We have been very busy getting ready for NASA_NAAMES mission four, so busy, that I neglected to post this on International Women's Day. The message, though, is the same 365 days a year.
JUST FIVE YEARS
This is the window of opportunity that a recent study by Microsoft suggests parents, teachers and mentors have to cultivate a young girls' interest in pursing a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) before it starts to wane.
Microsoft's research found that interest in the STEM path path begins around age 11 and sharply drops off by the time they are 16.
The reasons vary but the reality is a simple conversation can change that. We are very excited to be joining the NASA_NAAMES team comprised of some brilliant minds in ocean science....many of them women.
I love surprises, they give us the opportunity to dive into the unknown with unquenchable curiosity. Two years ago, I made the decision to leave my job as an Atlanta television reporter. I moved home to Massachusetts and found myself on Cape Cod with no job and no idea of what was next, no idea about the pure magic that was about to enter my life. A friend of mine called and asked me to do a favor for a small radio station where she had just taken a job. All I had to do was go to Woods Hole, MA and interview a scientist about a mission called the NASA_NAAMES project. That scientist would end up changing my life and perspective in ways I am still trying to find the words to fully explain. After a discussion about their impending journey at sea--an invitation to join them. Though, Mike Behrenfeld and I still disagree on who asked who we DO agree on the result--a fantastic partnership was born. With less than twenty four hours notice I was on a ship headed to parts of the North Atlantic that few ever see in winter AND for good reason!! The conditions can be intense! At the time, given the challenges at sea and my video equipment being limited to one tiny little camera . (RE: 24 hours notice) this blog became a way for me to communicate with the family members whose loved ones were so far away. Giving them an onboard look at the fascinating work at the hands of those they call family. Fast forward we are at it again!! This time as the scientists dive deeper into all that is unseen in our oceans--we will dive deeper into their research, the incredible sacrifices that come with that and the love that fuels their mission of discovery. The journey continues March 20th.....
The R/V Atlantis is an impressive ship, a 275-foot, steel-hulled research vessel operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.