Paul Desaulniers, a teacher at Rockland District High School, will attend the 18th annual session of the distinguished Maury Project Workshop offered by the U.S. Naval Academy.  Desaulniers will be one of 24 teachers from around the country attending the workshop July 11-22.

The Maury Project is designed to give science teachers and science supervisors an in-depth study of various oceanographic and meteorological subjects including waves, tides, density and wind-driven oceanographic circulations and ocean-atmosphere interactions. The workshop equips teachers with training and teaching materials that can be used in their classrooms. They will participate in lectures, tutorials, research cruises, hands-on laboratory exercises and field trips.

This year, the program will host teachers from 16 different states around the country and one from the District of Columbia; the Canadian Meteorology and Oceanography society will sponsor two Canadian teachers.

Dr. David Smith, chairman of the Naval Academy oceanography department, and Dr. Jim Brey, education director of the American Meteorological Society, will serve as co-directors of the Maury Project Workshop. Speakers featured in the workshop include oceanographers and senior scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Maryland at College Park, and the U.S. Navy.

The Maury Project Workshop is named in honor of Navy Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury, who lived from 1806 until 1873 and is considered to be the founder of physical oceanography.

The Maury Project Workshop is funded by the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the Office of Naval Research and the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration. The workshop is made possible by considerable support from the U.S. Naval Academy, the State University of New York at Brockport and the American Meteorological Society.

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