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The water cycle is not just about H20: How a grade-school standby could benefit from an update

Matthew Tyler Wilfong • March 10, 2020

Most people remember learning about the water cycle in grade school: evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, and condensation. We may not all remember exactly how they fit into the cycle, but can draw some resemblance from memory. I am willing to bet you can come up with something fairly close if you tried to now.

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I stayed open to opportunity, and it led to me meeting a childhood hero

Melanie Jackson Osborn • February 28, 2020

I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw my colleague’s question in an email. “Would you be available to staff a 24-hour Ocean Exploration STEM event with Admiral Gallaudet, Dr. Ballard, and Senator Moran next week?”

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To pursue a doctorate or not . . . that is the question

Taylor Armstrong • January 6, 2020

Deciding whether to pursue a PhD in a scientific field can feel the same as Hamlet’s phrase contemplating between existence and non-existence. For a young person deciding his or her life’s course, it’s a pretty big decision. A PhD is a long-term commitment filled with a lot of work and little pay. Will you enjoy it? Or will you simply endure it?

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It’s a Hard (Shell) Knock Life: Working on an oyster farm builds character. But what if we could make it easier?

Brendan Campbell • December 19, 2019

To be a shellfish farmer means long days on your feet, embracing harsh weather while lifting heavy cages. It all takes a toll over time. But a day on the water is another dollar in your pocket, so you push through and persevere. I spent many days out in the heat and in the cold grading, counting, and bagging clams and oysters for whoever was hiring for a season.

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The Joys of Being a Teaching Assistant

Sarah Cvach • December 6, 2019

This is the third semester of my master’s program in biology at Salisbury University, and it has been a long one. On top of completing my final sampling season, taking the last few classes, typing my manuscript, juggling a part-time job, and attempting to have some sort of social life, I also began a teaching assistantship.

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