Settling in: In the lab and community abroad


Settling in: In the lab and community abroad

By Catherine Nowakowski My sophomore year of undergrad was both the first time I boarded a plane and the first time I left the country (and really just New England). My parents dropped me off a bus station and said good luck. From there it was the sheer ignorance of not knowing what I was doing that got me to and from my short 9-day study abroad program in Iceland. …

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A year gone by – LOREX forever

By Eilea Knotts I attended the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, California this past week. This conference puts me at a year (and a little bit) with the LOREX program. Time does fly by when you are having fun. It all began in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Here, I met 24 other LOREX fellows who would be embarking on their own research …

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International Collaborations Never End

By Eilea Ruth Knotts The summer has ended. School has started up again here at the University of South Carolina. And that means my international collaboration experience is over…right? I mean, I am no longer in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Dalhousie University. The experiments are over; the modeling is done. Didn’t I accomplish what the LOREX program wanted? Let us start with the mindset of most graduate students in the …

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Impromptu experiment at Dalhousie

By Jeffrey Nielsen Here is a photo of an internal bore, or bolus, from a lab experiment that I performed with Dan Kelley and Clark Richards at Dalhousie University, as an unplanned part of my LOREX research. I went to Dalhousie to have Dan and Clark help me identify internal wave forms, among other things, in time series data (high-resolution current velocity and temperature profiles) that I had collected above a sloping lakebed. At the onset of our …

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Woah, We’re Halfway There

By Eilea Knotts I didn’t actually know how long I would have at my international institute when I applied for the LOREX. I wrote my application like I would have the entire summer…three months worth of work…but I also added at the end that much of the analysis could be done back at my home institution. By the time I was accepted and discussing travel plans I decided on six …

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Learning to Roll with the Punches

By Emily Chua So far, my time in Halifax has been a (somewhat comical) real-life demonstration of Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  From having my equipment waylaid by customs, to contracting the worst stomach virus I’ve had since childhood, my first two weeks here have been anything but expected. Let’s start with the shipping drama.  I am developing a novel underwater instrument for dissolved gas …

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Can you spot the difference?

By Wiley Wolfe Watch the video, can you spot the difference? One in the left video the sensor is working, in the right, it is not. Why? What are we even looking at? Two side by side videos of the same sensor, a Deepsea Durafet, in a beaker of seawater.  What is that? It is a sensor that allows us to measure the pH of seawater. See the square part …

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Balancing Life and Work

By Eilea Knotts I can now check off that I have been in Canada for one full week! Wow, time is already flying, and I still have so much to do. This coming week has me starting an experiment, sampling during the experiment using methods I have never used before, and giving a lab presentation on my dissertation work so far. There are just not enough hours in the day …

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