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December 9, 2014

Science Cafe on the Bay!

Spend an evening in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore learning about marine fisheries management and sustainability and how to connect it to your students’ classroom learning.

MAST is sponsoring a science night on Tuesday, December 9 at Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. 

Dr. Russel Hill, Director of the Institute for Marine & Environmental Technology (IMET) will give an overview of the work done by IMET scientists. 

Dr. Eric Schott, an IMET researcher will talk about his research studying the health and disease of shellfish in estuaries like the Chesapeake Bay.  Understanding how biological and man-made stresses impact blue crabs can help managers develop better practices for the crab fishery and inform watershed scientists on better land use policy.  Dr. Schott and his colleagues recently discovered that a crab-specific virus infects about 20% of the blue crabs in the Bay and along the entire Atlantic coast.  It is suspected that this virus plays a significant role in natural mortality of blue crabs, but it is difficult to obtain solid information on the effects of a virus on wild crabs.   

Mr. Adam Frederick, Assistant Director for Education at Maryland Sea Grant will present Maryland Sea Grant’s newest classroom lesson “Fish Oil, Really?” that you can use to engage your students’ senses in an investigation of omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids, popularly known as “fish oil” are fats commonly found as a key component of the marine food chain and are used every day by humans as dietary supplements to enhance health.  But where do these natural compounds come from?  The answer, as well as the impact on the environment, may surprise you.   

This event is geared mainly toward middle and high school science teachers, but teachers of all levels are invited. 

When: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.  Dinner and parking will be provided by MAST.

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Check-in and Dinner

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Speakers

Where: The Towson University Center for STEM Excellence in downtown Baltimore in the Inner Harbor:

701 E. Pratt St.

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Cost:

$10 members

$25 non-members

Register:

Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register. 

Questions?  Email Mary Stapleton at mkstapleton@towson.edu.

 

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