging from the North Carolina coast, to the Gulf of Mexico, and to Curacao in the Caribbean Sea.

Visitors in the "driver's seat" of the R/V Savannah

Visitors will be able to tour all parts of the boat, and see how the crew and scientists live and work on the open sea. Several Skidaway Institute scientists will have demonstrations of their experiments in the R/V Savannah’slaboratories.

Skidaway Institute's Charles Roberson explains some science to visitors on the R/V Savannah.

The Skidaway Marine Science Day is a campus-wide open house with activities geared for all ages from young children to adults. These will include programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science and the coastal environment. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The event will be presented by the campus’s marine research and education organizations, including the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the University of Georgia (UGA) Marine Education Center and Aquarium, the UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

In addition to the R/V Savannah, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will offer a variety of activities for adults and children, including science displays, hands-on activities and talks on current research programs.

The UGA Aquarium will be open to visitors with no admission fee. In addition, the aquarium education staff will offer visitors a full afternoon of activities including science talks, a reptile show, boat tours, touch tanks and behind-the-scene tours of the aquarium.

The UGA Shellfish Laboratory will provide visitors with displays and information on marine life on the Georgia Coast. Children will be given the opportunity to help protect the marine environment by bagging oyster shells used for oyster reef restoration projects.

The staff of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will set up their remotely-operated-vehicle (ROV) in a swimming pool, and teach visitors how to “drive” it and pick up objects from the bottom.

Skidaway Institute professor Bill Savidge will present a special program aimed at parents and students involved in science fair projects. The program, “The Seven Deadly Sins of Science Fairs,” will be presented twice, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the McGowan Library Auditorium.

For the second year in a row, Skidaway Marine Science Day will also be open to non-campus scientific and environmental groups. Organizations such as Clean Coast and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will be on-hand to present, information, displays and activities.

School classes or other large groups wishing to attend Skidaway Marine Science Day can be accommodated only through advance arrangements. For additional information, call (912) 598-2325.

All activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day will be free. For additional information, call (912) 598-2325, or visit http://www.skio.usg.edu.

Marine animals fascinate visitors at Skidaway Marine Science Day

October 4, 2011

Both adult and children visitors to Skidaway Marine Science Day never fail to be fascinated by the marine “critters” at the University of Georgia (UGA) Aquarium.  The aquarium animals will be on full display for the campus-wide open house event which will be held on Saturday, October 15, from noon to 4 p.m. on the campus of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography at the north end of Skidaway Island.

Touch tanks amaze young visitors.

Skidaway Marine Science Day programs and activities are geared for all ages. These

include programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science and the coastal environment. The event is open to the public and admission to all activities, including the aquarium, is free.

In addition to the marine displays, the aquarium staff will present a number of fascinating programs. Naturalist John “Crawfish” Crawford will present two programs — a reptile show at 2 p.m. and a program on Georgia sea turtles at 3 p.m.

For those who are not faint-at-heart, aquarium curator Devin Dumont will dissect a shark and explain their amazing systems in a special program at 1 p.m.

Other activities will include habitat explorations, fish feedings, behind the scenes tours and the opportunity to meet horseshoe crabs up “close and personal.”

Even young children are fascinated by what's under a microscope.

In addition to the aquarium, Skidaway Marine Science Day will include displays, programs and activities presented by the campus’s other marine research and education organizations, including the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will offer a variety of activities for adults and children, including tours of the Research Vessel Savannah and smaller research vessels; science displays and talks on current research programs; and hands-on science activities.

The UGA Shellfish Laboratory will provide visitors with displays and information on marine life on the Georgia Coast. Children will be given the opportunity to help protect the marine environment by bagging oyster shells used for oyster reef restoration projects.

The staff of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will set up their remotely-operated-vehicle (ROV) in a swimming pool, and teach visitors how to “drive” it and pick up objects from the bottom.

Skidaway Institute professor Bill Savidge will present a special program aimed at parents and students involved in science fair projects. The program, “How to prepare a successful science fair project,” will be presented twice, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the McGowan Library Auditorium.

For the second year in a row, Skidaway Marine Science Day will also be open to non-campus scientific and environmental groups. Organizations such as Clean Coast and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will be on-hand to present, information, displays and activities.

School classes or other large groups wishing to attend Skidaway Marine Science Day can be accommodated only through advance arrangements. For additional information, call (912) 598-2325.

All activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day will be free. For additional information, call (912) 598-2325, or visit http://www.skio.usg.edu.